Instead of cathedral windows and cold stone floors, there were CD players and headphones. Despite the modern technology, those who entered the fellowship hall of Willoughby Christian Reformed Church in Langley, British Columbia, tasted an ancient practice.
During Holy Week, organizers laid out a labyrinth painted on a large tarp, and parishioners were invited to take part in a directed prayer walk. The worship team prepared a multistation experience. An audiotaped message led participants through stations of prayer, pondering, confessing, remembering, responding, and forgiving.
About 50 people participated. Henk Van Eyk, one of the older participants, said, “I’m skeptical about these things, but my wife convinced me to go.” He was surprised and moved by his own response. “It was a very personal and powerful experience for me,” he said. “I looked at myself in that mirror and said, ‘Yes, I am a sinner. Jesus died for ME.’”
Van Eyk will encourage others to join the prayer next year.