Prayer visual for this week:
A towel and basin, placed at the foot of the cross. These could be real objects or a drawing/picture. The towel and basin symbolise service.
Prayer activities and ideas for this week:
Choose one or two things from your Ash Wednesday list to pray about. If you find it helpful to do so, write your prayers down on small pieces of paper and attach them to your cross.
In line with the theme of service you might also wish to think about:
- all those in our society who are in serving or caring roles such as teachers, doctors, nurses and social workers
- all those who volunteer and work tirelessly to serve others whether in their family, congregation, church, community or by fundraising or campaigning for those in some of the world's poorest countries.
- ourselves, to grow as servants, loving well and much through our words and deeds.
Lord Jesus, suffering servant to everyone, help us to follow your example. Give us the strength to seek out, and to perform acts of service for those around us.
Lord, we ask you to remind us that the king who leads us does so with humility as well as majesty, and cause us to build your kingdom by your Spirit, rather than by might or power, that we might be channels for more love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control in our world.