Praying Our Way thru Lent: Protestant Prayer Bead Project
In a short Saturday or Sunday retreat format I would like to offer this project in February for both Salem members and as an outreach of the Genoa Intersections Mission. We would first meet to construct our prayer beads and then have the option for a four-session study based on Kristin Vincent’s book A Bead and a Prayer: A Beginner’s Guide to Protestant Prayer Beads.
From the book description: Roman Catholics have a long history of devotion to the 15 mysteries in the rosary, but it’s still quite unusual for Protestants to use prayer beads as a form of spiritual exercise. Vincent helps you overcome these reservations and see the advantages, offering this moving 4-week Bible study.
It is my understanding that certain prayer beads are set for what they represent and you can choose who or what other beads might be for, perhaps family members or friends, someone ill, depressed, or grieving, or a situation that has you concerned. Lent is a time for special spiritual devotion. Prayer beads might help us focus and grow in our spirituality and could be used anytime after.
If you are interested and/or have a special gift/love for beading, please let me know as soon as possible so we can order books and materials and set a date. There will be a small fee to cover the book and beads, probably about $15.00.
This year Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, March 6, continuing through Holy Week with Easter on Sunday, April 21. We have so much to pray for! Thank you for considering this means of prayer and fellowship.
Carla Vanatta, deacon
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