Reflecting on God’s Forgiveness: Station-Based Worship Experience

Based on Psalm 32, this station-based worship experience will help worshipers reflect on God’s forgiveness. Display the appropriate verse(s) and worship instructions at each station.

Materials needed:

  • A large bowl filled with water (station 2)
  • Small stones (station 2)
  • Copies of the Prayer of St. Patrick for each worshiper, or one larger-print copy to display (station 3)
  • Paper and pens (station 4)
  • Communion elements (station 5)
  • Air-drying clay (station 6)

Station 1

Psalm 32:1-4

“Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

“While I kept silence, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah

Instructions: “Selah” is believed to be a musical term meaning “pause and think.” Pause now and reflect on your life. Do you have any unconfessed sins?

Station 2

Psalm 32:5

“Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah

Instructions: Seek forgiveness for the sin in your life. Then pick up a stone and imagine that the stone is your sin. Drop your stone into the bowl of water, releasing your sin to God for forgiveness.

Station 3

Psalm 32:6-7

“Therefore let all who are faithful offer prayer to you; at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them. You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance. Selah

Instructions: Here you will pray what is called a body prayer. As you pray this ancient prayer attributed to the fifth-century missionary and bishop Saint Patrick, wrap your arms around yourself to symbolize Christ surrounding you.

The Prayer of St. Patrick

As I arise today,

may the strength of God pilot me,

the power of God uphold me, the wisdom of God guide me.

May the eye of God look before me,

the ear of God hear me,

the Word of God speak for me.

May the hand of God protect me,

the way of God lie before me,

the shield of God defend me,

the host of God save me.

May Christ shield me today.

 

Christ with me,

Christ before me,

Christ behind me,

Christ in me,

Christ beneath me,

Christ above me,

Christ on my right,

Christ on my left,

Christ when I lie down,

Christ when I sit,

Christ when I stand,

Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,

Christ in every eye that sees me,

Christ in every ear that hears me. Amen.

Station 4

Psalm 32:8-9

“I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding, whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle, else it will not stay near you.”

Instructions: Pray and ask for God’s continued guidance in your life. If you’d like, use the paper provided to write out your prayer.

Station 5

Psalm 32:10

“Many are the torments of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord.”

Have a pastor or elders serve communion at this station.

Station 6

Psalm 32:11

“Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.”

Instructions: Worship the Lord through the art of your hands with the clay provided.

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