New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook
Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.
Mandalas, Candles, and Prayer
A Simply Centered Advent
Sharon Seyfarth Garner
• September 2017
Slow down, simplify, and add a burst of color to your Advent. The spiritual practice of coloring mandalas (circular designs), lighting candles, and praying regularly can help us stay centered on God during this busy time of year.
Based on the 4 candles of the Advent wreath, this coloring book for adults weaves together the popular practice of coloring with 4 simple methods of contemplative prayer. This is more than just a coloring book for adults—it is also a visual prayer journal.
Each chapter includes a short vignette, an explanation of the weekly theme and prayer method, a simple candle-lighting liturgy, 7 mandalas for each week of contemplative coloring, and a closing prayer of illumination.
Let the candles light the way and calm your spirit. Color and pray. And you will experience the most meaningful gift of all—a peace that passes all understanding as you journey prayerfully toward the manger.
Sharon Seyfarth Garner is an ordained United Methodist pastor, a spiritual director, and a retreat leader. She founded Belly of the Whale Spiritual Direction & Retreat Ministries in 2014. Sharon finds great joy in sharing the journey of spiritual discovery with others. She also enjoys spending time with her family, kayaking, making pottery, singing loudly, and taking long walks with her husband and dog.
Imprint: Upper Room
Pub Date: September 2017
Trim Size: 8 in (w) x 10 in (h) x in (d)
Page Count: 112
BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Holidays / Christmas & Advent
Mandalas, Candles and Prayer is a lovely guide to a contemplative Advent practice. The author’s weaving together of the four traditional themes of Advent with four prayer practices helps make the themes new again. Her guidelines for contemplative coloring are gently permissive, bringing a freedom and depth to the recently popular practice that make it especially meaningful. I was entranced by this delightful work.
—Sue Magrath, spiritual director and author of Healing the Ravaged Soul