I am working on a section of Nailscars.com that is dedicated to worship station ideas I have used in the past. I know that sometimes you aren’t looking for a whole big worship gathering, but just that one idea that will round out your retreat or service. The dedicated section is still a ways off, but I thought I would drop a few on you.
ART: CLEAN (download .pdf)
Materials Needed: Large piece of paper, art supplies
Set-Up: Put the large sheet of paper up on a wall. Print out the text below (or download the pdf of the station sheet) and post it around the paper. Place the art supplies where they can be easily accessible. (Note: The key to having multiple people participate at one time is length of paper not height. So really any roll of paper will work.)
Psalm 51:1-10 (NIV)
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are proved right when you speak
and justified when you judge.
5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6 Surely you desire truth in the inner parts;
you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.
7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
David came face to face with his sin and knew that His only hope was for God to make him clean. What about you? Do you need to be washed clean by God tonight?
Spend a moment confessing your sin and asking, like David did, for God’s cleansing. Once you have finished use the material provided to draw a picture about how it feels to be CLEAN.
WEIGHT OF SIN (download .pdf)
Materials Needed: Several 5lb bags of rice or sand. (What you need is a weight that is heavy, but that won’t make a loud sound when you drop them.)
Set up: Place the instructions and the bags on a table.
Take one of the sacks from the table and find a place to be by yourself. Turn in your Bible to Matthew 11:30, but don’t read the passage yet. Hold the sack out in front of you (keep your arms straight) for at least 1 minute.
Now that you have lowered the sack focus on how good it feels to take the weight off your arms. Focus in on that feeling as you read Matthew 11:30.
God is calling us to follow him with all of who we are. But many of us feel weighted down by our own sin and by the responsibilities of being a follower of Christ. Jesus is not offering you one more weight that you have to carry. He is offering you freedom. He is offering you peace.
Pray for a moment and thank God for offering freedom.