Jun 13, 2013

Activity: Fruit Juice of the Spirit

Here’s an idea for a contemplative prayer station inspired by Galatians 5:22-23 (the fruit of the spirit).  The idea and explanation come from the Creative Prayer website.

They write: “This contemplative prayer station uses juice to represent the “fruit of the spirit”, people actively do something (drink) as they pray for the Spirit to grow fruit in their lives.”

Directions:
In the back of the room set up 2 long tables with tablecloths.  Buy 9 different types of juice.  If you need to, you can blend some juices to help make the total of 9. Suggestions, Apple, orange, lemonade, grape, pear, cranberry, fruit punch (love!) and a few other mixes.

Label the 9 pitchers with the Fruits of the Spirit and pour one juice in each. Keep the bottles of juice under the table in case you need to refill one of the fruits pitchers. Make sure you know what goes with what too! Set cups out on the table and several copies of the directions (below) scattered along the table.

Prayer Station Instructions:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;
against such things there is no law” – Galatians 5:22

Have you ever thought about why Paul called it fruit? Possibly it is because fruit grows. Some of you have developed only the tiniest first buds, barely noticeable in your life. For others, those buds have opened into the beautiful, fragrant and fragile blossoms. Those blossoms give way to the hard unripe fruit and, over time, grow and develop to full maturity. The process takes time. That’s important. These things aren’t gifts; you don’t wake up one morning with the gift of gentleness or the gift of self-control. They grow slowly over a lifetime.

Around this area are several pitchers of fruit juice labeled with the fruits of the spirit. Consider which one you have least of in your life and then go pour some of that juice into a cup. Pray that God would fill you with that fruit and grow it in you. Then drink. Let the action of you drinking that cup be a symbol of your openness to God changing you and filling you.  If you would like, you may drink more than one “Fruit”.

~ posted on the Creative Prayer website. http://www.creativeprayer.com/fruit-juice-of-the-spirit/