Memory Chains

Making paper chains is a simple way of representing some of the memories that make up our different stories. Some of those links will represent great moments of happiness and joy, others times of difficulty and struggle. Joining our chains together symbolises how we can share the joys and pains of our memories as an important expression of our shared humanity.

The New Testament writer, St. Paul, found himself imprisoned for his faith and was deeply uncertain about whether he would even be allowed to live. Writing to the church in Philippi, he found strength for those difficult times by remembering their care and friendship and remembering the promises of his faith. He wrote these words:

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus [Philippians 1:3-6]

At the heart of our gatherings is the belief that when people come together in the name of God, by his Spirit, God is present. In sharing our memories together we can give thanks to God and seek peace, healing and wholeness from God.

A prayer giving thanks to God for memories

A prayer for when we are troubled by memories of our own failings

A prayer for when our memories cause us pain

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