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Related Bible reading(s): John 12.1-8

An active way into prayer

Explain that anointing is a way of honouring someone

  • Explain that anointing is a way of honouring someone and showing they are valued.
  • Pass round a bowl of fragranced oil, and invite everyone to dip their fingertips in lightly and then anoint the back of their neighbour’s hand with one gentle stroke.
  • Play some quiet music as this happens.
  • Conclude by saying together:
    Thank you for the extravagance of your love,
    O Lord, that values and honours us.
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