In the story of the healing of the paralytic, some friends of his show courage and creativity in getting to Jesus. What they did must have been driven by love and a desperation to see their friend healed. Their action was a ‘whatever it takes’ moment.
In this way of prayer, open the umbrella and place it upside down at the front of the sanctuary. Invite people to think about people or situations in their lives, or in the wider world where they feel a sense of desperation for God to intervene and make things right and whole. These are our ‘whatever it takes’ prayers. Have them write these names or situations on the pieces of paper and screw them up into a ball. Then have people throw the balled up paper into the umbrella, as an act of surrender and trust, letting Jesus catch all our cares and concerns.