The worship at the Sterling College chapel on December 10, 2008, didn’t involve singing or Scripture reading or a planned performance. It didn’t even involve words. Instead, the Enacted Prayer team at Sterling shared their ministry with the rest of the student body, presenting prayer in a new and unique way.
Paul Brecht, a sophomore theatre major and leader of the Enacted Prayer team, asked the students in chapel for prayer requests. One student shared her cousin’s battle with leukemia. Brecht asked two of the team members to step on the stage and portray the Holy Spirit. Three other team members portrayed the ill cousin, his brother, and the SC student who’d shared the request. As the ill cousin began to show emotional and physical distress, the Holy Spirit portrayers drew the student and brother toward the ill cousin and helped them to comfort him with embraces and support. Then one of the Holy Spirit portrayers pulled the student and brother away and gently led them to assume positions of prayer, placing their hands together an