Sticky Note Cross

I’m a tactile learner, so I am always looking for ways to add hands on elements to worship. A pastor friend was telling me about a worship service he led where folks were invited to write the name of a loved one who was in need of prayer on a sticky note. The sticky notes were posted in the sanctuary for several weeks and folks were encouraged to continue to pray for them. For our recent Lord’s Prayer sermon series, we took this idea and ran with it. Thus was born the Sticky Note Cross. Here’s how it worked.

Our director of worship arts, Nicole Sallee, made a large, lightweight cross from inexpensive insulation. Each week of the sermon series we had a different prayer emphasis, based on a different portion of the Lord’s Prayer, written on a different color sticky note.


Our Father who art in heaven- Light yellow
Prayers for persons who have not yet accepted Jesus as their Savior. (Not yet accepted their adoption papers into the family of God)

Hallowed be Your Name- Bright orange
Prayers of praise and adoration

Your Kingdom Come- Bright Green
Prayers for large, social justice issues

Your Will be done on earth as it is in heaven- White
Prayers surrendering ourselves to God


Give us this day our daily bread- Bright Pink
Prayers for everyday needs

Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us- Dark Yellow
Prayers of forgiveness

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil- Bright blue
Prayers for protection

As the series went on, we kept adding colors/prayers until we had finished the series. We had so many sticky notes our cross “runneth over”, so Nicole added brown paper at the foot of the cross for the extras. Folks were encouraged to spend time in prayer at the cross before and after services. They were also welcome to come pray during the week.

This idea could be easily adapted for different prayer emphases or different settings (Bible study, retreat, etc.). I’d love to know how you chose to use the idea. – Lisa <><

A huge thank you to Brian Sallee for taking the pictures. If you live in the area (DeBary, Deltona, Orange City, DeLand, Enterprise) consider using him for your next video or photography project. Check out his terrific portfolio at

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