Checkout Pastor Josh's Sunday Morning message explaining Lectio Divina and walking the congregation through it together!

LECTIO DIVINA IS ABOUT ONE THING: developing an intimate relationship with God by reading, listening, and praying the Scriptures that have been given to us.

Why practice lectio divina?

We are hoping to hear God’s voice and do God’s will, to move from simply attaining information and move toward a communion with God that is transformative. This means we are listening for the voice of God, communicated through the Scriptures and revealed by the Spirit.

Group Lectio

For as many centuries as Lectio Divina has been practiced by individuals, it has also been practiced in community. We invite you to join your friends and incorporate the journal into a rhythm within your community. Whether it be in small groups, youth group meet-ups, to women or mens gatherings around the kitchen able or coffee shop, your community life will deepen through this simple practice of Divine Reading. Since listening is at the heart of Lectio Divina, by practicing in a group setting we nurture this gift of listening by hearing those around us and the movement of the Holy Spirit within them. You don’t need to be an expert to guide these moments.

How does lectio divina work?

First, you listen with the heart to the text of the Bible for what God seems to be speaking through the text. The classical form of Lectio Divina includes six elements.


SILENCE:

Stillness and Centering before God (2 minutes)

READ:

Read the passage slowly. Listen for the word or phrase addressed to you personally. 

REFLECT:

Read the passage again slowly. What’s going on in this passage? Listen for how the passage connects with your life. What is it in my life right now that needs to hear this word? Where am I in this scene? How does my life experience connect with this story?

RESPOND:

Again, read the passage slowly. What is my response to God based upon what I have read and encountered? Enter into a personal dialogue with God and share your feelings of love, joy, sorrow, repentance, desire, need, etc.

REST:

After this final reading, return to a place of resting and waiting on God, listening to His still small voice in silence for 5 minutes. This is a posture of abandonment to the Lover of your Soul, like a weaned child leaning against his mother (PS 131:2)

RESOLVE:

Live out the Word of God in the context of daily life and activity. As a way of supporting your intent to live out the word you have been given, you may want to choose an image, a picture, or a symbol that you can carry to remind you of the living Word you received as you continue your day.  

“The word of scripture should never stop sounding in your ears and working in you all day long, just like the words of someone you love…. Do not ask ‘How shall I pass this on’, but ‘What does this say to me?’ Then ponder this word long in your heart until it has gone right into you and taken possession of you.” 

Dietrich BonHoeffer, Life Together


EXAMEN PRAYER [SATURDAYS]

[1] Become aware of the presence of God and His love for you.

[2] Review the week with gratitude.

[3] While asking yourself the following questions, be attentive to what you're feeling or to what you're thinking:

  • Where in your week did you experience consolation; joy, comfort, peace?
  • Where in your week did you experience desolation; sadness, frustration, or failure?

[4] As you become attentive to your desolation: What sadness, frustration, or failure might you need to confess? Where might you need to receive forgiveness?

[5] With hope, look forward tomorrow. What newness would the Holy Spirit be inviting you into?


AUGUST & SEPTEMBER 2017 READING PLAN


AUGUST

1 Ephesians 6:10-18

2 Psalm 17:1-7

3 Luke 15:11-31

4 Proverbs 18:6-14

5 Examen Prayer

6 Sunday Morning

7 Deuteronomy 8:1-5

8 Acts 2:37-47

9 Psalm 78:1-8

10 Luke 16:1-12

11 Proverbs 18:19-24

12 Examen Prayer

13 Sunday Morning

14 Genesis 37:26-36

15 Romans 8:18-30

16 Psalm 28

17 Luke 16:19-31

18 Proverbs 19:15-20

19 Examen Prayer

20 Sunday Morning

21 Genesis 43:1-10

22 Romans 11:33-12:2

23 Psalm 87

24 Luke 17:11-19

25 Proverbs 19:21-29

26 Examen Prayer

27 Sunday Morning

28 1 Samuel 7:5-17

29 Romans 12:9-21

30 Psalm 8

31 Luke 18:1-8

SEPTEMBER

1 Proverbs 20:1-6

2 Examen Prayer

3 Sunday Morning

4 2 Samuel 11:2-16

5 Revelation 3:7-13

6 Psalm 17

7 Luke 18:9-14

8 Proverbs 20:10-16

9 Examen Prayer

10 Sunday Morning

11 Exodus 12:31-42

12 Romans 13:1-10

13 Psalm 121

14 Luke 18:18-29

15 Proverbs 20:18-24

16 Examen Prayer

17 Sunday Morning

18 Joshua 2:12-24

19 Romans 14:13-23

20 Psalm 77

21 Luke 18:31-34

22 Proverbs 20:27-21:3

23 Examen Prayer

24 Sunday Morning

25 Exodus 16:31-35

26 Romans 16:17-20

27 Psalm 119:97-104

28 Luke 18:35-43

29 Proverbs 21:13-23

30 Examen Prayer