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?


october & november 2017 READING PLAN


OCTOBER

1 Sunday Morning

2 Exodus 18:5-12

3 Philippians 1:15-26

4 Psalm 42

5 Luke 19:1-9

6 Proverbs 22:1-6

7 Examen Prayer

8 Sunday Morning

9 Deuteronomy 5:1-21

10 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

11 Psalm 144

12 Luke 19:41-44

13 Proverbs 22:17-29

14 Examen Prayer

15 Sunday Morning

16 Exodus 32:19-24

17 Philippians 3:13-21

18 Psalm 34:1-14

19 Luke 20:20-26

20 Proverbs 23:4-8

21 Examen Prayer

22 Sunday Morning

23 Exodus 40:34-38

24 Revelation 18:21-24

25 Psalm 63:1-10

26 Luke 20:45-21:4

27 Proverbs 23:29-35

28 Examen Prayer

29 Sunday Morning

30 Deuteronomy 6:1-9

31 James 2:14-26

NOVEMBER

1 Psalm 107:1-9

2 Luke 21:34-38

3 Proverbs 24:26-34

4 Examen Prayer

5 Sunday Morning

6 Joshua 4:1-14

7 Acts 13:1-12

8 Psalm 5

9 Luke 22:1-6

10 Proverbs 25:13-18

11 Examen Prayer

12 Sunday Morning

13 Joshua 20:1-9

14 1 Thessalonians 3:6-13

15 Psalm 63

16 Luke 22:7-27

17 Proverbs 25:21-28

18 Examen Prayer

19 Sunday Morning

20 Judges 6:11-16

21 1 Thessalonians 5:12-18

22 Psalm 93

23 Luke 22:39-53

24 Proverbs 26:6-12

25 Examen Prayer

26 Sunday Morning

27 Jeremiah 30:1-17

28 Revelation 22:8-21

29 Psalm 117

30 Luke 22:54-62