Holy Saturday Worship

Lectio Divina 

April 11 2020

Through the gift of God’s grace,

there are many ways to engage with God’s word and to pray.

Today, we invite you to pray a passage of Scripture

through the contemplative practice of Lectio Divina.

Lectio Divina, literally “divine reading,” involves slowly reading aloud the same passage of Scripture multiple times

so that its words move from the head to the heart.

Each reading is followed by a unique period of silence.

We suggest you set aside about 20 minutes

to engage in this practice.

Preparation for Worship

If possible, find a comfortable, quiet spot to read and pray.

For a short period of time, take a few deep breaths.

Notice how your body feels as you sit.

Remind yourself you are in the presence of God.

  1. Read: After the first reading, take this time to notice words and phrases that stood out to you. You might consider reading the passage again slowly.

   2. Reflect: After the second reading, reflect on the word or phrase that stood out to              you earlier. Why might those words have significance? Listen for what God is saying          to you.

   3. Respond: After the third reading, you have the chance to respond to what God is

       saying through the passage. Offer your thoughts and questions to God.

    4. Rest: After the fourth reading, rest in the presence of God. Consider reminding

        yourself that you are in the presence of God each time you exhale.

Prayer of Preparation

Almighty God, send your Holy Spirit, so that these words may move from my head to my heart, that your words become mine, and that they may transform me into the likeness of your Son, Jesus. Amen.

Job 14:7-10

7 “At least there is hope for a tree:
    If it is cut down, it will sprout again,
    and its new shoots will not fail.
8 Its roots may grow old in the ground
    and its stump die in the soil,
9 yet at the scent of water it will bud
    and put forth shoots like a plant.
10 But a man dies and is laid low;
    he breathes his last and is no more.

 

Read: What word or phrase stood out to you?

Job 14:7-10

7 “At least there is hope for a tree:
    If it is cut down, it will sprout again,
    and its new shoots will not fail.
8 Its roots may grow old in the ground
    and its stump die in the soil,
9 yet at the scent of water it will bud
    and put forth shoots like a plant.
10 But a man dies and is laid low;
    he breathes his last and is no more.

 

Reflect: What is God saying through that word or phrase?

Job 14:7-10

7 “At least there is hope for a tree:
    If it is cut down, it will sprout again,
    and its new shoots will not fail.
8 Its roots may grow old in the ground
    and its stump die in the soil,
9 yet at the scent of water it will bud
    and put forth shoots like a plant.
10 But a man dies and is laid low;
    he breathes his last and is no more.

 

Respond: What would you like to say to God in response?

Job 14:7-10

7 “At least there is hope for a tree:
    If it is cut down, it will sprout again,
    and its new shoots will not fail.
8 Its roots may grow old in the ground
    and its stump die in the soil,
9 yet at the scent of water it will bud
    and put forth shoots like a plant.
10 But a man dies and is laid low;
    he breathes his last and is no more.

 

Rest: Remain in the presence of God.

*If you choose to engage a song to end your prayer time, click on the  video below...