Dwelling Deeply in Scripture
Lectio divina, which means “divine reading,” is an ancient practice of reading and contemplating scripture that is intended to promote communion with God and to increase our knowledge of God’s Word.
On five Sundays in the season of Lent the Reverend Barbara Chaapel will teach the practice of lectio divina as an offering for adult education at 9:45 a.m in the MacColl Room.
Lectio divina is not so much a way to consume knowledge about the Bible as to interact with scripture, to hear God’s Word and to respond within community. Focusing on one or more of the lectionary passages for each of those Sundays, participants will read the biblical text together, and be led in contemplative reflection and sharing on the texts, listening for God’s Word in our lives with what the Benedictines call “the ears of the heart.”
We offer this opportunity as a spiritual discipline for the season of Lent, and invite members of the congregation and guests to practice this prayerful approach to scripture together.