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Prayer Groups

Prayer is our channel for speaking to and listening to God.  First Christian Church would like to form focused Prayer Groups that will meet beginning in September and ending in November. The groups are open to all members and friends.  Each weekly prayer group will have a leader and will follow a guided plan and format. Groups will include six to eight people, and specific times/locations will be determined as the groups are formed.


A letter was sent to each congregation member as an invitation to sign up in August for a group.  The text of the letter sent is available for viewing here:  Letter Sent to Congregation July 25, 2018


As groups take shape we will learn about the prayer practice of Lectio Divina, and about the format of the prayer sessions.  To familiarize yourself with Lectio Divina, please read below.


To view and/or print a session outline, please click here.    (coming soon)

For guidance on creating a spiritual autobiography, please click here.     (coming soon)

To sign up for a prayer group, please click here.

                      Lectio Divina – Shared in Community

                                                
Lectio
                                       Reading God’s Word

  1. One person reads aloud (twice) the passage of scripture, as others are attentive to some segment that is especially meaningful to them.
  2. Silence for 1-2 minutes.  Each hears and silently repeats a word or phrase that attracts.
  3. Sharing aloud: (A word or phrase that has attracted each person.) Simply repeat the word or phrase that spoke to you.  No elaboration.


                                            
Meditatio
                                  Reflecting on God’s Word

  1. Second reading of same passage by another person.
  2. Silence for 2-3 minutes.  Reflect on “Where does the content of this reading touch my life today?”
  3. Sharing aloud: Briefly share what the reading means to you: “I hear, I see, I was struck by…”


                                                
Oratio
                                         Responding to God

  1. Third reading by still another person.
  2. Silence for 2-3 minutes.  Reflect on “Where does the content of this reading touch the life of our church today?”
  3. Sharing aloud: Briefly share what the reading may mean for our church: “I hear, I see, I was struck by…”


                                          
Contemplatio
                                             Resting in God

  1. Fourth reading by another person.
  2. Rest in the Word, in the silence for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Conclude with the Lord’s Prayer.


Notes

  • It’s best to use the same version of the Bible for each reading.
  • This is designed to be done aurally, so everyone should put their Bibles away and simply listen.