You are invited —
Lectionary and Sermon Study,
Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m.,
through February 23, 2021.
Father David’s vision for this lectionary/sermon discussion is to meet weekly (via Zoom) to read the appointed scriptures for the coming Sunday and also to reflect on the sermon from the previous week. He sees this as an opportunity for folks to understand how sermons connect to scripture, with current events, and with their own faith journeys.
The structure each week will follow the ancient spiritual practice of Lectio Divina. This is a four-step process that is a wonderful way to pray the scriptures and deepen our understanding of God’s Word.
The four parts of lectio are:
Lectio: The first step is to read the scripture passage. We will read the scripture to ourselves slowly, allowing the passage to resonate in us. We will take time to read the scripture a second time and this time each of us will choose a word or phrase that resonates in our lives.
Meditatio: The second step is to ponder the word or phrase we chose in the first step. We are invited to be curious of the word or phrase we chose and to then sit with that and allow the wisdom of the passage to speak to us.
Oratio: We then move into a time of prayer. That is to let go of all our thoughts and wonderings and allow the prayer to form in our hearts.
Contemplatio: This final step invites us to rest in God. To know that each one of us is embraced by a loving God who desires each of us to be in relationship with God.
Father David says, “If you wish to be part of this weekly group please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will then email or send to you the lessons for the week so you might use the above process at home during the week.
“Each week after we pray the scriptures using the Lectio process, we will take time to share how the scripture passage touched our hearts. Together we will discern the themes for the Sunday scriptures. I look forward to listening to themes we come up with because each one of us might hear something different in the scripture passage we will pray.
“The second part of our time will be reflection on the sermon from the previous week. This will be beneficial to me to hear from you and what you heard or did not hear in the sermon. This time will also give us an opportunity to connect the sermon with what is happening in the world and in our own faith journeys.
“I am excited about offering this study time to the SsAM community. This group will begin the second week of Advent. The ZOOM link and passcode for these weekly Bible studies were emailed to SsAM members in the Friday email blast. You may also get them by calling or texting Danny Schweers at 302 475-0998.
“I hope that you will join us!”
Fr. David+, OA