We draw on three Christian traditional practices: silence, chant, and lectio divina. We invite you to try them as well.
Click on each of the practices to read more.
Centering Prayer, a practice done in silence, is an exercise in surrender. The core of the practice lies in returning to a word of intention (e.g., "open," "peace").
Christian sacred chant taps into a long tradition of using our voices to center, create community, and connect with the divine.
Lectio divina is a method of sacred reading that has been adapted for use in a group. The practice engages our bodies in reading and hearing the scripture, our intellects in engaging our thoughts with the text, and our emotions in noticing what is being stirred and what resonates.
Putting it Together:
Designing a Worship Outline
Here's a basic worship outline for a contemplative worship time weaving together the practices of sacred chant, silence, and lectio divina (or sacred reading).
The template can be adjusted to fit any time-frame--from 10 minutes to an hour.
Take a look at this example of an LDI worship service for more.