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We draw on three Christian traditional practices: silence, chant, and lectio divina.  We invite you to try them as well.


The Practices

Click on each of the practices to read more.

Silence

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"). 

Chant

Christian sacred chant taps into a long tradition of using our voices to center, create community, and connect with the divine. 

Lectio Divina

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.

 
LDI training days begin in contemplative worship.

LDI training days begin in contemplative worship.