Lectio Divina, praying the scriptures, has been a significant part of spiritual formation from early in Christian history. … Lectio means “reading”; and divina, “holy word.” Thus lectio divina means reading the holy Word or holy reading. While Christians take scripture seriously, we may not have been taught the simple process of reading scripture, lingering over it, and listening for direct inspiration from the text. Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote eloquently of our need for daily meditation on scripture.
—Dwight H. Judy, A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life (Upper Room Books, 2013)
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Happy are those
who do not follow the advice of the wicked
or take the path that sinners tread
or sit in the seat of scoffers,
but their delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law they meditate day and night.
—Psalm 1:1-2 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and
the glory, forever. Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
Day of Pentecost
- Acts 2:1-21 or Numbers 11:24-30
- Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
- 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
- John 20:19-23 or 7:37-39
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