Before the Session

  • Review today’s scripture text and the session activities to help better facilitate the discussion.
  • Have the Bible Background Video ready to view.
  • Encourage your group to listen to the Faithelement podcast ahead of the next session (Share the link via email or social media).

Context

Read aloud Romans 4:1-17 then play the Bible Background Video.

In today’s session, the group will share in a process of “Audio Divina.” Where they focus their meditations on a musical message

Reflection

Tell the group:

Lectio Divina is a spiritual practice tradition in the church of meditating on and praying a scripture passage by listening as it is read several times. Today we are going to do a similar meditation using a song. We will listen to it four times, each with a specific focus.

First Listening: Invite the group to think of all the people they come across in their personal lives – family, friends, acquaintances, strangers – who they like or dislike, as they listen to the focal song “Please Come” by Nichole Nordeman

Second Listening: Invite the group to think of the larger body of people in our world – leaders, those on the news, those in other countries – who work for good or for ill, who thrive or who suffer while listening to a second playing of the focal song.

Third Listening: Invite the group to think of themselves and imagine hearing this invitation personally. noting what they do or don’t do in the scenario, how they feel, and what they think as you play the focal song. After this listening, guide people’s thoughts with the following (pause for a couple of minutes between each prompt):

  • What was it like for you to hear the invitation personally?
  • How did you respond?
  • What do you think shaped the way you responded?
  • Share your thoughts and feelings with God and listen for God’s response, if any.

Fourth Listening: Simply rest your heart as you listen to God give the invitation again while hearing one more playing of the focal song

After the Audio Divina, invite everyone to spend a minute in silence, asking them to think about “What is one thing that comes to the forefront of your mind, from this reflection?” Invite volunteers to share their thoughts, simply receiving what is shared, with no need to comment, fix, or advise anyone on his or her prayer experience.

Close with prayer

Writer: Joy Yee

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