This is a sermon I preached this fall (2010) during my internship at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church in Austin, TX. The sermon opens with a video that we filmed for this service in the midst of our worship planning process. Our worship leader is the potter and our Associate Pastor for Youth and Mission helped with the filming and editing. This video was used in worship as it is here, in conjunction with our scripture reading that was done in a lectio divina style. In order to introduce this new way of experiencing scripture in worship, I shared the following introduction with the congregation that morning.
We are going to experience our text this morning in the style of an ancient Christian practice, lectio divina. The practice of lectio divina first began in the sixth century in Benedictine monastaries. In it, a scripture is read multiple times, with pauses in between each reading for reflection. Often, listeners are asked to focus visually on an image or symbol as they hear the scripture. The intent of the process is to listen for the Spirit as you hear the words read – pay attention to what images, phrases or words grab you, or stick out in your minds eye as you listen. Take time to reflect on what you have heard and the way God is speaking to you through it.