Lectio Divina


A new form of worship

Alternative worship on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 6 pm (promptly) until 7 pm (on the dot).

‘Lectio Divina’ is an informal, participatory worship based on deep listening, using the breviary – a compilation of readings contributed by members of the congregation (see below for more information on the UCSA Breviary Project).

This will be offered once a month in the sanctuary in addition to the regular Sunday service.

No hymns, no candles, no prepared address, no need to bring or prepare anything, no requirement to be anything other than present.

Come, listen, reflect, share freely, and enjoy the growth of your spirit.

The UCSA Breviary Project

By now, most of us are familiar with Wikipedia, but not perhaps the concept of a ‘wiki’. A ‘wiki’ is a collation of material developed collaboratively by a community of users, allowing any user to add and edit content. Arguably, the early, developing Bible was an example of a ‘wiki’.

Before there were ‘wikis’, churches used ‘breviaries’. Different denominations would collect, under one cover, prayers, hymns, psalms, readings, aphorisms, or gospel passages—all the liturgical texts most important to them. It expanded with use.

We’ve made one specific to this church, and we use it as a basis for sharing, rather than hoarding, our collective wisdom and experience.

Our breviary contains the words—reading(s), poem(s), quotation(s), passage(s)—that we return to time and time again for inspiration, consolation, or guidance.  

We use the UCSA Breviary for a new, decentralised style of worship, similar to the Chalice Circles, and inspired by an ancient, communal worship style called ‘Lectio Divina’—a practice of deep reflection and open sharing on a selected reading. Performed with honesty, mutual respect, and trust, this approach to worship can blow your mind and open your heart.

Responses to the Lectio Divina experience

I appreciated the opportunity to sit in quiet contemplation, welcome to speak but free of the obligation to do so. Clearly stating the process at the start was a good way of setting a safe space where people could engage with the text in whatever way they felt comfortable.

It is a very simple process but the core of it is selecting a reading from the breviary.  A misnomer in a sense, for it is chock full and the very first reading, while brief in text, was rather extended in depth of meaning.
This experience was:

Less is more
Connection and disconnection
Much more about listening than expressing. Listening to the others, listening to the text, listening to the Divina?