Midweek Group Resources
The following are resources for our Midweek groups to help facilitate discussions and spiritual practices.
LECTIO DIVINA GUIDE
Lectio Divina (“Divine Reading”) has been likened to “Feasting on the Word.” It’s a contemplative approach to engaging Scripture. Hearing it multiple times and reflecting on it allows the text to speak to our current environment and context. The goal is to listen to the Scriptures and have it shape how we live currently. There are four movements to this practice. The four parts are first taking a bite (Lectio), then chewing on it (Meditatio). Next is the opportunity to savor the essence of it (Oratio). Finally, the Word is digested and made a part of the body (Contemplatio).
PRAYER OF EXAMEN GUIDE
The Prayer of Examen is a daily spiritual exercise developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola. This practice seeks to grow followers of Jesus in their capacity to discern God’s will, find God in all things, and enhance their understanding of God’s good creation. The majority of the time in prayer will be spent reviewing your day and is not meant for you to dwell on thoughts, but to become aware and move on.
FIXED-HOUR PRAYER GUIDE
[as described by Phyllis Tickle]
Fixed-hour prayer is the oldest form of Christian spiritual discipline and has its roots in Judaism. When the Psalmist says, “Seven times a day do I praise You,” he is referring to fixed-hour prayer as it existed in ancient Judaism. We do not know the hours that were appointed in the Psalmist’s time for those prayers. During the flow of Roman commercial life, forum bells began the work day at six in the morning (first hour), sounded mid-morning break at nine (third hour), the noon meal and siesta at twelve (sixth hour), the re-commencing of trade at three (ninth hour), and the close of business at six (vespers). With the addition of evening prayers and early prayers upon arising, the structure of fixed-hour prayer was established in a form that is very close to that which Christians still use today.
RHYTHM OF LIFE
For Vox’s Rhythm of Life, there are different areas that we believe will help enable us to live in the way of Christ. We believe that each person has unique expressions of each of these areas. So each season, each of us will fill out a Rhythm of Life in our Midweek Groups and use it as a tool to facilitate growth in our spiritual development.
RHYTHM OF LIFE GUIDES
Our writing team has designed discussion guides around specific rhythms that your midweek group can focus on for each season. The team will continue to work on new guides each season.
- Rhythm of Life Introduction [Session 1 | Session 2 | Session 3 | All]
- Evangelism [Session 1 | Session 2 | Session 3 | Session 4 | All]
- Sabbath [Session 1 | Session 2 | Session 3 | All]
- Generosity [Session 1 | Session 2]
OTHER CURRICULUM GUIDES
The following are discussion guides and resources around other topics that your midweek group can also walk through.
- Enneagram [Session 1 | MWG Enneagram Intro Presentation | Enneagram Integration and Disintegration | Enneagram Resources]
- Vox’s Values [Artistry | Posture | Empathy | Participation | Peculiarity | Mystery | Vox Values | Values and Enneagram Reflections (incomplete) | All]
- Lent 2017 [Lent | Maundy Thursday | Holy Saturday]
COMMUNITY BIBLE EXPERIENCE
The Community Bible Experience is an 8-week reading plan that allows you to read the entire New Testament using the Books of the Bible reformatting of Scripture. The reading has a more narrative feel and the group conversations are more similar to a book club.
- CBE Resources [Overview | Digital Resources | NT eBook | CBE mp3 Audio Files | Leaders Guide | Video Summaries]
- Books of the Bible: for a physical copy please email us
LECTIONARY BACKGROUND FOR LECTIO DIVINA
For those groups who practice Lectio Divina using the lectionary texts from each Sunday to continue the dialogue from the sermon, our writing team has written some background material that may be helpful in providing context for your conversation.
- Fall 2014 [Genesis 4 | 1 Thess 1 | 1 Thess 2 | Mark 7 | Ephesians 1 | Isaiah 61]
- Advent [Advent Guide]
- Spring 2015 [Psalm 147 | John 2]
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Leading up to Good Friday 2015, all of our midweek groups collaborated to provide reflections on the Stations of the Cross. Each group spent time reading and meditating on one station and put together images, art or prayers for the rest of the Vox community to reflect on during our Good Friday Liturgy.
- Full Presentation – Stations 1-14 (PDF version with no video clips)
- Video Clips – Station 1 | Station 5 | Station 12
- Soundtrack – Owl Splinters (Deaf Center)
Original Content. The following links are the original content created by each group prior to editing for the integrated presentation:
- Station 1 | Station 2 | Station 3 | Station 4 | Station 5 | Station 6 | Station 7
- Station 8 | Station 9 | Station 10 | Station 11 | Station 12 | Station 13 | Station 14