Audio Lectio

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Introduction

Welcome to Audio Lectio. We hope you’ll join us each week to pray the scripture, the gospel reading for the week from the Revised Common Lectionary. If you are new to Audio Lectio, listen to the introduction below — it’s the top track under the heading “Audio Lectio Complete Series.”

Subscribe to the Audio Lectio podcast on iTunes.

Pray the Scriptures Using Audio Lectio

November 23 – 24th Sunday after Pentecost

This week’s audio lectio meditation is from Matthew 25:31-40. ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ Read the scripture passage from the Common English Bible. Read the entire lectionary passage from Matthew 25:31-46 (New Revised Standard Version). Listen to the meditation by clicking the play button.

 

November 30 – 1st Sunday of Advent

This week’s audio lectio meditation is from Mark 13:32-37. “Keep awake.” Read the scripture passage from the Common English Bible. Read the entire lectionary passage from Mark 13:24-37 (New Revised Standard Version). Listen to the meditation by clicking the play button.

 

December 7 – 2nd Sunday of Advent

This week’s audio lectio meditation is from Mark 1:4-8. “I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” Read the scripture passage from the Common English Bible. Read the entire lectionary passage from Mark 1:1-8 (New Revised Standard Version). Listen to the meditation by clicking the play button.


 

Audio Lectio Complete Series

If you are unable to see the Audio Lectio player, follow this link to SoundCloud. (You may need to upgrade your browser to the latest version to see the player on this page.)

About the Voices

You’re led in prayer by Beth Richardson, Trevor Hudson, and Linda Furtado. Earlier prayers include the voices of Stephane Brooks, Eli Fisher, Carmen Gaud, Doug Hagler, Brenda Harlan, Trevor Hudson, Kimberly Jenkins, Im Jung, Gina Manskar, John Mogabgab, Beth Richardson, Theresa Santillan, Beatrice Smith, Pete Velander, Aileen Willcox, Upper Room staff and friends.

Stephane Brooks

Stephane Brooks is the International Spiritual Director of Emmaus and Chrysalis

Eli Fisher

Eli Fisher is former editor of Alive Now magazine

Linda Furtado

Linda Furtado works in production at The Upper Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carmen Gaud

Carmen Gaud is the retired Editor of El Aposento Alto

Doug Hagler

Doug Hagler is Web Developer for The Upper Room's websites

Brenda Harlan

Brenda Harlan works in the marketing department of The Upper Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trevor Hudson

Trevor Hudson is an Upper Room author and pastor from South Africa

Kimberly Jenkins

Kimberly Jenkins is formerly a staff person of International Emmaus and Chrysalis

Im Jung

Im Jung is Regional Coordinator for the Academy for Spiritual Formation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gina Manskar

Gina Manskar is Editorial Assistant at Alive Now and Weavings

Trevor Hudson

John Mogabgab is special projects editor for Upper Room Books

Beth Richardson

Beth Richardson is Editor of Alive Now

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beatrice Smith

Beatrice Smith lives in South Africa and is on the staff of Africa Upper Room Ministries

Theresa Santillan

Theresa Santillan is the Editorial Assistant for El Aposento Alto

Pete Velander

Pete Velander is the Editor of Upper Room Magazine and El Aposento Alto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aileen Willcox

Aileen Willcox lives in South Africa and workds with Africa Upper Room Ministries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Audio Lectio

Audio Lectio is a a weekly recording of a guided meditation using the gospel reading from the lectionary. We are using a form of lectio divina for the structure.

What’s Lectio Divina? Lectio divina is a slow, meditative reading and reflection on a passage of scripture. Rather than processing the scripture intellectually, you’re invited to let the words and images connect your heart with God’s heart.

What’s the Lectionary? “A lectionary is collection of readings or selections from the Scriptures, arranged and intended for proclamation during worship of the people of God.” (The Revised Common Lectionary, p. 9. Nashville: Abingdon, 1992.) This collection of readings from scriptures is used by pastors and church leaders in the planning of worship, sermons, and daily meditation. We use the Revised Common Lectionary which is used by many Protestant denominations around the world. It was created by the Consultation on Common Texts in 1992. (Read more about the Revised Common Lectionary.) Each week, the lectionary lists four readings. The Revised Common Lectionary uses a three year cycle. Each year starts with Advent, the beginning of the church year.

What Bible are you using for the readings? We’re using the Common English Bible. Copyright © 2010 Common English Bible. Used by permission. http://www.CommonEnglishBible.com.

Audio Lectio recordings before August, 2011 feature the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Kevin G. Moyzan October 28, 2011 at 1:37 pm

I am not only impressed with your website and content, but I also greatly enjoyed the Lectio Divina audio for the week of Oct. 24th. I will be a regular visitor and participant.

I have a question; It is my understanding that next year Weavings will be available electronically on the website, will Alive Now also become available on the website next year also? I hope so!

Blessings – Kevin

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Beth Richardson October 31, 2011 at 9:29 am

Hi, Kevin,

Thanks so much taking the time to listen and post. Glad you enjoyed the Audio Lectio. I’m not sure about the schedule for Weavings, but Alive Now will be launching a digital edition of the magazine March/April 2012. We’ll soon have more information about this new resource. (We will still continue with the print magazine, but we’ll be adding a digital edition through Zinio.)

Blessings,
Beth

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Lorna Benson October 29, 2011 at 10:03 am

This is the first time I have visited your new web site. I enjoy the readings and questions, but my only comment is that you all sound a little depressed when you are reading the scripture. Maybe it is because I have a theater background~ The readers are reading, but they are not making the words conversational enough for me – I know you are speaking softly to set the scene for quiet devotional time, but the voices need a little more “life and they need to sound like they really believe what they are saying”. Otherwise the website is awesome~~~

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Beth Richardson October 31, 2011 at 9:27 am

Hi, Lorna,

Thanks for visiting the website and for listening to the Audio Lectio. Thanks, also, for your comments. We are just learning how to do this — making it up as we go along — so we really appreciate your thoughts and feedback. More energy — we’ll see what we can do. :-)

Blessings,
Beth

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Nancy Garrison November 8, 2011 at 8:03 am

This is my first time using lectio divino on-line. I expected the reading to be for this week (Nov. 7-13), but I couldn’t find it. It was last week’s scripture that came up. I’m not much of an on-line devotional person, so this is discouraging.
I do like hearing the scriptures read by different voices.

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Beth Richardson November 8, 2011 at 8:50 am

Hi, Nancy,

So sorry — we forgot to post the new recording yesterday. I hope you’ll try again and listen to the scripture for this coming Sunday. Thanks so much for listening.

Blessings,
Beth

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Rose C. Salyers November 28, 2011 at 11:57 am

Beth, the tools I’ve been using online are “Pray as you go”, Pray now”, & “Sacred Space”, Now that I learned about the Alive Now Visual Psalmists I use it as an alternative for the “Pray as you Go” website, sometimes. Particularly, I like the scripture read while I pray following your “Guided Meditation” , in the Audio Lectio of Alive Now. Keep up the good work.

Rose

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Beth Richardson November 28, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Hi, Rose! Thanks so much for the feedback. I’m so glad you’re finding the Audio Lectio to be helpful. Many blessings!
Beth

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Jim Ullery December 27, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Beth we have enjoyed your Advent series so much that we explored your other work and have enjoyed our visit here as well. The Audio Lectio was terrific for our first visit. We will be back.

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Beth Richardson December 30, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Hi, Jim,

Thanks for exploring! I’m so glad that you like the Audio Lectio. Many blessings to you and for a wonderful new year.

Beth

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Julie Yoder Elmore January 7, 2012 at 10:10 am

Hi Beth,
I really appreciate the current format of Lectio Divina with the pauses and music to transition us to another reading of the text. This frees us up to not have to watch the time, yet gives us the option to still press pause if we need to. Lectio Divina is such a great way to begin the day!

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Beth Richardson January 9, 2012 at 8:56 am

Julie — I’m so glad to get your feedback. We were hoping this might help with the flow.

We’re so new at this we appreciate all feedback, so if something else strikes you, let me know.

Blessings,
Beth

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MARY MALONEY January 31, 2012 at 6:23 am

Hi Anne, I love the audio lectio resource. It helps me Practice silence and meditaion. There is so much growth that can happen. Keep up the good work and keep listening to the good comments. Love and Prayers, Mary Maloney

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Beth Richardson January 31, 2012 at 8:37 am

Mary, We are so glad you are enjoying the Audio Lectio. Many blessings!!

Beth

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Jimmy Weaver February 16, 2012 at 6:03 am

Beth,
I am so enjoying the audio lectio readings! They are a spiritual oasis in the midst of a busy day, taking me back to meditative places that are hard to find.

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Beth Richardson February 16, 2012 at 9:53 am

Jimmy,

I’m so glad you are enjoying these — that they are feeding your spirit. Many blessings!
Beth

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Mary Maloney March 2, 2012 at 6:43 am

Greetings to all at Alive Now, Good Job!! I see rainbows and I KNOW that God keeps God’s Promises. God’s best blessings Always, My Love and Prayers, Mary Maloney

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Beth Richardson March 2, 2012 at 8:55 am

Mary, Thanks so much for the greetings and comments. Blessings to you!!
Beth

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Laurie March 6, 2012 at 11:50 pm

The last copy of Alive Now prompted me to go this site. I am so very glad that I did. I am really enjoying the audio lectio, and particularly the fact that there are different readers. I have encouraged my daughters to go on and listen as well. This evening my youngest daughter and I listened on the laptop together and found it to be a very meditative and deep experience. Thank you & blessings!

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Beth Richardson March 7, 2012 at 10:36 am

Hi, Laurie,

I’m so glad you came to listen to the Audio Lectio– glad you found it to be helpful and nourishing. And I’m also excited to hear about you and your daughter listening together. That makes my day.

Many blessings to you during this holy season.

Beth

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Barbara Nelson March 13, 2012 at 11:01 am

I really appreciate the Audio-Lectio. Have you considered doing a different reading for each day? I’m also looking forward to getting Alive as an ebook. When will that happen?

Barbara

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Beth Richardson March 13, 2012 at 11:28 am

Hi, Barbara,

So glad you are enjoying the Audio Lectio. We’re producing those here in the office and so far haven’t had the staffing to do a recording for every day — but perhaps in the future. :-)

You can already see Alive Now, digitally, through a browser. The platform-based versions are submitted and waiting for approval in various app stores. If you’d like to go ahead and preview the browser-based version, follow this link. It will give you a taste of the enhancements. http://alivenow.upperroom.org/alive-now-digital-magazine/

Beth

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Kathy March 20, 2012 at 11:35 pm

I have come to love audio lectio every evening. I’ve tried to find this weeks reading but last weeks still appears (as of Tuesday evening). Is the new available?

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Beth Richardson March 21, 2012 at 8:16 am

Hi, Kathy — thanks for posting. We usually put the new Audio Lectio recording up on Monday morning — But we forgot!!! Thanks for the reminder.

Blessings,
Beth

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Kathy April 16, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Hi Beth and staff,
The audio lectio needs to be updated for the week.
Thanks

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Beth Richardson April 17, 2012 at 10:20 am

Yikes!! Thanks, Kathy … it dropped through the cracks. Updated now. Thanks so much for the nudge. Sorry about that.

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Nancy C. Hardin March 23, 2012 at 10:34 am

As a family, we have been reading the Alive Now selections for the day as well as using Edward Hays book “The Ascent of the Mountain of God, Daily Reflections for the Journey of Lent”. It is wonderful to have the three of us all using and talking about the same things. We have felt very close to God.

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Beth Richardson March 26, 2012 at 8:38 am

Hi, Nancy,

I’m so glad to know how your family is using Alive Now. Thank you so much for sharing. Many blessings to you, for you have blessed us.

Beth

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Mary Maloney April 10, 2012 at 7:02 am

Hi Beth, Here you are when the days of my life are filled with life and I so appreciate the meditation time and your gifts to bring it smoothly. God’s Grace is working it seems like Big Time to me right now in my life. Thankyou for sharing your God given and led gifts so well. Thankyou God, for the gifts of so many who listen to your Holy Spirit’s direction!! My Love and Prayers Always, Mary maloney

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Beth Richardson April 10, 2012 at 8:26 am

Hi, Mary, How nice to have your post this morning as I’m going through my email. I’m so grateful that these resources are filling you up with God’s Grace. Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know. Many, many blessings,
Beth

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Barbara Nelson April 26, 2012 at 9:11 am

Have you considered having the woman read first and third? I find her reading so much more expressive. I also miss the gentleman from South Africa who was so expressive.

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Beth Richardson April 26, 2012 at 9:26 am

Hi, Barbara,

Thanks so much for the feedback. I really appreciate you taking the time to give us your suggestions.

Trevor Hudson — our guy from South Africa! I can’t wait for him to come to town again so I can record him for Audio Lectio. I miss his voice, too. I wish we had an audio version of the Bible read by Trevor Hudson!

Blessings,
Beth

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Molly June 9, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Many thanks for the audio lectio. It is a truly special resource.

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Beth Richardson July 2, 2012 at 11:32 am

Thank you, Molly — for letting us know. Blessings!

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wendy carter June 26, 2012 at 11:41 am

Hi! Have you posted a new reading fro this week? I couldn’t seem to find it. Thank you! Wendy

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Beth Richardson June 26, 2012 at 11:59 am

Sorry we’re late. The new one is up now.

Beth

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merlene lucas July 19, 2012 at 8:09 am

One of my prayer group members just sent me an email where I had the opportunity to listen to lectio divina and take part in the meditation. God speaks to us and works His way in us in such mysterious ways. IRight now I am dealing with so many things in my life, and I am so longing to hear from God, I have such a yearning to be with Him in a quiet place, I so long just to feel His arms around me; I so yearn to experience that peace which passes all understanding. This meditataion came at the right time because the words which stuck out in this meditation is to come to that quiet place and rest a while and bask in God’s presence. Thanks very much for lectio divina and I look forward to making this a part of my daily devotions. thanks and God continue to bless you.

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Beth Richardson July 19, 2012 at 8:33 am

Hi, Marlene,

I’m so glad you found the Audio Lectio and that it spoke to you in a powerful way. Thank you for taking the time to share what it meant to you. I pray that you will continue to find those quiet places of rest in God’s presence.

Blessings,
Beth

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Jane W July 23, 2012 at 7:58 am

Deserted Places

Alone with Spirit
Renewed in meditation
Sometimes just alone. 

A deserted place can be a refuge from the business of the world, a place for gaining sustenance and gathering strength, a place eagerly sought and hard to find. 
A deserted place can also be where we find ourselves alone, friendless, abandoned, frightened, without the resources we need to live. 
To intentionally find our deserted places bring us peace that can help us in the times when the deserted places find us. 

Thank you for Alive Now online. I am a email subscriber and use the audio lectio. I don’t know why fail to do it every day. Seems the deserted places for meditation are hard to come by. Again, thanks. Jane.

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Beth Richardson July 23, 2012 at 8:42 am

Thank you, Jane. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts.

Blessings,
Beth

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Janet Pierce November 10, 2012 at 10:07 am

To Jane W.

“Deserted Places” really touched me. How true your words reflect deserted places for many, including myself.

When I read something like this that touches me, I like to record it in a file on my iPad. I have a large variety of original quotes, poetry, and psalms. I always include the writer’s name and the source.

May I have your last name? I believe one should always receive credit for their work.
Thank you for sharing this.

Janet Pierce

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Mary Maloney August 3, 2012 at 6:50 am

Greetings Beth, I am so appreciating the Hard Work of Resting and the blessings of the dicipline of Audio Lectio. Thankyou always for the resourses and all your good work. This is another vote for the use of the inspiration of Treavor Hudson. Keep on Keeping on God will continue to use all in so many ways. My Love and Prayers Always, Mary M

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Beth Richardson August 3, 2012 at 8:35 am

Thank you, Mary,

We have a hard time getting Trevor’s voice since he’s in South Africa. But we did get him to record a couple of issues when he was in Nashville in June. I think we have him for September/October 2012 and January/February 2013.

I keep asking for us to publish an audio Bible with Trevor as a reader. :-)

Many blessings to you, Mary.
Beth

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John September 10, 2012 at 7:25 am

Hi Beth,
I have begun using your audio lectios in our prayer group at church and I use them daily as well. Is the entire library available for download somewhere? This morning the lectio is from last week…I am ready for Mark 8 but Mark 7 still comes up?
I send Love and Great Blessings this morning from North Carolina,
John

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Beth Richardson September 10, 2012 at 10:12 am

Hi, John,

Thank you for letting me know how you are using the audio Lectio. It’s wonderful to know that it’s being used in your prayer group.

I’ve just posted the new recording. Sorry to be late. But the Mark 8 recording is ready now.

I don’t have one place where all the recordings can be downloaded at one time, but they are all available in Soundcloud. Here’s a link to the set which contains all that we have recorded so far: http://soundcloud.com/alivenow/sets/alive-now-audio-lectio

Let me know how we can assist you!

Blessings,
Beth

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Derrick September 27, 2012 at 5:18 am

I did a search for audio lectio divina, and came across yours. Very glad I did. This form of prayer is new to me, and it felt nice! Thank you, and may all who listen be as blessed, and may you be blessed in your ministry.

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Beth Richardson September 27, 2012 at 8:28 am

Hi, Derrick,

I’m so glad you found us and found this prayer to be nurturing to you. Thank you for praying the scripture with us. May it bless you today.

Beth Richardson
Editor, Alive Now magazine

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Derrick September 29, 2012 at 5:52 am

Thank you, Beth. I’m back for more!

May your weekend and beyond be happy.

-Derrick

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Mary Maloney October 9, 2012 at 6:08 am

Hi Beth and Gina and all, Thankyou for the gift we can find right here. Lectio Divina is a wonderful disapline and I would not do it alot if I could not listen to it here. Also went to the disapline of looking at the art work and I will do it more. Thankyou for the reintroduction to this disapline that I tried once before along time ago. Continue your good work and be of help to many as God continues to Use YOU Greatly. My Love and Prayers, Mary

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Beth Richardson October 9, 2012 at 9:25 am

Hi, Mary,

Thank you for your kind words. They are blessings to us today.

Beth

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richard wolff October 23, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Hello Beth

A few years ago a friend of my brought me some back issues of Alive Now. I was struck by the depth of the articles and the whole publication in general. Now I try to devour the writings of the fabulous writers in your magazine as soon as get them from my friend. I in turn share Alive Now with other people in my apartment building. I am forever grateful to my friend Steve for sharing those first issues and for all of you for the great work you do. May God’s love and blessings continue to be with you. Richard Wolff

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Beth Richardson October 25, 2012 at 8:05 am

Hi, Richard,

Thank you for taking the time to let me know how much you are enjoying Alive Now. I’m grateful to know that it is feeding your soul.

Many blessings — and thanks for sharing Alive Now with others. We are always looking for new friends!!

Blessings,
Beth

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Reva Campbell February 28, 2013 at 9:34 am

This weeks scripture Luke 13:6-9 Parable of the fig tree is telling me form the words of the gardener I will fertilize and water it one more year to see if it will bear fruit. This parable is telling me if I fertilize and water my soul with God’s words and will in my life I will bear fruit. All glory to God Reva Campbell

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Beth Richardson March 1, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Thank you, Reva. Many blessings to you as you fertilize and water.

Blessings,
Beth

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mary maloney March 29, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Thankyou again and always for spiritual resources. I am “Eastering myself” (from a book by Sue Monk Kidd –When the Heart Waits —- I find God uses your resources. Love and Prayers always, Mary Maloney

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Beth Richardson April 1, 2013 at 8:49 am

You are welcome. Easter blessings!

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mary maloney April 6, 2013 at 8:07 am

greetings to all there, Still listening here. God’s blessings Always, Love and Prayers, Mary maloney

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Penney September 20, 2013 at 7:13 am

Hi,
I have practiced Lectio style prayer for many years. I have also taught this wonderfully fulfilling
prayer style for as many years. Your website fills a much needed gap for those of us who practice it on a regular basis. I regularly email and post this site to friends and family and those enrolled in an Adult Education course that I teach on prayer styles at our church.

As a frequent user, I would like to give some feedback. With those that I have spoken to, the music feed at the transitions is difficult to negotiate. They are not sure what is needed, but it the genre is so strong that it takes the group that I am talking to “out of that place” just as they are settling in. I would have to agree.

Over the weeks that I have been joining you all, I cannot seem to negotiate past it . I can’t stay there when the music comes on. After many weeks, I now find myself anticipating the music and that I am going to be coming out of that place of meditation anyway (when the music comes on) so now I am not able to get there at all. It is a subconscious or inner response that is just present.

Throughout the years, our contemplative group, as well as my husband and I use a low sounding chime. Some call it a zen chime due to the fact that other religions use it to signal that their meditation is beginning or ending. However, all of the Christian contemplative groups that I have been associated with on a weekly basis or on retreat use this sound to begin, end and signal different movements in meditative prayer. Please strongly consider giving this idea your attention.

I do think that if you used the site everyday for a month, some of you on your team would begin to see what we are talking about, here. Particularly since it this consensus is wide spread among those that I have recommended to the site.

Finally, could you provide the script. Some are hearing impaired, developmentally disabled, etc. and would enjoy having the script to read as you are reading the transitions/directions for the next movement. I realize that they can find the scriptures on the link that is provided, but the directions given between reading are not posted here. A simple link to a pdf file would serve this purpose well. Bless all of you at Alive Now.

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Beth Richardson September 20, 2013 at 7:25 am

Hi, Penney,

I’m absolutely delighted that you have taken the time to use Audio Lectio and have gathered feedback for us. This is the first anyone has shared with me about the music. I’ll get to working on that right away and will see what we might be able to find to help that transition and not have it be a distraction for people. Would you and your group be available to help us test some new formats? I’ll contact you via email to be sure we can connect. My contact info is brichardson (at) upperroom (dot) org

And — what a great idea to provide the narrative. That is very easy to do and we can certainly add a PDF to the site of the script.

These are wonderful suggestions. We have already produced the recordings through the end of the year, so it will be a little while before you will see the changes in the weekly recordings.

One question — is the gong at the beginning ok?

Blessings,
Beth

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Penney September 21, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Thank you for your warm response. Your responsiveness is very touching.
Having discussed the topic of music vs chime vs. gong on this site with our contemplative prayer group; we would enjoy the same gentle sound throughout. The sameness of the sound enables us to not be distracted or taken out of that place. Therefore, we would encourage you to choose a soft, gentle chime sound.

The “Insight Timer – Meditation Timer” found on iTunes is a favorite of our contemplative prayer groups. This will give you an idea of what we are talking about.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/insight-timer-meditation-timer/id337472899?mt=8

As far as testing…yes, we would be happy to help test your choice of chimes.

Also, thank you for posting the narrative on pdf. I have friends suffering with an assortment of maladies, who will be delighted to have the words in their hands.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like me to help in any way. Blessings, Penney

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Beth Richardson September 26, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Penney — so a chime to begin that fades out and then a chime at the end of the quiet time? Is that what you are thinking? I tried out the insight timer and noticed that is how it works.

Thanks for your use of Audio Lectio … And your time with helping us refine the practice.

Blessings,
Beth

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Penney September 26, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Hi Beth,

Yes, the chime sound on the iTunes APP is the most common sound that our ears are “trained to hear” and, in general, one can stay in “that inner place” as they work through the transitions in Lectio.

The Contemplative Outreach Prayer Group that I am a part of uses this style chime for Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina.

To be exact, the chime that we use for all of our Centering Prayer Groups, Lectio Prayer Groups and Silent Retreats that meet throughout South Western New York and North Western Pennsylvania; is called the
Woodstock Percussion ZENERGY Zenergy Chime – Solo Percussion Instrument
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000775G0/ref=wms_ohs_product?ie=UTF8&psc=1
(today it is $13.94)
As you and your friends practice Lectio with it, you will find that “light touch” that
signals the transitions but does not take you out of that “inner place.” Without much
effort, I know that you will discover what I am describing.

Our groups use three light touches in succession to signal that we are beginning and three light touches at the end of the silence during “contemplatio” to signal that we are ending. Working through lectio, meditatio, oratio and contemplatio, some use one light tap, some use three, but not two. Those who use one, let the chime vibrate until the sound can no longer be heard and then begin. Those who use three light taps do so in succession and then let the last tap vibrate until it the sound can no longer be heard. I would say that the successive taps are in a 1:4 beat. Tap – count to three – tap on the fourth – tap – count to three and tap on the fourth – count to three and tap on the fourth letting the sound go until it can no longer be heard. Then the next movement begins.

When people travel or practice on their own, they use the APP that
I shared with you from iTunes because it has a timer that can be set at intervals to go off. Since those of us who practice regularly know the movements by heart, we can
set the timer to go off and make the shifts inside without the help of another voice directing us.

However, we are excited about the possibility of your changing your site as we feel that
weekly or twice weekly having someone guide us through the movements is exceedingly beneficial and enriching.

In my humble opinion, I would purchase the chime from Amazon so that the sound is more natural and you would not have to worry about copyrights and all the rest.

We are trusting God to give you all the wisdom and discernment that
you seek as you listen to our suggestions.

Thank you for inviting us to share.

Blessings,
Penney

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Beth Richardson October 8, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Hi, Penney,

Just sending you an email to your yahoo address ….

Blessings,
Beth

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Penney October 18, 2013 at 9:26 pm

Hi Beth,
I did not receive your email dated October 8th. I checked the Spam folder, as well and your email did not arrive.

Please resend it to my yahoo.com email.

Thanks,
Penney

Mary maloney October 6, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Hi Beth and all at Alive Now, I have been using your many resources this year and appreciate the feed back you get also. Patience (some anyway as this is my 2nd attempt to reply today), God’s abounding Grace, keeps me here. I have had computer problems or it is my own slowness at this computer work. I will continue to Hang in and Hang on to all the Grace I am receiving. God is soooooo Good! Blessings are all over. My Love and Prayers, Mary

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Beth Richardson October 7, 2013 at 10:01 am

Hi, Mary, So nice to hear from you. Continue to Hang in and Hang on. Many blessings, Beth

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Mary maloney October 22, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Greetings to you Beth and all, Praises and thanks for help and sound back again for the audio lectio disapline!! Thanks for all your resources as always… May the Holy Spirit use YOU greatly.
My Love and prayers always, M. maloney

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Beth Richardson October 28, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Thanks, Mary, for the greetings. I’m so glad you are here. Many blessings!
Beth

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Mary maloney November 6, 2013 at 9:02 am

Alleluia, Alleluia Live today. God is our God! The God of the LIVING. Thanks be to God today. (One song of Thanksgiving I have written Lately.) Amen and Amen (May it be so!) mlm

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richard wolff November 17, 2013 at 7:13 am

Dear Beth, I’ve been completely thrilled with yourJuly/August 2013 issue on creativity. Ihave and I am savoring every page of it. Some time back I wrote a page of some of my reasons for thanking God daily. I will be mailing a copy of it to very soon via usps. I hope you like it. I also enjoy photography, especially nature photos. I will be sending some of these images to you as well, probably via email.

Blessing to you and for your work.
Richard

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Mary maloney December 10, 2013 at 8:37 am

Only thru God’s Grace, some are able to look to God again and pray for more grace and strength for friends especially 100 year old Evie as she goes through the leaving of this world. Thankyou Jesus for your care and open arms. L&Ps, MLM

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Morris Fleischer February 6, 2014 at 7:49 am

I am grateful for your wonderful Audio Lectio that you offer us. As a pastor who tends to follow the Revised Common Lectionary (probably 85% of the time), I have been sharing your resource with my congregation through e-mail and Facebook to encourage their engagement of the text for the coming Sunday. My hope is that, through prayer and reflection, persons will come to the Sunday worship experience with their thoughts and questions. Thank you for providing this rich resource for us. Since I don’t always preach from the Gospel lesson, is there any way that you might branch out to cover the other lections for the week?

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mary maloney February 24, 2014 at 6:46 am

“It is good to be here”. I like the chimes you have added. Thanks to those who make comments to help the doing of this discipline. And always thanks and praise for the way God uses all at Alive Now! My Love and Prayers, MLM

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Buz Kloot February 27, 2014 at 5:35 am

After 25 years of being a Christian, I discovered some of the contemplative practices only a year ago (after a significant spiritual crisis). Audio Lectio is one of the resources I use quite regularly, so many thanks! An added thrill for me is to go to Sunday service and hear in community to what I have been listening to in private!

I was wondering if there were any way that the final part each recording could be the “go in God’s peace and love” rather than credits? For me, Lectio is a good way to enter into a longer period of silence like 20 minutes as in the centering prayer practice, so the credits can be a distraction (I realize there is a “stop” button). I know it is important to give credit where it is due and I assume your readers are volunteers who give freely of their time. I’d appreciate if you could give this some thought and I plan to continue this great resource regardless of the outcome of this request.

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Beth Richardson February 28, 2014 at 6:29 am

Dear Buz,

I’m so happy that you are finding the audio lectio to be helpful to you. That makes me very happy! We are always tweaking the recording and will consider your suggestion. It’s a challenge to figure out all the requirements that we have. We have done this in the version that we embed in the digital edition of Alive Now, just for the reason that you mentioned. Thanks for taking the time to post and to let us know how it is enriching your spiritual life.

Many blessings!!
Beth

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Buz Kloot March 30, 2014 at 7:18 am

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Penney March 30, 2014 at 8:46 am

Thank you for all of the changes that you have made to the site. I would like to echo Buz Kloot’s suggestions to not end the “rest” movement of the daily Lectio with credits. Perhaps, the next recording, you could end with silence. Therefore, we can all determine how we would like to bring the rest movement to a close. Thank you, again.

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Kimberly Barker-Brugman May 22, 2014 at 4:22 am

hi Beth,
I just love these. It is so wonderful to sit at my computer and have the words read aloud. It is so helpful. I love to do it two or three times a week and one day add the gbod lectionary readings and helps and it just takes me so much deeper into the scripture. Thanks for the beautiful ministry. Please keep it up.

gratefully, Kim

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Beth Richardson May 22, 2014 at 8:03 am

Hi, Kim,

Thank you for taking the time to let us know that the lectio exercise it making a difference in your life. Makes me really happy to hear. Many blessings, Beth

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Mary L Maloney July 3, 2014 at 5:38 am

“Learn from me” The Holy Spirit teaches so many ways and this way is only one way– Listen, Listen, Listen — those who have ears to hear— Thank you again and always for your guidance and resources –Amen and may we share the truth. My Love and Prayers, MLM

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Robert L. Wendt August 4, 2014 at 4:22 pm

The part of the August 3rd, audio lectio, where Jesus tells the people to
feed these less fortunate people, reminds me that we should never turn our
backs on those in need. These people new they needed help, and yet did not
know where to turn. I have have donated items I no longer use to GoodWill,
I sponsor a child in Zambia, through World Vision, and have helped out at a local
food pantry. I feel the presence of God with me through this work.

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Beth Richardson October 8, 2014 at 7:54 am

Thanks, Robert. Blessings!

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Mary L Maloney August 16, 2014 at 5:47 am

The Canaanite Woman is a hard scripture for me. I believe—Help My Unbelief. That even Jesus can be transformed by faith is worthy of much thought. Continue My own transformation Dearest Lord. Amen –May it be so—MLM

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Mary L Maloney October 8, 2014 at 7:12 am

We have a Patient God. “many are called, but few are chosen” God chooses Me, today to continue to Learn and grow closer. I do so love my ministry of Encouragement. You at Alive now encourage me as I look into and listen to God’s words. May God continue to Bless and Keep YOU. MLM

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Beth Richardson October 8, 2014 at 7:52 am

Thank you, Mary. Blessings!

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Rodney Page November 23, 2014 at 9:04 am

I am so thankful to find you on the web. I thoroughly enjoy lectio divina/audio lectio as it stills and enriches my soul and spirit. Have Nov. 16th and 23rd being loaded yet? I can’t seem to find them. Thanks for making this available online!

Rodney Page

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