Lent Retreat: 2018

from the ISC: Glasgow

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 Suggestions for Group Leaders

Weekly Meetings

Meeting Four: Third Week of Lent

We give suggestions for each week’s group meeting, but it is up to you to organise how you feel best.
Feel free to move things around, omit or add things; you must feel comfortable with your meeting. Begin with tea and biscuits while people gather and are welcomed.
You might like to set the scene with a centrepiece, maybe a candle and cloth of Lenten colours.

Outline of Meeting

We suggest beginning with tea and biscuits while people gather and are welcomed.

1.  Opening Prayer
– Take a couple of minutes of quiet prayer to ask God to be with you during the meeting.  Pray that God might speak to the heart of each person in the group.

2. Sharing - Ask each individual to go over their prayer times this week; give them a moment to consult their journal.
You might ask them:

3. Imaginative Contemplation
Lead the group through an imaginative contemplation.
Before you start, prepare a story from the Gospel that you would like to use. In the example below we shall assume that it is the reading given for day 12, the Second Sunday of Lent - the Transfiguration. Take a Break:  After a short break it would be good for those who wish to share something of this prayer with the group.
You might ask people to begin with whether they were able to get into the imaginative contemplation.

You may also ask the group whether anything surprised them. You could also ask what God is saying to them or it how do they feel now. 

If you get some good responses from the group, you might suggest that these are the sorts of things they could note in their journals after each prayer session.

4. Looking Forward – Make sure the time and venue etc. of the next meeting is clear.

5. Thank everyone for coming.

 Leader's Notes: Imaginative Contemplation

This is a way of entering into the Scriptures, particularly the Gospels.
Use a story from scripture that allows you to be part of the action, such as today's story of the Transfiguration.
As in dreams, you might find interesting and unexpected things come up.

See the method layed out on day-12 as the meditation.

Explain that this prayer is the interaction between Scripture and the imagination and life of the person who praying. 
This is not the recreation of history.  Everyone will imagine the story differently.  That's OK.
The Holy Spirit can inspire each individual in their prayer to receive what they need to feel and hear.
Imaginative Contemplation is a place to meet the God of surprises.

Review of Prayer

When you have finished look back over the prayer.
It is good to model the review in the questions you ask the group after the prayer in the group.