Meditating on God’s name opens up new possibilities for the ways we address and understand God. It is a collective invocation created by people “praying” the names of God together.
Provide paper and pens or have group members write in their journals.
Read the scripture passages and the statements under “What is it” and “Why is it important.”
Enter a period of meditation and invocation that includes hearing some of God’s names, listening for new understandings of God’s nature and names, and praying God’s names together as a community.
Read the following names for God slowly and reverently. Read the names aloud, and ask group members to listen prayerfully. They may want to write down the names that speak to them most deeply.
Source of Joy
Father of Lights
Great “I Am”
Giver of Life
Creator of Beauty
After reflecting on this list, enter into a time of prayer in which you listen for new names and descriptors for God. Spend a few minutes prayerfully meditating on God’s being, nature, and presence. Write down names for God that surface during your meditation.
Create a communal invocation by prayerfully speaking aloud the names for God that have come from the meditation time. The prayer becomes a time of quiet in which people take turns calling out different names for the God to whom they are praying.
Close the time of prayer with a short benedictory statement by the facilitator or a pre-selected member of the group.
Scriptures for Reflections
God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I am has sent me to you.’” —Exodus 3:14 NRSV
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. —John 4:24 NRSV
The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. —Psalm 9:9–10 NRSV