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Gospel of Mark ends May 10 - A Surprise Ending
Consider How the Holy Spirit is among us every moment!!!
Join us for THE GOOD NEWS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
beginning May 17 - July 26
Reserve your space and guide($8.00) - call 481-7172
May 17 - Remembering the past to make it present; May24 - The Spirit Arrives - Pentecost May 31 (no class Memorial Day)
June 7 - Healings and Boldness; June 14 -Surprises While Traveling; June 21- The Holy Spirit leads the Way;
June 28 - Disturbing Words & Questions; July 5 ( No class- Independence Day) July 12 - Constructive Approaches to Controversy;
July 19 - Missionary Journeys; July 26 - Grace of Pentecost; August 2 - You Will Receive Power;
August 9 - Other Ways of Saying Church
Join us Wednesdays 10:00am – 11:30am on ZOOM
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PANORAMA OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
How do I fit into the Great Story of God and humanity?
Is my life molded and shaped by this inspired literature?
"The New Testament lies hidden in the Old, and the Old Testament is unveiled in the New."
God asks one thing...Worship the LORD alone!
THE SHEMA - Deut. 6:4-9
Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone! Therefore, you shall love the LORD, your God, with your whole heart, and with your whole being, and with your whole strength. Take to heart these words which I command you today. Keep repeating them to your children. Recite them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them on your arm as a sign* and let them be as a pendant on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates.
May 5 - no class
May 12 - 1 & 2 Samuel
Discusssion Questions: How has a family member shown faithfulness? What are your favorite family stories? e.g. when something was loss; when someone won a battle; when you were anointed for a special work?
May 19 -1 & 2 KINGS - Reign of David - God's Care through
His Faults & Faithfulness
Reign of Solomon - Construction of the Temple
Weapons, Wives and Wealth + downfall of Solomon, Kingdom divided
Discusssion Questions: How is God transcendent and present to both David and Solomon?
How is God present and transcendent to you? to His people then and now?
How has God been present even in defeat to the Israelites? to us?
May 26 - 1 & 2 CHRONICLES - EZRA - NEHEMIAH -
Discusssion Questions: Chronicles tells the story of "that which was left out" in 1 & 2 Kings...have you ever considered what was left out of your history? Ezra & Nehemiah tell the stories of problems and inclusion... how do you face problems today?
June 2- TOBIT... JUDITH...ESTHER
Discusssion Questions: These stories teach us about the difficulties and rewards of remaining faithful to God's covenant... what are difficulties you face in remaining faithful? How is prayer and God's word helpful to you?
HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE
1. Pray before you begin...ask the Holy Spirit to open your mind and heart as you read the scripture. (see prayer below)
2. Use the same Bible each time. The New American Bible, revised edition or The Jerusalem Bible are good choices.
Using an actual book allows you to underline and date the times you study. I've put down the place and why/who I am studying/praying for.
3. Read slowly and keep a note pad near to write down distractions, ideas to contact or help another.
4. Read the footnotes for more information. They often point to other scriptures that relate to the passage you are studying.
5. Practice Lectio Divina - read again slowly and underline the words that resonate with you. Put yourself into the passage. Ask Christ to help you understand why those words resonate at this time.
Prayer of St. John Chrysostom
O Lord Jesus Christ, open the eyes of my heart that I may hear your word, and understand and do your will, for I am a sojourner upon the Earth.
Hide not your commandments from me, but open my eyes that I may perceive the wonders of your Law.
Speak unto me the hidden and secret things of your wisdom.
On you I set my hope, O my God, that you shall enlighten my mind and understanding with the light of your knowledge;
not only to cherish those things which are written, but to do them.