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Consider How the Holy Spirit is among us every moment!!!
Join us for THE GOOD NEWS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
beginning May 17 - August 9
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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
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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.
June 16 - ESTHER - The story of a genocidal plot against a Jewish population...and how the plot was prevented.
Reflection: Who are the heroes in your experience? How did they save you from trouble...possible death?
June 23 - no Bible study - Keep in prayer all who are getting married, especially my grandson!
June 30 - INTRODUCTION TO BIBLE'S WISDOM LITERATURE ...POETRY...PSALMS...PROVERBS... JOB...
Reflection: The Bible is like a library with different sections. This section is the WISDOM LITERATURE which includes songs, poetry, proverbs, and more! Where have you discovered WISDOM for living?
July 7 - Reflection on BOOK OF JOB - A story of suffering - what is the cause? Why do the innocent suffer? Can you let go of your expectations and trust in God's love?
July 14 - PSALMS - BOOK 1 - Psalms 1 - 41
How we sing psalms & why! Ps 1
Psalms can help us sleep Ps 4
Psalm 30 - Turning sadness into joy.
July 21 - PSALMS - BOOK 2 - Psalms 42 - 72
Prayers from the Time of Exile Ps 42-43
Prayer of Protection Ps 44
Psalm 46 - God is with us!
Psalm 51 - A Prayer of Forgiveness
July 28 - PSALMS - BOOK 3 - Psalms 73 - 89
God the Judge Ps 75
God the Victor Ps 76
God and his people Ps 78
Prayers for the Nation for Restoration Ps 79
Prayers for Help Ps 86
August 4 - PSALMS - Book 4 - Psalms 90 - 106
Of God and Human Beings Ps 90
God our Protector Ps 91
Song of Praise Ps 95
The Prayer of a Troubled Youth Ps 109
August 11 - PSALMS - Book 5 - Psalms 107- 150
In Praise of God's Goodness Ps. 107
Help against enemies Ps. 108
Complaint of Someone in Trouble Ps. 109
What is Prayer Ps. 130
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.