Growing by Encountering God in the Bible
Bible study is an opportunity to encounter God as well as learn about who we are as a Church. When people study God’s Word together in groups, they have an opportunity to know each other on a deeper level than is usually possible. It becomes an opportunity to build community and to extend that community in care for others.
Battenkill Cluster Advent Program - Lectio Divina, Sacred Reading
On the Monday and Friday evenings of Advent, we will gather on Zoom to prayerfully reflect on the Sunday Advent Scripture readings. Our gathering will last about 30 minutes from 6:30 to 7:00 PM. No Scripture background is needed, and all are welcome. If you are new to Zoom, we can help you. Have an internet connection but no camera, the parish has several cameras to loan, and you can connect with a tablet or a smartphone! Participants can also call in. Please do not let the technology keep you from joining us.
We will meet online at 6:30 PM on 11/30 (M), 12/4 (F), 12/7 (M), 12/11 (F), 12/14(M), 12/18 (F), 12/21 (M).
To sign up, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Adult Bible Study: The Gospel According to Mark, Part Two
Thought to be the earliest of the four Gospels, the Gospel of Mark is a fast-moving, vivid account of the ministry, suffering, and death of Jesus. Enter into a rich encounter with this preacher, wonder-worker, and messiah, whose very life delivered an urgent message about repentance, transformation, and the meaning of suffering in a life poured out for others. Part Two explores Mark 9:33-16:20, including Jesus' entry into Jerusalem and the events of his passion, death, and resurrection.
Commentary, study and reflection questions, prayers, and access to online lectures are included. Introduction plus 4 lessons.
The Gospel According to Mark - Introduction:
Daily Personal Study: Participants spend time prayerfully reading and reflecting on an assigned section of the Scriptures. Each lesson includes prayer, the assigned Scripture text, solid biblical commentary, and questions for learning and reflection. Ideally, if you devote about 20 minutes a day to the process, you will find it manageable and allow time for the material to sink in. This time of personal study provides the foundation for each week’s small group discussion.
Weekly Small-Group Sharing (90 minutes): Gather weekly with others who are studying the same material. You will share the fruits of your personal study, and in the process, discover new insights. A facilitator will help to create an atmosphere of openness and trust in which God’s Word and its application to daily life can be discovered and discussed. A brief video lecture will help to develop and clarify the themes of the lesson. 5 sessions
Discussions will be held virtually.
Participants will receive step by step instructions for connecting to the meeting by internet or phone.
Mondays, 6:30 - 8 pm
Participants will be notified when books are available for pickup.
Introduction - Yes, you can Zoom! January 18
Lesson One (Introduction and Mark 9:33–10:52) January 25
Lesson Two (Mark 11-12) February 1
Lesson Three (Mark 13-14) February 8
Lesson Four (Mark 15-16) February 15