Adult Forums to Explore the Christian Way

welcome.church.building2Christian Formation is a lifelong process. With this in mind, our clergy will offer a three-part, fall education series (Loving God, Loving Neighbor) for adults based on the three-fold educational goals of our Church School. These goals are: to share a deep knowledge and understanding of the stories of the Bible, to engage the traditions and experience of prayer and Episcopal worship, and to foster a life-long commitment to serving others and working for justice. See below for the date and description of each session. All forums will take place on Sundays in the Memorial Room at 11:30 am.

Worship and Prayer (September 27)

The Church is first and foremost a worshiping community. Our coming together regularly for corporate worship is at the heart and soul of our life together. What we pray and how we pray it, what we do and how we do it, shape our religious beliefs. As the Episcopal saying goes, “our praying shapes our believing.” During this session, we will take a closer look at the Book of Common Prayer with a special focus on our corporate worship and our private devotion. If there are particular prayers or phrases from the BCP that you find moving, please bring them to share.

Scripture and Hymns (October 18)

Our worship is guided in large part by music and the Bible. St. Augustine of Hippo (354-450 AD) once said, “The one who sings, prays twice.” We sing hymns and Psalms, we listen to Scripture, and we hear choral anthems. In this session we may sing a bit, share our experience of hymns and anthems we love, and reflect on how the melodies and Bible passages on which they are based touch our hearts and minds.

Charity and Justice (November 15)

The necessary fruit of worship is action: loving God and loving neighbor. Jesus’ command in this regard is clear. In this session we’ll examine and reflect on our experiences of service. How have we felt God’s presence as we have served other people? In what kinds of situations do we find it most difficult to serve? Easiest? How do we understand the difference between serving as charity and serving as justice? We’ll discuss these and other questions as they arise in this interactive session.