As we move through Fall 2020, the following resources will enhance your participation in Sunday Worship, Family Chapel, Morning Prayer and Compline.
FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP
The 1979 Book of Common Prayer with additional Resources – This complete 1979 Book of Common Prayer includes a full-color, contemporary soft cover, and an easy-to-read table of contents. This includes Sunday Worship, Morning Prayer and Compline. This edition includes 38 pages of additional material designed to help the reader understand more about The Episcopal Church, its worship, and its prayer book. Supplemental essays include “”What is the Book of Common Prayer?,”” “”Reading Scripture in Worship,”” “”How to Write a Collect,”” and an overview of the church year. PURCHASE HERE
FOR FAMILY CHAPEL
Fall 2020 Family Chapel will be lectionary based. These three Sparkhouse Bibles are recommended for family and child participation. You need only buy one; the age-appropriate one.
Sparkhouse strives to deliver resources that help engage and build faith with innovative Bibles, curricula, and workshops from birth to adult.
The Spark Bible (NRSV) helps kids explore the Bible in a personal way and makes it easy for younger members to interact with God’s Word. Stickers help the explorer engage with the Bible by thinking about the text in a personal way with questions and statements like “I memorized it!”, “Makes me feel?” and “Reminds me of?” Includes activity suggestions and reflective questions. NRSV Translation. Designed for Grade 3-Grade 12. PURCHASE HERE.
The Spark Story Bible brings God’s word to life through colorful art and rich retellings of 150 of the most popular Bible stories. Designed for Sunday school and church settings, The Spark Story Bible is perfect for reading aloud and includes entertaining activities and questions to keep kids engaged with the text. The 150 stories provide an excellent foundation for a biblical education that is both inspiring and fun. Designed for Grade 1 – Grade 4. PURCHASE HERE.
Designed for kids in pre-kindergarten through second grade, the Whirl Story Bible contains over 120 stories that correspond to all the lessons in the Whirl Lectionary Sunday school curriculum. Leaders read a lively story retelling on one page while kids follow the action in the pictures on the other page. Colorful borders and icons help kids identify church year seasons and Sundays. Every story includes the Bible text and lectionary day so leaders know when the story is read during the three-year lectionary. Embedded questions help kids connect the Bible stories to their lives. Video characters Ada and Otto appear in each story to provide comments, explanations, and humor. Designed for children Pre-K – Grade 1. PURCHASE HERE.
FOR THURSDAY NIGHT COMMUNITY FORUMS
Our scripture component of Thursday Night Community Forums will discuss Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans.
If the Bible isn’t a science book or an instruction manual, then what is it? What do people mean when they say the Bible is inspired? When Rachel Held Evans found herself asking these questions, she began a quest to better understand what the Bible is and how it is meant to be read. What she discovered changed her and it will change you too.
Drawing on the best in recent scholarship and using her well honed literary expertise, Evans examines some of our favorite Bible stories and possible interpretations, retelling them through memoir, original poetry, short stories, soliloquies, and even a short screenplay. Undaunted by the Bible’s most difficult passages, Evans wrestles through the process of doubting, imagining, and debating Scripture’s mysteries. The Bible, she discovers, is not a static work but is a living, breathing, captivating, and confounding book that is able to equip us to join God’s loving and redemptive work in the world. PURCHASE HERE.
DOWNLOAD the study guide to focus your reading and shape our discussions.