“Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.” – Book of Common Prayer, Proper 28
The adult formation ministry team is challenging all parishioners to read the Bible in 91 days! Can you do it? Will you do it?
Here’s the plan:
The summer program to read the Bible begins on Trinity Sunday (June 11) and ends on the Sunday after Labor Day (September 10). That’s 91 days.
— The book we will be using is The Path: A Journey Through the Bible. It includes all the primary passages of the Bible, using the New Revised Standard Version, which is the same translation you hear in church. In addition to actual Bible passages, there is connecting text to covers the sense of the omitted portions in order for readers to experience the complete Bible story.
— If you read 3-4 pages of The Path every day during the summer, you will have read the Bible in 91 days, by September 10!
— Of course, you might get so interested in learning more about the Bible from start to finish that you want to spend more time reading it. The Path has scripture citations, study questions and next steps at the end of each of the 24 chapters.
— You might want to spend more than one week on each chapter, which means that you would complete the book just before the season of Advent on December 3, which marks the beginning of a new church year.
— But wait – there’s more! If there are children in your household, you might want to use The Path Family Storybook: A Journey through the Bible for Families. This book has the same 24-chapter structure as the adult book, and it tells the major stories of the Bible in a way that engages children.
The adult formation ministry team is honoring the parishioner preferences as expressed in the adult formation survey of six months ago, which called for learning more about the Bible and the Episcopal Church. We believe that getting a full and authoritative overview of the Bible is essential in comprehending and embracing the themes and development of God’s word as recorded in the Hebrew- and Christian scriptures.
So take the plunge!
Make the Bible your summer reading, and read the entire Bible using The Path in 91 days! Your reward will be a deeper faith in the living and triune God, and a clearer understanding of how God loves us and encourages us to live our lives in that faith.
To order The Path and/or The Path Family Storybook, put your name on the order lists on the parish bulletin board or contact Fr Randolph. You can also get the Kindle version on Amazon for just $10 – don’t buy the paperback version from them for $22, however, since you can get it from Saint James’ for just $10!
One of the best activities anyone can do in order to grow in the faith is to read the entire Bible in a structured (daily, with a deadline) and instructed (simple study guide) manner.
On Trinity Sunday, we on the adult formation ministry team commissioned everyone who has decided to read the Bible using The Path, and we hope you’ll join in!
We also want to stay in touch with all who are participating in the summer Bible challenge, either by email or Sunday meetings. You can also join the adult formation Facebook group.
On Sunday, September 10, we will affirm and give thanks for all who have completed the summer Bible challenge, and we will affirm and encourage all who are still reading on an extended schedule.
God is with us all as we read and study God’s word.