Syllabus for The Path: A Journey through the Bible

Adult Formation at Saint James’

Adult formation is learning about the faith and being formed by the triune God through:

1) study of religious sources [Bible, Prayer Book, books, etc.]

2) contemplative prayer [lectio divina, contemplation, centering prayer, examen, etc.]

3) meaningful conversation [honest, open, focused, non-judgmental, helpful, respectful, etc.]

4) and participation in the life of a faith community. [learning groups, Saint James’, The Episcopal Church]

The Path: A Journey through the Bible

Course Book: The Path: A Journey through the Bible ($10 paperback/334 pages; $10 Kindle)

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Adult Formation Update: Summer Plans

The Final Sessions of “Learning More about Today’s Episcopal Church

Sunday, June 18, 9:15 and 11:45 and Tuesday, June 20, 10:30

The Episcopal Way

  • Chapter 12, “Falling in Love with God Again”
  • Conclusion, “Walking the Episcopal Way”

People of the Way

  • Chapter 7, “Living as Disciples”
  • Chapter 8, “Organized for Mission”

All are welcome, whether you have read the assignments or not! Seriously!!

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Read the Bible in 91 Days!

“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.

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Adult Formation in Epiphany: You’re Invited!

Adult Formation for the Season of Epiphany

January 6-February 28, 2017

We want EVERYONE to join our 2017 focus on learning more about the Bible!

BIBLE STUDY COURSE: “New Testament Stuff I Need to Know”

This book is both scholarly and basic and will be ordered for everyone that registers for the course. The cost is $6. Weekly reading assignments are about fifteen pages. Group discussion is important! Register for learning groups at main bulletin board OR email Fr. Randolph.

9:15 Learning Group

– Sundays, 9:15-10:00, Jan 8-Feb 26, Reception Room (childcare for 5 and younger in the nursery)

11:45 Learning Group

– Sundays, 11:45-12:30, Jan 8-Feb 26, Reception Room

Women’s Study Group

– Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30, Jan 8-Feb 28, Reception Room

Online Learning Group

– On Facebook … just join the Facebook group Saint James’ Warrenton | Adult Formation and add your voice to the conversation!

Self-select Learning Group

– Conversations with family and friends, Jan 8-Feb 28

Register for learning groups at main bulletin board OR


Read the Bible in 24 weeks. You can order the book online OR email Fr Randolph

Read Bible stories with your children for 24 weeks. You can order the book online OR email Fr Randolph

Read the Gospel of Matthew with daily reflections in 50 days. You can order the book online OR email Fr Randolph


Men’s Spiritual Formation Group

– Mondays, 8:00-9:00, Reception Room

Holy Eucharist

– Wednesdays, 12:00-12:45

Chapel with the Bishop, followed by discussion

– Thursdays, 7:15-9:00

Book Study Group

– First Thursdays, 9:30-11:00

We want EVERYONE to join our 2017 focus on learning more about the Bible!

Feel free to contact Fr. Randolph at with questions or comments.

History of Saint James’: 1611 King James Bible

King James BibleFound, Lost, Found

One of the treasures of Saint James’ Church is a folio edition of the 1611 King James Version of the Bible, kept in a display case in the reception room.  First printed over 400 years ago, the Bible of King James “molded the English language, buttressed the ‘powers that be’ and yet enshrined a gospel of individual freedom.  No other book has given more to the English-speaking world.” citation

The King James Bible, also known as the Authorized Version, relied heavily on the translations from the Greek and Hebrew by William Tyndale (circa 1492-1536) who played a critical role in the development of the English language from a mixture of French, Anglo-Norman and Anglo-Saxon.

“Our” King James Bible appears to be an amalgamation of several editions.  There were five folio editions from 1611 to 1640.  In the opinion of a scholar, the Saint James’ copy is a composite of at least four and possibly all the folio editions.  It is known as The Great “he” Bible because of the printing error in the Book of Ruth, Chapter III, verse 15: “’he’ went into the city.” instead of “’she’ went into the city.”  Over time, various errors crept into editions of the Bible.  For example, in the so-called “Wicked Bible” edition of 1631 it was printed in Deuteronomy 5:24 – meant to celebrate God’s greatness – “And ye said, Behold the Lord our God had shewed us his glory, and his great asse.”  The same edition left out a crucial word in Exodus 20:14, which as a result read, “Thou shalt commit adultery.”  The printers were heavily fined.

On the flyleaf is the name Richard Wallor, born 1652.  We can speculate that he and his wife, Anna, obtained the Bible on their marriage about 1680.  Also on the flyleaf is what appears to be a recipe involving quantities of brandy, frankincense and other spices.

In the 1930s, parishioner Frank (Buddy) Edwin Bowman, Jr. (1909-1965), purchased the Bible in a rare book shop in London and donated it to Saint James’, perhaps because of the similarity of the Wallor name with that of a local family, the Wallers who came to Fauquier in the 1700s.

In December 1987 “our” King James Bible was stolen.  In September of the following year, the Rev. Prentice Kinser, III, Rector of Saint James’, received a letter signed only “Harold,” who said he took the Bible because it had been “deeded to him,” but he was dying and wished to return it to the church.  Enclosed with the letter was the key to a locker in the Amtrak station in Richmond.  Mr. Kinser and a Warrenton police officer went to Richmond to retrieve the package.  After some hesitation, fearing that the locker may be booby-trapped, they opened it to find the book wrapped in a green trash bag.  A reward had been offered for the safe return of the Bible, and “Harold” asked that the reward be used for research into the cure for AIDS, a request that the Rev. Kinser honored.  In addition “Harold” was added to the prayer list of the church for a time.

A scholar who examined and researched “our” Bible concluded that “even with its faults, this copy of the King James’ Version of the Bible is a valuable book.  It is acknowledged as the Bible of the English-speaking nations throughout the world.  And, it is complete even if some from various editions.”  Readers will recall that there were major celebrations, exhibitions, and extensive coverage of the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible in 2011. In one small English church, parishioners and fellow villagers read the entire Bible non-stop, 24-hours a day, for three days and nights.

Footnote:  The King James Bible was used in the inaugurations of George Washington and other presidents.  Further information on the Bible is available in church archives that may be accessed through the History Committee.

– Compiled by Richard Gookin, SJEC History Committee