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)

Suggested Bible: Oxford Annotated Bible, New Revised Standard Version

Session Dates and Conversation Chapters

June 25 & June 27 Session 1: Chapters 1 & 2

July 2 & 4 Session 2: Chapters 3 & 4

July 9 & 11 Session 3: Chapters 5 & 6

July 16 & 18 Session 4: Chapters 7 & 8

July 23 & 25 Session 5: Chapters 9 & 10

July 30 & August 1 Session 6: Chapters 11 & 12

August 6 & 8 Session 7: Chapters 13, 14, & 15

August 13 & 15 Session 8: Chapters 16, 17, & 18

August 20 & 22 Session 9: Chapters 19, 20, & 21

August 27 & 29 Session 10: Chapters 22, 23, & 24

Learning Groups

The primary purpose of learning groups for The Path is to facilitate participants in getting an overview of the Bible story and applying Biblical themes to daily life, which will provide a solid foundation for deeper exploration of the Bible in the future. Participation in a learning group is not a requirement for summer adult formation, but it helps. Individual reading or occasional group attendance is fine. Do what works.

Sunday Learning Group, 9:15 in Reception Room (Childcare for five years and younger in Nursery)

Tuesday Learning Group, 10:30 in Reception Room

Home Learning Group (Form your own group of two or more; meet in your own space. Contact Fr. Randolph for more information.)

Online Learning Group (Join the Saint James’ Adult Formation Facebook group.)

Learning Group Conversation Norms

Respectful Conversation Guidelines

  • R = take RESPONSIBILITY for what you say and feel without blaming others
  • E = use EMPATHETIC listening
  • S = be SENSITIVE to differences in communication styles
  • P = PONDER what you hear and feel before you speak
  • E = EXAMINE your own assumptions and perceptions
  • T = TRUST ambiguity because we are NOT here to debate who is right or wrong

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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The Path: A Journey through the Bible (Published by Forward Movement)

June 25 – August 29, Sundays at 9:15 and Tuesdays at 10:30

Read the Bible in 70 days… or 24 hours!

The Path includes all the primary passages of the Bible in the New Revised Standard Version, the same version we use in worship. Connecting text folds in paraphrases from Scripture that are not quoted. There are also study questions and suggestions. Each of the 24 chapters are 10-15 pages long, and a  chapter can be read and studied in less than an hour. There are 70 days left in the summer; that’s 10 weeks. That’s less than two hours a week of Bible reading. We can do this! Plus God wants us to do it.

The adult formation goal for Saint James’ is that as many parishioners as possible read The Path, the entire book, by Labor Day. If we reach that goal, it means that a large percentage of active parishioners will have revisited or read for the first time the whole Bible story. That means that we will have taken a huge step towards becoming a more Biblically literate congregation. We can and will, with God’s help.

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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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The Passion Story in John’s Gospel

The Gospel of St. John, Chapters 13-19

Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet

13 Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, 4 got up from the table,a took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. 5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” 7 Jesus answered, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” 8 Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.” 9 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10 Jesus said to him, “One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet,b but is entirely clean. And youc are clean, though not all of you.” 11 For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

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Middle School Mash-Up

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Every other week (on the week we don’t have youth group), we’ll be meeting in the parish hall to discuss the readings for that Sunday.

As adults, and specifically as parents, we would love to see more of a mixture and fusion of scripture into the daily lives of our young people. That’s why we are hosting these middle-school roundtables during Café on the Sundays that we don’t have our evening meetings.

All middle school kids are invited to join me starting at 9:50am for (free!) breakfast and a chat about the lessons from that day, especially the Gospel and how to apply it to our daily lives.

We will join the adults for the service right before the sermon starts – this way, students will have a weekly formation time and hopefully get more out of church as a whole.

I look forward to getting to know your children better through this great new ministry!

John Knouse

P.S. Make sure to encourage your kids to follow us on Instagram!