UPDATE: Plan for Adult Formation in Lent

Dear Saint James’ Learners,

54 of you have already registered for our Lenten adult formation course, “Learning More about Jesus and Holy Week,” and we’ve got room for more.

Please scroll down to see the summary of what we plan to explore this season, or click here to download the syllabus

The course book, The Last Week, is fascinating; it explores the last week of Jesus using the Gospel according to Mark and other historical sources.

One possibility for you is to buy the book and study it, but a better option is to join a learning group for meaningful and facilitated conversation about Jesus’ last week and the ways we revisit that week through our Holy Week liturgies.

I have also recommended two Lenten devotional books and three personal Bible reading books.

I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word

– ​p. 265, Book of Common Prayer​

If you have questions or comments, please let me know.​



“Learning More about Jesus and Holy Week”

March 5 – April 22

Study Book

The Last Week: A Day-by-Day Account of Jesus’ Final Week in Jerusalem by Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan

  • Using the Gospel according to Mark, the authors examine every day from Palm Sunday through Easter Day. The study book is available from Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats for less than $10. The parish is also placing a bulk order. Register for the course at the main bulletin board OR randolph@saintjameswarrenton.org and indicate if you need a book.

What Our Lord Saw from the Cross (Ce que voyait Notre-Seigneur sur la Croix)
James Tissot’s What Our Lord Saw from the Cross (Ce que voyait Notre-Seigneur sur la Croix), 1894. Image via the Brooklyn Museum

Learning Groups

Learning groups which provide meaningful conversation is another way that we grow in our faith. Sharing and listening to insights and challenges of faith in a structured setting can benefit everyone in the group. In learning groups, we also incorporate contemplative prayer, which is a third primary source of learning about our faith, listening to God. When you register for the course, choose a group to join.

Sunday 9:15 Learning Group

  • 9:15-10:00, Reception Room, Childcare for 5 and younger in the Nursery

Sunday 11:45 Learning Group

  • 11:45-12:30, Reception Room

Tuesday Learning Group

  • 10:30-11:30, Reception Room

Home Learning Group

  • Conversations with family and friends at a time and place you choose among yourselves

Online Learning Group

Lenten Devotional Books

Ashes and the Phoenix: Meditations for the Season of Lent

  • Forward Movement, $5.00

Lenten Mediations 2017

  • Episcopal Relief and Development, Free

Personal Bible Readings

The Path: A Journey through the Bible,

  • published by Forward Movement
  • read the Bible in 24 weeks.

The Path Family Storybook: A Journey Through the Bible for Families

  • published by Forward Movement
  • read Bible stories with your children for 24 weeks.

A Journey with Matthew

  • published by Forward Movement
  • Read the Gospel of Matthew with Daily Reflections in 50 days.