In keeping with our new mission emphasis to “go deeper” with the Lord and with one another, we are launching, or re-launching, several initiatives that will help us to go deeper theologically. With the wealth of resources available through members of our church, we are excited about the many ways these programs will help us to understand God and our faith.
Home Scripture Study
This intensive, bi-weekly study of the Bible and prayer fellowship will continue our look at Paul’s letter to the Colossians. We will resume on Sunday, January 20, 7:00-8:30 pm at the Rivendell Institute (291 Edwards St.).
Winter-Spring Schedule & Passages:
Sunday, January 20 — 3:1-4
Sunday, February 3 — 3:5-11
Sunday, February 17 — 3:12-17
Sunday, March 3 — 3:18-25
Sunday, March 24 — 4:1-6
Sunday, April 7: 4:7-18
SUNDAY, APRIL 21: EASTER
Sunday, April 28 (final — summary and review of the letter)
The purpose of this revived group is to grow in the knowledge and love of God through rigorous, communal, prayerful, and worshipful thinking together about the great work of God. This semester we will focus on the atonement, recently called “one of the most contentious, yet fertile doctrines of Christianity.”
Beginning on Sunday, January 27, we will meet at St. John’s roughly once every two weeks, for an hour and a half, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. We will have rotating discussion leaders for the meetings, who will circulate that week’s readings beforehand (if applicable). After discussion, there will be an opportunity for those who are interested to adjourn to a nearby tavern for continued conversation over drinks.
Dates this semester: January 27, February 10, February 24, March 31, April 14.
This monthly gathering also revives a popular program at St. John’s. The Kitchen Table is our “family time.” Meeting once/month on Wednesday nights 7:00-8:30, these gatherings feature testimonies and biblical reflections from our fellow parishioners about their faith journeys. Join us for inspiring ‘table talk’ and refreshment-laden fellowship. Our first Kitchen Table will be on Wednesday, January 30, featuring long-time SJ parishioner and missiologist extraordinaire Michele Sigg.
Additional dates this semester: February 27, March 27, May 1 (always Wednesday, 7:00-8:30, in the Parish Hall)
Over the years, St. John’s has hosted some of the most prominent theologians and thinkers in the church, including John Stott and N.T. Wright. Continuing this tradition, these special events will welcome well-known speakers both near and far. A public event, these gatherings will also open our doors to the larger community. For our first in this series, on Saturday, April 6, Bruce Gordon, the Titus Street Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Yale Divinity School, will examine the thought of John Calvin on the atonement, and its importance for us today. Bruce will speak 11:00 am-12:00, followed by lunch in the Parish Hall.