Fall Supper & Study Program
This fall, St. Paul's Adult Education Committee will again sponsor our popular Supper & Study program on six consecutive Tuesday evenings, beginning on September 15 through October 20.
The Jew Named Jesus - What Jesus’ Jewish Identity Means for Us Today from Rebekah Simon-Peter ~ led by Rev. Rick Buckingham
The author writes, “Jesus was born a Jew, lived a Jew, died a Jew and resurrected a Jew. He honored and observed the Sabbath and the Jewish holidays. But most of all, he honored and observed the Torah, the Hebrew Bible, or what we call the Old Testament.” The author, an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, who was born and raised a Jew, challenges Christians to rethink Jesus’ identity as a Jew, and consider the ways traditional Christian theology has contributed to anti-Semitism.
The Minor Prophets - Part 1 ~ led by Bob Nordstrom
The minor prophets of the Old Testament weren’t really so minor, they just didn’t write as much as the more familiar prophets such as Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Jeremiah. But don’t let the length of their message fool you. The message from each of the twelve Minor Prophets resonates with the power and the grace of God. We will only have time to examine six of the twelve; Obadiah, Amos, Joel, Hosea, Jonah, and Nahum. We will have to leave the rest for a second study. Join us to discuss how the Old Testament messages from these prophets can inspire and lead Christians in this 21st century world.
Worship Matters: Unleashing the Power of Scripture
Ever wonder why we worship the way we do? The structure of worship goes back centuries, even millennia, but its blueprint is both biblical and significant. Come explore the elements of corporate and personal worship and how we encounter the Living God in the process. We will focus much of our attention on the practice of internalizing, enacting and proclaiming scripture. Our text, Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading, by Eugene Peterson, will guide us through this journey. Come hungry!
Falling Upward - A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life ~ led by Kenzie Raulin
Come to explore what Richard Rohr describes as the ‘two halves of life’. A Continued journey we can choose to take - or not. Some of us are awakened to the simple yet mysterious as we journey through life. We will look at the ways in which our falling down can be the very thing that opens us up (and upward) to our deeper and wiser selves. The self that perhaps God intends us to be.
* Falling Upward will not meet on September 22 (second class) but will meet for one extra week beyond the Supper and Study period. If you have signed up for dinner you can come for dinner that night but there will not be a discussion of the book that evening. ** There is an additional $8 material fee for this class (payable on the first night of class)
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