A Year of Getting to Know God through the Bible

A new series started Sunday, March 5, 2017, at our 5:30 PM service: A Year of Getting to Know God through the Bible. Over the course of the next year, we’ll base the music, readings, prayers, and message of our service on the story of the Bible and the God revealed there. This means that in thirty minutes a week you can get to know God and the Bible better. In the course of a year, you will come away with an understanding of who God is, what the Bible really says, and why the Bible is so important to us as a source for understanding who we are too.

Week Four: The Creator

This week’s Scripture reading: Genesis 1:1-3a

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.

For more, read Genesis 1:3a-4

Questions for reflection:

How can we picture an act of creation?  Like a builder who constructs a house?  Like a flame radiates light?  Like an artist who creates something beautiful?  How do you picture the way God creates?

This week’s prayer:

O heavenly Father, who hast filled the world with beauty: Open our eyes to behold thy gracious hand in all thy works; that, rejoicing in thy whole creation, we may learn to serve thee with gladness; for the sake of him through whom all things were made, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.  (from the Book of Common Prayer, p. 814)

 

Worship Bulletin

Week Three: The Redeemer Comes to Announce Good News for All

This week’s Scripture reading: Luke 4:14-20

At his baptism, God claims Jesus as son and agent. God anoints Jesus with the Spirit of God. In the power of the Spirit, Jesus returns to his hometown. He picks up the scroll of the Prophet Isaiah, unrolls it and announces God’s mission. In Jesus, God will bring good news to the poor, free all who are in bondage to sin and death, return sight to all who are spiritually, physically, and morally blind, liberate all who are oppressed by the forces of darkness. God’s purpose in Jesus is to heal, save, and free—not just you and me, but all of us. Not just personal salvation but the redemption of all creation.

For more, read Colossians 1:11-20

Question for reflection:

How does the experience and hope of salvation in the Hebrew Scriptures come true in the person of Jesus? Do you understand that the word Jesus means “God saves?”

This week’s prayer:

Loving God, the comfort of all who sorrow, the strength of all who suffer: accept our prayers. Grant the power of your grace, that the weak may be strengthened, sickness turned to health, the dying made whole, and sorrow turned into joy; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

 

Worship Bulletin

Week Two: The Redeemer is the Creator

This week’s Scripture reading: Psalm 77:14-20

You are the God who works wonders; you have displayed your might among the peoples. With your strong arm you redeemed your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. When the waters saw you, O God, when the waters saw you, they were afraid; the very deep trembled. The clouds poured out water; the skies thundered; your arrows flashed on every side. The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind; your lightnings lit up the world; the earth trembled and shook. Your way was through the sea, your path, through the mighty waters; yet your footprints were unseen. You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

For more, read Exodus 15:1-21

Question for reflection:

How does the experience of salvation shape your understanding of God?  How does it change how you understand God the Creator?  How does knowing that God the Creator has acted for your salvation affect your faith and assurance?

This week’s prayer:

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.  Amen.

 

Worship Bulletin

Listen to Spoken Meditation:

 

Week One: The Bible

This week’s Scripture reading: Romans 15:4-6

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

For more, read 2 Timothy 3:16-17

All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.

Question for reflection:

Do you have a favorite Bible passage or words from the Bible that have special meaning to you? Ask someone you know if they have a favorite passage or story from the Bible and if they would share it with you.

This week’s prayer:

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.
From the Book of Common Prayer, page 236

 

Worship Bulletin

Listen to Spoken Meditation: