Eugene Peterson notes that when we read scripture, we “see our stories in God’s.” Starting in September, Saint Andrews will participate in God’s story as we follow the Narrative Lectionary in our weekly sermons and engage in additional study and reflection on these texts.
The Narrative Lectionary* is designed to follow the sweep of the biblical story, from Creation through the early Christian church. The weekly texts have been selected to highlight the breadth and variety of voices within Scripture, while arranged in a narrative sequence to help us see Scripture as a story that has coherence and a dynamic movement. By the time we conclude in May we will have touched on the great stories of scripture and gone more deeply into their themes and context. You will also be able to make connections from God’s story and the stories of the saints of the faith, to your story!
Yearlong Bible Reading Opportunity: The pastors and our Adult Education committee will be providing resources to help you study the weekly scripture text at home. This will enrich your hearing of the sermon and provide you with resources to explore areas of interest, like bible history, society and culture and application to today. You may do this as a personal devotional exercise, with a friend, or by joining the conversation on our SAPC Facebook page and new Narrative Lectionary blog.
The pastors will also offer a monthly one hour class for those who want to come together to discuss what they have learned, ask questions, and connect their story to others. Classes will be offered on the last Thursday of the month at two convenient times: 1-2 pm or 7-8 pm.
Fall class dates are:
• Thursday, September 28
• Thursday, October 26
• Thursday, November 30
The story begins on Sunday, September 10, with Creation by the Word, Genesis 1:1-2:4a.
*The Narrative Lectionary was initiated in 2010 by Professors Rolf Jacobson and Craig Koester of Luther Seminary, in partnership with congregations across North America. You may find out more at www.narrativelectionary.org.