What Is Expected Of Us After We Believe? – Winter 2020
In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he counseled fellow Christians to “conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” But what does it mean to live a life worthy of the gospel? Over five weeks starting on January 12th, the Sunday morning adult class at 11 a.m. will consider this question. During each meeting we will listen to the insights of two church leaders who have been compared to C. S. Lewis for the depth and clarity of their understanding of the gospel. The class will use these brief excerpts from their public presentations as a springboard for asking in Week 1 (What exactly is the ultimate goal that Christ has for our lives as Christians?); Week 2 (What are the “fruit of the Spirit” that we Christians are called to exhibit in our life?); Week 3 (Do we have any freedom after we believe or do we simply live according to a set of rules handed down to us in God’s word?); Week 4 (Should we expect suffering to be a part of our life after we believe?); Week 5 (Why is it difficult to live a life worthy of the gospel in our modern western culture? and What can we learn from the early church about how our congregation is “to know Christ and make him known” in our community.).
This class is led by J. Coalter. Please join us any Sunday or every Sunday!
Why Sing and Pray the “Songs of Jesus” Today?: The Psalms – Sunday, April 28, 2019
Beginning on Sunday, April 28, the Adult class will begin a study of the songs of Jesus, otherwise known as the book of Psalms. The psalms were the songs that Jesus would have read, prayed and sung in his own day. Together they comprise the book of the Hebrew Bible most commonly quoted in the New Testament. On April 28, the class will begin its study by asking: “Why Should Christians Today Bother with These Ancient Songs?” On May 5 and May 12, we will discuss the quite different content of the 150 songs found in the book of Psalms, and in a final session on May 19 we will examine how the church could claim that one can find Christ in the Psalms when a particular group of psalms known as the “imprecatory psalms” or “psalms of vengeance” seems so contrary to “turn the other cheek” ethic that Jesus advocated. Throughout the course, the class will have an opportunity to sing hymns found in various Christian hymnals that were based on the various psalms we will be discussing. Joe Coalter
Our 2019 Lenten Adult Education Class will focus on church music and the hymns we sing.
Hymns are an integral part of our worship services and are used on other occasions as well. But how much do you know or even think about what we’re singing? David Boelzner, who was diverted for 30+ years into the law but started out as a composer and then musicologist, will lead an exploration beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 10 for six sessions of how hymn singing came to be part of worship; the origins of hymns, historically and musically; the sources of many of our hymns, textual and musical; the interaction between words and music and its implications for worship; how hymns work to achieve their aesthetic effectiveness; and anything else Professor Boelzner happens to think of. Each session will include hymn singing.
Beginning Sunday, January 6, 2019 :: Episcopal Questions – Episcopal Answers: Exploring Christian Faith. – Ross Wright
Please join me for this exploration of Christian beliefs and practices as we understand them in the Episcopal Church. We will be using an excellent, accessible new book by Ian Markham, Dean of Virginia Seminary. Topics to be covered include: Episcopal Beliefs, Ethics, Church Architecture & Vestments, Scripture, Sacraments, The Book of Common Prayer, Church and The Anglican Communion.