Complete Adult Formation Kit
Complete Adult Formation Kit
I have been doing an Adult Education or Formation class each Sunday since the 1990s at Christ Episcopal Church Little Rock, Arkansas. Years ago I started to use PowerPoints lectionary / Bibles since you never knew how many copies of paper materials you'd need. Plus you can add art, stained glass, maps like those flip charts from Sunday Sc
I have been doing an Adult Education or Formation class each Sunday since the 1990s at Christ Episcopal Church Little Rock, Arkansas. Years ago I started to use PowerPoints lectionary / Bibles since you never knew how many copies of paper materials you'd need. Plus you can add art, stained glass, maps like those flip charts from Sunday School.
Some Churches already have all the things needed. The "How to" section has instructions that should allow any congregation to have an entertaining adult formation space on a budget.
The class materials here are free - I enjoyed making them and presenting them. I want you to enjoy them as well. You can do every course here for one initial investment of less than $200.00. If you are lucky enough to have a class space already equipped for PowerPoint, then you would have no cost.
Check out the samples and instruction videos to see what the possibilities are and know you can answer your call to formation. Technology can be intimidating, but also can let you explore so much more. The axe to be ground here is that adults in the Episcopal Church should know more about the Bible and what it does say and not what others
Check out the samples and instruction videos to see what the possibilities are and know you can answer your call to formation. Technology can be intimidating, but also can let you explore so much more. The axe to be ground here is that adults in the Episcopal Church should know more about the Bible and what it does say and not what others insist that it must say.
You can find that the Gospel is really very good news, not just kind of good. The Lord loves you and will never abandon you. The Lord is there if you look.
The link below is to a regular Sunday session of the Lectionary Class held each Sunday at 9:00 AM U S Central Standard Time. The class uses a Microsoft Teams format. No down load is needed beyond clicking the Link and following the on screen directions.
+1 501-295-7463 United States, Little Rock (Toll)
Conference ID: 969 280 966#
If you have questions about the opportunities available to you in our programs, feel free to send us a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible. Our hope is to help Episcopal Churches with Bible oriented Adult Education.
308 E 8th StreetLittle Rock, AR 72202
Second Sunday in Lent Year B RCL Lent Lent was formerly referred to by the Latin term QUADRAGESIMA translation, the "fortieth day" before Easter. In the late Middle Ages, as sermons began to be given in the vernacular instead of Latin, the English word lent was adopted. This word initially simply meant spring as it does in in German “Lenz” and Dutch “lente” from the Germanic root for long because in the spring the days visibly lengthen. Lent In Early Days The forty-day fast was especially important for converts to the faith who were preparing for baptism, and for those guilty of notorious sins who were being restored to the Christian assembly. In modern times Lent has reacquired its significance as the final preparation of adult candidates for baptism. 1979 BCP 264-265 Ash Wednesday Prayer Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord's passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting. This season of Lent provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when those who, because of notorious sins, had been separated from the body of the faithful were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to the fellowship of the Church. Thereby, the whole congregation was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set forth in the Gospel of our Savior, and of the need which all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith. I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self‑examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self‑denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word. And, to make a right beginning of repentance, and as a mark of our mortal nature, let us now kneel before the Lord, our maker and redeemer. The Collect O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. The Collect The image of the prayer is that of Faith bringing back those who have gone astray, meaning all humans. In RCL A B and C the OT are all from Genesis and God’s promise to Abraham and Abraham’s belief in God’s promise – even when it was unlikely. In RCL A and B the Epistle is from the Letter to the Romans and it’s interpretation of the Abrahamic promise. In RCL C the Gospel is Luke 13:31-35 about Jerusalem the city that kills prophets. Even so God wants to gather them, but it is they who are unwilling. It would seem the faith that is the subject of this collect is not our faith in God, but rather God’s faith in us, that will bring us back to the fold e.g. to be “non-astray.” Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said to him, "I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous." Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, "As for me, this is my covenant with you: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.” Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 God said to Abraham, "As for Sarah your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her." Names A new name signifies a new relationship or status. Abraham, a dialectical variant of Abram, means "the [divine] ancestor is exalted.“ the name is explained by its similarity to the Hebrew for ancestor of a multitude, referring to the nations whose ancestry was traced to Abraham. Sarah, meaning "princess," is a variant of Sarai. Introduction to Genesis The name means "origin," and it covers the time from creation to the Israelite sojourn in Egypt. The book falls naturally into two main sections. The primeval history in Genesis 1-11 universal in scope such as the Noah Story from last week. The second section is the ancestral history of Israel's ancestors -Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah Esau and Jacob and his family the most important being Joseph. Abraham His story starts in Chapter 12 where he is named Abram, God makes a covenant to make of him a great nation see Gen 12:1, Gen 15:5, today’s reading, and Gen 22:15. Three of the world’s great religions view Abraham as the founder – Islam, Judaism and Christianity. THE EVERLASTING COVENANT This account from the priestly tradition is a parallel version of the Abrahamic covenant given in the early tradition (Genesis 15.7-21). The Name for God used in this passage is El Shaddai - meaning "God, the One of the Mountains," was a divine name current in the pre-Mosaic period. Covenant is a term of relationship between a superior and an inferior party, the former "making“ the bond. God's covenant guarantees an exceedingly numerous posterity as one of the divine promises. Like the covenant with Noah from last week this is an everlasting covenant that lasts in perpetuity. Omitted from the reading is that the covenant involves the practice of circumcision, an ancient rite that was practiced by some of Israel's neighbors In contrast to the universal Noachic covenant this everlasting covenant pertains only to the descendants of Abraham and Sarah. Anonymous illustration from a Bible published in Venice in 1578
Abraham and the Covenant of the Lord
Woodcut Pieter Lastman, Abraham's Journey to Canaan, 1614
Oil on canvas transferred from wood, 72 x 122 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg Psalm 22:22-30 Deus, Deus meus 22 Praise the LORD, you that fear him; *
stand in awe of him, O offspring of Israel;
all you of Jacob's line, give glory. 23 For he does not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty; neither does he hide his face from them; *
but when they cry to him he hears them. 24 My praise is of him in the great assembly; *
I will perform my vows in the presence of those who worship him. 25 The poor shall eat and be satisfied,
and those who seek the LORD shall praise him: *
"May your heart live for ever!” Psalm 22:22-30 Deus, Deus meus 26 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD, *and all the families of the nations shall bow before him. 27 For kingship belongs to the LORD; *
he rules over the nations. 28 To him alone all who sleep in the earth bow down in worship; *
all who go down to the dust fall before him. 29 My soul shall live for him;
my descendants shall serve him; *
they shall be known as the LORD'S for ever. 30 They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn *
the saving deeds that he has done. Psalm 22 We have only a part of this Psalm, the most interesting is the first line not included in the reading which was quoted by Jesus on the Cross See Mark 15:34. The theme is recovery from a mortal illness. The speaker prays for deliverance and then promises that if saved he will offer a thanksgiving in the midst of the temple of the congregation. Our reading is V 22-23, then the promise V 24 and the thanksgiving V25-30 – The verses are mangled because of translation problems in the Oxford Bible V22 and V24 are reversed. Psalm 22 To the leader: according to The Deer of the Dawn. A Psalm of David. ¹ My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Romans 4:13-25 The promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation. For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, "I have made you the father of many nations“) Romans 4:13-25 -- in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become "the father of many nations," according to what was said, "So numerous shall your descendants be." He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. Romans 4:13-25 No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Therefore his faith "was reckoned to him as righteousness." Now the words, "it was reckoned to him," were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification. Context Romans is divided into several sections. Ours is the first section of Paul’s over all salvation epic for both Israel and Gentiles. Paul deals with God’s actions of wrath and grace in the past. Wrath is first and then grace, where our reading is found. Paul’s assumption is that apart from Christ, all humanity has rebelled. Paul’s Argument Through Christ God will offer a universal remedy through trust or faith. Paul argues that in fact, a right relationship with God on the basis of trust is not something new, but was already the case with Abraham. It was Abraham’s trust in God that allowed him to stand in a positive relationship to God that Paul calls “righteousness.” Such righteousness, based on trust, came to Abraham before he was circumcised so that is proof that faith is open to all, whether uncircumcised, as Abraham was when he first trusted, or circumcised, as Abraham later became. So what? At the time Romans was written there was still serious debate about whether one could be saved as a Gentile under any circumstances. Paul has to establish this, but without contradicting the then current faith of Israel. If the promises made to Israel were not true, how could Christians trust the promises of Jesus. Paul threads the needle by a use of a universal covenant, in addition to but not instead of the Law given to Israel. Mark 8:31-38 [Disciples] Then Jesus began to teach his disciples that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” Mark 8:31-38 [People] He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." The Man of Sorrows The image developed from the Byzantine imagery, as early as the 8th century. A miraculous icon of it appears to have been brought to the major pilgrimage church of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme in Rome in the 12th century, of which only copies now survive. By the 13th century it was becoming common in the West as a devotional image for contemplation, in sculpture, painting and manuscripts. It is an image for mystical contemplation. Petrus Christus,
The Man of Sorrows,
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Martin Schongauer,
The Man of Sorrows with the Virgin Mary and St John the Evangelist, 1470-75
223 x 157 mm
Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna Background Jesus has just fed 4000 a feeding different from the 5000 and cured a Blind Man. He has had an incident in which Peter confesses that He is the Christ and Jesus then warns Peter to be silent. It is at this point that our reading is positioned. Peter who has just “recognized” Him is then called Satan!! Context Jesus Cures a Blind Man at Bethsaida Peter’s Declaration about Jesus Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection The Transfiguration The Healing of a Boy with a Spirit Jesus Again Foretells His Death and Resurrection Who Is the Greatest? Another Exorcist Temptations to Sin Teaching about Divorce Jesus Blesses Little Children The Rich Man A Third Time Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection The Request of James and John The Healing of Blind Bartimaeus Triumphal Entry into Jerusalm. Jesus in all of the Gospels tells His followers in advance that he will be killed. In Mark he tells them three times but they do not see what he means. He heals a blind man before and then afterward. A concrete means of saying that they do not see – but will So, what Is there anything in your life now that you are seeing, but do not really see or better said, understand? You may see gathering events, but not what is about to transpire, something that is not good perhaps. The Disciples did not at this point understand, that Jesus was headed to a fatal event on its face bad, but from which something entirely wonderful, the resurrection would grow.