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
The Collect Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. The Collect The collect picks up the metaphor of light from the Psalm for Year A and the Gospel readings regarding the return of Christ in glory for all three years. The armor of Light seems most appropriate for RCL A’S Romans 13:11-13, at V. 12- “the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light;…” Each year’s Gospel selection for Advent concerns the fact that the day of Christ’s return in glory is known only by God. This collect was composed by Bishop Cranmer as a part of his 1549 BCP, although most of the Collects were from middle age sources. ADVENT - He is coming - Christ Advent Sunday is the Sunday nearest to St. Andrew's Day (30 Nov.). Four Sundays in Advent thus always precede Christmas Day. In the Eastern Orthodox tradition Advent is a longer season, beginning in the middle of Nov. Advent Sunday is traditionally the day on which the ecclesiastical year begins and was first celebrated in the latter half of the 6th cent. Advent was formerly kept as Lent, but with less strictness. The season is observed as a time of preparation not only for Christmas but also for the Second Coming of Christ as Judge at the Last Day. Judgment! GENERAL JUDGMENT Also known as the Last Judgment. In Christian theology, the final judgment on mankind after the Resurrection of the Dead. God's final sentence on humanity as a whole and on the soul and body of each individual. PARTICULAR JUDGMENT – in Catholic theology the judgment on each individual soul immediately on its separation from the body to the Beatific Vision, to purgatory, or to hell, thus excluding an intermediate state of sleep or partial happiness or suffering between the day of death and the final resurrection of the body, such as had been envisaged by certain older theologians. PAROUSIA In its English form, the word is employed to denote particularly the future return of Christ in glory the SECOND COMING. Primitive Christianity believed the event to be imminent and this belief has been revived from time to time in the history of the Church. The prevailing tradition is that the event will occur but it’s time is not known. The counter view is that the exact time can be determined and predicted. The second difference is whether this event will be preceded by a 1000 year rule of Christ on the Earth – called the Millennium. Isaiah 64:1-9O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence-- as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil-- to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence! When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him. Isaiah 64:1-9 You meet those who gladly do right, those who remember you in your ways. But you were angry, and we sinned; because you hid yourself we transgressed. We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity. Yet, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. Do not be exceedingly angry, O LORD, and do not remember iniquity forever. Now consider, we are all your people. Introduction to Isaiah The prophet Isaiah, the son of Amoz, proclaimed his message to Judah and Jerusalem from 742 until 701 B.C. A part of the promised land was already annexed to the Assyrian empire and the rest lived in an uneasy position as tributary. Nothing is known about the early life of the prophet - he may have been a priest. Only Isaiah 1-39 can be assigned to Isaiah's time, and even these chapters contain later materials it is generally accepted that Isaiah 40-66 comes from the time of Cyrus of Persia (539 B.C.) Our reading today from Chapter 64 is a part of “Third Isaiah” ) and may be dated between 530 and 510 B.C. A Prayer That God Reveal Himself In Power As In Days Of Old Today’s reading is in essence a prayer that God be as in days of old – 640 years before… Note the ‘cause’ – “because you hid yourself we transgressed.” The prophet, on behalf of his people, confesses their sin and hopelessness. In the final petition he pleads that the LORD turn away from his anger and have compassion on desolate Jerusalem and the destroyed temple. Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18 Qui regis Israel 1 Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph like a flock; * shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim. 2 In the presence of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, * stir up your strength and come to help us. 3 Restore us, O God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved. 4 O LORD God of hosts, * how long will you be angered despite the prayers of your people? Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18 Qui regis Israel5 You have fed them with the bread of tears; *
you have given them bowls of tears to drink. 6 You have made us the derision of our neighbors, *
and our enemies laugh us to scorn. 7 Restore us, O God of hosts; * show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved. Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18 Qui regis Israel 16 Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand, *
the son of man you have made so strong for yourself. 17 And so will we never turn away from you; *
give us life, that we may call upon your Name. 18 Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved. To the leader: on Lilies, a Covenant. Of Asaph. A Psalm. The Psalm is strongly related to the Isaiah reading both ask God to return as in the Exodus event. The allusion to Joseph is of course to “Israel” the name of his Father and nation led into and out of Egypt. The names Ephraim and Manasseh are sons of Joseph, Benjamin is the beloved younger brother of Joseph and son of Jacob a/k/a Israel – all powerful tribes in the early Kingdom. Asaph? These terms are somewhat mysterious, the current thought is: In the fourth century BCE music had become an important feature of worship at the Temple. Vocal and instrumental music was performed by guilds of professional musicians who associated themselves by descent with Heman, Asaph, and Jeduthan and Korah named in Kings and Chronicals. These groups claimed that they had been commissioned by David himself. Psalms 73-82 are attributed to Asaph who collected them and added musical and liturgical notations. For example, the term Selah, which probably indicates a pause in the singing of a psalm for a brief instrumental interlude. 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind-- 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 - just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you-- so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Introduction to the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians This is one of the most valuable of Paul's letters, as it shows the character and mind of the apostle and for its vigorous presentation of the gospel. The letter paints a vivid picture of the actual life and problems of a particular local church at the middle of the first century and today. Paul had himself established the Church at Corinth. Paul's subsequent relations with this church were disturbed from time to time by doubts and suspicions on both sides. This letter was written from Ephesus just across the Aegean Sea from Corinth. So while last week’s reading from Ephesians may not have been to them at all, this week’s reading was written in that city. Thanksgiving In this section Paul touches lightly upon themes which will be discussed more critically later in the letter – understanding, eloquence and the variety of their spiritual gifts. The last three verses are allusions to the second coming and final time of judgment and salvation. Mark 13:24-37 Jesus said to his disciples, "In those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see `the Son of Man coming in clouds' with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven. Mark 13:24-37 "From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. Mark 13:24-37 "But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Therefore, keep awake-- for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake." Introduction to the Gospel According to Mark The Gospel according to Mark is generally recognized as the earliest attempt to reduce to written form the apostolic tradition concerning Jesus the Messiah. This Gospel, the shortest of the four, is largely a collection of narratives that depict Jesus as being almost constantly active. Although the Gospel is anonymous, an ancient tradition may well be correct in ascribing it to John Mark , who is said to have composed it at Rome as a summary of Peter's preaching Gospel Order Traditionally the Gospels were thought to have been written in New Testament order – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Scholars in recent times have determined a different order based on content. Matthew, Mark, and Luke - are called the “Synoptic Gospels” because they “view together” the events of Jesus’ life. Many of the sayings, parables, and incidents appear in more than one gospel, often in similar or virtually identical words. The Narrative Books – The Gosple As literature the Gospels are similar in form to a type of Graeco-Roman biography, such as report the lives of Epictetus, Apollonius, and Socrates. This type of biography was called aretalogy which is "a narrative of the miraculous deeds of a god or hero." The New Testament writers then used a familiar form of literature to tell the Good News about Jesus. Context – The Mini Apocalypse The section titles for this chapter leading up the reading are: The Destruction of the Temple Foretold Persecution Foretold The Desolating Sacrilege Our readings are titled The Coming of the Son of Man The Lesson of the Fig Tree The Necessity for Watchfulness The coming of the son of Man The reading actually speaks in terms of the second coming – the next actual ADVENT!! In an interesting note, today’s reading is almost identical to Matthew 24: 29-44 [The Advent RCL A] The theme is of course that the Son of man is coming and no one knows the day or hour. This is not so much intended to scare you as to indicate that you should lead your life in view of the second coming to be expected at any moment. William Blake, The Descent of Christ, 1804-20
Etching with pen, watercolour and gold, 219 x 159 mm
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven Note this is a tiny work, plate 35 of the illustrated poem Jerusalem. The sleeping Albion [who symbolizes early Great Britain] is visited by Christ, who awakens his dormant desire for salvation. Though Albion is not yet conscious of Christ's sacrifice, its promise is foreshadowed by the new body that begins to emerge from his breast. Blake’s theology is not that of orthodox Christianity, nevertheless this image captures the idea of “Sleepers, Awake!” Albrecht Durer, The Revelation of St John: 5. Opening the Fifth and Sixth Seals, 1497-98 Woodcut, 39 x 28 cm
Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe Note the sun and the moon. Luca Signorelli, Apocalypse, 1499-1502
Fresco Chapel of San Brizio, Duomo, Orvieto According to the prediction in the Scriptures, the deeds of the Antichrist take place immediately before the end of the world, in those last days when 'the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken' (Mark, 13: 24-25). For his description of the end of the world the artist had to make do with the narrow spaces on either side of the entrance door to the chapel. He was thus forced to divide the scene into two narrative sections. To the right he describes the first signs of the Apocalypse, which has been the object of prophecies since earliest times. In the foreground, in the lower part of the painting, he has shown King David and the Sibyl, as witnesses of Dies Irae [“Day of Wrath”]. The stars go pale, fires and earthquakes sweep the earth, war and murder spread throughout the world. The left-hand section recounts the epilogue of this preannounced catastrophe. Demons looking like monstrous bats soar through the darkened sky, showering earth with flaming arrows; the last survivors fall under their shots, piling up on top of each other like broken dolls. Unknown German Artist, Madonna of the Apocalypse, 1390s Oak, 32 x 20 cm, Staatliche Museen, Berlin This courtly, small standing Madonna is a Woman of the Apocalypse, as indicated by the sun and moon at her feet. Mary is invested with a lavish bridal crown, typifying the beautiful Madonna of the period, an aristocratic theme close to the elegant ideals of the International Gothic style. This aristocratic, conservative manner prevailed throughout Europe close to the year 1400.