Adult Formation - Epiphany 2020

Join us in the Guild Rooms - Sundays, 9:15am-10:15am for presentation and discussion as we walk in The Way of Love

Reel Theology

Welcome back to Reel Theology! This Epiphany, please join us on Wednesday evenings for our series of community supper, film screenings, and lively discussion of Christian themes in unexpected places. This year, our theme is Welcoming the Stranger. Our films:

  • Jan 22—Arrival (pg-13)
  • Jan 29—Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
  • Feb 5—Hotel Rwanda (pg-13)
  • Feb 12—The Big Sick (r)
  • Feb 19—Toy Story (g)

We will provide pizza and salad at 5:30pm each Wednesday, and the film will start by 6pm, with discussion to follow. Please join us for one film—or all of them!

Help us plan appropriately for dinner—email the office with the date(s) you’ll attend and the number of persons attending: secretary@stjohns-cathedral.org

Exploring the Book of Common Prayer

Adult Formation resumes on January 5. Over the course of this program year, we're continuing our exploration of the theme “Faith, Hope, and Love,” an exploration of the beliefs, practices, and resources of our Episcopal and Anglican heritage as we walk in the Way of Love. We began this summer in taking a look at some of the details of our worship space, and how they create meaning for us. In the fall, we worked with Scripture, with a goal of equipping participants with tools to approach our sacred texts with curiosity and confidence.

Join us most Sundays at 9:15am in the Guild Rooms for coffee and Christian formation! All are welcome!

Continuing with this year’s theme of “Faith, Hope, and Love,” we’re excited to explore the richness of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, our church’s primary resource for public worship as well as a rich resource for private devotion. Prayer is the way we grapple with God, asking in hope that God’s kingdom would come, God’s will be done.

Our hope is that focusing on the Book of Common Prayer will allow us to hear our liturgy anew and see how this book is living document. In the process, we hope to understand a bit better how it has shaped the Anglican tradition we’re a part of.

January 5: The Genealogy of the Prayer Book / In this session, we will explore where our prayer book comes from. We’ll touch on its history and what it means for us as Episcopalians to have a Book of Common Prayer.

January 12: Theology of the 1979 Prayer Book / Having explored the history of our Prayer Book, we will turn to look at how our prayer shapes our belief, how our liturgy just is, in many ways, our theology.

January 19: Baptism in the 1979 Prayer Book / We will begin to look at specific sections of the Prayer Book and what the Prayer Book has to teach us about the sacraments. During this session, we will pay close attention to the baptismal liturgy and ask just what baptism is.

February 2: Eucharist in the 1979 Prayer Book / This week, we will discuss the Holy Eucharist. We will look at the overarching structure of the liturgy, and we’ll ask what the liturgy teaches us about the holy mysteries.

February 9: Liturgy of the Word / This week will focus on the first part of the Eucharistic Rite. We will explore why we have the particular readings we have. What does it mean to say, “The Word of the Lord”?

February 16: Liturgy of the Table / This week will focus on the second part of the Eucharistic Rite. We will explore a range of Eucharistic Prayers. We will crack open the words we pray every week so that we might hear them as though for the first time.

February 23: Conclusions, looking forward / In the concluding session, we will look at other Episcopal liturgies as well as what the future holds for the Book of Common Prayer.