Bible studies, contemplative prayer, faith formation classes, book discussions, and group conversations around challenging issues offer opportunities to broaden and deepen Christian faith. These gatherings help us to explore and enhance our understanding of Jesus’ message and our relationship with God. Participation draws the community together and enriches our parish life. Everyone is invited to take part.
Wednesday Bible Study
Weekly Bible Studies bring a welcome midday break at 12:15 pm, as we explore a passage of scripture that is an appointed reading for the following Sunday. We gather in the church for this informal 45-minute discussion. All who can are welcome and encouraged to join us.
Book of Books Book Club – New Testament
Last year a group of us, parishioners at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity and neighbors and friends, launched the Book of Books Book Club (BoBBC) by reading the entire Hebrew Bible (Old Testament of the Christian Bible) together – or at least a lot of it. We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly, and we took a summer break – but it’s time to get back at it! We’ll continue by spending this academic year reading the Christian additions to the Bible, known as the New Testament. As before, the Rev. Craig D. Townsend, Associate for Faith Formation, will lead the group. We meet on the first Thursday of each month, 7:00-8:30 pm, in the parish hall of the church (enter at 157 Montague St.). Everyone is welcome, whether you read the Old Testament with us or not!
Since the New Testament is much shorter than the Old Testament, the amount of reading assigned each week is much less than it was last year. This allows us to take our time and probe deeply into these writings that are so essential to our faith. A weekly reading schedule is available here; a blog tab will lead you to an introduction to each week’s reading; a list of suggested Bibles for use is also attached; other information and useful links will be provided as needed.
Please note that having multiple translations of, and perspectives on, the text under discussion is always a help – so feel free to use and bring other translations that you enjoy.
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