- THE CITY in BIBLICAL SCRIPTURE–Study & Reflection Workshops
An invitation to personal contemplation as we discern how God calls us to work for justice and peace in the world.
Led by Rev. June Cooper, Executive Director, City Mission Society
Sunday March 3rd & 10th, 11:30 a.m., Pearson Room
The first explicit mention of a city is found in Genesis 4:17. And in the final book of the Bible, the Holy City appears as the bride of God in Revelation 21. The Bible has a lot to say about the City. We will explore the Bible to understand: the positive and negative pictures of the city in scripture, how God feels about the city, what does God want for the city and its people, what did Jesus want for the city, some of the characteristics of the Cities visited in the book of Acts, and the significant of the vision for the Holy City in Revelation.
- HAVRUTA – A Dialogical Approach to Biblical Texts
An invitation to participate with Senior Minister Paul Shupe in a unique style of Bible Study during Lent and Easter. The study is called Havruta, a Hebrew word that describes a dialogical approach to biblical texts. We’ll do this in a small group of no more than 10, including Paul. We will meet weekly, and look deeply into Luke’s stories of the arrest, trial, death and resurrection of Jesus. Most of the study will take place in pairs, with conversation partners. This style of study is how Rabbi’s prepare and are trained.
Continuity and the establishment of trust in community is essential to the process. If you cannot attend at least six of the eight evenings listed above, it would not be fair to the group to participate. As such, a commitment is asked for attendance for at least six of the eight sessions noted below – please contact Paul Shupe to register for this series. No previous experience or perceived expertise is required, just the willingness to enter into an intentional, disciplined study group for this short time.
Havruta gatherings will be in the Wilson Room, Wednesday evenings,
7:00-8:45 pm on the following dates:
February 20, 27; March 6, 13, 20; April 3, 10, 24
If you would like more information and to sign up for Havruta please contact Paul Shupe at: Paul@hancockchurch.org.
- HELP, THANKS, WOW
Explore the practice of prayer, ways to enrich your prayer time, and find your “prayer voice.”
Led by Pam Cochrane, Seminarian and Director of Children’s Ministries
Thursdays, 9:30 a.m., Wilson Room — February 20, 27 and March 5, 13, 20
Jesus’ disciples knew how important prayer was for Jesus and they wanted to plug into that energy source. They often asked for him to share his thoughts on prayer as we remember in the Gospel of Luke the question, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Jesus answered with “The Lord’s Prayer,” one all Christians share in common, even though language and translations vary. What other prayers sustain you, ground you? Ann Lamont shares three simple prayers in her new book Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers. Come for as many sessions as you can as we explore the practice of prayer, ways to enrich your prayer time, and find your “prayer voice.”
- PATH TO CRUCIFIXION: Events Leading up to Easter
A six-week Bagels and Bible series — Meets Sundays 9 to 9:45 in the Wilson Room
co-led by Kerra Fletcher and Jason Troutman
Bagels and Bible will offer a six week program for Lent entitled “The Path to the Crucifixion: Events Leading Up To Easter.” Christians commemorate Jesus’s final days by observing the solemnity of Good Friday and anticipating the joy of Jesus’ resurrection that is celebrated on Easter Sunday. Often referred as The Passion, the last days and death of Jesus make up much of the closing chapters of the Gospels. Each lesson will focus on Old and New Testament scripture, reflections or devotions, and group discussions. Please join us for one or all of our meetings at 9am on Sunday mornings in the Wilson Room:
17 February – Jesus’ Triumphal Entry to Jerusalem
24 February – Conflicts in the Temple
03 March – The Last Supper
10 March – Arrest and Trial
17 March- Crucifixion and Burial
24 March- Death and Resurrection