Adult Faith Formation for Advent
Sunday mornings at 9 am in the Dining Room
Join us for an enlightening look at the well-known Gospel stories of the Birth of Jesus as Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan skillfully lead us through these stories to a deeper understanding of their meaning for us today. As we learned a few years ago when we read their earlier book, “The Last Week,” the more familiar the story, the less we tend to take that deeper dive into the richer meaning of these important parts of our faith story. Although we read this book at St. Luke’s at least 5 years ago, most of our current Adult Faith Formation group has not read it and we are excited to offer it again in order to share the richness of the authors’ insights. Books can be purchased in the parish office for $11. Scholarships are available to cover the cost of the book. The reading schedule for this course is as follows: 12/1/19 – Chapter 1; 12/8/19 – Chapter 2; 12/15/19 – Chapter 3; 12/22/19 – Chapter 4; 1/12/20 – Chapter 5; 1/29/20 – Chapter 6; 2/2/20 – Chapter 7; 2/9/20 – Chapter 8; 2/16/20 – Chapter 9.
An Online Conversation for Advent
Join us once again for the opportunity to share with others from St. Luke’s who can’t attend the Sunday morning program during Advent, but who want to have conversations related to an Advent Devotional book. We will again be using the SLACK program to facilitate our conversations. Here’s what you need to do to participate:
- Purchase a copy of the book – they can be purchased in the parish office for $4. Scholarships are available to cover the cost of the book.
- Sign up with your email address to be invited to the conversation on SLACK and follow the detailed directions that Dante wrote on how to use SLACK.
- Read the daily portion from the book – disregard the chapter headings and follow the calendar dates.
- Open SLACK and add your comments under the Initial Posting for each day. We will continue to post on SLACK through the Christmas season to Epiphany, following the book chapters.
Please join us in these online conversations as you are able!
Join Mary’s proclamation this Advent as you let your soul sing the Magnificat with her. Six weeks of daily Advent and Christmas meditations guide you through topics found in Mary’s story including Watching and Waiting, Preparing the Way, Proclaiming the Good News, Be Not Afraid, Being and Belonging, and God is With Us. Walk with Mary as you prepare your heart and mind and perhaps ready yourself to respond to Jesus with the same humble, gracious yes, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”
Additional Resources For Use At Home
The adult faith formation committee has complied a list of books and online resources they recommend for individual use.
Daily Devotional Books:
- “Low: An Honest Advent Devotional” by John Pavlovitz
- “Let Every Heart Prepare” by Barbara Cawthorne Crafton
- “Preparing for Christmas: Daily Meditations for Advent” by Richard Rohr
- “Love Came Down: Anglican Readings for Advent and Christmas” by Christopher Webber