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Adult Sunday School

This Winter, we will offer two Sunday School classes.  Classes will meet on Sundays January 28 – March 17.

The Prayer Course

Praying HandsThe Prayer Course will run from 9–10:30am, led by Eric Codding, upstairs in the multipurpose room. Whether you feel like a “newbie” who often struggles to pray, or like a seasoned believer with prayerful habits deeply ingrained, please join us. This course will help us deepen our understanding and experience of prayer. We will offer this class on a recurring basis so that all adults and high schoolers will be able to go through the course.  Participants will want a Book of Common Prayer, 2019, which can be borrowed or purchased from the church. The church expects to have well-discounted copies of the Prayer Book available.  For those who are interested, sells different versions of the 2019 edition, some with larger print, or better binding, etc.

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1/28/24 - Praying the daily office - how?
2/4/24 - Praying with the Book of Common Prayer - Why?

Example:  Psalm 23, The Lord’s Prayer

2/11/24 - Praying without Ceasing

Practice: A Rule of Life

2/18/24 - Praying in God’s Story

The Drama of Scripture as Context for Prayer

2/25/24 - Praying from a Heart of Gratitude

Historical Context of the BCP and the centrality of a Heart of Gratitude for shaping prayer and worship.

3/3/24 - Contemplative Prayer: Lectio Divina (Martin Rhodes)
3/10/24 - Contemplative Prayer: Silent Prayer (Wilson West)
3/17/24 - Sunday Prayer: The Shape of Our Eucharist Service…

…and other ceremonies of the Church

On Earth as it is in Heaven

Mount of the Beatitudes


Mike Deaton will lead a class titled “On Earth as it is in Heaven” from 10:45 to 11:45. This will be a study of the Sermon on the Mount(Matthew 5–7) from 10:45–11:45am. The class will be held in the upstairs multipurpose room.

In this greatest sermon ever preached, Jesus calls us to be a community of followers who are “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world.”  But how can we hope to do what he says? Jesus addresses our fears and weaknesses.  He reminds us that our walk begins and ends with God’s grace and faithfulness, and he provides “little steps” to start us on the journey.  You are invited to come and explore this stirring passage. Let it become your North Star for living the life of the ages—a life that Jesus says will not fall in the face of life’s storms.

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Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount

Background Scriptures
Matthew 4:17; Matthew 5-7; Matthew 11:28-30; Isaiah 55:6-9; 2 Peter 1:3-4

Blessings, Grace and Mission for God’s Blessed Ones (5:3-16)

Before this class

  • Read the handout “Following – Beatitudes” (5-10 min read)
  • Read Matthew 5:2-16
  • Think about these questions and come ready to discuss:
    • In class we discussed three things we might need to do to respond to Jesus’ call to REPENT in Matt 4:17. Which of these three things most resonate with you?
      1. Admit that the way I think the world works might just be off.
      2. Expand my imagination to see new possibilities.
      3. Sign on to God’s Kingdom Project by taking the SOM seriously.
    • Which Beatitudes are most challenging to you? Most troubling? Most Confusing?
    • How do you see the Beatitudes are exemplified in Jesus’ life?

Kingdom Case Study I

Before this class:

  • Read the handout Summary and Homework from Class 2.
  • Read all of Matthew’s chapter 5 at least three times over the week. As you read, think about the following:
  • In vs 21-48 Jesus repeatedly says something like “You have heard it said…, but I say to you …”. He is often quoting from the Ten Commandments and other parts of the Jewish law. What do you he’s getting at?
    • That the Old Law needs some correction, and he’s now doing that.
    • That the Old Law was incomplete, and now he’s adding to it to make it more stringent.
    • That the point of the Old Law was often missed, and he’s trying to help us see its original intent.
    • Something else?
  • In vs 21-48, Jesus gives six “case studies” for a way of life that exceeds what the religious leaders of His day did. Which of these case studies is toughest for you?
  • What connections do you see between the Beatitudes (vs 3-12) and ways of living described in 21-48?Read the handout Summary and Homework from Class 2

Kingdom Case Study II

Before this class:

  • In class we watched a 6-minute video entitled The Purpose of the Old Testament Law of Moses. If you have time, watch it again between now and next week. Make note of any points that were helpful or confusing to you.
  • Read Matthew 5:21-48, where Jesus gives six examples of what it means to put God’s law into practice.
    • How might practicing the sorts of things described in Matt 5:21-48 stretch us to grow in the Beatitudes? How might the Beatitudes help us practice these things?
    • Why do you think Jesus picked the particular six examples in Matt 5:21-48?
    • What do these examples tell us about what is most near and dear to Jesus’ heart?
    • Does Jesus want us to worry about just these six things, or does he have something broader in mind?
    • Below are examples of strange things Jesus says in this section. What do you think He means by these?
      • (5:22) “Whoever says ‘you fool!’ (to a brother) is in danger of the fires of hell.”
      • (5:29) “If your right eye (or right hand) causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away”
      • (5:32) “…whoever divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”
      • (5:39) “If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.”
      • (5:48) “You must be perfect, as your Heavenly Father is perfect.”

The Kingdom Case Study, III (5:31-32)

Blessed Ones and marriage Q&A w/Aubrey on marriage and divorce

The Kingdom Faith

The heart’s orientation of Blessed Ones

The Kingdom’s Rule of Life

Blessed Ones pursuit of Grace and Wisdom in relationships

The Kingdom Choice

Integrating the Sermon on the Mount into Life