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Welcome to St. John's community. We are honored to serve Christ, and to open our doors to all. Please feel free to join us for worship. St. John's can trace its history to the founding of Jamestown. The parish is over 350 years old, and the church building itself has stood for 2 and a half centuries. St. John's saw the American Revolution and served as a camp ground for troops during the Civil War. Through it all, St. John's has been a place of worship and a home for those seeking communion with Christ. St. John's has a rich and abiding history. Today, it is as it was... a place to find and be found by Christ.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Conversations with Scripture... session 2

This week's conversation will begin in Chapter 2 of the book "Conversations with Scripture and with Each Other." I invite you to get a copy of the book and join us for our conversations, either in person or in spirit. 

Date of composition
Traits of the community

Opening questions for reflection

  1. How was Christ present to these different communities?
  2. How were the different communities being called to spiritual growth and mission?


Points for discussion

  1. How was the membership of the Christian Cult different than other religions of the day? Especially with respect to initiation and membership.
  2. How were the churches attributed to Paul formed (regionally and ethnically)?
  3. What do you think is important for new members to know about the Christian Faith? The Episcopal Church? Any Christian Church?
  4. What were the distinctive traits of each writer's Community? How might that influence the imagery and story-telling role of the different writers?
  5. What unifies our community of practice?
  6. What is the function of oral tradition in Biblical times? In contemporary society?
  7. What does our community believe about Jesus Christ?
  8. How does Matthew's story evolve the historic Jewish tradition, moving from simply the Torah to the Torah interpreted through the eyes of Christ?
  9. What is the importance of rules and order to the development of a community?
  10. What are the principal issues experienced living together in a parish family?
  11. How much value is placed on the dissenting or different position in our conversations?


Observation 1: How are we convinced that the continuation of God is revealed to us in Christ as demonstrated in our congregation as faithful believers?

Observation 2: How does the faithful conversation portrayed in the Gospels and Paul provide an image for us to emulate?

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