"Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the Church"
Bible Study meets in the sanctuary at St Mark’s on Wednesdays at 10:30 am. Led by Chris Haslam, author of Comments (http://www.montreal.anglican.org/comments/). Chris studied theology at Concordia for a number of years and has extensive experience leading Bible Studies at the former St James the Apostle (the "new Community") and at St John's Lutheran on Jeanne Mance. See also the page on our website or speak to Bob Morell or Angela Andrews. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn and share in a friendly environment! All are welcome!
We believe that the Holy Spirit continues to speak to us through the texts of the Bible - for this reason it is central in our worshipping life. When passages from the Bible are read aloud in Sunday worship services, the reader concludes by saying "Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church"; the congregation responds, "Thanks be to God." However, the texts of the Bible are neither simple nor easy. In the Bible we read the story of God's love of humanity, but we also read of the struggles people have had over time with understanding and responding to God's love. Some have even used the Bible to promote a message of hate rather than a message of love. How we read the Bible matters. In this informal gathering we read and reflect on the Gospel passage assigned by the Revised Common Lectionary (the calendar of assigned readings we use) for the upcoming Sunday. We share stories and experiences, laugh, struggle with the different meanings of words, consider the passage's historical context, support one another through doubts, questions and life challenges, and occasionally are profoundly moved as the Holy Spirit leads us to a deeper understanding. If you're interested in lectionary studies of the Bible, check out textweek.com which links to many resources and the comments and clippings by Chris Haslam.