Weekly Bible Study
Since we can't meet in person for Bible Study (due to the
coronavirus), we are now holding our Bible Studies via "conference
Bible study "conference call" times are:
Tuesdays: 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 12:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 7:00 p.m.
To participate in the Bible Study,
go to our Zoom page
STUDY GUIDE FOR WEEK BEGINNING MARCH 29
printable copy of this week's Bible Study, click HERE
COMMUNION IS A FORETASTE OF THE FEAST TO COME
Mark 13.1-8, 24-37
Ramshaw, pages 43-46 and 71-77, Words Around the Fire,
Gail Ramshaw, Pueblo Publishing Company, New York, New York, 1988.
a time when Holy Communion was offered only 6 times a year.
Later the frequency increased to once a month, then twice a month and
now it is offered weekly. Our current practice reflects Jesus’ words
“as oft as (whenever) remember me.” If we contemplate the role of
Communion in the Easter Vigil, we might bring up a myriad of biblical
memories of times when people sat and ate: the meal Abraham and Sarah
placed before the visiting strangers, the roasted lamb served to the
families just before they left Egypt, the diet of manna, quail and water
provided in the desert, the wedding banquet to which the servants
invited the homeless, the poor and the lame, and the last supper shared
by Jesus and his disciples.
interesting that during this health crisis, a common theme I have heard
is that we are all in this together. There is a sense of common
experience, of neighborliness, and caring for those known and unknown.
this backdrop are the themes that arise out of Mark 13: Wake up – Keep
watching – Wait – Be Aware. Mark 13 is written in a style that is not
easily understood by the modern reader. It is often misinterpreted by
those who claim special prophetic knowledge (similar to the Gnostic
heretics of the 2nd Century). The natural disasters and the
conflicts between nations are not unknown to us. Jesus suggests that
these things should remind us that we live in last days and that the
kingdom of God is near (a message that Jesus began to proclaim from the
day he was baptized). The key verse is verse 37: And what I say to you
I say to all: Keep awake.”
Take time to recall and discuss the various scenes of people
eating together. What do they tell you about Holy Communion?
The disciples thought the Temple was indestructible, but Jesus
predicts its downfall. Can you recall something or a time that seemed
indestructible, yet it was not permanent?
Communion proclaims that Jesus our Savior is always with us and he will
never abandon us.
Make a list or create an art form that illustrates the people,
past or present, who attend Holy Communion with you.
When you consider the reading from Mark, especially the parable
of the rich man who put his slaves in charge, how do the following items
relate to the story: A train or bus schedule, the length of the typical
worship service in your congregation, the birth of a baby.
in us, O God, the splendor of your love;
your image in our hearts, and all our sins remove.
wake in us the wonder of your power,
fruitless fear unfurl our lives like springtime bud and flower.
O Christ, to share the fullness of your joy;
us in the risen life that death cannot destroy. Amen.