AUTUMN SERIES: “Learning the Read the Bible: Old Testament”
SWM strives to be a “School for Life,” a place where we are always engaged in the life-long process of learning: learning to be with God, learning to be with each other, and learning to be in the world.
This Autumn, we’ll turn our attention to “Learning to Read the Bible,” specifically, the Old Testament, sometimes referred to as the Hebrew Scriptures. We’ll use the Narrative Lectionary during Sunday liturgy, which takes us through the biblical narrative chronologically. From September until Christmas, if you were to attend every Sunday, you will have read and engaged the major turns in the story of the Old Testament.
In addition, we are blessed to have Professor Mark Brummit of Colgate Rochester Crozier Divinity School to help guide us. Once a month, in place of our regular worship service SWM will hold a special Supper Liturgy Lecture, in which Prof Brummit will introduce an issue related to the challenges of reading the OT, and then lead a conversation with the gathered community over supper.
Learn more about Mark Brummit here.
Dinner Lecture dates are:
Read an outline version of Pr Matthew’s sermon on Charleston, confession and the 12-steps by clicking here.
Click here to read this week’s sermon for Trinity Sunday, 5.31.15.
Click here to read and/or listen to Sunday’s sermon “The Advocate, the Accuser, and the Puffy Face – Towards a Practical Pentecostalism” by Rev. Matthew Martin Nickoloff
“WALK THE WALK”
Holy Week 2015 – Schedule of Services
Holy Week is the time each liturgical year when the Church remembers the last days of Jesus’ life. Beginning with his triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, continuing with the celebration of his Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, walking with him to the cross on Good Friday, and then waiting at the tomb for the resurrection at the Easter Vigil, Holy Week is more than just a series of worship services – it’s our chance to “walk the walk” with Jesus, immersing ourselves into the story of cross and resurrection, the “Paschal Mystery,” that lies at the heart of Christian discipleship.
Whether you can join us for one service or for them all, come and hear the story. Come live the story. Come walk the walk. And be transformed.
+PALM SUNDAY – Sunday March 29th, 5pm
procession of palms and chanting of the Great Litany
+MAUNDY THURSDAY – Thursday, April 2nd, 6pm
Foot-washing and supper liturgy
+GOOD FRIDAY – Friday, April 3rd, 7pm
Veneration of the Holy Cross
+EASTER VIGIL – Saturday, April 4th, 7pm
the most ancient service in Christianity, with lighting of the fire, service of storytelling, and celebration of the Eucharist
Mark your calendars! This amazing exhibit will open Saturday March 28th, and will remain up to accompany us throughout Holy Week (3.29 – 4.4.15)! A stirring reminder, not only of where Christ is pleased to be found – but also, of the promise Christ offers to us from in the midst of Christ’s unexpected beloved.
Lent at SWM this year is a time of the “great inhale” – a time to breathe in the promises of God, and also, to train our hearts in living out of these promises. As we cultivate Gospel mindfulness, training with Jesus in the Shadowlands between the glory of Transfiguration and the death of the Cross, we hope to exercise our hearts, making us more capable of breathing in the love and grace of God – and so, able to “exhale” peace and joy into the world in the season of the Resurrection to follow!
In the images below, find a Schedule of Lent Dates, as well as a suggested list of ideas for keeping a Holy Lent. In addition, here’s some links for ways to get involved:
–Wednesday Night Group Meditations – 8-8:45p – Every Wednesday during Lent, we’ll gather in community to hear a short teaching on meditation, and to practice sitting in silent mindfulness together
–South Wedge Abbey Project (SWAP) – train in community with a daily disciplines journal focused on working out the three parts of our hearts – mind, strength and soul
–Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer by Rowan Williams – pick up a copy of this brief yet powerful introduction to the basics of Christian faith and practice.
–the Social Media Catechism – receive daily reflections designed to be simple, multifaceted engagements with the foundational beliefs and practices of Christian existence