Adult Bible Study Schedule
Adult Studies for April 2018
We gather at 10:30 AM on Thursdays to explore the Gospel reading for the coming Sunday in connection with other readings for the day. Easter Sunday, the 1st of April, is the beginning of the church’s 50-day celebration of the Resurrection. During this time readings from the book of Acts are paired with the Gospels, highlighting the Spirit’s action in the new church, as the apostles share their experience of Jesus’ resurrection with the world. We will consider how the Spirit is at work among us to bring hope to our world today.
Here are the dates and the readings:
Apr 5 – Acts 4:32-35 and John 20:19-31
Apr 12 – Acts 3:12-19 and Luke 24:36b-48
Apr 19 – No Bible Study (Pr. Mueller will be at the monthly Synod Interim Pastors’ meeting)
Apr 26 – Acts 8:26-40 and John 15:1-8
The Sunday morning adult bible study meets regularly at 9:15 during the Education Hour between worship services. Christ is risen! What does that really mean for us? The Sunday bible study explores themes related to this present time of pastoral transition, so as we come to the season of Easter, we will dig into the connections between our resurrection proclamation and the ways we can make that good news visible. To what is God inviting us to pay attention? Where are we called to take action? In what ways to we need to listen and learn?
On Sunday, April 15, Bishop Paul Erickson and Rev. Jennifer Arnold from the Greater Milwaukee Synod, will join us for the day. They will lead an Adult Forum during the Education Hour, which will give us opportunity to get to know them and to talk together about how we can empower Trinity’s ministry by working together.
Praying with Scripture
As you explore the scriptures this month, we will have arrived at Easter! The resurrected Christ promises his disciples that they will not be alone. The Spirit will be given to them. May the Spirit lead you into the scriptures and then into action, just as the Spirit led the early church to bear Christ to the world. Continue to ask these primary questions as you pray with the scriptures: 1. What word or phrase or image draws your attention? 2. How does this word connect with your experience in the world? 3. Do you hear a call to action? Is God inviting some change in you? Begin and end your prayer with a space of silence to listen and rest in God. Below are the appointed readings for the weekends in April. You may wish to work with these in your daily prayer. You might also consider reading through the gospel of Mark, one small section a day. This would give you a deeper context for hearing the Sunday gospel readings this year, which come primarily from Mark but are interspersed, especially during Easter, with readings from John.