Adult Eduction

 Sunday Morning Adult Education Fall 2018

Adults will now have two options on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15.

The Lord and His Prayer – September 16-October 28 at 9:15 a.m.

The first adult class sessions begin this September with a study on the Lord’s Prayer.  The class will use N. T. Wright’s book, The Lord and His Prayer, as well as Luther’s explanation from the Small Catechism.  As we approach the text we will open ourselves to the seven petitions and what they have to say to us in our modern age.  N. T. Wright is professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and one of the most highly respected biblical scholars in the world today.  Utilizing his text as a spring board for discussion we are bound to have lively conversation about a central component of our Christian faith, the Lord’s Prayer.  Join us on Sundays, September 16-October 28.  We will begin meeting for this class in the front of the church nave.

The second option is:

40 Days with the Holy Spirit

Prayer is a major component of Christian faith.  Often prayer in our lives finds a back burner until we have a need, request, desire, and then we come up short with works to communicate with God.  St. Paul suggests in his epistles that we pray without ceasing; lives of prayer, but that doesn’t seem to fit in the pace of modern life.  For those seeking a renewed life of prayer, or wanting to establish a pattern of prayer, we will embark on a 40 day prayer journey on Sunday, September 30.

As a resource for the journey we will be utilizing a little guide by Jack Levison who is a professor at Perkins School of Theology.  He responds to the question “Why forty days of prayer?”  That is the length of time that Moses waited on Mt. Sinai for the Ten Commandments.  The length of time it took Joshua and Caleb to scope out the Promised Land.  The length of time Goliath taunted Israel before David used his trusty sling shot and brought down the giant.  The length of time Elijah spent in a cave escaping the wrath of Queen Jezebel.  The length of time God Offered Nineveh to change their ways.  And the length of time that Jesus spent in the wilderness.  You may be thinking of some additional Bible stories that use the number 40 and by all means add them to this list.  Imagine what is in store for you as we embark on 40 days of prayer.

If you would like to be part of the 40 days of prayer then mark your calendar now for the beginning day, Sunday, September 30 at 9:15 a.m.  During the 40 days we will meet each Sunday to offer one another support, encouragement and to share insights about our lives and how the Holy Spirit is changing us, working on us through our lives of prayer.  We will conclude on Sunday, November 11.  The room where the prayer group is gathering will be posted by the stained glass window of the Good Shepherd.  In order to provide copies of the prayer guide it would be helpful to know the number of participants prior to the start date.  Simply notify the church office if you plan to participate (717-843-8155).

Personal Devotions – St. Paul’s has the daily devotional called “Christ In Our Home”.  This little book comes out quarterly and has a daily reading, lesson and prayer for every day.  Please feel free to get a copy from Patee.  Do you prefer reading on an electronic device?  You can sign up for the devotional God Pause from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.  It will come to your email every day!  Click on the following link:  http://www.luthersem.edu/godpause/default.aspx  Both devotionals use the readings for the upcoming Sunday.