Anglican Spiritual Practices
The season of Lent is time for many people to practice a spiritual discipline in order to draw closer to God. Some of the disciplines the Book of Common Prayerencourages are praying daily, studying, confessing sins, fasting, and giving to the needy. But why should these practices be limited to Lent? In this class we will learn the what, why, and how of several spiritual disciplines that open our lives more to God during Lent and beyond.
The Mystery of the Trinity
One of the great mysteries of the faith is the doctrine of the Trinity. This mystery is so great that many of us leave it by the wayside as either dull or too complicated to understand. However, as theologian Michael Reeves, whose book we will use for the class, writes, “The irony could not be thicker; what we assume would be a dull or peculiar irrelevance turns out to be the source of all that is good in Christianity. Neither a problem nor a technicality, the triune being of God is the vital oxygen of the Christian life and joy” (Delighting in the Trinity, 18). This course will discuss what we believe about God as triune as we look at how this doctrine impacts our understand of God, of creation, salvation, and our spiritual life.
“I have a word for you…” This year during Lent at Holy Spirit Anglican Church the sermon each Sunday will focus on Words for the Journey – a word taken from the lessons for that day that expresses a crucial idea for the Christian life. Each sermon will unpack that word for the week and apply it to us in a way that opens us to a deeper relationship with the Lord.
Great Hymns of the Church
Great hymns of the church, taught by Fr. David Montzingo and Jenkin Clark. In this class we will take a look at several of the popular hymns that Christians have sung in different ages and the reasons they have stood the test of time. This look will include the author of the words, the composer of the music, the message of the hymn itself, and its use in the worship of the church.
The Journey of Jonah
The book of Jonah is deceptively simple. It can easily be read in a few minutes, and summarized in a sentence. Yet beneath the surface this book confronts us, as the readers, and invites us to answer hard questions about our own stance toward God and those whom He loves. This class will explore the story and structure of this well known book, as well as how it points us to Jesus Christ. The class will run for five weeks and will meet from 11:30am-12:30pm on Sundays after our service and community lunch. The book will be explored using an inductive Bible study method.
For many people, the Holy Spirit is not the third person of the Trinity but an impersonal force. For Jesus and for the New Testament writers, the Spirit was not a force but a person: he is the continued presence of God among us, not in flesh but in spirit. During the season after Epiphany our sermons will focus on the Spirit of Jesus at work in us, in the Church, and in the world.
Songs of Celebration
The season of Christmas is a time to rejoice and sing. The Messiah has been born and in him God is with us. During Christmas our sermons will focus on Songs of Celebration: biblical passages that overflow with hope and joy because of what God has done and is doing now.
The season of Advent is a time for waiting. Along with Israel we wait for the coming Messiah; 2000 years after his birth we wait for his return at the end of the age. During Advent our sermons will focus on Songs of Expectation: hymns and biblical canticles that help us wait for the Lord to act in time and space.
Advent Conspiracy: Can Christmas Still Change the World?
Sundays Nov. 29th-Dec. 20th.
Join us for the four Sundays of Advent as we remind ourselves that Advent is not meant to be a time of busy consumption, but a time of preparation for the coming Son of God. This class will help us prepare to make Christmas what it should be—a joyous celebration of Jesus’ birth that enriches our hearts and the world around us, not a retail circus that depletes our pocketbooks and defeats our spirits.
At the beginning of the Gospel according to Mark, Jesus says to Simon and Andrew, “Come, follow me” (1.16). Later in the same Gospel he invites us to do the same: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (8.34). What does it mean for us today to follow Jesus? For two months we will be answering the question in our fall sermon series called Follow Me.