2019 - Year of Scripture

Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path"

Mini

Retreats

Mini Retreats

Praying creatively through sacred reading, silence, and artful expression in community with other Christians who want to listen to God and one another.

Please look at the locations and dates below that work for you and your congregation leaders.

Contact the location contact person/place for more information.

All are welcome!

Bishop’s Year of Scripture Writings

Numbers and Purpose

Dear Friends in Christ,

The Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tent of meeting… take a census of the whole congregation…

(Numbers 1:1a and 1:2a).

...

Leviticus

Dear Friends in Christ,

“The Lord summoned Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting, saying…” (Leviticus1:1).

...

It is not I, but God…

Dear Friends in Christ,

“Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh and went...

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Bible

Study

Sermon on the Mount

A Call to Discipleship

Welcome to 2019: The Year of Scripture. Our focus this year will be on God’s gift of Sacred Scripture. The Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God.  Inspired by the Holy Spirit speaking through their authors, they record and announce God’s revelation centering in Jesus Christ.  Through them the Holy Spirit creates and sustains Christian faith, life, and fellowship for service in the world.

During this Year of Scripture, we will aspire to grow as Christian disciples through three distinct practices:

  1. Bible Reading to form us through daily discipline and habit;
  2. Bible Reflection to help us to become fluent in the language of sacred scripture;
  3. Bible Study to lead us to know who God is and what God does.
Student Materials

Sermon on the Mount Student Materials (PDF) [Download]

Leader's Guides

Sermon on the Mount Leader’s Guide (PDF) [Download]

Council and Leadership Monthly Devotions

This Year of Scripture is an opportunity to receive the gift of the entire Bible through twelve Bible-based devotions especially suitable for monthly Congregation Council meetings. 

The 12 devotions are available to download below as an entire group or individually.

January-December

Entire 12 Devotions

[Download]

January

Devotions by Pastor Kent Wilson

[Download]

February

Devotions by Pastor Chris Young

[Download]

March

Devotions by Pastor Rita Bair

[Download]

April

Devotions by Pastor Janine Foster

[Download]

May

Devotions by Pastor Doris Mars

[Download]

June

Devotions by Ms. Brenda Gibson

[Download]

July

Devotions by Deacon Jean Wise

[Download]

August

Devotions by Pastor Kristin Hunsinger

[Download]

September

Devotions by Pastor Laura Strietelmeier

[Download]

October

Devotions by Mr. & Mrs. Scott & Connie Blackford

[Download]

November

Devotions by Pastor Brian Haller

[Download]

December

Devotions by Pastor Eric & Deacon Erin Bodenstab

[Download]

Book of the

Year

Book of the Year

Our Year of Scripture Book of the Year is A Compact Guide to the Whole Bible: Learning to Read Scripture’s Story. 2015. Edited by Robert W. Wall and David R. Neinhuis (Baker Academic Publishing). This very accessible book takes the reader through the entire narrative of God’s Word, with an emphasis on the “metanarrative” of the Biblical story. This small guide will be a great companion during the Year of Scripture, and a great resource for pastors, deacons, and lay leaders.

Book of the Year Review

Click here for a review of this book by Bishop Daniel G. Beaudoin

The Bible Project

Check out the Bible Project website for inspiring videos and podcasts. Here is the place where Visual Storytelling Meets the Bible. Click here to explore the site:

Reading

Plan

Synod Wide Read through the Bible in One Year

Bishop Beaudoin wants to encourage and challenge you to join with the rest of the Northwestern Ohio Synod and read through the entire Bible in One Year. Back in 2004 and 2012, the parishes he was serving read through the Bible in One Year as a community spiritual practice. Scripture is meant to be read in community, so please don’t do this alone.

The Bishop wants to invite you to form a number of small groups in your parish, who will gather weekly, 2x a month, or monthly (it’s really up to you), and commit to doing this spiritual practice together. If you do it alone, you’re going to get halfway into Leviticus, give up, and get mad. Don’t do that. Read together. Reflect together. Learn together. It is the best way. When you do this together, it will change the conversation and the culture of your parish.

Computer & Phone

Wallpaper

Computer, Tablet or Phone Wallpaper

Put the Year of Scripture memory verse on your computer, your tablet or your phone the the memory verse wallpaper.