2019 - Year of PrayerPhilippians 4:6 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."
Save the Date
November 6, 2019
Second Annual Synod
“Day of Prayer”
Creative Prayer 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
“Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather and rescue us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, and glory...
A New Thing
“I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers...
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy...
Dear Friends in Christ,
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let...
Every Perfect Gift
Dear Friends in Christ,
“Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above…” (James 1:17)
What a gift it is to see God’s people using the gifts...
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:
- Bible Reading to form us through daily discipline and habit;
- Bible Reflection to help us to become fluent in the language of sacred scripture;
- Bible Study to lead us to know who God is and what God does.
Sermon on the Mount Student Materials (PDF) [Download]
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.
Entire 12 Devotions
Devotions by Pastor Kent Wilson
Devotions by Pastor Chris Young
Devotions by Pastor Rita Bair
Devotions by Pastor Janine Foster
Devotions by Pastor Doris Mars
Devotions by Ms. Brenda Gibson
Devotions by Deacon Jean Wise
Devotions by Pastor Kristin Hunsinger
Devotions by Pastor Laura Strietelmeier
Devotions by Mr. & Mrs. Scott & Connie Blackford
Devotions by Pastor Brian Haller
Devotions by Pastor Eric & Deacon Erin Bodenstab
Book of the
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:
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
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.