Gather Bible studies
Always Being Made New
What's coming up in our 2015-16 Bible studies?
In 2015-16, Gather is offering Bible study in a different way, and we hope you like it. We will offer more Bible studies (summer, fall, winter, spring, and a devotional), and the leader guide will be included in the magazine. With this new format, we can use a variety of new writers who might not have agreed to write a nine-month study and separate leader guide.
Here is the format:
Summer: Three sessions (June, July/August)
Fall: Three sessions (September through November)
Advent/Christmas: Short devotional (December)
Winter: Four sessions, probably a book of the Bible (January/February through April)
Spring: One session, an intergenerational lesson (May)
In the summer of 2015, Emma Crossen, Women of the ELCA's former stewardship director, is writing a three-session study on giving:
No Catchy Slogans
Session1: Give in secret
Session 2: Be like the widow
Session 3: God loves a cheerful giver
In the fall of 2015, Liv Larson Andrews, pastor of Salem Lutheran Church in the West Central neighborhood of Spokane, Washington, will write a three-session study on speed and slowness, and how the Kingdom of God moves slowly, yet we are asked to move with ever greater speed. Liv lives with her spouse and young son and dreams of hosting the first ever lectionary-based cooking show.
Session 1: Sabbath Keeping
Session 2: Make Haste O Lord
Session 3: Tempo Giusto
In the winter of 2015–16, our four-session Bible study is an exploration of the book of Philippians, written by E. Louise Williams and the Rev. Phyllis N. Kersten, two regular contributors to Gather (and our former publication Lutheran Woman Today). Louise and Phyllis wrote the 1990 Women of the ELCA Bible study, “Companions on Your Journey.” Phyllis, a retired pastor, lives in a suburb of Chicago, and Louise, executive director emerita of the Lutheran Deaconess Association, lives in Valparaiso, Ind.
“Philippians is a wonderful book,” the authors write. “Paul had founded the Christian church in Philippi a number of years before and now writes to encourage them. Even though he is imprisoned, Paul does not seem downcast or discouraged. On the contrary, he thinks his suffering might have positive results for the gospel’s continued extension in the world.”
Christian Citizenship 101
Session 1: Confidence in God’s Beginnings and Endings (Philippians 1:1-26)
Session 2: Servant-Shaped Soldiers (Philippians 1:27-2:18)
Session 3: Being of One Mind (Philippians 2:19-4:3)
Session 4: Keep On Keeping On (Philippians 4:4-23)
So that's what we're doing. What do you think? Do you have any ideas for us? If so, please feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and put "new Bible study idea" in the subject line.
Always Being Made New.
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Transforming Life and Faith
Gather's 2014-2015 Bible study
A new life partner, a new child, a new job, a new home: most of us recognize how our lives are changed by these experiences. In Transforming Life and Faith, we will consider how our lives and our faith journeys are transformed by the events we experience and the people we meet. In both the Old Testament and New Testament, and especially in Acts of the Apostles, we will read about people who have life-changing experiences: Paul on the road to Damascus, Moses in the wilderness of Midian, Lydia praying by a river in Macedonia, an Ethiopian man traveling from Jerusalem to Gaza. We will watch them turn to and with God as their minds, hearts, and daily lives are altered. And we will reflect on the ways we, too, have been and will be transformed and called by God to serve God's mission in the world.
About the Author
Carol Schersten LaHurd is a lifelong teacher: Red Cross swimming lessons, high school English, parish education, and, for the past 30 years, biblical studies, Islam, and interfaith relations in colleges, seminaries, the church, and the wider community. After earning degrees from Augustana College (Illinois) and the University of Chicago, she received a Ph.D. in New Testament from the University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She is author of “Luke’s Vision: The People of God,” the 1998 Bible study for Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather).