Gather Bible studies
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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:
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, wrote a three-session study on giving. Download the sessions here.
Session1: Give in secret
Session 2: Be like the widow
Session 3: God loves a cheerful giver
For the fall of 2015, Liv Larson Andrews, pastor of Salem Lutheran Church in the West Central neighborhood of Spokane, Washington, shares 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)