June 16 Summary – Learn
Led by Allison Hauserman
On Sunday, June 16 th, as part of our “Way of Love” summer series, Allison Hauserman helped us explore the second practice, “Learn: Reflect on Scripture each day, especially Jesus’ life and teachings.” From the Way of Love Introduction, “By reading and reflecting on Scripture, especially the life and teachings of Jesus, we draw near to God and God’s word dwells in us. When we open our minds and hearts to Scripture, we learn to see God’s story and God’s activity in everyday life.” If you weren’t there this week, or forgot your folder, over the next week please fill out one of the “Small Group Participant” sheets for the practice of “Learn.” Then transfer your plan for “Learn” to the “Writing a Rule of Life Worksheet.”
We began with an opening prayer and Allison introduced the practice of “Learn” and how turning to God allows us to receive God’s love. We opened the discussion by reflecting on last week’s work and what we got out of writing down our regular activities throughout the week.
- We then discussed some of the following discussion questions, followed by closing in prayer:
- What is your favorite passage of Scripture? What does it mean to you?
- Have you ever tried to read the Bible all the way through? Describe your experience.
- If you could share a meal with any person (other than Jesus) from Scripture, who would
it be? What would you ask that person?
- The Catechism says that “God still speaks to us through the Bible” (Book of Common
Prayer, p. 853). How has God spoken to you through Scripture? How does God speak to
the Church through Scripture?
- What is your favorite story about Jesus? What about it speaks to you?
- How does hearing the stories of God working in the world in Scripture help you spot
God working in the world today?
- What is the sermon you have always wanted, but have never heard, preached? What
Scripture would you use?
- How has your approach to understanding Scripture changed over time? Has this
changed how you relate to God and others?
- What ways of reflecting on Scripture are the most life-giving for you?
- What gets in the way of making time to read and reflect on Scripture during your day?
What is one thing you can do to set aside time for Scripture?
Some recommendations for “Learn”: Read the scripture from the Daily Office Lectionary found in the Book of Common Prayer (p. 934) or online through various websites or apps, take up a Bible reading plan, read a daily devotional, practice lectio divina, or listen to a podcast that includes scripture such as “Pray as you go.” (You also might list a practice you are already engaged in that gives life to you.) The Episcopal Church has compiled more resources on “Learn” on their Way of Love website.
Our next session will be led by Charlotte Nichols on June 23 rd at 9 am. She will be focusing on the practice of “Pray: Dwell intentionally with God each day.” Thank you for another great turnout this session!