Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Winthrop
What: Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church Advent Breakfast Bible Study
When: December 2, 9, 16, 23, 2020
Time: 9-10 AM
Who: Led by Amma Susan Taylor
Drawing inspiration from the book Stations of the Nativity, Cross and Resurrection by Raymond Chapman, we will meditate on the Incarnation of Christ. We will travel through 14 stations:
4) Birth of the Baptist
5) Joseph's Dream
6) Birth of Jesus
7) Shepherds and Angels
8) Shepherds at the Manger
9) Circumcision or Naming of Jesus
12) Flight into Egypt
13) Massacre of the Innocents
14) Return to Nazareth
Particularly during these unprecedented days that we live in during the Covid19 Pandemic, making meaning of our Holy days (holidays) and ritual is more challenging than ever, but offers great reward when we approach with faith and humility; by turning to scripture and one another in rich conversation. It may enable us to live more fully in the moment as we prepare for the return of Christ as we remember God coming to dwell among us and understanding how that journey unfolded and continues to unfold.
Each week during our regular Wednesday Breakfast Bible Study time, we will read the associated texts relevant to the stations and share collectively our wisdom of interpretation and application to our lives. It is my hope that we will use this same process for the stations during Lent and Easter. As the author explains, "The Nativity is the birth of one and the new birth of many, through all the generations of believers that were to come. The events from Good Friday to Easter Day would complete the transformation, but this is where it all began."
Let us pray: "Almighty God, whose blessed Son took our human nature so that we might regain our lost innocence and be restored to the divine image that was disfigured by sin, grant that as we meditate on the mystery of his humanity we may share the glory of his divinity, who lives and reigns in the unity of the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen."