The new year is a time of new beginnings. A time when we can wipe clear all of the accounts and evaluations from the previous year. A time to make a fresh start and begin again. It is a kind of secular marking of what our faith teaches us. We are forgiven and always invited to begin again. It is also a good time to try out a new faith practice, like the daily reading of scripture.
This New Year, I am inviting you and your family to join me in participating in the Good Book Club, and reading the Gospel of John from Epiphany (January 6) through Shrove Tuesday (February 25). The Good Book club is a partnership with our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and many other organizations is reading together a book of the Bible each year. It involves reading a short piece of the Gospel each day, and reading it in its entirety over the almost two month period. You can learn more at www.goodbookclub.org.
This is something that you can do as an individual, with a spouse or partner, with a friend or as a family. There is a daily reading schedule, sign up for email updates, and other resources found on the website.
There is a table in the Undercroft with materials you can use. Our youth groups will be participating, along with some of the other groups throughout our parish. There is a list below of groups you can join.
Flowing from this time of reading the entire gospel, in Lent, during our Wednesdays in Lent evening program, we will dive more deeply into some of the extended dialogues within the gospel.
Reading Scripture is an amazing way to explore and deepen our faith. Reading Scripture together helps us to grow into the the Beloved Community of Love Jesus desires for us. Join me this season in growing together in our faith.
Reflect on reading the Gospel of John with the Good Book Club