When’s the last time you heard a series of sermons on Jonah? If ‘never’, let’s see what we can do over a few weeks in February 2020!
Preparing for the series:
- The best introduction to any scriptural book is to read the book itself! It’s not long — 15 minutes are more than enough to get you through it quite comfortably. Plan to do this a few times through the series.
- A short animated video introduction (9 minutes) can be found here, which tells the story well and gives a few clues to its structure and purpose.
- A more academic introduction can be found in this lecture, which sets Jonah in the context of a couple of other ‘outlier’ scriptural books – Esther and Ruth. The comment on Jonah begins at 9.20.
- A very brief introduction to the book can be found in the first few paragraphs here. If you’re interested in reading something more substantial and don’t already have access to a commentary on Jonah, Phillip Carey’s commentary in the Brazos series (available in hard and electronic versions) is very readable and, more importantly, very good!
This year our Lenten Studies will be offered across a number of churches/locations and times, to enable greater participation and to encourage more people to attend.
The Lenten studies will be around a little book by Rowan Williams, ‘The sign and the Sacrifice: the Meaning of the Cross and Resurrection’. Williams unpacks a number of central themes around Easter in a helpful and illuminating way. An easy read, with 30-40 minutes of preparation for each session.
Participants should obtain their own copy of the book, which is readily available from online sources such as The Book Depository and Amazon, and lots of other sources.
An electronic (Kindle) version of the book is also available, although it is published under a different title: God With Us: The Meaning Of The Cross And Resurrection – Then And Now . You can peek at the first few pages of the book on this web page.
There are presently three groups on offer but we hope that more will be added before Lent begins.
The dates for the study groups presently organised are:
- NORTH MELBOURNE: 7pm Wednesdays March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1, 630pm for a shared supper and 700pm for the study in the church/hall, MARK THE EVANGELIST UNITING CHURCH, 4 Elm Street, North Melbourne.
- HAWTHORN : 930am Fridays March 6, 13, 20, 27 and April 3, at HABITAT UNITING CHURCH, 2 Minona St, Hawthorn. [TIME AND DATES TBC]
- CITY (Wesley Uniting Church): Wednesdays March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1, 12.30pm-1.30pm Meeting place TBA
Your are most welcome to join us at our Christmas celebrations this year!
Sunday December 22 (Advent 4 morning worship): a service of Advent carols and readings with Eucharist, 10am.
Christmas Eve (afternoon and evening): (we have no Christmas Eve services at Mark the Evangelist, but commend the Christmas Eve services at St Mary’s Anglican Church – the 4pm “Kids’ Christmas” and the 11.30pm Christmas Eve Midnight Mass). Wesley Uniting Church (Lonsdale St) has a 9pm service.
Christmas Day: Worship with Eucharist, 9.30am
Normal services will continue, 10am, on December 29 and throughout January