Wednesday, June 24, 2009
The Incredible Shrinking Summer Bible Study
Dear Parish Faithful,
This evening the Bible Study will begin at 7:45 p.m., following Vespers at 7:00 p.m. We will be reading and discussing ACTS 19-20.
So far, in my humble opinion, the Bible Study has been rewarding on the qualitative level. Our participants are prepared and our discussions have been very stimulating. I appreciate the time and energy dedicated to our communal study of the Scriptures. Yet, quantitatively, the Bible Study is rather poorly attended and, I believe, shrinking from summer to summer. In a contemporary, urban-centered parish with highly educated parishioners living in a world with every conceivable intellectual, moral and spiritual challege hurled at us on a daily basis; with an almost militant attack upon the very integrity of the Scriptures and various speculative attempts to "deconstruct" traditional Christianity; and within a parish of the "One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church" - the "true Church" as we like to style ourselves - that claims to properly understand and interpret the Bible; one would think that a Bible Study would be an eagerly-anticipated and rather widely-attended event. That, however, is not the case.
Nevertheless, the Bible Study will be an ongoing "summer event" of the parish and all Orthodox and non-Orthodox Christians (and non-Christians) are invited. So, if you are available, perhaps you will decide to avail yourself of the opportunity to study the Holy Scriptures together as a parish community enlivened by the Word of God.