So there will be an emphasis on the ABC’s of the faith this year: Attend whenever you can, Read the Bible Richly, Connect to Christ. As part of the B the sermon focus from Advent to Easter will be on the Gospel of John. I did preach John about a decade ago, but this time it will be with a different approach. We will encourage each other to read, deeply and richly, the Gospel. As I work out the schedule for the church, it will be posted here.
In the Catholic Tradition it is called “Lectio Divina”, or Divine Reading. Being rather “low church” here, we will simply call it spiritual reading, or reading richly. The idea is that we need to not just cast our eyes over the text, or to simply think about it. We need to enter its story, smell its smells, imagine it’s events, carry around the teaching and chew on it like a dog chews on its bone. What is more is that bible reading is a personal act – we read the book with the company of the Holy Spirit who walks with us through the text.