Sunday at Miqra 2016

Sunday morning we all attended worship at our parishes.

In the afternoon, the Junior High students could pick from these Bible workshops:

  • The Person of Jesus, led by Miss Abby Zimmerman
  • “Is it really in the Bible?” game show, led by Miss Helena Howell & Miss Olivia Allen
  • How Luke changed the way we practice Christianity, led by Mrs. Kirsten Goodman

The Senior High students could pick from these Bible workshops:

  • Pencils, Stickers, Chocolate & the Book of Acts, led by Mrs. Kitty Fapp
  • Women in the Bible memory game, led by Miss Ashley Petty
  • Heroes of the Faith: Loaves & Fishes Boy, led by Mrs. Michael J.K. Funston

Students also had a series of “activity” workshops where they could do arts & crafts, play board games, play indoor toilet paper Volleyball, or other hang-out time.

Bishop Dean Wolfe visited both St. David’s and Grace Cathedral to talk to students about the Bible and answer ANY questions they have.

Here are my notes from his conversation with High School students at Grace Cathedral:

Why do we do Miqra?

  • We do this to learn more about how to use scripture, not as a weapon, but as a way to understand God’s word in our midst. 
  • We do this to build community.
  • We do this to learn stuff!

What are some of the things you have learned? Youth responses:

  • The “feeding the 5,000” story appeared in all 4 Gospels which is very rare. 
  • When Adam was first created, there wasn’t the existence of different sexes yet. He became “male” when Eve was created and they were made 2 separate parts of the same origin. 
  • The Tree of Life is in the Book of Revelation as well as the Book of Genesis. 

The great thing about the Bible is it is very accessible — you can read the entire Gospel of Mark in a couple of hours, and all four Gospels in a day! It’s a great way to START. It takes a while to understand all the stuff in the Bible. Even those of us who have been studying it for a long time don’t have it ALL figured out. The Bible has a profound effect on people who give themselves to it. The Bible is at the center of who we are as Christian people. 

I firmly believe that if people thought we were going to talk about real, authentic things, realities in their world, they might come to church more. 

The Bible is incredibly rich and complex. The more you get into it, the more you want to know. It’s like people who are really passionate about D&D or Star Trek — they know everything, all the details and ins-and-outs about the characters, the actors, the stories. I’m like that with the Bible. Interpreting scripture is partly done out of our life situation and our life context, but also partly out of the life context of those at the time it was written and who it was written to. 

All the “stuff” in the world won’t make you happy. Those people who won the PowerBall won’t be happy all the time because of the money. We, as Christians, believe in something more. There’s work to be done and the Bible sends us on our way to do that work. Each of us needs to find the things in the Bible that will sustain you. 

For me, that’s Romans 8: Nothing separates us from the love of God. No thing. I need to hear that. [The Bishop’s favorite parable is that of the Prodigal Son.]

The Bishop asked Canon Torey Lightcap to share his favorite scriptures: It’s Proverbs and Mark. Proverbs because when I turned 40 I realized it described my life experience. Mark because it has no obfuscation, it the raw, wonderful narrative. 

It’s important to look at the trajectory of the whole story, the big picture being told in the scriptures. We don’t want to pull out one verse and put too much weight on a single line of scripture. For example, the Book of Revelation is largely poetry. It’s full of imagery and metaphors and isn’t designed to be taken literally. 

What you’re doing here [at Miqra] matters. It sets an example for everyone else in the diocese. It invites others to study and read the scriptures in their own way. 

Sunday night is movie night at Miqra. We’re winding down as we continue reading through the New Testament.

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