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Old Fashioned Sunday School is taught by the Rev. Canon George Maxwell. OFSS is currently on summer break and will return in the fall. When classes resume they will be held in Child Hall and online. Please sign up for the OFSS newsletter for the latest information!

 

Spring/Fall 2021: Mark’s Story of Discipleship

This season, we’re talking about the Gospel of Mark. As you know, the current liturgical year, which is designated as Year B, focuses our Sunday gospel readings on Mark. It also features more selections from the Gospel of John than any other year. We read the Gospel of John in class first because it is featured so much in the Lenten and Easter liturgies. Now, we’re turning to Mark. But, in doing so, we’re also turning from an emphasis on the inward, spiritual journey of faith to an emphasis on the social, economic, and political dimensions of discipleship. In other words, we’re moving from contemplation to action. It’ll be interesting!
 
As usual, I am using a book for the structure of the class. You don’t need to read it to participate in class, but if you would like to dive deeper into the topics that we cover, you might find the book helpful. The title is Say to This Mountain: Mark’s Story of Discipleship and it was published by Ched Meyers and others in 1996. You can purchase the book in the Cathedral Book Store.

 

 

May 30, 2021: Mark’s Story of Discipleship (part 5) / video 

May 23, 2021: Mark’s Story of Discipleship (part 4) / video 

May 16, 2021: Mark’s Story of Discipleship (part 3) / video 

May 9, 2021: Mark’s Story of Discipleship (part 2) / video 

May 2, 2021: Mark’s Story of Discipleship (part 1) / video 

 

 

 


Winter-Spring 2021: What does Jesus mean when he says “I am”?

Epiphany is the season that we use to celebrate the manifestation of Christ. In the Western churches, we tend to focus on the visit of the magi and the worldwide mission of the church.  The Eastern churches tend to focus instead on Christ’s baptism by John, when the heavens opened and a voice from heaven declared Jesus to be God’s beloved Son, and the miracle of Cana in Galilee, where Christ first “manifested” his glory.  This year in Old Fashioned Sunday School, we’ll take a more eastern approach to the season of Epiphany by exploring the Jesus Christ that is manifested in the Gospel of John.  It won’t be like the reading of the fourth gospel that you are used to hearing, though.  We will be reading it from the center.  We’ll assume that the story of the sea-crossing (6:16-21) is the structural center of the gospel and talk about what the gospel might be telling us about Jesus if this is true. Much of the approach taken in the course will be from The Good Wine: Reading John from the Center by Bruno Barnhart.

 

April 25, 2021: What does Jesus mean when he says “I am”? [part 12] / video 

April 18, 2021: What does Jesus mean when he says “I am”? [part 11] / video 

March 21, 2021: What does Jesus mean when he says “I am”? [part 10] / video 

March 14, 2021: What does Jesus mean when he says “I am”? [part 9] / video 

February 28, 2021: What does Jesus mean when he says “I am”? [part 8] / video 

February 21, 2021: What does Jesus mean when he says “I am”? [part 7] / video 

February 14, 2021: What does Jesus mean when he says “I am”? [part 6] / video 

February 7, 2021:  The Fifth Day: Shepherd, Priest, and King (What does Jesus mean when he says “I am”? [part 5]) / video 

January 31, 2021: Day Three: The Coming of Jesus the Christ (What does Jesus mean when he says “I am”? [part 4]) / video 

January 24, 2021: How Do You Receive Joy? (What does Jesus mean when he says “I am”? [part 3]) / video  slides

January 17, 2021: The Mandalic Chiasm of John’s Gospel (What does Jesus mean when he says “I am”? [part 2]) / video  slides

January 10, 2021: What does Jesus mean when he says “I am”? (part 1) / video