1. God’s Story. Our Story (Narrative Lectionary)
A nine-month sermon series beginning in Genesis and ending in Revelation that presents the grand story of God’s promises and God’s faithfulness to promise.
Narrative Lectionary allows us to use worship time, the time that most people identified as their primary and most frequent encounter with Scripture, to teach the biblical narrative.
We have extended the idea of Narrative Lectionary into all facets of congregational life, including Sunday School and Bible study groups, by using resources that help participants to understand the big picture that Scripture tells. For example, our children and youth Sunday School classes follow the Narrative Lectionary for this program year.
2. Your Story
Weekly resource (called Your Story) provided as a hand-out on Sundays and online which encourages individuals and families to engage in Scripture during the week. Each Your Story contains the focus reading for the following Sunday, the extended reading to help inform the focus reading, and questions for both adults and children to help in reflecting on the text prior to hearing it in the sermon.
The objective is to encourage participation in "God’s Story. Our Story" and to provide tools for self-engagement of Scripture individually or as a family.
A related tool which developed out of the need to provide “hands-on” ways for people to participate is a weekly coloring sheet. It is drawn by our senior pastor, who is also a gifted artist, and used in our weekly children’s messages. Each week a child takes one home and colors it. Upon its return, it is hung in sequential order in the sanctuary so that "God’s Story. Our Story" now has a physical presence in our worship space.
Our website, www.gslutheran.org, seeks to use technology and the Internet to support and invite interaction with "God’s Story. Our Story."
Good Shepherd’s website was outdated, unattractive to visit, and had limited usefulness for both members and visitors. As conversation around a new website had been happening for months, "God’s Story. Our Story" provided the impetus for us to launch a new website in collaboration with the kick-off of "God’s Story. Our Story."
Online surveys indicated that the internet is the first place people go to for resources for Bible study. We have recognized for some time that we are behind the curve on use of technology and internet to invite and inform others.
Specific ideas for support of "God’s Story. Our Story" include a blog, sermon podcasts, the weekly Your Story resource and a list of vetted online Bible study resources.