1. The Sermon: Director’s Cut
Begun in January, 2012, “The Sermon: Director’s Cut” is a new Sunday morning Bible study designed to supplement and expand the sermon preached in the service. The preacher leads the study, which looks at things that “fell to the cutting room floor” during sermon prep. As such, Director’s Cut gives multiple angles to the text, while the sermon itself examines only one.
Director’s Cut offers more time with the Bible, which is always a good thing. Since it falls between our two services, the folks who have already heard the sermon can come for more info, while the people who have yet to hear it can come to get prepared.
The good thing about Director’s Cut is that it is very little extra work for the preacher. If the preacher is preparing the sermon using biblical and scholarly resources, there will be fodder for the class left over when the sermon is done.
2. Grace Notes
The Episcopal Church does not have a tradition of taking notes during the sermon. We are going to change that with “Grace Notes,” which are pads of paper in the pews, specifically placed there for people to write down things that strike them during the sermon.
Oftentimes, a preacher will say something that we want to remember, but with everything going on in our heads, we forget more often than not. Grace Notes will help us to keep those things with us. If you do this, make sure to put pencils rather than pens in the pews. Using pens just asks for your pews to get drawn all over by little ones.
3. 10 Lenses for Encountering the Word of God
Coming this summer, “10 Lenses” is an introduction to biblical hermeneutics for lay people (thus, we will not be using the word “hermeneutics”). The class will be run online on our website, considering so many people go away for the summer. Each class will focus on one simple, basic piece of biblical interpretation; for example, how do you pick out a passage to study, which translation of the bible should I read, etc.
“10 Lenses” will help give the lay person the tools and permission to become biblical interpreters for themselves, thus taking the preacher out of the “vaunted expert” role. Starting at the end of June 2012, you can participate in 10 Lenses on ststephenscohasset.org.