The Good Book Club

The Good Book Club is an invitation to join in reading the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts during Lent-Easter 2018. Episcopalians from many congregations will start reading Luke on Sunday, February 11, and read a section of Luke’s Gospel every day through the season of Lent. The entire season of Easter will be devoted to daily readings from the Book of Acts. We hope you’ll join the journey too!

Why read the Bible? People who read scripture with an open heart grow in faith through their encounter with the sacred stories of the Bible. We know this to be true in our personal experiences — and we have research to back it up. RenewalWorks has data from nearly half a million participants that identify scripture engagement as a key catalyst for spiritual vitality in congregations and for individuals. In other words, if you want to grow and strengthen your faith, reading scripture is the perfect exercise.

Why Luke and Acts? We love sequels, and Luke-Acts provides a wonderful two-part narrative. Luke tells the wondrous story of Jesus’ birth, ministry, teaching, death, and resurrection. Acts picks up where Luke leaves off and tells the story of the earliest disciples through the lens of Peter and Paul and the real star of the show — the Holy Spirit. Written by the same author, the books are accessible, and the story is a page-turner!

How will it work? Forward Movement has created a set of daily readings to divide Luke and Acts into 50 days each. Each day, participants will read a few verses of Luke or Acts. The Good Book Club begins on the Last Sunday After the Epiphany, February 11.

Resources: Holy Trinity will curate resources to support your participation. We’ll update this select list periodically as new material comes to our attention:

  • Readings: Click here for a complete list of daily readings from Luke and Acts.
  • Lenten program: Participate in a weekly dinner discussion group on Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m., from February 11 to March 11. A light lenten supper is served in the parish hall at the beginning of each session. The Rector leads a Bible study to help readers to deepen their engagement with Luke and make applications of the texts to their lives.
  • There’s a smartphone app (iOS and Android) for Lent and Easter with cartoons by artist Jay Sidebotham. Each day will list the reading and feature an inspiring quote or cartoon.
  • Readers of the daily devotional booklet Forward Day by Day can easily follow along, with Luke and Acts guiding the reflections during Lent-Easter 2018. Not yet a reader? If you’d like to receive Forward Day by Day by email for free from Ash Wednesday to Pentecost: sign up here. You also can pick up a free copy of Forward Day By Day by visiting Holy Trinity.
  • The daily Bible readings are available as a book (in both print and digital versions) and include short reflections and questions designed to apply the readings to your life. Click here for Luke and here for the Acts of the Apostles.
  • Faith-at-Home: Forma will be offering a weekly Faith-at-Home series, featuring reflections and activities for families.
  • Resources for children and teensBuilding Faith will publish a series of articles to help Christian educators and parents read and study Luke and Acts with children and teens.

More Resources: Click here for a comprehensive list of resources related to the Good Book Club.

A prayer for the Good Book Club:

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for
our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn,
and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever
hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have
given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with
you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(Book of Common Prayer, page 236).