Lenten Studies - 2019


Dear Friends:

Again this year, I’ve agreed to facilitate a Lenten Study Group. We will meet on Monday evenings, beginning March 11 at 7:00 p.m.

We will follow the Lenten text, “Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week,” by Amy-Jill Levine. Dr. Levine is a professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School.

Would you be interested in joining this group? I hope so. 

As Professor Levine says,”In every good story there is history and there is risk.” Over the course of this Lenten study we will have time to explore the Old Testament influence on Holy Week, the politics of that time, how Jesus risked his reputation. there will be an opportunity to openly talk about dealing with the risks that come with temptation, challenge, and even the possibility of losing friends. Importantly, we will have time to reflect on our own motives for following Jesus. 

We will meet weekly for about 60-90 minutes or so, and follow a curriculum laid out in a booklet especially tailored for small groups. Each session will begin with prayer and reading of scripture. There will be an opportunity ask questions and engage in discussion. 

No experience is necessary! You can come, actively contribute and leave; or simply come and listen. Bring a friend. One needn’t be a member of St. Matthew’s or even an Episcopalian! Just say “yes” and come.

Lent, more so than other seasons of the Church year, is a time for worship, study, prayer and preparation. Please consider joining me. Sign up on the easel outside the church office. Or simply drop me an email with your response/feedback.

When? Monday evenings, starting March 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Where? The Bell’s house, 26 Eglantine Avenue, Pennington.

In Christ,


Paul Bell
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