Thursday, January 03, 2013

A slightly new direction: for a time...The Bible Challenge!

Last Autumn, our Diocesan Bishop challenged the parishes in New Jersey, well invited us, really, to participate in the "Bible Challenge." This is a practice formed by the Rev. Marek Zabriskie, founder of the Center for Biblical Studies. He felt a deep need to increase both his own, and invite others to a deeper practice of, Biblical literacy. How to do that? Simple: Read the Bible!

Some of the good folk of St. Peter's (and her Rector), are taking up that invitation in the coming year. We begin the week of the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6). And so, this coming Monday, the game is afoot! We will take up and read, together, the Bible. In a year.

I will be posting regularly on the blog our progress. As well, each Thursday, I will post the indicated readings for the following week. You can download and print your own copy of the guide here.

I am excited, and a bit nervous, about this challenge. I realize that to get through this will require more than just a personal commitment. It is also an exercise in community. As the year unfolds, there will be times when I will not really feel motivated to read. There will be times when the immediate crises of life will arise and tempt me away from taking a few quiet moments with the good Book. I will need to lean back into my communities of support, and even this blog, to keep me on the narrow path that lies before.

And so, as we together prepare to take this challenge (and I urge you, dear reader, to consider joining in this effort as well!), let us pray:

(from the Challenge guide: the Collect for the Sunday closes to November 16-Book of Common Prayer)
Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them; that, by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings for the week of the Feast of the Epiphany (January 7-12)
  • Monday:
    • Genesis 1-3; Psalm 1; Matthew 1
  • Tuesday: 
    • Genesis 4-6; Psalm 2; Matthew 2 
  • Wednesday:
    • Genesis 7-9; Psalm 3; Matthew 3
  • Thursday:
    • Genesis 10-12; Psalm 4; Matthew 4
  • Friday:
    • Genesis 13-15; Psalm 5; Matthew 5
  • Saturday:
    • Genesis 16-18; Psalm 6; Matthew 6
  • Sunday (come to Church, and rest in the Word found in the lessons of the day)
May God bless us richly on this pilgrimage, as we sojourn in Holy Writ.


  1. thanks for sharing.

  2. Well, I'm already ahead of the game - wasn't sure if today or tomorrow was Day 1. I read first then checked your blog. Better to be ahead then fall behind!!!