Sacred Roots Annual Theme
TUMI Sacred Roots Annual 2016-2017: Sisters of the Spirit (Luke 1.38)
One of the most important and yet most easily overlooked facts of the Church’s spiritual formation is the power and beauty of women’s spirituality. This year, our intent will be to learn how the holy women of the Scripture demonstrated their commitment and allegiance to God and Christ, and discover how our own walks in Christ can be enriched through their example. Our cover depicts Mary greeting Elizabeth after Gabriel told her she would give birth to Jesus. As in all our Church Year spiritual formation exercises, the beginning of the Year focuses on the person and work of Jesus Christ, from the promise of his coming to the sending of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Starting at the Ordinary Time of the Season after Pentecost, we will begin to explore in earnest the power of women’s spirituality, both during the unfolding of the Church Year and our book readings and discussion times together.
A main focus of this emphasis will be our study of the lives and accomplishments of some of most spiritually anointed and powerful women of Scripture. We have given the name to these character studies “Vignettes of the ‘Hidden Persons of the Heart’ (1 Pet. 3.3-6).” We have selected defining moments in the lives and ministries of godly impactful women in Scripture, and we will study them thoroughly, inducing from their amazing lives both insights and principles of what it means to live for God in extraordinary times of challenge and promise. Here is the week by week outline of the study sessions we will explore by their order of appearance, beginning the week after the celebration of Trinity Sunday. The character trait before each individual provides the thematic lens through which we will view their situation and response.
The Sacred Roots Annual 2016-2017: Sisters of the Spirit is available in the following formats:
The 2016-17 Church Year Calendar: Jesus of Nazareth, the Great I Am
At the heart of our life together stands the person of Jesus of Nazareth, the author and finisher of our faith. Through him creation came into being, and he alone reveals to us all the glory of the Father. He redeemed us from Satan’s tyranny and sin’s bondage, and he alone will ultimately restore all things, under God’s reign. His triumph and power are everywhere pictured and affirmed in Scripture, and nowhere clearer than the numerous “I am” statements strewn throughout the Bible, especially in the Gospel of John.
Our 2016-17 Church Year calendar, Jesus of Nazareth, the Great I Am connects the liturgical year with Jesus as the all sufficient “I am.” For instance, in Advent he is seen as the Word become flesh (John 1.14), in Christmas as he who said “Before Abraham was, I Am” (John 5.58), and in Epiphany as “I am the Light of the world” (John 8.12). Each season displays a particular vantage point of our Lord’s work through his “I Am” statements, included in this year’s liturgical calendar to enhance our meditation of his glory and his work.
The 2016-17 Chronological Reading Guide
Each year we read through the Scriptures together chronologically, seeking to gain greater insight on the entire Story of God as it occurred in historical order of events. In this guide we read through the narrative of the Bible as well as highlight in attractive colors the emphases of the Church Year's time schedule. Reading through the Scriptures in the order the events happened helps us stay on point regarding the true subject matter and theme of the Scriptures: the salvation of God in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ. This reading not only provides richer insight into the events of Scripture, it also helps us greatly to better comprehend the meaning of the whole story of God's wondrous salvation and grace, which climaxes in the Christ event, his death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and return.
This year we will read together books which articulate varying views on the nature of women’s spirituality, and their role in Church and mission. The texts we selected will allow us to hear clar arguments from differing points of view, enabling us to engage and examine the differing viewpoints held in various traditions on the role and scope of women’s life in the Church. We invite you to join us as we explore the vision of women’s spirituality and its implication on our life and mission.
• Beyond Sex Roles: What the Bible Says about a Woman's Place in Church and Family (3rd edition), Gilbert Belzekien
• Women and Ministry: What the Bible Teaches, Dan Doriani
• Why Not Women? A Biblical Study of Women in Missions, Ministry, and Leadership, Loren Cunningham, David Joel Hamilton
• Ministry at the Margins: The Prophetic Mission of Women, Youth and the Poor, Cheryl Sanders
• How I changed my Mind about Women in Leadership, Alan F. Johnson
• What Paul Really said About Women: an Apostle’s Liberating Views on Equality and Marriage, Leadership and Love, John Temple Bristoe
Vignettes of the "Hidden Persons of the Heart" (1 Pet. 3.3-6)
They have hearts of . . .
1. Vignettes of the “Hidden Person of the Heart,” 1 Pet. 3.3-6 (Introduction)
2. Awe-filled: Queen of Sheba, 2 Chron. 9.1-12
3. Tender: Samaritan Woman, John 4.1-42
4. Determined: Woman with Issue of Blood, Mark 5.24-34
5. Shrewd: Shiphrah, Puah, Exod. 1.8-20
6. Deferring: Elizabeth, Luke 1.39-45
7. Broken: Hannah, 1 Sam 2.1-11
8. Expectant, Anna, Luke 2.36-38
9. Focused: Mary (sister of Martha), Luke 10.38-42, Luke 12.1-8
10. Shameless: Mary Magdalene, John 20.1-18
11. Worshipful: Miriam, Exod. 15.1-21
12. Faithfilled: Sarah, Gen. 17.15-21, 18.1-15 (Heb. 11.11-12)
13. Deep: Mary, Mother of Christ, Luke 1.46-56, 26-38
14. Wise: Abigail, 1 Sam. 25.1-42
15. Fierce: Deborah (Jael), Judges 4.1-24 (ch. 5)
16. Loyal: Ruth, Ruth 1.1-18
17. Sacrificial: Esther, Esther 4.1-17
18. Humble: The Canaanite Woman, Matt. 15.21-28
19. Truthful: Priscilla, Acts 18.24-28
20. Vignettes of the “Hidden Person of the Heart,” Proverbs 31 (Outtro)
This series promises to teach us much regarding the unique and powerful shape of Spirit-filled women’s spirituality, how they answered God’s call in the face of challenge, difficulty, and opportunity. Together with the books we will read on the role of women in the Church and Kingdom, this series will offer us the chance in dialogue and study to learn how godly women impact and shape the life of the Church, and enable us to fulfill Christ’s mission to advance his Kingdom in the world today.