God’s Story, Our Story
What is God’s Story, Our Story?
Throughout the 2021-2022 program year, we will be reading through the Bible as a congregation, using The Story. We will be using The Story chapters for both worship and faith formation We will also be inviting our community to participate in this journey with us.
What is The Story?
The Story is an abridged, chronological Bible that reads like a novel. It is arranged in 31 chapters. If you have ever tried to read through the Bible and gotten bogged down or have wanted to but didn’t know where to start or have read the Bible but aren’t always sure how it all connects, join us on our journey through The Story.
How will worship be different?
The main change in worship is that instead of using the readings from the Revised Common Lectionary, we will mostly use selections from each week’s chapter of The Story and other complementary readings. During Advent and Christmas we will take a break from The Story and return to the lectionary and liturgical calendar.
What materials are available?
In addition to the adult book, there is a Reader’s Guide. There are also materials for children of various ages: The Story for Little Ones (preschool), The Story for Children (grades K-2), The Story for Kids (grades 3-6) and The Story for Teens. Feel free to choose whatever materials you think will be most helpful for your family.
How can I get materials?
Materials are available to pick up in the Narthex after worship.
Is there a cost to participate?
We want as many folks as possible to participate, so materials will be available at no cost. If you would like to make a donation toward the cost of the materials, you may do so at any time.
When will this journey begin?
We will begin to introduce The Story at worship on Sunday, August 22nd and then on Sunday, August 29th we will begin with Chapter 1.
How can I sign up for a small group?
You can use the Sign-up lists in the narthex or the Sign-Up Genius link (coming soon) in the Trinity Weekly to choose a small group. You are also encouraged to start your own small group with family, friends or neighbors.
Do I have to commit to the whole year?
No. Feel free to participate as much as your schedule allows.
What happens if I miss worship or my small group?
If you miss a week, you can simply read the chapter and the reading guide to catch up. If you miss worship, our worship services are livestreamed and available on YouTube from the Trinity website.
My friend who goes to another church also wants to read The Story. Can they join us?
Absolutely. Even your friends and neighbors who don’t go to any church are welcome to be a part of this journey and we encourage you to invite them. Materials will be free for all who want them, especially people outside our Trinity community.
How can I get more information?
Check out “God’s Story, Our Story” by visiting the display in the narthex, watch Trinity Weekly for additional details or see Pastor Linda or Cathy Williams with questions.