Friday, February 27, 2009

Prayer of the Week and Instant Bible Study on the Last Judgement

Prayer:
Let us pray to the Lord. Lord have Mercy.
O Lord the day of judgement is upon us for You are judging us by the way we express our love for those in need. Guard us against false charity which we do to be seen. Help us to become selfless so we can find You in those we help. On that awesome day of judgement may we have a good defense. We pray in the name of the Father Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Bible Verse:
Matthew 25:40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

Bible Question:
Who do you think are the least?

Here is the latest Prayer and Study from Father Andrew. To receive 1 credit for this activity, e-mail your response to both Father Andrew, oandrey(at)stlukeorthodox(d0t)com and myself, else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

First School Certificate Awarded!

 



Mark received his award from the hand of Father Andrew at St Luke Orthodox Church.

On Feb. 22, the School awarded its first certificate for 25 credits earned! This award went to Mark, who actually had completed 28 credits at the time of the award. Congratulations, Mark!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Orthodox Must-Reads

Orrologion.blogspot.com has a list of Orthodox must-read books, along with reviews of the books. This is an interesting blog post with many good reading suggestions! Don't miss it! To get to the list, click here.

You can get credit(s) for reading these books. E-mail me at else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Thanks to Mark Olson of St. Luke Church for pointing us to this list!

Prayer of the Week and Instant Bible Study: The Prodigal Son

Here is the latest Prayer and Study from Father Andrew. To receive 1 credit for this activity, e-mail your response to both Father Andrew, oandrey(at)stlukeorthodox(d0t)com and myself, else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Prayer:
Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

O Lord, You have given us an example from both the Old and New Testament of what it means to repent for our sins. The book of Proverbs warns us against the results of riotous living. We as a nation have left our father's house and squandered our inheritance in extravagant living. We all need to repent and return. During this Lenten season may we come to ourselves and thank you for what we have received by being generous to the poor and beginning a new life in our father's house, the Church. We pray in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Bible verse:
Luke 15:21 (NKJV) And the son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.”

Bible question:
How did the prodigal son sin against heaven?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Reading List for Lent & Pascha

The Lenten Season is a perfect time to read and meditate on the Faith!

Under "Booklists" at left is a new reading list with books appropriate for Lent and Pascha. Credit values are listed with the books. To receive credit after reading, just complete the "General Worksheet for Books" and turn it in at St. Luke Church or e-mail it to me at else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

May your reading be blessed!

You can also find the booklist here. The list is in Microsoft Word format.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Prayer of the Week and Instant Bible Study on the Jesus Prayer

Read Luke 18:10-14.

Prayer:
Let us pray to the Lord. Lord have Mercy.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me a sinner. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me a sinner. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me a sinner.

Bible Text:
Luke 18:13
And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’

Bible Question:
Explain how the tax collector's prayer was answered.

Please email your answers to oandrey(at)stlukeorthodox(d0t)com and else10(at)gmail(d0t)com to receive 1 credit for this activity!

Friday, February 6, 2009

New Prayer of the Week and Instant Bible Study

Here's this week's prayer and study from Father Andrew:

Prayer:
Let us Pray to the Lord, Lord have Mercy.
O Lord Jesus Christ, the True Light, Who enlightens every man that comes into the world, pour out Your blessing on these candles, and hallow them by the light of Your Grace; and grant, O Merciful One, that as these lights, kindled with a visible flame, scatter the darkness of night, so may our hearts be enlightened by the glowing of the Holy Spirit and avoid the blindness of all manner of sin; so that we may see those things that are pleasing unto You, We pray in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen

Bible Text:
Luke 2: 27 – 32 And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said: “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word; For my eyes have seen Your salvation Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.”

Bible Question:
Who was the man who took Jesus in his arms and how does his prayer related to blessing candles?

To receive 1 credit for this activity, e-mail your response both to Father Andrew at oandrey(at)stlukeorthodox(d0t)com and to me at else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The Evangelist Newsletter wants you!

UPDATE 4/28/2009: You can write for The Evangelist at any time and receive 5 credits for each article that is accepted and published. Read below for past Evangelist writings by our students; all the ideas still apply! Contact me at else10(at)gmail(d0t)com if you have questions.

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The Evangelist is St Luke's church newsletter. It comes out quarterly and is a compendium of articles and information about Orthodoxy and our church family.

We've been asked to create most of the content for the next issue!

This means that you, dear student, are tasked with writing an article about the School. Some article ideas include:

--Reviews of books you have read for credit
--Articles about activities you've attended as part of the School, like the CS Lewis play or the suicide seminar
--Stories or poems based on a book you read or an activity you participated in
--Articles on how participating in the School has changed you in some way

I need at least 4 students from the School to submit an article for publication. If you do, you will receive 5 credits!

For more information, please contact me privately at else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Follow the School on Twitter!

You can now follow the School of the Seventy on Twitter!

Twitter is a social Internet tool that allows you to tell people "what you are doing right now." You can also "follow" other folks on Twitter and find out what they are doing.

I'll be using Twitter to attract new students to the School and to announce all our "happenin's and doin's" including School activities, books to read, and other information.

To check out Twitter, go to www.twitter.com.

To see the School's Twitter feed, go to www.twitter.com/OrthodoxSchool.

Twitter is free and fun. Sign up today!

Conciliar Press Annual Winter Sale--Bonus School Credits During Lent

Conciliar Press is having its Annual Winter Sale NOW with generous discounts on books, Bibles and their famous Icon Calendar.

Now is the time to stock up on books to read during Lent. Spiritual reading and learning should be part of our Orthodox life. Lent is a perfect time to begin doing this and making it a regular habit. You will be blessed!

CREDIT BONUS DURING LENT!

For every book that you read and complete during the Lenten Fast period (March 2 to April 18) you will receive DOUBLE CREDITS!

This "double credit" applies only to books read, not to other school activities.

So check out the reading lists at left and order your books now so that they arrive in time for the Lenten fast.