ELEMENTARY BIBLE SCHOOL
We believe that being a church member is the same as being a disciple.
That life in the Episcopal Church cultivates a depth
and commitment to following the way of Christ.
We look to our tradition for ways to live more deeply
into lives of prayer and spiritual practice.
Sparkhouse Story Bible
Where is this story retold in our Episcopal Tradition:
BCP, page 370, Eucharistic Prayer C
We acknowledge our sinfulness. After praising God for creation of the wonderful universe, the celebrant says: From the primal elements you brought forth the human race, and blessed us with memory, reason, and skill. You made us the rulers of creation. But we turned against you, and betrayed your trust; and we turned against one another
BCP, page 330, The General Confession
We acknowledge our sinfulness each week in Holy Eucharist.
The story of the Fall is told in Lent.
BCP, page 265, Ash Wednesday Service
We recognize the finitude of our lives and bodies—without God, there is death—at our Ash Wednesday service. As the ashes are placed on our foreheads, the priest says to us, repeating God’s words to Adam and Eve as God sent them out of the Garden of Eden, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
Anglicans believe that creation is good because God made it. And we believe that humanity is good, though we do fall into sin. We do sin, but we cannot blame it on the "serpent".
Lesson 1: Fall and Exile from the Garden of Eden
Read "Adam and Eve," pages 8-13 and "The First Sin," pages 14-19
Questions for conversation:
1. What is your favorite thing that God created?
2. Why did Adam and Eve eat the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden?
3. What kind of work will Adam and Eve have to do in the world?