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.
CEB Study Bible, or Harper Collins NRSV Study Bible
Keep a Record:
The Bible lessons this fall will be from the Old Testament, beginning with Genesis. Purchase a journal, or use index cards to make notes on the conversations you have about the stories, even the ones read to the youngest members of your family. Journaling or just making written notes in your Bibles will help you to see how your faith grows and how the stories become a part of your story.
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 Genesis, Chapters 2 and 3. As you read consider what you imagine as the Garden of Eden.
Here are some questions for personal reflection and journaling:
1. When I am faced with a tough choice, what do I ask myself?
2. If I am not sure what to do, or am conflicted, whom (or what) do I go to for support or consultation?
3. How do I know when I have made the right decision?
4. Where is God in this process?
5. What might some meaningful scripture be?