When Paul wrote his second letter to Timothy, it may have been the last letter he ever wrote. Paul was in prison at the time, and in this personal and pastoral letter, Paul encourages Timothy to remain steadfast in his faith, for he knows the trials Timothy will face in spreading the Good News.
It is from this important letter that our diocesan theme for 2014 comes: “Rekindle the gift of God within you” (2 Tim 1:6). Paul encourages Timothy in his own faith and asks Timothy to remember the faith that was nurtured in him through others, particularly his grandmother, Lois, and his mother, Eunice.
When we read of Lois and Eunice, we are reminded of those people in our lives who have helped us to understand and live out our own Christian faith.
For our Sharing Faith dinners this year, we will gather in small groups around the dinner table and respond to questions about our faith that allow us to share our thoughts and remembrances. The questions, all related to our annual theme, will call us to rekindle the gift of God in each of us.
Each church will receive one “deck” of Sharing Faith question cards at Diocesan Council in February 2014. The new questions focus on our annual diocesan theme of “Rekindle the Gift of God within You.” On May 15, 2014, members of our churches across the diocese will gather in local small groups to reflect on these questions. The evening will begin with a simple meal in parishioner homes across the diocese. Then group members will respond to conversation-openers designed to elicit stories about how they see God at work in their lives.
We will be joining, in spirit, the Diocese of Texas and other dioceses throughout The Episcopal Church who will gather the same evening in their own congregational small groups to explore the impact of faith on our lives. On this evening of Sharing Faith, it is our hope that we will all experience a deeper understanding of our own faith as Christian disciples.
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