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Our Sunday formation hour for youth and adults, meets every Sunday at 9am in the Fireside Room.

November: “Seeing, Noticing, and Welcoming Eucharistic Symbols in the Media” 

In November, St. John’s parishioners and neighbors are invited to take part in thoughtful, creative, respectful, and spiritual conversations about seeing the Eucharist in Film and Television. Watch the film beforehand and come ready to discuss it Tuesday nights from 5:30pm-7:30pm in W.A. Frost’s Fireside Dining Room. Continue the discussion Sunday mornings in the Fireside Room during our 9am faith forums.

Attendees will purchase their own food or beverages individually while at W.A. Frost.

November 5 and November 10: Dr. Don Postema, Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Bethel University, will facilitate a conversation about Eucharistic symbols in the 1984 film “Babette’s Feast.”

November 12 and November 17: Dr. Jennifer Awes Freeman, Assistant Professor and Program Director of Arts and Theology at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, will facilitate a conversation about Eucharistic symbols in the 1996 film “Big Night.”

November 19 and November 24: The Rev. Barbara Mraz, St. John’s Writer in Residence, and Dr. Lynn Hartmann, Professor of Oncology Emerita at the Mayo Clinic, will facilitate a conversation about Eucharistic symbols in the “Thanksgiving” episode from the television series ‘Master of None’ (2017). We’ll watch the tv episode together at W.A. Frost before our discussion that evening.

December 1: Advent Hope – “These are a few of our favorite Hymns!”

St. John’s members are invited to share the stories behind our favorite hymns and why they give us hope. We’ll join in singing three verses of each hymn that is discussed, accompanied at the piano by a very special guest! According to St. Augustine, “the one who sings, prays twice,” so come and share the sung prayers we love most at St. John’s.

December 8: Advent Peace – “A Letter from Saint Nicholas to Children of Every Age”
Author and Storyteller Jay Hornbacher will read from and discuss the theology of his children’s book A Letter from Saint Nicholas to Children of Every Age. Copies of Jay’s book (which make excellent Christmas gifts!) will be available for purchase at the Faith Forum and at Coffee Hour.

December 15: Advent Joy – “The Theology of J.S. Bach’s Magnificat in D Major (BWV 243)” Part One
In this two-part forum, the Rev. Craig Lemming will discuss how J.S. Bach’s music communicates theological truths that are not immediately apparent in the scriptural text of Mary’s Canticle (Luke 1:46-55). The first part of this two-part series will explore movements 1 through 6 (Luke 1:46-50).

December 22: Advent Love – “The Theology of J.S. Bach’s Magnificat in D Major (BWV 243)” Part Two
In this two-part forum, the Rev. Craig Lemming will discuss how J.S. Bach’s music communicates theological truths that are not immediately apparent in the scriptural text of Mary’s Canticle (Luke 1:46-55). The second part of this two-part series will explore movements 7 through 12 (Luke 1:51-55 and the Doxology).