Study Group Resources

Suffering (Advent 2020)

This is a wide-ranging topic, with many strands.  In this study, we will start with a Bible Study on The Suffering of Job, move on to New Testament Theology in The Suffering of Christ and finish with some Practical Theology in Our Own Suffering.

We start each session with Prayer:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen.

The materials below are in two forms:

  • A PDF file with sequential A4 pages
  • A PDF file with pages arranged so that if your printer can print double-sided with a short-edge binding (and you know what that all means:-) you can print it and fold it to resemble the ‘booklets’ that I have been handing out in previous studies.

If in doubt, the first format will produce something readable. If you have problems, either ask a friend or get in touch with me.

Each week there is the session booklet and in some weeks a further booklet of additional material/resources.

If there are things in the materials that you wish to talk with me about, you know how to contact me.

Session 1 – The Suffering of Job

Before you start, you will find it very helpful to understand the structure of the Book of Job, so I suggest that you read that material first, so that you will be able to see the progression as you move through the session.

Suffering -Session One

Suffering – Session One booklet

The Structure of Job

Session 2 – The Suffering of Christ

Suffering -Session Two

Suffering – Session Two booklet

Session 3 – Our Own Suffering

Suffering – Session Three

Suffering – Session Three booklet

“The Suffering God” a poem by G.A. Studdert-Kennedy
(Woodbine Willie)

The Suffering God – Unutterable Beauty

Prayer (Lent 2020)

To start with, an episode of Radio 4’s “Something Understood” in which Rowan Williams talks about Prayer.

The materials below are in two forms:

  • A PDF file with sequential A4 pages
  • A PDF file with pages arranged so that if your printer can print double-sided with a short-edge binding (and you know what that all means:-) you can print it and fold it to resemble the ‘booklets’ that I have been handing out for earlier sessions.

If in doubt, the first format will produce something readable. If you have problems, either ask a friend or get in touch with me.

Each week there is the session booklet and in some weeks a further booklet of additional material/resources.

If there are things in the materials that you wish to talk with me about, you know how to contact me.

Session 1 – The essence of prayer

Prayer – session 1

Booklet Prayer – session 1

Prayer – the great traditions

Session 2 – The person who prays

Prayer – session 2

Booklet Prayer – session 2

Session 3 – Growth in prayer

Prayer – session 3

Booklet Prayer – session 3

Prayer – aids

Booklet Prayer – aids

Session 4 – Living in tune

Prayer – session 4

Booklet Prayer – session 4

Spiritual Consolation and Desolation

Booklet Spiritual Consolation and Desolation

Session 5 – Pray like this

Prayer – session 5

Booklet Prayer – session 5

Prayer – Silence, Review and Examen

Booklet Prayer – Silence, Review and Examen

The Beloved (Advent 2018)

The written material for all three of the sessions is contained in one document:

The life of the beloved study

The videos of Henri Nouwen’s sermons on Youtube which were at the heart of each session:

Session 1

Being the Beloved

Session 2

Becoming the Beloved

Session 3

Disciples of the Beloved