Services & Classes
As part of our mission, we are continually engaged in educating and discussing issues surrounding the Wesleyan and Anglican traditions from which we take our cue.
In their learning together, the people of Epworth depend first upon scripture as being primarily authoritative, then upon traditional Christian understandings in accord with scripture, and then, in lesser degrees, upon human reason and experience, always with generosity of spirit toward those who understand things differently.
Some of our studies include:
Fall 2008: Discussion Series, G. K. Chesterton's Orthodoxy
On the 100th anniversary of the publication of G. K. Chesterton's Orthodoxy, Epworth Chapel on the Green is pleased to present a nine-Sunday discussion series about the book, 9:00-9:45 a.m., as follows:
|September 14:||Everything Else||Discussion Questions||Highlighted Text of Chapter 1||Discussion Notes|
|September 21:||Keeping One's Wits||Discussion Questions||Highlighted Text of Chapter 2||Discussion Notes|
|September 28:||Freedom to Think||Discussion Questions||Highlighted Text of Chapter 3||Discussion Notes|
|October 5:||Ethics of Fairy Tales||Discussion Questions||Highlighted Text of Chapter 4||Discussion Notes|
|October 12:||The Oddity of Things||Discussion Questions||Highlighted Text of Chapter 5||Discussion Notes|
|October 19:||Christian Paradoxes||Discussion Questions||Highlighted Text of Chapter 6||Discussion Notes|
|November 2:||Solemnity and Levity||Discussion Questions||Highlighted Text of Chapter 7||Discussion Notes|
|November 9:||Romance of Orthodoxy||Discussion Questions||Highlighted Text of Chapter 8||Discussion Notes|
|November 16:||Authority & Adventure||Discussion Questions||Highlighted Text of Chapter 9||Discussion Notes|
The American Chesterton Society says, about Chesterton:
Chesterton was equally at ease with literary and social criticism, history, politics, economics, philosophy, and theology. His style is unmistakable: always marked by humility, consistency, paradox, wit, and wonder. His writing remains as timely and as timeless today as when it first appeared....He doesn't just perform the wonder of making you think. He goes beyond that. He makes you laugh.
Our pleasure in reading Chesterton comes especially from his not being embarrassed to be astonished, or to find delight and see the magic in what most people see as quite ordinary. This is particularly true of this book, which recounts his quite unconventional journey from a general skepticism to his mature convictions.
Our pleasure in discussing the book comes from our delight in hearing and sharing one another's insights, amusements, puzzles and questions that come to mind, not only because of Chesterton's exceptionally pithy writing style but also because of the substantive matters he addresses--and all of this among people who enjoy getting below the surface of a subject in a friendly, thoughtful and non-defensive way.
Knowing about, Knowing and Relating with God
This class was a study in the Anglican catechism based on The Book of Common Prayer. More than an academic study, the course sought to help participants move from knowledge of God to experience of God and then on to daily communion with God as Savior and Friend. Thoroughly orthodox in content, the course was presented socratically, through the use of questions and responses.
Baptism and Eucharist: Beliefs and Practices
Under the leadership of Pastor Thelander, participants explored the biblical meaning of these sacraments and sought to understand the differences in practices among various Christian traditions. This course presented understanding in a manner consistent with an important Epworth goal: "to conduct, encourage and promote actions which lead to greater unity, understanding and communion among orthodox Christian churches and denominations."
Lent - 40 Days in the Desert: A Journey with Jesus
Sara Sterner and Dr. Sharon Bull conducted this six-week series which explored the history, customs and observances of the Lenten season, Palm Sunday and Holy Week. Participants joined in a Stations of the Cross service, featuring 14 tableaux depicting the Way of the Cross, from Jesus' condemnation before Pilate through his burial in the tomb.
Signs & Symbols of the Church
This study series, which covers the main concepts of liturgical worship, its history and how its rich visual and active tapestry can be understood and decoded. Topics include the liturgical calendars, actions, symbols, services and orders. Beauty may be its own reason for being, but Epworth seeks symbols and actions which express, teach or embody Christian truth and meaning. Attend this series, to learn the why behind the what. Shawn Shafer is the series leader.
Classic Resources for Enriching Your Devotional Life
This series is presented in a show-and-tell format with the participation of panel members who have tried various approaches and sources and have experienced the highs and lows of pursuing a deepening devotional life. Donna Crow is the series leader.
Bible Study That Works: an Inductive Method for Studying Scripture
This series presented four broad aspects of Bible study: observation (seeing what is there), interrogation (asking intelligent questions), interpretation (drawing inferences and tentative conclusions), and application (answering the "so what?" question). Techniques are presented for accomplishing each of these. The Rev. Dr. Brook Thelander, rector and pastor, is the series leader.
A New Way of Seeing: The Vision of Epworth Chapel on the Green
This series explored what it means to say that Epworth Chapel on the Green is "Wesleyan in theology, Anglican in worship, orthodox in teaching, evangelical in mission and ecumenical in thought". The course, which was presented by Stanley D. Crow, attorney at law; the Rev. Dr. Brook Thelander, pastor; and Ann Smith, discussion facilitator, sees each of those five aspects of the self-understanding of Epworth Chapel on the Green as being important to the fullest exposition and highest attainment of each of the other aspects.
How Shall We Then Sing?
A two-Sunday course led by Epworth organist Helen Dunsmoor. The class addressed the question, "Do we allow hymns to speak to us, or do we sing them without thought?" as well as the marriage of poetry and hymn tune, with examples of the good, the bad, and the ugly, and with examination of the role of punctuation in the hymn text, as that punctuation relates to how a hymn is sung.
Evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail: Why Evangelicals Are Attracted to the Liturgical Church
The Rev. Dr. Brook Thelander leads this series examining why Christians in the Free Church tradition often find themselves exploring and embracing liturgical worship. Utilizing shared human experience and theological insight, the course offers concrete possibilities for living one's thoroughly evangelical faith within a liturgical context.
And Did Those Feet in Ancient Times: The Stories of British Saints
Donna Fletcher Crow, award-winning author for her books on the history of British Christianity, leads this four-part series. The series addresses the question whether and how our lives are, or could be, enriched or enabled by our learning from these exemplars. Part 1: The lives of Sts. Joseph of Arimathea, Alban and Ninian. Part 2: The lives of Sts. Patrick, Columba and Augustine. Part 3: The lives of Sts. David, Hilda and Cuthbert. Part 4: The lives of Sts. Dunstan, Alphege and Beckett.
The Gospel: Four Stories, One Jesus
A six-week video series featuring Anglican Dr. N. T. (Tom) Wright, one of the world's leading Jesus scholars and Bishop-elect of Durham, England. Part One: "The Gospels: What is a gospel? Why are there four gospels? When were they written? From Where? What is the message of the gospels?" Part two focuses on Matthew, the Jewish gospel written to Jewish Christians to show that Jesus "fulfilled" what had been prophesied about the Messiah in the Hebrew Scriptures.
Part three focuses on Mark, believed to be the first or foundation gospel, written for people in the catacombs in Rome and on the run, about "Jesus Christ, the Son of God." Part Four: Part four focuses on Luke, a universal gospel, written for people living in the Mediterranean Greco-Roman world about the one who came "to seek and to save the lost." Part Five: Part five focuses on John, the spiritual gospel, written about "the one in whom the Word became flesh" and lived among us. Part Six: Part six seeks to explain the meaning of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
Icons, Images, Altarpieces, Vestments, Iconclasm: "The Role of the Visual in the Church"
This study begins with the first known images used within the early Christian Church, the symbolic ideas of these images, and their use within the ritual and life of the Church. That leads to consideration of the use of Icons within both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox traditions, images used in chapels and cathedrals such as paintings and altarpieces, and the use of liturgical objects and vestments.
The class examines, as well, the different forms of Iconoclasm, which are linked to the birth of the Protestant Reformation, after which the use of visual imagery and symbol forever changed in both Roman Catholicism and Protestantism. At the series' conclusion, the class looks at the state of the visual arts in the contemporary Church.
Professor Tyrus Clutter, professor of painting, printmaking and art history at Northwest Nazarene University and director of Friesen Art Galleries.
Liturgy in Time
"Liturgy in Time" explores the thesis that God's revelation in Jesus Christ produces a new organizing principle for the observance of time. Special attention will be given to how participation in the liturgy brings God's saving actions, both past and future, into the present.
Two Worlds Meet
"Two Worlds Meet: Viewing the World from the Perspective of Eucharistic Liturgy and T. S. Eliot's The Rock": For something completely different, using what T. S. Eliot wrote for the poem/play, The Rock, combined with the Eucharistic liturgy, to address matters such as these:
Pain caused by a church experience
Authenticity, or the lack of it
A sense of belonging, or not
Pain caused by Christians
Fitting into time
Can I be holy? Can anyone?
Resolving inner conflict
What's unique about Eucharist?
Disillusionment with oneself
Confidence to face the future
History of Music in Worship
"History of Music in Worship" is the topic of an educational series 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. each Sunday in November, 2002, at Epworth Chapel on the Green, a Wesleyan-Anglican church at 6110 Northview Street, three blocks west of Curtis Road at Winstead Park. This series is led by Don Hughes, a musician and music educator. There is no charge for these sessions, which are open to all interested persons.
The Function of Archeology in Christian Thought
"Archaeology and the Bible" is the subject of a five-Sunday seminar series at 9 a.m. each Sunday beginning September 29 and continuing through October 27, at Epworth Chapel on the Green. This series examines what archaeology can tell us about the historical events of the Christian faith. Dr. Wendell Bowes, veteran archaeologist and chairman of the Department of Bible and Theology at Northwest Nazarene University, is the series presenter. Dr. Bowes holds a doctorate in Ancient Near Eastern Studies and has visited and participated in numerous archaeological sites in Israel, Jordan and Egypt.
Creeds of the Faith
This three-Sunday series occurs on September 8, 15 and 22, 2002, at 9 a.m. and is led by the Rev. Dr. Brook Thelander, Epworth's rector and pastor. This course provides an understanding of the context of the Christian faith and of its formal development, as expressed in the various creeds which have shaped and reflected that context and development.
The Lure of Filthy Lucre
This four-Sunday series--subtitled, "How the Church Paid Its Dues Through the Centuries" -- is led by Donna Crow, noted Epworthy author and historian, in the 9:00-9:45 a.m. Sunday Seminar period, for the Sundays in May beginning May 12, 2002.
The wide variety of sometimes obscure-and sometimes aggressive-ways in which the Church has found means of financial support will surprise you. This course views the matter historically and across the whole Christian spectrum.
Join us as we go back in time and forward in thinking. Learn what it is to be, think and live as a Wesleyan. A study of Wesleyan theology and thought, which ran from October 2000 to February 2001.
On April 7 through May 5, 2002, Pastor Thelander presented a five-part course on Signs, Symbols and Actions: The Basic Vocabulary of Worship, in Epworth's parish hall. This course gave us a new perspective on how the meanings and ideas of the Christian faith are communicated, understood and internalized, and gave us greater appreciation of symbols, gestures and liturgical colors. The oral presentation of the series was augmented by written course material.
How could a tiny, disorganized religious sect, their leader supposedly dead, become the most influential force in history? A ten-Sunday study developed and presented by Dr. Lilburn Wesche
A six-Sunday study on renewal of worship, taken from Robert Webber's Learning to Worship with All Your Heart. Robert E. Webber has been in the forefront of the worship renewal movement for a quarter century as a speaker, author and teacher.
If you have comments or ideas for future studies please contact us