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Reading John…

Posted by on Apr 7, 2007 in community, fellowship, ordinances/sacraments, scripture | 13 comments

Last night, our family gathered with about 40 other brothers and sisters to read the Gospel of John. The family that hosted last night also hosted a reading of the Gospel of Luke in December. Our family was not able to attend the reading of Luke, so this was our first time to sit through a community reading of a gospel.

We started by breaking bread as part of the Lord’s Supper. Then, we all shared a meal. After the meal, we sang a song and began reading John. One person read each chapter (the chapters had been assigned as people arrived). After each group of seven chapters, we took a fifteen minute break. During the breaks, we would eat and sing songs again. After reading all twenty-one chapters, we shared the cup of the Lord’s Supper.

This was a very special time for us. It was amazing to hear the Gospel of John read in one sitting in a community of believers.


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  1. 4-7-2007

    What a blessing this must have been for you and your family and all the others present! Thanks for sharing :)

    ~Heather

  2. 4-7-2007

    Sounds wonderful, Alan. Makes me wish we lived just a little bit closer….

  3. 4-7-2007

    Taking the cup after having read the gospel of John really added another dimension to the words “do this in remembrance of me.”

    Christy, maybe you can sponsor such a reading where you live.

  4. 4-7-2007

    Alan-
    I love the idea of reading a Gospel through in one sitting. Our church has occasionally done a supper in connection with our celebration of the Lord’s Supper, but has not done the reading. I shared your post with my husband, and he thought we might want to do that with each of the Gospels at various times. Our church family is a little smaller than your’s, and I think we’d all enjoy it.
    Kat

  5. 4-7-2007

    Alan-
    I love the idea of reading a Gospel through in one sitting. Our church has occasionally done a supper in connection with our celebration of the Lord’s Supper, but has not done the reading. I shared your post with my husband, and he thought we might want to do that with each of the Gospels at various times. Our church family is a little smaller than your’s, and I think we’d all enjoy it.
    Kat

  6. 4-7-2007

    Alan-
    I love the idea of reading a Gospel through in one sitting. Our church has occasionally done a supper in connection with our celebration of the Lord’s Supper, but has not done the reading. I shared your post with my husband, and he thought we might want to do that with each of the Gospels at various times. Our church family is a little smaller than your’s, and I think we’d all enjoy it.
    Kat

  7. 4-7-2007

    Alan-
    I love the idea of reading a Gospel through in one sitting. Our church has occasionally done a supper in connection with our celebration of the Lord’s Supper, but has not done the reading. I shared your post with my husband, and he thought we might want to do that with each of the Gospels at various times. Our church family is a little smaller than your’s, and I think we’d all enjoy it.
    Kat

  8. 4-7-2007

    Alan-
    I love the idea of reading a Gospel through in one sitting. Our church has occasionally done a supper in connection with our celebration of the Lord’s Supper, but has not done the reading. I shared your post with my husband, and he thought we might want to do that with each of the Gospels at various times. Our church family is a little smaller than your’s, and I think we’d all enjoy it.
    Kat

  9. 4-7-2007

    Alan-
    I love the idea of reading a Gospel through in one sitting. Our church has occasionally done a supper in connection with our celebration of the Lord’s Supper, but has not done the reading. I shared your post with my husband, and he thought we might want to do that with each of the Gospels at various times. Our church family is a little smaller than your’s, and I think we’d all enjoy it.
    Kat

  10. 4-7-2007

    Alan-
    I love the idea of reading a Gospel through in one sitting. Our church has occasionally done a supper in connection with our celebration of the Lord’s Supper, but has not done the reading. I shared your post with my husband, and he thought we might want to do that with each of the Gospels at various times. Our church family is a little smaller than your’s, and I think we’d all enjoy it.
    Kat

  11. 4-7-2007

    Alan-
    I love the idea of reading a Gospel through in one sitting. Our church has occasionally done a supper in connection with our celebration of the Lord’s Supper, but has not done the reading. I shared your post with my husband, and he thought we might want to do that with each of the Gospels at various times. Our church family is a little smaller than your’s, and I think we’d all enjoy it.
    Kat

  12. 4-7-2007

    Good idea!
    You obviously had a wonderful time of fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ.
    Be blessed :)

  13. 4-7-2007

    I wish I could say that reading the Gospel of John as a community was my idea. It wasn’t. However, I was certainly blessed by it.

    I would recommend reading a book of the Bible with believers whenever you can.

    -Alan

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