“Becoming the Story We Tell” is a process for entering into the deep drama of the gospel, and restoring the connection between our baptism and the story of Christ’s Passion and Resurrection. In this process, the weekly lectionary readings, the liturgies of Lent and Easter season, Holy Baptism, and Holy Eucharist are opened to reveal their richness and deep meaning.
“Becoming The Story We Tell” is an initiative of the Anglican Church of Canada and is being adapted for use by The Episcopal Church. These resources are fully available in their current format to any interested Christian community.
As participants experience, and then reflect on, the great stories of Scripture, they are strengthened in faith, communal discernment and spiritual conversation. “Becoming the Story” focuses on renewing the baptismal identity and calling of those already baptized, and preparing unbaptized persons to receive the sacrament of Baptism.
“Becoming The Story” is intentionally designed to be flexible, adaptable to the needs of the local community. Keyed to the three year lectionary cycle, this experiential lay-led program traces the journey of Christ’s life, death, resurrection and ascension from Ash Wednesday through Holy Week and Eastertide to Pentecost. In making this journey with Christ, participants discover their own life of faith “hidden with Christ in God” as well.
Hospitality is an essential part of the witness of communities of faith. We long for others to be drawn into God’s love in Christ and to participate in God’s mission. This happens when a person experiences the gospel embodied in the life of another person, or group of people, and longs to go deeper themselves.
Passionate spirituality characterizes this persuasive embodiment of the good news, but what does it mean to embody the passion of Jesus?
Jesus’ passion to do God’s will led to his greater “Passion”—his suffering and death; his life given up for the life of the world. His resurrection was God’s vindication of that passion—a passion which now lives on in the body of his followers.
As we become the story we tell, we will find courage to live passionately as witnesses to Christ, and to invite others to learn the way of Christ with us. And hospitality will become second nature to us.
Are you interested in learning more about Becoming The Story We Tell? Please contact us for more information. APLM Council Members are available to facilitate a workshop to help jump start this program in your community and assist with adapting the Canadian version for local needs.