Wayzata parish to celebrate gift of The Saint John’s Bible

| November 4, 2010 | 0 Comments

The cover of “The Book of the Gospels: The Saint John’s Bible Edition” and the rest of the Bible was illustrated using quills and handmade inks. CNS photo / Courtesy of Liturgical Press

St. Bartholomew in Wayzata will welcome the gift of The Saint John’s Bible, Heritage Edition with an ecumenical service at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 630 E. Wayzata Blvd.

As the first parish in the country to receive a Heritage Edition, St. Bar­tho­lomew will celebrate and share it with the larger community during “Illu­mi­na­ted by God’s Word: An Ecu­men­i­cal Service Celebrating The Saint John’s Bible.”

The gathering will include a multi-media service of Scripture, preaching, music and projected illuminations from The Saint John’s Bible. Area clergy and com­munity leaders will take part.

Volumes of the Bible will be on display beginning at 6:30 p.m. and a reception will follow the service. A freewill offering or nonperishable food items will be welcomed on behalf of Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners’ food shelf.

“It’s a privilege for us to gather together Christian leaders from the area to celebrate our unity in God’s covenant and God’s word,” said Father Michael Reding, St. Bartho­lomew pastor.

Participating clergy will include Rev. Val­e­rie Strand Patterson, St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church in Plymouth; Rev. John Ross, Way­za­ta Community Church; and Rev. Steve Richards of Messiah United Meth­odist Church in Ply­mouth. LaDonna Hoy, Interfaith Out­reach and Com­mu­nity Partners executive director, will also participate.

St. Bartholomew welcomed the first four of the Heritage Edition’s seven volumes on Oct. 31 with a reception, blessing and dedication.

Parishioners John and Nancy Berg donated the Heritage Edition to St. Bartholomew to share with the entire faith community.

“The Saint John’s Bible takes the words St. Thomas followed and adds modern illustrated interpretations to them, showing us God’s word is relevant to all ages.  What a wonderful teaching tool for all,” said Nancy Berg.

“This is not intended to be a precious artifact locked up and admired from afar,” Father Reding said. “We hope to make use of it in educational programming, days of reflection, and other opportunities for prayer.”

The Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten, illuminated Bible com­missioned by a Benedictine Abbey in more than 500 years. The handwritten lettering and stunning artworks represent the Word of God in an engaging and inspirational way, added.

For more information on the service, visit the website http://www.st-barts.org or call St. Bartholomew at (952) 473-6601.

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