The Story is an abridged, chronological Bible that reads like a novel. There are no verse references, and Scripture segments are seamlessly woven together with transition text into a single grand narrative. For those intimidated or overwhelmed by the unabridged Bible, The Story helps people understand God’s Word more fully and engage with it more easily.
We believe that God is alive and active in our lives and world. We also believe that knowing the stories of what God has done in the past and what God has promised to do in the future can help us see God at work in the present. The Story is a church-wide journey for all ages designed to help us connect with God by learning those stories. Every week this year (except during Advent and Christmas) we will engage The Story in worship and faith formation for all ages so that we can discover together how our stories fit into God’s story.
How do I participate? First, pick up a book in the fellowship hall on the week of September 9th or 16th and follow the weekly reading guide included in this brochure* and come hear The Story shared, sung, and preached in worship each week. Attend Adult Education between services on Sundays, after worship on Wednesdays, join one of our bible studies, or form your own small group (we will help!). Bring your children to Sunday School, Wednesday School and Spirit Trek (Confirmation).
What does it cost? Thanks to a generous donor, we were able to purchase a large number of The Story hardcovers in bulk and offer them as a gift to member households. If you would like to donate to cover the cost of your book that would be appreciated but it is not necessary.
Do I have to attend a group or class? No. You are welcome to read along on your own, but you are encouraged to connect with a group. There will also be online devotions and the opportunity to dialog online with one of the pastors during the week.
What will happen in worship? Each week the focus of worship will be on the theme of The Story chapter for the week. You will find that it helps to read the chapter in advance, but it is also fine to read it after worship.
God's word speaks to us in many ways!
Are my children and youth studying the same stories? Yes. You are encouraged to make the story of the week a dinner or car time conversation topic. You are also encouraged to read to younger children. Please refer to THE STORY Faith 5 link on the website each week.
Why will it take so long? There are 31 chapters in The Story covering 66 books of the Bible. It is a condensed summary so we see the big picture. Knowing God's story is a life time adventure!
*Bible References are suggestions and no substitute for reading the suggested chapter. Some chapters of The Story summarize multiple books of the Bible.
Click here for a printable calendar and information about The Story
The Story At Home - Weekly Devotionals
In addition to worship and faith formation at Atonement (or in a group outside our building), you can deepen your engagement with The Story at home on your own or with your family by using one or both of the devotional resources written by two of our sister congregations in the ELCA.
Trinity Lutheran in Long Lake, MN has given us permission to share their weekly take homes with you. These can be downloaded below based off chapter and will be linked weekly in our constant contact and social media . Thank you, Trinity!
Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, IA, has also published a raft of devotionals on their website. Visit them at http://www.lutheranchurchofhope.org/resources/the-story/ to access these resources for your use. Please note that Lutheran Church of Hope holds a copyright on these materials and so we will not print them or re-publish them to our website or social media.