“Walking with Mary: A Scripture Study with WINE” is a meditation on God’s word from Genesis to Revelation designed to bring us closer to the daughter of the Father, the mother of the Son, and the spouse of the Holy Spirit—the Blessed Virgin Mary. Each week, we will focus on Scripture passage about Mary, reading and praying it daily and recording what the Lord is saying to us in our Called by Name WINE Journal. We will reflect on words of wisdom from our sisters in Christ about that Scripture and respond to the questions provided for a lively small group discussion. As with all things WINE, we will gather in the Virtual Vineyard to rejoice and share our experience with the Word of God, encourage one another along the journey, and hear from the author of the Scripture reflection.
Read the Scripture each day. Set a specific time and place, and enter into the Scripture. In the Gospel, we read that Jesus “went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed” (Mark 1:35). In Greek, that lonely place is Eremos Topos. Find your quiet, peaceful place, your Eremos Topos, and set a time each day to go there and read the Scripture for that week. Reading the same Scripture each day for a week allows you to enter into an intimate relationship with Mary. Ask her to be with you.
Record what the Lord is saying to you. We recommend using the Called by Name WINE Journal, as it is perfectly designed to capture insights that come through Lectio Divina (praying the Scriptures.) This is a beautiful time with the Lord, so make it beautiful! Decorate your journal with the stickers that come with it. Use a different color pen for each week. Draw, doodle, or color the margins. Be creative and have fun.
Reflect on the words of your beautiful sister in Christ. Eight women of WINE have provided a reflection on a Scripture passage about Mary. You will find these reflections, along with questions for small group discussion, and an introduction to each author in your “Walking with Mary Scripture Study Guide”— a downloadable pdf you will receive weekly. Our wonderful contributors are — Alyssa Bormes, Maria Morera Johnson, Teresa Tomeo, Sharon Perkins, Kelly Wahlquist, Dr. Mary Healy, Liz Kelly, and Leah Jacobson.
Respond by answering the questions provided in your “Walking with Mary Scripture Study Guide” for a lively small group discussion. Share these insights when you gather with your own small group, or when you join us in the Virtual Vineyard each week!
Rejoice with women all around the country! From Sept. 22 – Nov. 17, each Wednesday evening, we will gather from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm CST in the Virtual Vineyard to share our insights and to hear a teaching from the author of that week’s reflection.
1. Invite your bible study group, your book club, or your friends to join you. Gather with them weekly, review your week in Scripture, and watch the lessons. (As radically relational women, we just think it’s more fun to be together whenever we have the opportunity to do so!)
2. Purchase the study, invite each member of your bible study to do the same, and for just $25 you will receive an overview of the study, a Lectio Divina guide, eight weekly Walking with Mary Scripture Study Guide PDFs, a discount code for the Called by Name WINE Journal, and a few perks. (That’s just $2.77 a week!) Please note: As WINE is a nonprofit, we ask each member of your group purchase the materials to help support this ministry.
3. Gather weekly with your group. The week prior to each meeting, read the reflection, do the daily Lectio Divina, capture insights in your journal, answer the questions, and pray each day for the members of your small group as they too walk with Mary! When you gather, read the Scripture, review your time in Lectio Divina (noting how the Lord spoke to you), share your answers to the questions, and watch the weekly video lesson from one of your sisters in Christ.