Marathon of Hope 2020

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Marathon of Hope 2020

Sponsored by The Church of St. Bartholomew, Ottawa

As we journey through these days of “social distancing”, join us in this “virtual” marathon, the Marathon of Hope. Each week, you will be given ten questions on a given theme namely, the Old Testament, Hymns We Love, the New Testament, Church “stuff”, Famous and Infamous Characters, and “I Wish I Had Said That” Quotations.

For each correct response, you travel one of the forty-two kilometers of our marathon. With eighteen “extra” questions, there is a high probability that all who participate will make it to the finish line! As this is “open book”, there is an even greater probability that we will all meet at the finish line!

Remember, what you learn along the way is its own reward and that the journey, not the destination, is what matters. We are a community of hope, based on faith, and expressed through love!

The Reverend Canon Laurette Glasgow
April 2020

Quiz 1 Quiz 2 Quiz 3 Quiz 4 Quiz 5 Quiz 6



  1. In Genesis, we encounter sibling rivalry as Cain kills his brother Abel. Adam and Eve, no doubt in deep grief over the loss of a son, had a third son. What was his name?
  2. Abraham and Sarah welcomed three men in the heat of the day, at a place where “Sarah laughed” at the prediction that she, in her elder years, would bear a son. What was the name of this place?
  3. In a tender passage, Joseph, son of Jacob and viceroy to the Egyptian Pharaoh, reveals himself to his brothers who had sold him into slavery, forgiving them with grace, lifting the burden of guilt from them saying that God had sent him to preserve them as a remnant on earth to fulfill God’s promise to Abraham. And so the twelve tribes of Israel emerge. Can you name any of the twelve?
  4. In Exodus, we learn that Moses was a descendant of Jacob. His parents were from one of the twelve tribes of Israel. Which one?
  5. In the struggle for freedom from slavery in Egypt, God sends down plagues upon the Egyptians, the last of which leads to the first Passover. Can you name any of the ten?
  6. Having led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt and through the wilderness and desert, Moses does not get to enter the Promised Land. What is one explanation for why God denied him what might have been the culmination of his life’s work?
  7. King Solomon built the great Temple of Jerusalem around 950 BCE. This first Temple was severely damaged 350 years later. Who destroyed the Temple?
  8. In these difficult times, we might well have great sympathy for Job, an innocent man who suffered loss and endured pain through no fault of his own. The Book of Job, part of the Old Testament’s “Wisdom” literature, is deeply moving and perplexing. What is the basis for the restoration of his fortunes by God?
  9. There are 150 Psalms, a collection of sung poetic prayers. Which is your favourite?
  10. The Prophetic Books are complex compositions with myriad contributors. Yet, can you name three of the seventeen books?

Answers to Quiz 1: HERE

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Hymns weave together our prayerful worship. Their words and their tunes remain etched in our hearts and in our collective memories as a community, from generation to generation. From early settings of the psalms through to contemporary compositions, they enrich our lives and connect us with God and with each other. This quiz draws from the Anglican Church of Canada’s Common Praise and offers you a series of questions, some of which offer you a multiple choice option. Enjoy!

  1. Name one of your favourite hymns. What is it that appeals to you?
  2. Hymns, Canticles, and Service music are listed by number. How many are there in Common Praise? A) 500 B) 625 C) 769 D) None of the above
  3. Composers span centuries and include many famous composers. Which of the following is NOT included in Common Praise? A) Bach B) Haydn C) Holst D) Mozart
  4. Complete the title: She Comes Sailing on the A) Atlantic B) Seas C) Wind D) Boat
  5. Common Praise includes Hymns in 19 languages other than English, reflecting the great diversity within Anglicanism. Can you name one of the nineteen?
  6. Complete the title: Jesus Joy of our A) Loving B) Lives C) Aspiring D) None of the above
  7. Hymns align with the liturgical seasons and with scriptural passages. For which liturgical seasons do we find hymns in Common Praise? A) Christmas B) Easter C) Advent D) All of the Above
  8. Complete the title: Immortal, Invisible, God Only A) Wise B) One C) Love D) Mine
  9. Our hymnody has benefitted from the inspiration of those from other Christian faith traditions. Among those in Common Praise we find John Bell who is A) Scottish B) Associated with Iona Community C) Bridges economic and cultural divides D) All of the above
  10. Complete the title: Let Streams of Living A) Love B) Patience C) Justice D) Wisdom

Answers to Quiz 2: HERE

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Tired of watching TV? Tired of playing computer games? Tired of baking cookies? Today’s Marathon of Hope Quiz is designed to provide some relief for people of all ages with a fun quiz about Bible and Church Stuff! Gather the kids of all ages and have some good old fashioned fun! Score one kilometer for each correct answer! Some imagination and a sense of humour is required!


  1. I was swallowed by a whale, but not in the St. Lawrence Seaway!
  2. I built a big boat, but did not offer an all-inclusive cruise experience!
  3. We followed a star, as the GPS was out of order!
  4. I roamed the wilderness eating locusts, as there were no roadside restaurants!
  5. I tried to walk on water but quickly sank, my floaties sprang a leak!


  1. White, green, purple, red, or blue and look like a poncho?
  2. Five candles – three purple and one pink surrounding a white one?
  3. A bed of straw?
  4. It has many keys and functions but is not a computer?
  5. The table where it happens?

Answers to Quiz 3: HERE

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  1. The New Testament is the New Covenant of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. It is comprised of four Gospels (“the good news”), that of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the three first referred to as “Synoptic”; the Book of Acts; a series of twenty-one Letters also known as Epistles; and the Book of Revelation. Together, they form a rich repository of the life, mission, and teachings of Jesus as well as insights and interpretations.
    It is generally agreed that the Gospels were written forty to sixty years after the death of Jesus. Which of the four Gospels is widely viewed as having been written first?
  2. The Gospels are filled with stories, miracle, and parables. Which is the only one to share with us what is viewed as Jesus’ first miracle, the Wedding at Canaan?
  3. Among some of the best-loved parables are those of The Good Samaritan and of The Return of the Prodigal Son. They are only found in one of the Gospels. Which?
  4. The visit of the Magi/Wise Men/Kings is only found in one of the Gospels, along with the account of the Flight into Egypt by the Holy Family. Which one?
  5. In Luke’s account of the Road to Emmaus, what is the name of one of the two travelers that Jesus befriends?
  6. These two sisters were friends of Jesus and sisters to Lazarus. What were their names?
  7. Who is reported to have said, “My soul magnifies the Lord…for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant”?
  8. A favourite passage for weddings and funerals alike is from one of St. Paul’s Letters and begins, “If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love…” Where do we find this memorable passage about love?
  9. The Book of Revelation, also known as the Apocalypse (meaning “disclosure”) and purportedly written by John of Patmos (although inconclusive), brings the canon of the New Testament to a close. What is the last word?
  10. As you read through the New Testament, is there a story, parable, saying that has been particularly relevant in your life?

Answers to Quiz 4: HERE

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Throughout life, we learn from our experiences…both good and bad! The pandemic that has transformed the world, quite literally, is teaching us many lessons…both good and bad! And so it is with various biblical characters…both good and bad…both famous and infamous! Can you put a name to each situation below? What can we learn from them…both good and bad?!

  1. From earliest times, it was “more crafty than any other wild animal”.
  2. She looked back and became a pillar of salt.
  3. God made a Covenant with him and signed it with his “bow in the clouds”.
  4. God hardened his heart but eventually, he let the people go.
  5. She responded, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”
  6. She danced for Herod and claimed the head of John the Baptist.
  7. The hero of the parable Jesus offered in response to the question, “Who is my neighbour?”
  8. From persecutor to proselytizer, he spread the “good news” widely.
  9. A disciple from Joppa (now Jaffa), Peter healed and raised her seemingly from the dead.
  10.  Associated with “thirty pieces of silver”, he betrayed Jesus while his colleague denied Jesus three times. Who were they?

Answers to Quiz 5: HERE

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So many sayings in our daily lives originate in biblical texts, great literature, or wisdom handed down through the ages. As we complete our Marathon of Hope, here are ten quotations to offer you hope in this time of anxiety and change. If you identify the writer or the source correctly, you score one kilometer for each correct answer. And if you don’t, do not fret. Enjoy the quotations and see whether and how they speak to you!

  1. “But all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.”
  2. “They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; national shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”
  3. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
  4. “We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus, a forerunner on our behalf, has entered.”
  5. “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”
  6. “What is impossible for mortals is possible for God.”
  7. “Let nothing disturb thee; let nothing dismay thee; all things pass. God never changes. Patience attains all that it strives for. He who has God finds he lacks nothing. God alone suffices.”
  8. “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”
  9. “What’s past is prologue.”
  10.  “For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope if from him.”

Answers to Quiz 6: HERE

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