Closing Discussion and Prayer
Spend some time discussing and reflecting on this lesson and then close with a prayer below.
After this lesson, how would you answer the question: Why does God love us?
Who is someone you can share the message of God's love with?
What to Remember:
God loves us all with the same extravagant love
Getting Ready for Prayer
Given that God gives extravagant love to all people equally:
When you cover your face with your hands, can you imagine the face of your very best friend? Try.
When you cover your face with your hands, can you imagine the faces of those in your family? Try.
When you cover your face with your hands, can you imagine the face of God? Try.
When you think about these questions: kneel, close your eyes and wrap yourself in a hug during this prayer.
Invite the everyone to pray with you as you read the prayer below.
O God of the Vineyard,
You call us all to productive labor,
To employ our gifts and talents for you.
We pray for those who are in power,
Strengthen them towards generosity without condition.
We pray for those who are unemployed,
Strengthen them in this difficult time,
Until all people are moving towards the common good,
And praising God with heart and mind and soul forever. Amen.
*(Taken from The United Methodist Book of Worship, p. 541)