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Opening Prayer and Reflection

Lesson 3

 

Gathering Questions

The person who’s birthday is in January goes first, then so on through December. (no matter the year).  When you go to question 2, start with the 2nd person in the rotation, and so on so that everyone has a chance to answer first.

  1. What is your favorite movie or tv show?

  2. If you had to choose your favorite Bible Story, what would it be?

  3. If you could make a movie or animated feature about a character in that Bible Story, how would you describe them or what actor would play them?

  4. What is one story in the Bible that you have heard that you don’t “get” or “like”?  It’s okay to voice this—it doesn’t mean you don’t love God.

  5. If you could give yourself one special power or ability, what would you want to be able to do?

 

Opening Prayer

Supplies: Candle (optional)

As a family/group- have one person read the “leader” parts, and the rest of the family/small group respond in the following call & response prayer below adapted from Psalm 136:1-9. Instruct the person leading the prayer to read the leader part and have the rest of group respond with the response “For God’s love forever!”


Leader: O give thanks to the Lord, for God is good

All:         For God’s love lasts forever!

Leader: O give thanks to the God of gods, O give thanks to the Lord of lords

All:         For God’s love lasts forever!


Leader: Who alone does great wonders and by understanding made the heavens

All:         For God’s love lasts forever!

Leader: Who spread out the earth on the waters and made the great lights

All:         For God’s love lasts forever!


Leader: Who made the sun to rule over the day and the moon and stars to rule over the night

All:         For God’s love lasts forever!

Leader: O give thanks to the God of heaven


All:        For God’s love lasts forever!

 

Alternate Opening Prayer

Gracious God, we know that you are good and that you love endures forever! We give thanks, for we know that you are the Lord of lords, the one who does great wonders throughout heaven and earth. You are the creator of all things and for your creation, we give thanks!

Bless this time together that we might be reminded of your love for us, a love that lasts forever! Amen!

 
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