My confirmation students are beginning a year of studying the Old Testament this fall. Where else would we begin than at the beginning? For this prayer idea, I printed three sheets of paper with 1/3 of the alphabet on each sheet. I told them that we were going to thank God for things that God made, alphabet-style. I made sure everyone had something to write with, and then we passed the sheets around the table as quickly as possible, writing the first thing that cam off the top of our heads that started with an unused letter of the alphabet on the sheet in front of us. We did not do it in order, just as things came to us. We kept passing the sheets around until all of the spaces were filled. Then, I collected them, put them in alphabetical order, and asked each person in turn to thank God for each of the things that God had made, one thing at a time in order.
The prayer went something like this:
Dear God, we praise you for all of your creation, and we thank you especially for these things which you have made, including…
(go around the circle as many times as it takes until you reach Z)
…thank you for all of these gifts of your creation, and all of the other things which you have fearfully and wonderfully made. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Some of their prayers included:
Who knows what your group will come up with?
Enjoy praying together!