LYON Assembly 2015 Small Group #3: Be Courageous!

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Labyrinth Mandala

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LYON 2015 Small Group 3

Small Group 3:  BE COURAGEOUS!

Choose Small Group Roles: (3 minutes)

Each time your small group meets, you will need to elect 4 people into the following roles.  Each person in your group should take on one role during the course of the three sessions, with four people serving in two roles.  This is your last small group time, so please make sure that anyone who has not yet served in any role gets to choose one this time.

Leader:  Person who keeps the group on task.  The leader will be in charge of the curriculum and

encouraging others to participate.

Chaplain:  Person who leads the opening and closing prayers.

Secretary:  Person who records the responses of the group.  There are questions in each small group time that ask for

recorded responses. You job is to write them down.

Timekeeper:  Person who makes sure your group moves on to the next section in a timely fashion.  Each activity has

a time limit.  Ask your leader at the beginning of each section how much time it’s supposed to take, and

then let the leader know when it is time to move on.

For Small Group #3:

Our leader is:

Our chaplain is:

Our secretary is:

Our timekeeper is:

Gathering Prayer (2 minutes)

The chaplain will lead the gathering prayer, in these or similar words:

Dear God, we thank you for the gift of the LYON Assembly, for this time apart, and for those gathered at this table.  Send your Holy Spirit among us, that we might be given your love, strength, and hope.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Labyrinth Mandalas (7 minutes)

Pass a triple spiral labyrinth and an assortment of coloring utensils to each member of the group.  Each member of the group is invited to prayerfully color the labyrinth.  It is not just an art project; it is an opportunity to pray with your mind while your hands are engaged.  Your prayer may be simple, like “come with me” or “Holy Spirit,” repeated over and over again as you color.  It could be free-flowing, just reflecting on the past weekend in a stream of consciousness manner as you color.  Or it could include words and phrases written over and around the labyrinth.  Use your imagination; there is no wrong way to do this, if it is done in a prayerful manner.

When everyone is finished praying and coloring, arrange your labyrinths in the middle of your table in the shape of a cross.

Call one of the YARPS to take a picture of your group’s completed cross.  We will display them on the website and facebook in the coming days as a testimony of the ways you have followed life’s maze faithfully this weekend.

Dwelling in the Word:  Joshua 1:1-9 (10 minutes)

Turn in your Bibles to Joshua 1:1-9.  Ask for a few volunteers to read.  Take turns reading the verses out loud.

Now, take turns going around the circle to share your answers to the following questions.  Do one question at a time, and please give each person a chance to answer. Encourage everyone to try to respond, although, “I don’t know” or “Pass” is an acceptable answer.  After you say the question out loud, have the timekeeper turn over the hourglass to give people thinking time.  When the sand runs out, go around the circle and respond.

Devotional Questions from the ELCA Book of Faith Initiative:

1.  What scares, confuses, or challenges me in this text?

2.  What delights me in this text?

3.  What stories or memories does this text stir up in me? You might think of a time when you were asked to be in charge of something, or a time when you needed courage, for example.

4.  What is God up to in this text?

 

The Theme:  Be Courageous: Running Life’s Maze (5 minutes)
I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous;
do not be frightened or dismayed,
for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)

Our theme verse for LYON Assembly this year is above.  So far, you have come up with motions for the first three phrases of the verse with your congregation; now it is time to complete your work in your small groups.  As a small group, come up with motions that act out the final two phrases of this verse:  “For the Lord your God is with you” and “Wherever you go.”  Practice them until everyone in your group has them down. You will share them at the next large group session.

One Sentence Summary (5 minutes)

Give everyone a piece of scratch paper and a writing utensil.

  • If you had to describe the entire LYON Assembly experience, including the highs, the lows, and the “hmmms” in one sentence to someone who had never been here before, what would you say?

After you say the question out loud, have the timekeeper turn over the hourglass to give people thinking time.  When the sand runs out, go around the circle and respond.  Have the secretary record the responses of the group.

In and Out Labyrinth (11 minutes)

At the beginning of the LYON Assembly, you were given the opportunity to enter the weekend through a labyrinth.  Now that it is time to depart, you will have the same opportunity.  As you walk the labyrinth, reflect on what you will be carrying with you from the weekend back into the world.  What is God calling you to do or to be as a result of LYON Assembly?  What tools or resources do you need to make that call into a reality?  When you have exited the labyrinth, take a few moments to discuss your reactions to any of these questions as a group.

Prayer (2 minutes)

Take a few moments to review the name of the person to your left.  You will mention their name out loud during this prayer.  If you are so moved, you might also include some of their insights from the conversation that you just had.  The chaplain will lead the prayer in these or similar words.

Dear God,

We thank you for leading us this far through life’s maze, to the end of this year’s LYON Assembly.  As we head to the places you have called us, O Lord, we know that you have called

(each person says the name of someone else in the group here)

your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown.  Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us through the entire maze of life. All these things, and whatever else you see that we need, we ask you to graciously give us, O Lord.  In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.


One Sentence Summary:  Secretary Edition (5 minutes)

Give everyone a piece of scratch paper and a writing utensil.

  • If you had to describe the entire LYON Assembly experience, including the highs, the lows, and the “hmmms” in one sentence to someone who had never been here before, what would you say?

After you say the question out loud, have the timekeeper turn over the hourglass to give people thinking time.  When the sand runs out, go around the circle and respond.  Have the secretary record the responses of the group.

 

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