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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LYON Assembly Late Night Devotion #2

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Take Courage

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LYON 2015 Late Night Devotions 2

LYON ASSEMBLY 2015:  BE COURAGEOUS: RUNNING LIFE’S MAZE
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)

Devotion #2:  Do not be frightened or dismayed!

Gathering Prayer:  (Ask a youth to lead this prayer, in these or similar words)

God of all, we thank you for this day, and all that it has held.  Open our hearts and minds, that we might continue to hear what you are trying to tell us this weekend, and to respond.  In your name we pray, Amen.

Questions:  Answer the following questions together as a group.

Where are you in life’s maze?

What are some things that you are afraid of? Things that cause you to stop moving forward in life’s maze?

What are some tools or strategies you could use when you are afraid?

Workshop recap:  Answer the following questions together as a group.  Ask someone to record your answers, as they will help in planning for future years.

What workshops did you attend?

What did you learn or experience?

What will you take home from this experience?

Activity:  Our theme verse for LYON Assembly this year is at the top of the sheet.  At the end of the weekend, we will all proclaim it together.  To that end, your group will come up with motions to act out the third phrase from this verse tonight: “do not be frightened or dismayed”.  You might want to write down some notes so you remember these motions tomorrow night.  Practice them (and review the ones from last night) until everyone in your group has them down.

Closing Prayer:  (Ask a youth to lead this prayer, in these or similar words)

O Lord you have called 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 Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

LYON Assembly 2015 Small Group #2: Running Life’s Maze

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Maze Race 1

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LYON 2015 Small Group 2

Small Group 2:  RUNNING LIFE’S MAZE

You may begin this small group while you are waiting to get in line for lunch.

Continue the small group activities as you eat.

Maze Running Part 2:  (7 minutes)

Last night, you had the opportunity to run a maze with a partner.  This time, it is everyone for themselves.  There are a series of four mazes.  Everyone does the first maze as fast as they can.  The two members of your group who are the slowest to complete the first maze sit out the next round.  In the second round, six members will race, and the two members of your group who are the slowest to complete the second maze sit out the next round.  In the third round, four members will race, and the two members of your group who are the slowest to complete the second maze sit out the next round. In the fourth and last round, two members will race, and the fastest is the true Maze Runner of your group.

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 time, the one who won Maze Runner gets to choose their role first, the two who won the partner maze run last night choose second, and one other group members gets a role.  Make sure that the roles are different than last night; we want everyone to have a chance to try on different roles.

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 #2:

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.

Maze Runner Movie Recap (13 minutes)

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.  Have the secretary record the responses of the group on the sheet provided.

  1. What was your favorite part of the movie (or the book, if you have read it)?
  1. What part of the movie made you go “Hmmm?” or made you think?

3.  What part of the movie will you want to share with others when you get home?

Dwelling in the Word:  2 Timothy 4:1-8 (15 minutes)

Turn in your Bibles to 2 Timothy 4:1-8.  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?
  1. What delights me in this text?
  1. What stories or memories does this text stir up in me? You might think of a time when you spoke up for what was right, even when it was unfavorable, or a time when you ran a race, for example.
  1. What is God up to in this text?

 

The Theme:  Be Courageous: Running Life’s Maze (5 minutes)

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7)

In this theme verse, we hear about running the race, much like in the movie.  Paul was near the end of his life when he wrote this verse, while most of us are still at the beginning.  What are some ways that we can keep the faith as we run the race of life? (Give each person some thinking time, and a chance to respond.)

Service Learning Partners (3 minutes)

This afternoon you will have the opportunity to serve others, both through our service learning partners and the experience of the Walk for Water.  Break into pairs and familiarize yourself with one of our partners (they are printed on small sheets of paper on your table).  Before we finish our small group time today, we will pray for each of those partners.  You can pray by just saying the name of the partner, or by saying the name and a little about what you learned.

Prayer (2 minutes)

(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 second day of this year’s LYON Assembly.  As we look forward to our service learning opportunities this afternoon, I pray for…

(go around the circle)

All these things, and whatever else you see that we need, we ask you to give us, O Lord.  In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.


Maze Runner Movie Recap:  Secretary Edition (13 minutes)

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.  Have the secretary record the responses of the group on the sheet provided.

  1. What was your favorite part of the movie (or the book, if you have read it)?

2.  What part of the movie made you go “Hmmm?” or made you think?

  1. What part of the movie will you want to share with others when you get home?

LYON ASSEMBLY SERVICE LEARNING PARTNERS

Prairie Loft:

Prairie Loft’s mission is to teach agriculture appreciation, outdoor education, cultural traditions, and the wise use of natural resources. We are staff, volunteers, friends, and partners, cultivating community among people who value the importance of community, nature, and agriculture. The beautiful barns were once part of a working farm that fed more than a thousand people. Prairie Loft is located just west of Hastings, Nebraska.

We began offering programs for all ages in 2007. Current activities include field trips, presentations, community events, facility rental, and collaborative programs with partner organizations.   LYON groups will be preparing fields for winter (weather permitting) and/or painting part of the facilities at Prairie Loft.

Crossroads Center:

Crossroads Center is a Christian, faith-based residential facility for men, women, and children.  They offer counseling and life-skills classes for the emotional, financial and physical well-being of their residents.  A thrift store at the Hastings campus is also a part of their ministry.  LYON groups will be assisting with the thrift store, kitchen, and other duties as needed.

Open Table:

Open Table is a ministry of Catholic Social Services of Hastings (CSS).  Open Table creates free sack meals from reclaimed, fresh food.  In addition to Open Table, CSS’ ministries include Food4Thought (weekend backpack meals for school students), food truck deliveries to neighboring communities, and food boxes.  LYON attendees will learn about Open Table and create sack lunches.

Homestead Assisted Living:

Homestead of Hastings is a senior living community that offers residents high quality assisted living.  Homestead of Hastings offers many services and amenities including medication management, home-cooked meals, and licensed health care services for our assisted living residents to help them live a life of dignity and independence. LYON atendees will be completing simple maintenance and cleaning duties, while others may assist the residents with BINGO, games and general visitation.


 Maze Race #1 (8 copies per group)

Maze Race 1

Maze Race #2 (6 copies per group)

Maze Race 2

Maze Race #3 (4 copies per group)

 Maze Race 3

Maze Race #4 (2 copies per group)

Maze Race 4

LYON Assembly Late Night Devotion #1

LYON Assembly

Smoothicles - Strength

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LYON 2015 Late Night Devotions 1

LYON ASSEMBLY 2015:  BE COURAGEOUS: RUNNING LIFE’S MAZE

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)

Devotion #1:  Be strong and courageous!

Gathering Prayer:  (Ask a youth to lead this prayer, in these or similar words)

God of all, we thank you for our safe arrival here tonight.  Open our hearts and minds, that we might hear what you are trying to tell us this weekend, and to respond.  In your name we pray, Amen.

Questions:  Answer the following questions together as a group.  Ask someone to record your answers, as they will help in planning for future years.

Why did you come to LYON Assembly this year?

What are you bringing to this experience?  (Could be good or distracting)

What do you hope to get out of this weekend?

Activity:  Our theme verse for LYON Assembly this year is at the top of the sheet.  At the end of the weekend, we will all proclaim it together.  To that end, your group will come up with motions to act out the first 2 phrases from this verse tonight: “I hereby command you:  Be strong and courageous”.  You might want to write down some notes so you remember these motions tomorrow night.  Practice them until everyone in your group has them down.

Closing Prayer:  (Ask a youth to lead this prayer, in these or similar words)

O Lord, you have called 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 Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

LYON Assembly 2015 Small Group 1: Rise Up Together!

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LYON 2015 Small Group 1

Begin at the Beginning:  (2 minutes)

Welcome to small group time!  Around the table, you should find at least one familiar face and several new ones.  Go around the circle and briefly say your name, your grade, and what church/town you are from.

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.

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 #1:

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.

Rise Up Together Tour Recap (13 minutes)

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.  Have the secretary record the responses of the group on the sheet provided.

  1. What was your favorite part of your Rise Up Together Tour experience?
  1. What part of the Rise Up Together Tour made you go “Hmmm?” or made you think?
  1. What part of the Rise Up Together Tour will you want to share with others when you get home?

Parts of the Body Activity: (5 minutes)

It is time to learn one another’s names and to get to know one another a little bit better.  We will begin with a name game.  During the Rise Up Together Tour, we talked a bit about the church being one body made up of many members.  Take a moment to consider what part of the body you think God would assign to you (please keep it PG; we are at a church retreat J ).  Once everyone knows what body part they would be, go around the circle and say your name and body part.  The first person says their name and body part, the second person says the first person’s name and body part, and their name and body part.  The third person says the info on the first, and second, and themselves, etc. around the circle, until everyone has had a chance.

Dwelling in the Word:  1 Corinthians 12 (15 minutes)

Turn in your Bibles to 1 Corinthians 12.  Ask for a few volunteers to read.  Take turns reading the chapter 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?
  1. What delights me in this text?
  1. What stories or memories does this text stir up in me? You might think of a time when one of your body parts wasn’t working, for example.
  1. What is God up to in this text?

 

The Theme:  Be Courageous: Running Life’s Maze

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)

So far during this small group time, we have been discussing ourselves as parts of the Body of Christ.  The truth is we need ALL the parts of the body to run life’s maze!

Maze Running Part 1  (3 minutes)

Divide the group into pairs.  Each pair gets a writing utensil and a folded maze (DO NOT LOOK AT THE MAZE YET!)  In each pair, one person will be the runner and one person will be the director.  The runner holds the writing utensil and closes their eyes.  When the timekeeper calls “Go”, the director will open the maze sheet and place the point of the runner’s writing utensil at the beginning of the maze (marked “Start”).  Then director will direct the runner with voice only through the maze.  The first pair to get through the maze wins, and gets a special role the next time we meet in small groups.

Prayer (2 minutes)

As the body of Christ, it is important that we pray for one another to build each other up and make sure that each body part of Christ is working properly.  Review the name of the person on your left.  The leader will begin and end the prayer, and each person around the circle will pray for the person to their left.  It could be as simple as “I pray for (insert name here), or a more involved prayer, if desired.

Dear God,

We thank you for leading us this far through life’s maze, to the first night of this year’s LYON Assembly.  I pray for…

(go around the circle)

All these things, and whatever else you see that we need, we ask you to give us, O Lord.  In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.


PARTNER MAZE (4 copies per group)

Maze 1

Rise Up Together Tour Recap:  Secretary Edition (15 minutes)

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.  Have the secretary record the responses of the group on the sheet provided.

  1. What was your favorite part of your Rise Up Together Tour experience?
  1. What part of the Rise Up Together Tour made you go “Hmmm?” or made you think?
  1. What part of the Rise Up Together Tour will you want to share with others when you get home?

 

LYON Assembly 2015 ADULT SMALL GROUP 1: RISE UP TOGETHER!

LYON Assembly

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LYON 2015 Adult Small Group 1

Begin at the Beginning: (2 minutes)
Welcome to small group time! Around the table, you should find several adults that are just as passionate about youth ministry as you are. Go around the circle and briefly say your name, your profession, and what church/town you are from.

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.
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 #1:
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.

Adult Leader Information Recap (16 minutes)
Please review the Adult Leader Information sheet as a group. Your group is made up of adults who have attended LYON Assembly and those who may be new to the experience, so please go through the whole thing together, answering questions for one another as you go. If there are questions that cannot be answered by the wisdom of the group, please find a LYON Planning Team member. Their names and contact info are at the top of the info sheet.

Parts of the Body Activity: (5 minutes)
It is time to learn one another’s names and to get to know one another a little bit better. We will begin with a name game. During the Rise Up Together Tour, we talked a bit about the church being one body made up of many members. Take a moment to consider what part of the body your think God would assign to you (please keep it PG; we are at a church retreat ). Once everyone knows what body part they would be, go around the circle and say your name and body part. The first person says their name and body part, the second person says the first person’s name and body part, and their name and body part. The third person says the info on the first, and second, and themselves, etc. around the circle, until everyone has had a chance.

Dwelling in the Word: 1 Corinthians 12 (15 minutes)
Turn in your Bibles to I Corinthians 12. Ask for a few volunteers to read. Take turns reading the chapter 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 one of your body parts wasn’t working, for example.

4. What is God up to in this text?

The Theme: Be Courageous: Running Life’s Maze
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
So far during this small group time, we have been discussing ourselves as parts of the Body of Christ. The truth is we need ALL the parts of the body to run life’s maze!

Prayer (2 minutes)
As the body of Christ, it is important that we pray for one another to build each other up and make sure that each body part of Christ is working properly. Review the name of the person on your left. The leader will begin and end the prayer, and each person around the circle will pray for the person to their left. It could be as simple as “I pray for (insert name here), or a more involved prayer, if desired.

Dear God,
We thank you for leading us this far through life’s maze, to the first night of this year’s LYON Assembly. I pray for…
(go around the circle)
All these things, and whatever else you see that we need, we ask you to give us, O Lord. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.

LYON Assembly 2015
Information for Adults

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Walk for Water Resources

LYON Assembly, Service Projects, Walk for Water

At the Nebraska Synod LYON Assembly this year, over 100 people are going to participate in an ELCA World Hunger Walk for Water learning experience.  Here are the resources to make this same event happen at home:

ELCA World Hunger Walk for Water Supply List

  1.  A track to walk around or 1.6 miles of empty road
  2. Signs, printed in color and mounted on foam core board
    W4W signs oval track
  3. Metal posts, to attach the signs to (could use folding chairs if doing this inside)
  4. Wire to attach the signs to the posts
  5. Enough servant companion packets of each color (6-7 people per group, 1 packet per group)
    W4W SC Black Group LYON 2015
    W4W SC Green Group LYON 2015
    W4W SC Orange Group LYON 2015
    W4W SC Red Group LYON 2015
  6. 2 mosquito nets (I used long lengths of tulle fabric)
  7. 3 – quart size canning jars
  8. Yellow food coloring
  9. 3 lidded 5 gallon buckets with holes cut in the lids
  10. Enough bottles of water for 3 per group at the Diarrhea station
  11. Hand Sanitizer
  12. Enough bottles of water for 1 per participant (or more if you wish)
    -or- have them bring water bottles and provide coolers of water
  13. 55 gallon drum to hold water
  14. Enough empty 5 gallon buckets for one per group

You can learn more about the ELCA World Hunger Effort here:
http://elca.org/walk4water

W4W well and paths