Here is my lesson for this coming Monday, October 29, 2012. The session focuses on Abraham!
BIG IDEA: God is setting things right and we need to “get with the plan.” Abraham shows us how.
Preliminaries (15 mins)
- welcome and introductions
- kids write their prayer intentions
- opening procession to set up prayer center
- opening prayer
Engage (10 mins)
- Bring in a “home plate” (from baseball…I have a rubber one) to show the young people and ask them to identify what it is.
- Ask what the goal is in baseball: to get “home.”
- Talk about why baseball chose to use the image of a home to represent its ultimate goal: home is where we want to be; where we belong; where we are safe; where we are with those we love, etc.
- Explain that in baseball, getting home is not easy…sometimes we get called out/picked off because we made a bad decision or weren’t paying attention.
- Ask the young people what we learned from Genesis about our true home: paradise, the garden of Eden, walking with God.
- Like poor baserunners, we humans took our eyes off of home and allowed sin to enter the world.
- God has a plan to bring us home…we need to get with the plan!
- Abraham shows us how its done (he puts on a “clinic!”).
Explore (30 mins)
- Arrange young people in pairs, provide them with Bibles, and assign them one of the following stories (using this worksheet) to read and report on:
- Gn 12:1-8 (God’s call and migration)
- Gn 13:1-18 (God’s promise of land/a home)
- Gn 15:1-18 (God makes a covenant with Abram)
- Gn 17:1-9, 15-22 (God changes Abram’s and Sarai’s names)
- Gn 18:1-15 (3 visitors and the promise of a son)
- Gn 22: 1-18 (God tests Abraham’s faith)
- Here’s the answer key to the above worksheet.
- Invite volunteers to try telling the “whole” story of Abraham! (they can use notes) “Once upon a time…”
- If time permits, have young people complete part 2 of the above worksheet which identifies qualities that Abraham exemplifies in these stories and invites them to identify how he practiced these and how they can practice them in their lives.
- Letting Go
Reflect (15 mins)
- Tell the young people that we have a very special person who helps us to “get with the plan” – Jesus’ mother Mary, and that we honor her this month during the month of the Holy Rosary.
- Invite young people to move to their “sacred space” with their Rosaries and invite them to pray the second part of each Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be.
- Pray as many decades as time allows.
Respond (5 mins)
- Send young people forth with the challenge to “get with God’s plan” by “making things right” with someone in imitation of how God is making things right with us.