Here is my lesson plan for this evening’s session focusing on David…ambitious as usual!
Session 10: David – Shepherd and King
David: shepherd and king, points the way to Jesus: the Good Shepherd and Christ the King
PRELIMINARIES (15 mins)
- Students fill out prayer intention slips upon arrival
- Opening procession to set up prayer table
- Opening prayer ritual
ENGAGE (20 mins)
- Give Ten Commandments Quiz and review (answer key).
- Invite volunteer to come forward to put on shepherd costume.
- Talk about the role of a shepherd; the use of the staff to keep sheep from straying.
- Introduce David, the greatest king of Israel, who began as a shepherd.
EXPLORE (25 mins)
- Pass the shepherd’s staff to volunteers to read pgs. 52-53 of Finding God about David.
- Distribute David video guide sheets and show YouTube video: David, King of Israel (9:43)
- Discuss the 7 words related to David from the video: shepherd, warrior, king, challenges, temple, Psalms, messiah.
REFLECT (10 mins)
- Direct young people to their “sacred space” taking with them their tea-light candle and their textbook open to page 54.
- Invite young people to still themselves and then play “Shepherd Me, O God” (Marty Haugen), reminding them that David “wrote” the Psalms and that, although we don’t have original melodies, we have contemporary melodies with the words from Psalms.
- Invite the young people to pray aloud the words of the prayer on pg. 54 of Finding God. Have the girls take the role of Group A and the boys Group B. Pause in between each group’s part and signal to begin with chime.
RESPOND (5 mins)
- Tell the young people that one of the duties of a king, like David, was to protect and see to the needs of those who were poor and vulnerable.
- Distribute the Homework sheet that invites them to sit down with their parents to visit several Web sites through which they can care for those who are poor and vulnerable.
- Closing prayer – young people bless themselves with holy water as they leave.
[free clip art via Phillip Martin]