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- This Week’s Scripture
- The Theme for the Week
- Discussion and Reflection Questions
- Movie, Video and Book Suggestions
- Individual or Community Practices (ideas for prayer, service, or activism)
- Programming and Events
- And MORE!
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This week’s scripture:
Saturday, Oct. 24 & Sunday, Oct. 25: Sarai Rice preaching
Wedding at Cana
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. 9 When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
(for all ages!)
- Can you think of a time you had a really hard time sharing?
- Can you think of a time it was really easy to share? Why was it so easy to share?
- What do you have enough of, that you might share with others?
- What parts of you are gifts from God? How might you be generous in the sharing of those parts of you with others?
- Do you consider yourself a good host?
- What makes someone a good host of others?
- What does generosity or being generous mean to you? How would you describe it?
- What are ways to be generous in a non-monetary way? Make a list!
- How could you cultivate generosity in yourself? In others? In your children?
- What don’t you like to share?
- When was a time a stranger was generous towards you? Or offered you grace?
- We are often taught to be humble about the ways in which we are generous. That’s good. And also- sharing the gifts or what you’ve learned from being generous can inspire even more. Share what you’ve learned or the blessings you’ve received when you were generous towards others.
- How would your life look different if you decided that abundance was lying around waiting for you to notice it, rather than something you earn or win?
- Is it true that you are right and they are wrong? Or could the truth be more abundant than that?
(for all ages)
- The Giving Tree re-done with better boundaries https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGWS7xsCANk
- Video Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfF1m3-Dl_Q&feature=youtu.be
- Video of the Scripture text: https://www.jesusfilm.org/watch/life-of-jesus-gospel-of-john.html/wedding-in-cana/english.html
- A page with 9 short videos of stories about being generous: https://www.ilikegiving.com/films
- It’s a Wonderful Life – Movie
- Babbett’s Feast – Movie
- Antonia’s Line – Movie
(i.e. prayer/service/activism) (for all ages)
- Buy someone’s coffee/B-bops in line behind you (RAK- Random Acts of Kindness)
- Pay it Forward – Reflect on how you have received someone else’s generosity and think of how you can pay it forward
- Bucket filling-
- Offer to help tutor/help with homework
- HAT – make homeless assistance care bags
- Make a giving chart for gifts to Plymouth church
- Look for your stewardship packet!
- Dave Ramsey Course?? Financial Peace University
- Donate to a charity, research a cause and help to educate
- Help make your home/church/school/business more accessible for ALL people
- We are often taught to be humble about the ways in which we are generous. That’s good. And also – sharing the gifts or what you’ve learned from being generous can inspire even more. Share what you’ve learned or the blessings you’ve received when you were generous towards others.