- In the Book: Sunday, p31
- Online: http://j.mp/BIGRead14-Week2
Romans 13: 8-14 It is now the moment for you to wake from sleep
Isaiah 60: 1 Arise, shine…
Leader: Decide if you want to read out the introduction for the week: http://j.mp/BIGRead14-Awakenings (p29-30 in the book)
The core theme that we have worked around this week is that every day deserves better than to simply trudge through it.
Select images of the dawn/sunrises to print out for the group. Below are a number of legal sources to use for images:
Ask people not to talk as they first look at the images; just pick their favourite, and then share why they picked that one.
Main: “It is now the moment for you to wake from sleep”
1. Read the Bible readings.
2. Watch Stephen Cherry’s reflections:
3. Hear the reflection from Sheridan Voysey: Waking to the Dreams of Others
4. Sheridan says “The relinquished dream would result in a surprising new beginning.” Share times when you may have felt you were giving up on a dream, but can look back and see the hand of God in what became a new awakening.
5. Reflections on Romans 13: “It is now the moment for you to wake from sleep”
- What in our lives makes us spiritually sleepy, or feel as if we are in a coma?
- In your experience, what things wake us up spiritually? The beauty of the earth? Time with children? The looming of death?
- Can you describe a moment in your life when you were fully awake to God?
- What hobbies connect you with God? Gardening? Skiing? Sewing? Can you see God in everything?
- Romans 13: 12 encourages us to put on “the armour of light”. What do you think this metaphor means? It likely refers to a spirit of ‘intentionality’
Draw around your (right) hand. Select prayer options as follows:
- Thumb: People you care for/are responsible for.
- 2nd finger: Skills you have
- Middle: Really hard thing, tasks, etc (may feel insurmountable)
- Ring Finger: Things that make us feel alive
- Little: Daily chores
- Palm of your hand: Your deepest concern right now.
Leader to gather them all up (unread) into a basket, Listen to this weeks poem (Audio coming shortly), then finish with “Amen”.
Consider one of the following activities during the week:
- Get up early to watch the dawn.
- Paint the dawn, or the ‘armour of light’.
- Consider your friends, the dreams that they may have, and how you could contribute to realising one of those dreams
- Get up 10 minutes earlier than usual and sit still with God
- Listen to the Hymn: Awake My Soul
Or choose your own action.