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In "Riddle and Mystery," a Tapestry of Faith program
Have quiet background music playing if you like. Greet youth as they enter, and introduce yourself to any you do not already know. If your group is using nametags, invite everyone to wear one. Retrieve your bag or box of names. If new youth have joined this session, add their names on cards to the bag or box. Sound the tingshas or bell to call for silence.
Reach into the Kid for the Day bag or box and randomly select one name. Ask the selected youth to light the chalice while the group reads the posted chalice lighting words: "May this chalice light show the way as we search for answers to our biggest questions and seek to understand life's deepest mysteries."
(If the Kid for the Day is reluctant to take on the role, allow him/her to pass, and to draw another name from the bag or box. As the sessions go by, a youth may be chosen more than once. This possibility will be discussed in Session 8 when the group considers whether life is fair. If the youth object now that the practice is unfair, ask them what they would like to do about it. One possibility, of course, is removing from the bag the name of each youth who has already been chosen. The group's decision, too, can be discussed at a later session.)
Ask the group to be silent for a moment. End the silence by sounding your tingshas or bell.
If new participants have joined the group for this session, ask participants to introduce themselves.
Announce that it is time to hear the question of the day. Hand the Kid for the Day a copy of Leader Resource 1. After the Kid for the Day reads the question, write it on newsprint under the heading "Today's Big Question" ("Does God exist?")
Add the following comments: "Today we are going to talk about God. That can be a difficult topic. We do not always mean the same thing when we say "God". Some people think of a God or Goddess who shapes human destiny. Some people think God is Love. Some think that God is a word that means some force at work in the universe that is greater than us. Others don't find the word "God" useful at all. As we talk about God today, feel free to use the definition and the words you are most comfortable using.
Ask the Kid for the Day to extinguish the chalice.
If your group includes youth who have difficulty reading, be sure to allow the Kid for the Day a chance to pass on the reading but still choose to light the chalice.
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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