One Word Prayers: Please!

Questions for Further Reflection and Conversation…

  • How would you explain prayer to someone who has never prayed?

  • Do you pray “timid” prayers, or “faith-filled” prayers?

  • What is the boldest prayer you have prayed?

  • Have you ever felt like your prayer was unanswered?

  • What do you want more, the giver or the giving?

  • What’s your BIG “Please!” prayer, right now?

One Word Prayers: Sorry!

Questions for Further Reflection and Conversation...

  • What do you need to say “Sorry!” for? Have you?

  • What else do you need to say “Sorry!” for? If you haven’t, why?

  • What keeps you from saying “Sorry!” more?

  • Do you believe in a forgiving God? If not, why?

  • Do you believe forgiveness is as easy as a simple “Sorry!”?

Life as Liturgy: Taken and Blessed, Broken and Given

Questions for Further Reflection and Conversation…

  • Do you believe God has chosen you? Why or why not?

  • How has God blessed you?

  • How have you experienced brokenness in your life, and in the world around you? Where do you see God work to heal the brokenness?

  • How are you allowing yourself to be “given” in service to the world?

  • How does today’s service change your understanding of the Sacrament of Holy Communion?


Life as Liturgy: Worship as Rest

Questions for Further Reflection and Conversation…

  • Are you tired?

  • Do you Sabbath? Why or why not?

  • When do you “stop?”

  • What is your rhythm of work and rest?

  • If you don’t Sabbath, regularly, what would it take for you to stop?

Life as Liturgy: Work as Worship

Questions for Further Reflection and Conversation…

  • Why do you work?

  • What is your work? Is your work your worship?

  • How are you contributing to the care of God’s creation?

  • What qualifies as “good” work?

  • Who do you do your work for? 

  • How would your attitude and behavior change if you viewed your work the way it was described in this message?


Over My Head

Questions for Further Reflection and Conversation…

  • How did the Parkland tragedy affect your relationship with God?

  • What questions did you ask about God, faith, life, justice after the tragedy?

  • Have you ever felt like you were emotionally/spiritually/psychologically over your head? What was it like?

  • Have you ever tried to walk on water, only to sink? If so, what happened?

  • Has the Lord ever kept you from drowning? If so, when?

  • Where are you, on the road to healing and deeper faith, one year after the tragedy?


Magnetic Kindness

Questions for Further Reflection and Conversation…

  • How would you define the word, “kindness?”

  • Is “kindness” a word you use to describe God?

  • How have you experienced the Lord’s kindness?

  • Who do you know that embodies godly “kindness?”

  • How, specifically, have you received the Lord’s kindness through people?

  • When was the last time you said, or did, something kind for someone?


Magnetic Community

Questions for Further Reflection and Conversation…

  • How important is belonging to a community to you? Do you crave it?

  • Do you believe we are “hard-wired” for connection?

  • When have you experienced authentic Christian community?

  • What do you think are the characteristics of a healthy community? 

  • What causes communities to become unhealthy?

  • Can you think of someone who needs to be part of our community?

Magnetic Hospitality

Questions for Further Reflection and Conversation…

  • When have you felt welcome and wanted? What, specifically, made you feel that way?

  • Have you ever felt unwanted? How did that feel?

  • How often do you speak to someone you don’t know at First Church, to help them feel welcome?

  • What made you feel welcome when you first came to First Church? Did you feel welcome? 

  • How would you explain hospitality biblically?

  • What is one thing First Church could do to improve its culture of hospitality? Would you help?

Repellent Magnetism

Questions for Further Reflection and Conversation…

  • Do you find Christ “attractive?” Why or why not?

  • Who are some of the most spiritually “attractive” people you can 

think of? What makes them “attractive?”

  • Who are some of the most spiritually repellent people you can 

think of? What makes them “repellent?”

  • How do you react to the list of reasons many are leaving 

Christianity? Do you agree with any of their reasons?

  • Who is being “attracted” to Christ, through you?

Embrace

Questions for Further Reflection and Conversation…

• What/who do you embrace most easily?

• What/who is difficult for you to embrace?

• Can you imagine being as receptive and obedient to God as Mary?

• Does Christ live in you?

Prepare

Questions for Further Reflection and Conversation…

  • How are you preparing for Christ?

  • Who prepared the way for you to know Jesus?

  • How are you, like John the Baptist, preparing the way for others to know Jesus?

  • Who are you preparing the way for?

  • In what ways does your life point to Jesus?

  • Who are five people you could invite to church for Christmas Eve? Will you?

  • Reflect on the quotes. Which words or phrases touch you the most?

Habits of Gratitude

Questions for Further Reflection and Conversation…

  • What are your gratitude habits?

  • How do you express gratitude?

  • What are you grateful for?

  • What do you feel entitled to?

  • Are you more of an “abundance” mindset person or a “scarcity” mindset person?

  • Are you a “glass half full” or glass half empty” kind of person?

  • Do you agree that the most grateful people tend to be the most generous? Why or why not?