#BIGRead14: Week 2: Awakenings

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Poem: Awakening

Bible Readings

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.

Nibbles:

Select images of the dawn/sunrises to print out for the group. Below are a number of legal sources to use for images:[1]

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’

Chilled Dessert:

Draw around your (right) hand. Select prayer options as follows:

  1. Thumb: People you care for/are responsible for.
  2. 2nd finger: Skills you have
  3. Middle: Really hard thing, tasks, etc (may feel insurmountable)
  4. Ring Finger: Things that make us feel alive
  5. Little: Daily chores
  6. 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”.

Chox:

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.


[1] Taking images straight from Google does not ensure that they are legal images.

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