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We Are All Called to Play a Role in the Story
Tips to Prepare
- If in person, set the room with chairs or around a table for a small group conversation
- If virtually, schedule in your preferred video platform
- Piece of paper with faces of celebrity faces from entertainment, sports, etc.
- Piece of paper with people who won’t necessarily be recognized by the youth but have had an important impact on the world.
- Laptop or media device with the following clip from Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (The scene in which Frodo chooses to take the ring. YouTube clip.)
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.
Introduction for Leaders
- Begin with a check in with members
- Ask a group member to read the focal Scripture
- Open with prayer
Select the option that best suits your group’s needs:
Exercise Option 1:
- Starting with the paper with current celebrity photos, take the two pieces of paper with photos and ask the youth to identify each individual and what impact they’ve had on the world.
Exercise Option 2:
Reflect Together on the Following Questions:
1. How might Mary have felt as she agreed to be Jesus’ mother? How might we feel?
2. What does it mean to consider that God chose to bring this message to ordinary people, and not the people in power? Why would God have chosen to work in this way?
3. It is widely believed that Mary was a teenager when Gabriel approached her. What would you say if God asked something big of you?
- Close the lesson in prayer (either leader or a group member)