I hope I got a good grade.
I hope she’ll be my friend.
Hope is a word which gets a lot of use in everyday life. We sure could use a dose of hope these days!
Hope is also talked about in the Bible. You can find lists of verses about hope. One of my favorites is:
There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. Proverbs 23:18
This weekend is Youth-led worship at FUMC. We will not be holding any workshops on Saturday at Green Wood or downtown on Sunday for grades 1st – 6th, so plan on attending this service!
How about a little preparation? Around the family dinner table? (Or wherever your family is gathered together.)
The focus by the Youth will be hope. This even ties to our current Rotation on Peter’s story! Peter was likely down in the dumps about what he’d done to Jesus. Deciding not to just sit around and mope, Peter chose to go fishing.
Ask your kids: When Peter went fishing, what do you suppose he was hoping for?
- A diversion: Something to take his mind off of what he’d done?
- A net full of fish?
- Jesus’ forgiveness?
- Your ideas?
When was the last time you hoped for something?
Did you have to wait for what you were hoping for?
Perhaps Peter chose to go fishing because he was consumed by thinking about what he’d done to Jesus. His mind was probably racing in overtime. He couldn’t stand to be still!
How is waiting for what is hoped for, hard?
What do you do while you are waiting for hope?
Once Peter had spent time in the boat, quietly fishing, that is when Jesus called. Ask: The next time you are waiting for something, what do you think of the idea of turning to God for some quiet time?
What are ways you could have quiet time with God?
Jesus did offer Peter forgiveness. And because of that, we have hope! Jesus forgives us as well. And Jesus’ forgiveness empower us! We can have hope!
The Youth will be using this prayer in worship, adapted from the book Pray Like Hell. This will be presented in a very cool ripple effect that the youth created!
Bless to me the power of Christ to love well.
Bless to me the power of the Holy Spirit to strengthen me for what lies ahead.
Bless to me the power of the Holy Trinity to give me hope.
I hope you’ll attend one of these worship services!
Ripples of Hope logo design by Deb Wood. Used with permission.
Photos of the youth from last years youth-led worship service used with permission.
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