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Growth and Prayer with Scripture: Connecting Teens to the Word of God December 6, 2014, 2:30 – 3:45.

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1 Growth and Prayer with Scripture: Connecting Teens to the Word of God December 6, 2014, 2:30 – 3:45

2 Then the LORD said: Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will pass by. There was a strong and violent wind rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the LORD—but the LORD was not in the wind; after the wind, an earthquake—but the LORD was not in the earthquake; after the earthquake, fire— but the LORD was not in the fire; after the fire, a light silent sound. When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. A voice said to him, Why are you here, Elijah? 1KG 19:11-13

3 Think of a place where you can go to pray. Share with someone else where it is you go to pray.

4 Write down the need(s) of teens that they bring to God in prayer, seeking help, seeking answers.

5 Steps for preparing for prayer with scripture from “You’re Worth It”

6 Set up a daily appointment with God. Give yourself at least fifteen minutes the same time each day and be there. The time you may choose should be one which you will find easiest to keep. Two good times are either when you first get up in the morning or before you go to sleep at night. If you have a better time, fine, just so you keep it. Having a consistent, special time will help you to focus in on prayer. That is why you have chosen that time.

7 The place you choose should be conducive to prayer and be isolated. Your thoughts can easily be distracted with much on your mind. As with time, having a consistent location will help to set the mood. The place in and of itself will serve to remind you of why you are there.

8 Begin your prayer time by relaxing for a moment and clear your mind of other thoughts. Center your thoughts on God. Ask God to speak to you during this time together. Thank god for being present. There are many techniques that people use to pray. Some use music, or periods of meditation. I suggest that you do whatever helps you to be in God's presence.

9 Read the reflection. It begins with My Life to help you to relate to the upcoming message. Setting the Scene helps you to understand where you are in the scripture story, kind of like finding out where you are we you come into the middle of a movie.

10 Each day ends with a suggestion for prayer relative to the thought for the day and a Journal/Activity. Through journal/activity you will be invited to write or do something. This action will help you to experience more deeply the reflection of that day.

11 After finishing the daily devotion, you may want to continue with prayer. If you have any needs, bring to God. One tool I use is a prayer list, containing those things for which others have asked me to pray. When finished, remember to thank God for the time you had together. Commit to God your day.

12 Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.e Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me. PH 4:4-7,13

13 Think of a time in your life when you turned to God in a time of need. Did any scripture give you guidance at that time? Please share with another person.

14 Shared Praxis is foundational to connection faith formation to real life. Same process in correlating scripture to our lives and that of youth.

15 Share Praxis in Brief. 1. Present Life Experience 2. Reflecting on Life Experience 3. Our Story, the Gospel 4. Reflecting on the Gospel, applying to life experience. 5. Where do we go from here?

16 Proceedure I use when going somewhere to speak, Survey of teen needs, selecting passages and reflections correlating with those needs.

17 Process used in developing You’re Worth It. Interviews with Teens Latest research at the time. Compiling needs of teens. Correlating scripture with teen needs. Reflection and Prayer.

18 In groups of 3 -4: How have you connecting scripture to the lives of your teens?

19 Responses to selected cards

20 Personal sharing connecting to Romans 8:28 “We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”

21 In groups of 3-4, share a time when scripture has been a guide in moments of your life.

22 Reflection from “You’re Worth It” “The Pearl of Great Price” What is the need addressed?

23 “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field,* which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. 46When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.

24 Q & A Scripture Curriculum Project Book Availability

25 All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work. 2 Tim 3:16,17

26 Learning Scripture By Heart: Applying Scriptural Resources There a variety of ways to learn scripture by heart. The following resources provide scriptures correlated with learning outcomes for our elementary and high school students in parish and school ministry. You are invited to use this curriculum addendum at the service of the formation of our youth as young Christian disciples, grounded in God’s Word. Following are some suggestions in using this resource.

27 1.Reading a portion of the Gospel for the day and commenting on it and/or giving a brief mediation and/or thought for the day 2.Memorize a passage for the week. 3.Teach students how to give what can be called Scriptural Prescriptions. These are passages to what teens may be facing such as when you are afraid, anxious, feel hopeless, etc. This helps to secure the students of knowledge of where to find support in scripture. 4.Use rhyme /music to memorize books of Old Testament and/or New Testament.

28 5.Memorize scripture of interest, favorite verse and why, share with class. 6.The Verses Project provides an opportunity for students to learn scripture through music. 7.In younger grades correlate scripture stories with lesson of the day. Recommend use of children’s bibles. 8.Correlate liturgical seasons with scriptures. Lectionary would be very useful here. Methods could include skits, matching quote from scripture to a liturgical season, use of liturgical calendars with methods conducive to age of group

29 9.Scripture Crossword, 10.Quick Journey Through the Bible, Jeff Cavins, Ascension Press, programs/catholic-bible-study/adult-bible-study/quick-journey, adults or teens. 11.Chronological reading of bible, with consideration given to age appropriateness. 12.Exploring ecumenical resources appropriating within context of our Catholic faith. 13.Bible timeline but old or new testament. programs/catholic-bible-study/adult-bible-study/quick-journey

30 14.Plan a retreat focusing on one of the courses or selected outcomes form a course. Use scriptures for substance of prayer and reflection throughout retreat. For example do a Theology of the Body retreat. 15.Links for fun ways to learn scripture: memorise-the-bible 16.Acts in Three Minutes, share_video_user memorise-the-bible share_video_user

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