Feast and Faith: My Personal Identity (May 8, 2017)
For this week's dinner discussion we are exploring what it means to have an identity. Below is a prayer with which to start your meal and then four discussion questions to explore this topic with your family while you eat.
O God, who created all peoples in your image, we thank you for the wonderful diversity of races and cultures in this world. Enrich our lives by ever-widening circles of fellowship, and show us your presence in those who differ most from us, until our knowledge of your love is made perfect in our love for all your children; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
We have been discussing together what it means to be members of the Human Family and the Jesus Movement, and to be unified. This doesn’t mean we are expected to be the same, though. The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians, writes “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.”
What are the different parts of identity?
How do you think identities are formed?
What matters more? The identity you give yourself or the one others give you?
What is one way someone can try to figure out what their identity is?
The Apostle Paul continues to write that the body of the Church is similar to that of the human body. We all have our own abilities, talents, and callings. In our individual identity we contribute to the overall function of Creation.
Let’s pray together:
Lord, my God and my loving Father, you have made me to know you, to love you, to serve you, and thereby to find and to fulfill my deepest longings. I know that you are in all things, and that every path can lead me to you. But of them all, there is one especially by which you want me to come to you. Since I will do what you want of me, I pray you, send your Holy Spirit to me: into my mind, to show me what you want of me; into my heart, to give me the determination to do it, and to do it with all my love, with all my mind, and with all of my strength right to the end. Jesus, I trust in you. Amen.