Feast and Faith: The Gifts We've Been Given, Ages 11-18 (11/19/17)
For this week’s dinner discussion, we are talking about the gifts that Jesus has given us. It is important that we recognize these gifts and then figure out how we can use these gifts in the world.
Prayer - O Lord, you have taught us that without love whatever we do is worth nothing; Send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts your greatest gift, which is love, the true bond of peace and of all virtue, without which whoever lives is accounted dead before you. Grant this for the sake of your only Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
(Book of Common Prayer Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany)
Discussion – In Matthew 25:14-15, 19-29, we see the parable of talents. We are all given different talents, or gifts, from God. Sometimes we are so focused on what others are given that we forget that we need to use what God gave us.
- What’s your response to this story? To the characters in the story?
- Why do you think each servant was given a different amount of money?
- Do you think each servant was treated fairly by the landowner? Why or why not?
- What point do you think Jesus was trying to make in this story?
Final nugget – We have a responsibility to God to use the gifts that we were given. Sometimes, it’s easy to be jealous of other people’s gifts that are more apparent, but it’s important that we recognize our special gifts and put them to use to make this world a better place.