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Feast and Faith: The Image of God (Imago Dei)

For this week's dinner discussion we are focusing on what it means to be made in God's image and likeness (i.e. the Imago Dei).  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.

 

A prayer "For the Human Family” from the Book of Common Prayer, pg. 815

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


Discussion Questions

Ages 0-4

The theme for this conversation will be that we are all unique and that God loves us all and made us unique individuals.

1. Do you think that God is special?

2. I wonder what makes God special.

3. What do you think makes you special?

4. I wonder if God made everyone special like you.

5. I wonder if God know everyone that God made.  I wonder if God loves everyone that God made.

6. Do you think God knows you?  Do you think God loves you?

 

Ages 5-10

1. What do you think it means that God made us?

2. Why do you think God created so many different kinds of people?

3. What do you think it means that everyone is so different but we are all still made in the Image of God?  What do you think that says about God?

 

Ages 11-18

It is said that St.Francis of Assisi used to pray, “ O Lord, who are you- and who am I?”. We cannot know who we are until we know what our story is. In this we need to know not only our stories as individuals, but also our story in the context of the larger human family story, which itself needs to be seen in the broader context of the story of creation and salvation.



In Genesis 1:27 it says: "So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them."



1) What do you think it means to be made in the “Image of God”?



2) What are some characteristics of God? Name a few.



3) Which of these God-characteristics do you see in your family and friends?



4) Which of these God-characteristics do you see in yourself?



In the first creation story, it also says “God blessed them”. This verse reminds us that just by being - before we do anything - we are in a blessed relationship with God. Just being human and alive is enough for God to grant this “original blessing.”  What happens next (in our lives and in history) cannot negate this original blessing from God.


5) Which of these God-characteristics do you see in people who have hurt or upset you?