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Summit reflection video for The Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time with Joel Stepanek.
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This Life Night has sections dedicated to teens both directly and indirectly impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. For teens directly impacted, the Gather is a prayer reflection led by the priest or youth minister, followed by a Proclaim that discusses the origins of suffering and how God works for good in all things. The Break is a small group discussion and the Send is a time of prayer, offering personal petitions to the Lord.
For teens not directly impacted, the Gather offers a scenario filled with inconveniences that cause teens to feel confused and frustrated. The Proclaim discusses the origins of suffering and how God works for good in all things. The Break is a small group discussion and the Send gives teens the opportunity to commit to responding to disasters with faith.
The goal of Guarantee of Storms is to help teens both directly and indirectly affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma process natural disasters in light of God’s plan and respond in faith.
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Genesis 2:16 -17
Matthew 14:28 -32
1 John 4:8
– Asking, “Why?” after a natural disaster or tragedy is a good and important question; let it lead to hope in Christ and not despair.
– The created world operates according to it’s design: physics, thermodynamics, natural selection. When mankind fell, creation also fell. Creation now operates according to its own principles, which sometimes lack the goodness it was originally created with.
– God does not will and is not apathetic toward suffering, but He allows the world to continue on it’s fallen course. He also sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem the fallen world.
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