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July 2024

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In Weakness and in Strength

Open Your Heart

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Year B

In some ways, Paul invites us to plan worship around a fairly simple idea: opening our hearts to our weakness and God’s strength.

Note to the Teacher

The key idea in this scripture is living with weakness and strength. The icebreaker invites youth to collaborate. The discussion encourages students to consider how strengths and weaknesses are a part of ministry. The activity allows youth to understand the ways that Paul encourages the use of both strengths and weaknesses in the Bible and encourages youth to look at ways they can use both in their churches. Times are based on a fifty-five-minute lesson period but may be adjusted.

Tug-o-Friendship (15 minutes)

Have the group sit in a circle facing inward. Tie a rope a bit smaller than the circle and place it by everyone’s feet. Invite everyone to grab the rope. The object of the game is for everyone to get from a seated position to a standing position by pulling on the rope. However, no one is allowed to touch the ground with their hands.

Option 1:

If the group has more than twenty-five players, you might consider breaking into a second circle.

Option 2:

To make the game harder, choose a thinner rope.

Read Scripture (5 minutes)

Our scripture reading today involves the idea of boasting in weakness.

2 Corinthians 12:2-10

Discussion (15 minutes)

  • What is your definition of strength? What is your definition of weakness?
  • How is being connected together both a strength and a weakness?
  • How do you think personal strength and biblical strength differ?
  • Tell us about a time when you just weren’t strong enough.
  • What does the media tell you about strength? About weakness?
  • How can we boast in our weakness?
  • Why is it powerful to share your weakness rather than your strength?

Activity and Discussion (20 minutes)

Take this lesson to the next level by getting youths’ imaginations involved. Distribute Play-Doh or modeling clay to each student.

Explain to the group that they will be creating sculptures to represent either a strength or a weakness. Give them a few minutes to think about and plan their sculptures silently.

Once ready, allow the students to start sculpting. They can use their imaginations and creativity to mold their chosen strength or weakness. While they are sculpting, encourage the students to think about how their sculpture represents the chosen strength or weakness and how it can be used in the church community. If they can, ask them to add elements that show how the strength or weakness is used in the church or community.

After a designated time (around 10-15 minutes), have participants share their sculptures with the group and explain whether these represent a strength or a weakness and how it can contribute positively to the church community.

TOTAL TIME: 55 minutes

NEEDED RESOURCES:

  • Large rope that can be tied to make a circle.
  • Play-Doh or modeling clay

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Colors


  • Green

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