Things You Can Use / May 21, 2018
Life in the Trinity: Prologue to Post-Pentecost
Note to the Teacher
At this time of the year, people might find themselves in the midst of significant transition. Middle to high school. College to career. Some people might be getting married or changing jobs. Some United Methodist pastors are getting ready to start new appointments on July 1. The denomination itself is contemplating transition, having just had its first look at the report from the Council of Bishop’s Commission on a Way Forward.
Transition is full of blessings and exciting opportunities, but also a good deal of questions and uncertainties, which can then fill you with worry and trepidation. Since “the only thing that is constant is change,” we also need a constant that will help us face change with confidence. It is the same constant that gave the disciples their confidence as they transitioned to apostles after receiving the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. That constant is the relentless presence of our Triune God.
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1. Ice Breaker: Name Your Top 3
This is Trinity Sunday, the day we celebrate the mystery of our Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In order to get your group talking, and have fun with the idea of “three,” we’re going to play a quick round of Name Your Top Three. It’s easy. Just go around and ask each person to name their top 3…
In today’s passage, Paul describes the workings of all three persons of the Holy Trinity. The Son redeems us. The Holy Spirit leads us. The Father adopts us into the family of God.
Read Romans 8:12-17
 Some of your students might talk about leaving elementary school and starting middle school. Some may have moved from one town to another. Others might give you more difficult answers involving the divorce of parents or the loss of a family member.
 Abba is the informal word for father. It can be read as dad or daddy. The same word appears in Mark 14:36, as Jesus is praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, before being arrested.
4. Activity –Triune Over Easy
4 Take this lesson to the next level by getting student’s mouths imaginations involved using the activity “Triune Over Easy: A Tasty Way to Explore Trinity” available online at the Youth Worker Collective: http://www.youthworkercollective.com/triune-over-easy-a-tasty-way-to-explore-trinity
Close in the manner that is typical for you. Consider taking joys/concerns from the students, then asking for a volunteer to close in prayer.