Things You Can Use / Jun 04, 2018
Note to the Teacher
We’re continuing our series on transitions. Two weeks ago, we celebrated our Triune God and discussed learning to rely upon the constant of God’s presence in the midst of our ever-changing realities. Then, we talked about "what." Every transition is preceded by a "what." What happened? What does this mean? What now? This week, we’re talking about "why." Whenever we hear the "what," our next question is usually "why." Sometimes, we actually want to better understand the logic behind the "what," but more often, we don’t like the "what" and we’re challenging its validity with "why?" Responding with "why?" can be like saying, “That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. You’ll need to convince me.” The "why" doesn’t always make us feel better about the "what." That’s the situation Samuel finds himself in in today’s story.
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1. Ice Breaker: Because
Since our topic for today is "why," we might be able to have a little fun matching random answers to random questions that ask "why?" Read the following list of "why" questions and then pass out slips of paper and writing instruments to everybody. Invite each person to select one of the questions and write an answer that begins with “because.” Encourage them to be creative and even a little out of nowhere. An example could be, “because a mouse ate all the peanut butter crackers.” Collect all the answers in a basket, and ask the following questions again, this time answering each one with a randomly-selected slip of paper. The results could be something like, “Why is Thanos so angry? Because a mouse ate all the peanut butter crackers.”
2. Read Scripture
Samuel has advanced in years, and the duties he has turned over to his sons are being mishandled. They have become corrupt, just as Eli’s sons had a generation earlier. The elders gather and agree that it’s time for a change in government. They demand a king.
Read 1 Samuel 8:4-11, 16-20
 The elders have decided that Israel should have a king instead of keeping Samuel as judge. This really amounts to a political coup, or an overthrowing of the established government.
4. Activity and Discussion - That's Awkward!
Take this lesson to the next level by getting students' hands and imaginations doing a skit on the spot from the Youth Worker Collective. Complete instructions on how to make this happen with this scripture are online at http://www.youthworkercollective.com/thats-awkward-hilarious-ways-to-help-students-process-transition
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.
Needed for this Activity
- Slips of paper
- Writing utensils