Small Church February 11, 2024

Conversation Guide for February 11, 2024

Becoming Present to God

While lighting a candle to remind you of God’s Presence, have someone read the candle prayer:

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
You have called us out of darkness into light.
Open our eyes to your presence,
Open our ears to your call,
Open our hearts to your love.


Becoming Present to One Another

Share a consolation (what you are most grateful for) and a desolation (what you are least grateful for) from the past week. 

In Conversation with the Word
Read Mark 8:27-9:8

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Conversation Starters (Pick a few)

  • Re-read today’s scripture paying attention to the themes of power and suffering. Do you notice anything different this time? Does the “easter egg” help you make sense of the text?
  • What do you think Peter is reacting to when he rebukes Jesus? Can you identify with his objections?

God does not rule creation through coercion, but through a cross 
-Stanley Hauerwas

  • Do you think there are exceptions to this statement about how God wields power?
  • If God wields power this way, what are the implications for us as followers of Jesus? How should we expect God to act in power in our lives? How can we wield power this way?
Prayer and Blessing

If there is time an inclination, pray for one another in the places where you want God to act in power, or ask one person to pray for the group.

Close with someone reading the blessing over you all as the candle is blown out.

May the Father of many resting places grant you rest;
May the Christ who stilled the storm grant you calm;
May the Spirit who fills all things grant you peace.
God’s light be your light,
God’s love be your love,
God’s way be your way.