A Life of Grace for the Whole World: A Study Course on the House of Bishops’ Pastoral Teaching on the Environment: Leader Guide

Church Publishing, Inc.
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Using the House of Bishop’s Pastoral Teaching on the Environment, A Life of Grace engages participants in understanding how the teaching informs and deepens appreciation and love for God and God’s work in Creation, and how that finds expression in their life of faith. As the first pastoral teaching on the environment from the Bishops, the document offers a guide for discovering how The Episcopal Church leadership views our call to care for Creation and how to respond as individuals and as churches. The adult sessions use Bible Study, discussion questions, reflections on sections of the Book of Common Prayer and other activities to encourage active learning. Each week participants are asked to reflect, in different ways, on their faith communities and their own spiritual journey and how they can find a more meaningful connection with God’s active work among all creation. The youth section, which parallels the adult sessions, encourages active engagement through viewing of videos, use of technology, and a range of activities. Exploratory questions for the facilitator allow for open-ended conversation and discussion of current events around environment and faith. Connecting the five week session is the creation of a Tree of Life which is added to during every session.
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Publisher
Church Publishing, Inc.
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Published on
Mar 1, 2017
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Pages
112
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ISBN
9780819233776
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Language
English
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Genres
Religion / Christian Education / General
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Today is the day you choose . . . which game you want to win, which prize you want to collect, which priorities you want to set.

It’s a thrill to win at checkers or Clue or Trivial Pursuit. You sweep aside the other players and you “own” the board. It’s also a thrill to win a promotion at work … the new house you wanted … that sports car you’ve always eyed. But just like the game cards, the tokens, and the timer, those prizes are temporary. When the game is over, they all go back in the box.

Games can cast a powerful spell, says bestselling author John Ortberg. But the wisest player remembers that the game is always going to end. So what can we take with us to the kingdom of God? Only the love we have for Christ, the love we have for each other, and our own souls. While it’s not bad to be good at chess or Risk—or the game of life on Earth—we can’t allow it to get in the way of what really matters.

Using his humor and his genius for storytelling, Ortberg helps you focus on the real rules of the game and how to set your priorities. When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box Participant’s Guide helps explain how, left to our own devices, we tend to seek out worldly things, mistakenly thinking they will bring us fulfillment. But everything on Earth belongs to God. Everything we “own” is just on loan. And what pleases God is often 180 degrees from what we may think is important.

In the six sessions you will learn how to:

Live passionately and boldlyLearn how to be active players in the game that pleases GodFind your true mission and offer your bestFill each square on the board with what matters mostSeek the richness of being instead of the richness of having

You can’t beat the house, notes Ortberg. We’re playing our game of life on a giant board called a calendar. Time will always run out, so it’s a good thing to live a life that delights your Creator. When everything goes back in the box, you’ll have made what is temporary a servant to what is eternal, and you’ll leave this life knowing you’ve achieved the only victory that matters.

Sessions include:

When the Game Is Over It All Goes Back in the BoxKeeping Score Where It Really CountsResign as Master of the BoardCalling or Comfort? Choose Your Move WiselyPlaying the Game with Greatness and GraceThe Kingdom Has One More Move

Designed for use with When the Game Is Over It All Goes Back in the Box DVD 9780310808244 (sold separately).

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