Before the Session

  • Review today’s scripture text and the session activities to help better facilitate the discussion.
  • Have the Bible Background Video ready to view.
  • Encourage your group to listen to the Faithelement podcast ahead of the next session (Share the link via email or social media)
  • Preparation: Provide the following prayers on poster paper, or on a handout (use the button below to download the handout, then print copies as needed for your group. Do not include the titles or faith identification on the prayers.  

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Bodhisattva Prayer for Humanity (Buddhist – “bo-dih-sat-va” – a person who is able to reach nirvana but delays doing so out of compassion in order to save suffering beings)

May I be a guard for those who need protection
A guide for those on the path
A boat, a raft, a bridge for those who wish to cross the flood
May I be a lamp in the darkness
A resting place for the weary
A healing medicine for all who are sick
A vase of plenty, a tree of miracles
And for the boundless multitudes of living beings
May I bring sustenance and awakening
Enduring like the earth and sky
Until all beings are freed from sorrow
And all are awakened.

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