Before the Session

  • Have the Bible Background Video ready to view.
  • Review today’s scripture text and the session activities to help better facilitate the discussion.
  • Encourage your group to listen to the FaithElement podcast ahead of the next session (Share the link via email or social media).

Context (From the Mind Session Page)

Begin by asking:

  • What are some of the more special memories of your childhood and why?
  • What special rituals, formal or informal, does your family celebrate around certain events?
  • How did these special rituals originate, or how does someone start one?
  • What roles do they play in the life of your family?
  • Why do you think people observe such things?

Content (From the Media Session Page)

Read Exodus 12:1-14, then watch the Bible Background Video.

Ask questions like:

  • Why was this meal established?
  • How intricate do the divine instructions seem to you and why?
  • How much work do you think it would take to perform this ritual properly?
  • Why is the meal eaten in a hurry?
  • What is so special about various elements, like how the animal is cooked and the bitter herbs?
  • Why do you think Jews celebrate this event every year?
  • Understanding that the Last Supper was part of a Passover observance, what are we to remember as we observe communion?

Closure (From the Current Session Page)

Have the group consider the rituals present in a wedding ceremony by sharing this list of some historical claims about wedding rituals and asking:

  • Which of these historical claims about our rituals surprise you?
  • Why do you think we still see many of these rituals in weddings today?
  • What other rituals do you typically see at weddings?
  • What are some non-wedding rituals that you practice on at least a semi-regular basis?
  • In what ways is ritual and memory important for you in your life of faith?
  • Why do you think remembrance matters so much in defining your faith or your sense of community identity?
  • How can we make observance of certain rituals more a practice of “sacred memory” and less a collections of things we do without thinking or solely out of a sense of obligation?
  • What can we do to ensure that our defining rituals are open to new people who might also benefit from them?

Share this quote and pray together to end the session:

I don’t want to be swallowed by the darkness. Nor do I want to be blinded by the beautiful facade. No, I want to be part of a people who see the darkness, know it’s real, and then, then, then, light a candle anyway. And hold that candle up against the wind and pass along our light wherever it’s needed from our own homes to the halls of legislation to the church pulpit to the kitchens of the world. ― Sarah Bessey

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