The long election season in the U.S. has proved to be stressful in a number of ways, including the ways it may have fractured relationships or threatened to turn us against one another. We believe God is greater than any earthly government, office or power. How might God’s spirit help us to move beyond this season?

We are not interested in promoting political speech in your group, but rather are focused on beginning a process of healing for those hurt, afraid or otherwise affected by the campaign and election. These resources were written before the election, so we do not know the outcome of voting at the time of writing and filming. We wanted it that way, in order to focus on relationships and the call of God to peace and healing.

As you lead your small group Sunday, know that you are prayed for by our entire team. What you do matters.

In love and light,
Your friends at FaithElement

Use the links below to select resources that may be used along with your existing Bible study plan, or to create your own approach.

This session is designed to be used after the election, on Sunday, November 13 or later.

Psalm 118

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his steadfast love endures for ever!

Let Israel say,
‘His steadfast love endures for ever.’ 
Let the house of Aaron say,
‘His steadfast love endures for ever.’ 
Let those who fear the Lord say,
‘His steadfast love endures for ever.’

Out of my distress I called on the Lord;
the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. 
With the Lord on my side I do not fear.
What can mortals do to me? 
The Lord is on my side to help me;
I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. 
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to put confidence in mortals. 
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to put confidence in princes.

All nations surrounded me;
in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 
They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side;
in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 
They surrounded me like bees;
they blazed like a fire of thorns;
in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 
I was pushed hard, so that I was falling,
but the Lord helped me. 
The Lord is my strength and my might;
he has become my salvation.

There are glad songs of victory in the tents of the righteous:
‘The right hand of the Lord does valiantly; 
   the right hand of the Lord is exalted;
the right hand of the Lord does valiantly.’ 
I shall not die, but I shall live,
and recount the deeds of the Lord
The Lord has punished me severely,
but he did not give me over to death.

Open to me the gates of righteousness,
that I may enter through them
and give thanks to the Lord.

This is the gate of the Lord;
the righteous shall enter through it.

I thank you that you have answered me
and have become my salvation. 
The stone that the builders rejected
has become the chief cornerstone. 
This is the Lord’s doing;
it is marvellous in our eyes. 
This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it. 
Save us, we beseech you, O Lord!
Lord, we beseech you, give us success!

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
We bless you from the house of the Lord
The Lord is God,
and he has given us light.
Bind the festal procession with branches,
up to the horns of the altar.

You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
you are my God, I will extol you.

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures for ever.

Activities

How do we together move forward toward healing and care for one another?

Beyond the Election Teaching Guide
(Faithelement/Dr. David Adams)

 

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