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Friends, 

I hope last week went well in your groups.  My group had a great discussion and came to the conclusion that most of our issues with caring for the earth boil down to consumption.  We don't need more stuff! 

So I'm committing to using the library this year instead of buying books.  Like Chris said this weekend, past generations have a lot to teach us about how to care for the earth because they valued thrift.  Even though my mom always had her nose in a book when I was little, I don't remember her ever buying one.  If we wanted to read something, we rode our bikes or walked to the library.  So this year, I'm embracing my roots and attempting to leave amazon and it's packaging behind by heading to Cliff Wright. I might even walk. Next week. When it warms up.  

Hopefully your group is finding ways to practice Creation Care no matter where they're starting.  Let me know what you've decided to do to help care for the earth. 

Remember to check out the resources for this series on Lakeview's webpage.  We'll be updating this list as we come across more so check back. You might, in particular, want to check out this video with your Home Church.  

Our Scripture passage for this week is Psalm 104.

1. Take some time to sit quietly and then pray before you start the learning portion of your Home Church.  

2. Let everyone read the Bible Passage on their own.  You can provide Bibles for those who would like hard copies, but if they're more comfortable reading on their phones, that's ok too.  

3. Give everyone time to think about the passage and answer in their own heads and hearts one or more of the following questions.  (The goal is not to get all the questions answered, but to encourage your group to engage and wrestle with the passage.)  

LIGHT BULB - What stood out to you in this passage? Name something that  “shines” through, that impacts you, or draws your attention. 

QUESTION MARK- What questions do you have about the passage?  Is there something you don’t understand or something you would like to ask God or the author? 

ARROW- How can you apply this passage practically to life?

SPEECH BUBBLE- Who could benefit from hearing about what you’ve learned today?  Who in your life could you share what you learned through words or actions?

4. After you're finished with the Scripture reading, you can jump into the highlight reel here. 

5. Here are the questions from the highlight reel.  You can also find them in pdf form here.  

Q1: 
In what ways have you experienced the connectedness of relationships in Creation?  How has caring for Creation helped you love others, yourself and God better?

How have you heard stewardship defined in the past?  Did Chris’s definition change, challenge or hone that definition? 

Q2:
How has creation helped you understand God?  For instance, perhaps you have found metaphors for God in creation or experienced an aspect of God’s personality through creation.  

Q3:
Does it make sense to you that Creation Care is not a right or left issue politically?  How have you seen people with different political perspectives than yours practice creation care?  

Q4:
Chris talked about building virtues that can help us look after creation.  What virtues have you seen practiced by past generations or seen in others that have inspired you to look after creation?

HOME CHURCH HUDDLES are happening regularly over the year.  Mark your calendars for Nov 24, Jan 26, Mar 29 and May 24.  We'll meet after the second service in the Atrium to share a meal and regroup as leaders. 
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