Middles & Youth Theme for Today - God Makes a New World with Noah
Key Concepts - * Discerning God’s will
* Caring for God’s creation
* Getting a second chance
Middles & Youth - We read the story of Noah from The Message Bible - Genesis 6-9
Seeing the evil that is rampant in the world, God decides to destroy the earth and to begin again. But God saves a remnant—Noah and his family—who are righteous before the Lord and who live in love of God.
God commands Noah to build an ark and to place animals of every kind into the ark and then sends rain down upon the earth. When the floodwaters recede, Noah sends a dove to check for dry land. When the dove finally fails to return, Noah knows that it has found a landing place and the flood is over.
When at last the ark lands upon a mountain and the inhabitants of the ark leave, Noah offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving to God. God then promises never again to destroy the earth, and sends a rainbow in the sky as reminder for us of God’s covenant that “the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.”
We discussed what this story means to us, the lesson we think it is teaching us. We talked about how we try to discern God’s will and what we do to help care for God’s creation. We also talked about second chances - what they are, when might we feel we need them, when do we think others deserve them.
The students completed a worksheet considering a variety of situations and whether or not we think the people involved should be given a second chance.