Table Talk

9th Grade Table Talks

9th Grade Table Talks are a resource for regularly carving out a few minutes for caring family conversation about life and faith, and will be emailed weekly. The format is as follows:

  1. Share highs and lows
  2. Read a bible verse
  3. Reflect on a question
  4. Pray
  5. Bless each other

Week 27 (4/30/2018)

  1. Share your highs and lows of the week/day.
  2. Read this bible passage: Colossians 3:16a. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.”
  3. Reflect on this question: “What Bible verse would you like to be read for you at your Confirmation Service? Or what bible verse is especially meaningful to you?”
  4. Pray for each other, incorporating special concerns and your highs and lows. Use your own words, or try these: “Dear God, please grow my faith and encourage me through your living Word. Amen.”
  5. Bless each other. Make the sign of the cross on each other’s palm, forehead, back, or wherever, and say “God loves you and so do I.”

Week 26 (4/23/2018

  1. Share your highs and lows of the week/day.
  2. Read this bible passage: "John 13:34 (The Message Translation). [Jesus said] "Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another."
  3. Reflect on this question: "What is your understanding of God's purpose for your life?"
  4. Pray for each other, incorporating special concerns and your highs and lows. Use your own words, or try these: "Dear God, help us to follow your example of love in our daily lives. Amen."
  5. Bless each other. Make the sign of the cross on each other's palm, forehead, back, or wherever, and say "God loves you and so do I."

Week 25 (4/17/2018)

  1. Share your highs and lows of the week/day.
  2. Read this bible passage: 1 Corinthians 12:27. “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” [Watch this video from January 31, 2018.]
  3. Reflect on this question: “What does it mean when we say the church is the “body of Christ?”
  4. Pray for each other, incorporating special concerns and your highs and lows. Use your own words, or try these: “Dear God, help us to celebrate and appreciate the gift of being part of a community of faith. Amen.”
  5. Bless each other. Make the sign of the cross on each other’s palm, forehead, back, or wherever, and say “God loves you and so do I.”

Week 24 (4/9/2018)

  1. Share your highs and lows of the week/day.
  2. Read this bible passage: Romans 3:23-24. "...all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus."
  3. Reflect on this question: “How do you understand the Lutheran idea that each of us is both a 'sinner' and a ‘saint’ at the same time?”
  4. Pray for each other, incorporating special concerns and your highs and lows. Use your own words, or try these: “Dear God, help me to feel confident in my identity as your child; that no matter what mistakes I make, I am loved and forgiven by you. Amen.”
  5. Bless each other. Make the sign of the cross on each other’s palm, forehead, back, or wherever, and say “God loves you and so do I.”

Week 23 (3/26/2018)

  1. Share your highs and lows of the week/day.
  2. Read this bible passage: John 1:14a. "And the word became flesh, and lived among us..."
  3. Reflect on this question: "In what ways is the Bible the 'living Word' of God which is relevant to our lives today?"
  4. Pray for each other, incorporating special concerns and your highs and lows. Use your own words, or try these: "Dear God, through your Living Word, grow our faith and transform our lives. Amen."
  5. Bless each other. Make the sign of the cross on each other's palm, forehead, back, or wherever, and say "God loves you and so do I."

Week 22 (3/19/2018)

  1. Share your highs and lows of the week/day.
  2. Read this bible passage: 1 Thessalonians 2:8: “So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.”
  3. Reflect on this question: “The person I would most like to share ‘My Life and Faith’ project with is…”
  4. Pray for each other, incorporating special concerns and your highs and lows. Use your own words, or try these: “Lord, thank you for the people who care about me, who want to hear my story, and who support me as I journey through life. Amen.”
  5. Bless each other. Make the sign of the cross on each other’s palm, forehead, back, or wherever, and say “God loves you and so do I.”

Week 21 (3/12/2018)

  1. Share your highs and lows of the week/day.
  2. Read this bible passage: Romans 12:11. “Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.”
  3. Reflect on this question: “My dream list of three things I would like to do to help others is…”
  4. Pray for each other, incorporating special concerns and your highs and lows. Use your own words, or try these: “Dear God, please give me big dreams that honor you and demonstrate love for others. Amen.”
  5. Bless each other. Make the sign of the cross on each other’s palm, forehead, back, or wherever, and say “God loves you and so do I.”

Week 20 (3/5/2018)

  1. Share your highs and lows of the week/day.
  2. Read this bible passage: 1 Peter 4:10. "Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received."
  3. Reflect on this question: “What is a talent you can (or do) use to serve God?"
  4. Pray for each other, incorporating special concerns and your highs and lows. Use your own words, or try these: “God, thank you for giving ______(name) the talent(s) of _____. Help him/her to use these talents to care for others and serve you.”
  5. Bless each other. Make the sign of the cross on each other’s palm, forehead, back, or wherever, and say “God loves you and so do I.”

Week 19 (2/26/2018)

  1. Share your highs and lows of the week/day.
  2. Read this bible passage: Psalm 139:17-18. “How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! I try to count them—they are more than the sand; I come to the end—I am still with you.”
  3. Reflect on this question: “Something I wonder about God, faith, or life is…”
  4. Pray for each other, incorporating special concerns and your highs and lows. Use your own words, or try these: “God, give us courage to keep asking tough questions, patience to wait for answers, and peace in the midst of life’s unknowns. Amen.”
  5. Bless each other. Make the sign of the cross on each other’s palm, forehead, back, or wherever, and say “God loves you and so do I.”

Week 18 (2/19/2018)

  1. Share your highs and lows of the week/day.
  2. Read this bible passage: Mark 9:24. “Immediately the father of the child cried out, ‘I believe; help my unbelief!’”
  3. Reflect on this question: “If you could change one thing about your faith right now, what would it be?”
  4. Pray for each other, incorporating special concerns and your highs and lows. Use your own words, or try these: “Dear God, please grow my faith. Amen.”
  5. Bless each other. Make the sign of the cross on each other’s palm, forehead, back, or wherever, and say “God loves you and so do I.”

Week 17 (2/12/2018)

  1. Share your highs and lows of the week/day.
  2. Read this bible passage: Colossians 2:6-7. “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”
  3. Reflect on this question: “What are two Faith Practices that will be (or become) important in the future to help you continue to grow in faith?”
  4. Pray for each other, incorporating special concerns and your highs and lows. Use your own words, or try these: “Lord, help me to recognize what I need to keep growing in my relationship with you, and to invest time and energy in practicing my faith. Amen.”
  5. Bless each other. Make the sign of the cross on each other’s palm, forehead, back, or wherever, and say “God loves you and so do I.”

Week 16 (2/5/2018)

  1. Share your highs and lows of the week/day.
  2. Read this bible passage: Philippians 4:9. “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
  3. Reflect on this question: "What Faith Practices do you do now, on your own or with family?”
  4. Pray for each other, incorporating special concerns and your highs and lows. Use your own words, or try these: “God, as we ‘practice our faith’ in everyday life, help us to get better at noticing your presence and sharing your love. Amen.”
  5. Bless each other. Make the sign of the cross on each other’s palm, forehead, back, or wherever, and say “God loves you and so do I.”

Week 15 (1/29/2018)

  1. Share your highs and lows of the week/day.
  2. Read this bible passage: John 10:10b. “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
  3. Reflect on this question: What has been a favorite experience at church for you?
  4. Pray for each other, incorporating special concerns and your highs and lows. Use your own words, or try these: "Thank you, God, for the ways my community of faith has helped me experience your love and grow in faith. Amen.”
  5. Bless each other. Make the sign of the cross on each other’s palm, forehead, back, or wherever, and say “God loves you and so do I.”

Week 14 (1/22/2018)

  1. Share your highs and lows of the week/day.
  2. Read this bible passage: Psalm 92:4. “For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy.”
  3. Reflect on this question: What is something that brings you joy?
  4. Pray for each other, incorporating special concerns and your highs and lows. Use your own words, or try these: "Thank you, God, for the gift of joy, especially through these things and/or people: ___________. Amen.”
  5. Bless each other. Make the sign of the cross on each other’s palm, forehead, back, or wherever, and say “God loves you and so do I.”

Week 13 (1/15/2018)

  1. Share your highs and lows of the week/day.
  2. Read this bible passage: 2 Corinthians 5:17: "So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!"
  3. Reflect on this question: What is an experience you've had that changed your life?
  4. Pray for each other, incorporating special concerns and your highs and lows. Use your own words, or try these: "Lord, through times that bring uncertainty or changes to our lives, help us to feel your reliable care and steadying hand. Amen."
  5. Bless each other. Make the sign of the cross on each other's palm, forehead, back, or wherever, and say "God loves you and so do I."

Week 12 (1/8/2018)

  1. Share your highs and lows of the week/day.
  2. Read this bible passage: Philippians 4:6-7: "Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
  3. Reflect on this question: What are two things that worry or concern you?
  4. Pray for each other, incorporating special concerns and your highs and lows. Use your own words, or try these: "Dear Lord, you see where our hearts are troubled. Help us to share our concerns with you, and receive your peace. Amen."
  5. Bless each other. Make the sign of the cross on each other's palm, forehead, back, or wherever, and say "God loves you and so do I."

Week 11 (1/1/2018)

  1. Share your highs and lows of the week/day.
  2. Read this bible passage: Hebrews 12:1: "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us."
  3.  Reflect on this question: Who are two people whose faith you admire - or people who support your faith life?
  4.  Pray for each other, incorporating special concerns and your highs and lows. Use your own words, or try these (adapted from Philemon 1:7): "Thank you God for _______ (person or people), whose love brings much joy and encouragement. Amen."
  5. Bless each other. Make the sign of the cross on each other's palm, forehead, back, or wherever, and say "God loves you and so do I."

Week 10 (12/18/2017)

  1. Share your highs and lows of the week/day.
  2. Read this bible passage: Exodus 3:5b: “Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”
  3. Reflect on this question: What are two places sacred to you, where you are aware of God’s presence?
  4. Pray for each other, incorporating special concerns and your highs and lows. Use your own words, or try these: “Thank you, God, for making even the most ordinary places sacred spaces. Amen.”
  5. Bless each other. Make the sign of the cross on each other’s palm, forehead, back, or wherever, and say “God loves you and so do I.”

Week 9 (12/11/2017)

  1. Share your highs and lows of the week/day.
  2. Read this bible passage: Psalm 22:1. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?”
  3. Reflect on this question: What was one time when it seemed like God was absent from your life?
  4. Pray for each other, incorporating special concerns and your highs and lows. Use your own words, or try these: “Dear God, please give me signs of your loving presence when I most need to know you are here for me. Amen.”
  5. Bless each other. Make the sign of the cross on each other’s palm, forehead, back, or wherever, and say “God loves you and so do I.”

Week 8 (12/4/2017)

  1. Share your highs and lows of the week/day.
  2. Read this bible passage: Matthew 1:23. “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.”
  3. Reflect on this question: What are important times or events when you were most aware of God with you?
  4. Pray for each other, incorporating special concerns and your highs and lows. Use your own words, or try these: “Dear God, thank you for being with me always – and help me to notice you more often. Amen.”
  5. Bless each other. Make the sign of the cross on each other’s palm, forehead, back, or wherever, and say “God loves you and so do I.”

Week 7 (11/27/2017)

  1. Share your highs and lows of the week/day.
  2. Read this bible passage: Psalm 38:8-10. “I am utterly spent and crushed; I groan because of the tumult of my heart. O Lord, all my longing is known to you; my sighing is not hidden from you. My heart throbs, my strength fails me; as for the light of my eyes – it also has gone from me.”
  3. Reflect on this question: What are two lows from your life so far, & how was God present at those times?
  4. Pray for each other, incorporating special concerns and your highs and lows. Use your own words, or try these: “Dear God, in our darkest days and longest nights, give us hope and light. Amen.”
  5. Bless each other. Make the sign of the cross on each other’s palm, forehead, back, or wherever, and say “God loves you and so do I.”

Week 6 (11/13/2017)

  1. Share your highs and lows of the week/day.
  2. Read this bible verse: Psalm 86:12. “I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.”
  3. Reflect on this question: What are two highs from your life so far, and how was God present at those times?
  4. Pray for each other, incorporating special concerns and your highs and lows. Use your own words, or try these: “Dear God, we give thanks for so many things, especially _______ (take turns sharing what you are each thankful for). Amen.”
  5. Bless each other. Make the sign of the cross on each other’s palm, forehead, back, or wherever, and say “God loves you and so do I.”

Week 5 (11/6/2017)

  1. Share your highs and lows of the week/day.
  2. Read this bible verse: Psalm 108: 3-4. “I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples, and I will sing praises to you among the nations. For your steadfast love is higher than the heavens, and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.”
  3. Reflect on this question: How do you feel about sharing your faith with others? Explain.
  4. Pray for each other, incorporating special concerns and your highs and lows. Use your own words, or try these: “Dear God, give me strength to share my faith, in words and actions. Amen.”
  5. Bless each other. Make the sign of the cross on each other’s palm, forehead, back, or wherever, and say “God loves you and so do I.”

Week 4 (10/30/2017)

  1. Share your highs and lows of the week/day.
  2. Read this bible verse: Genesis 1:26a. “Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness.’”
  3. Reflect on this question: How does knowing you are “created in the image of God” affect your life each day?
  4. Pray for each other, incorporating special concerns and your highs and lows. Use your own words, or try these: “Dear God, it is a beautiful gift and awesome responsibility to be made in your image. Give us the strength and courage to be true to who you have created us to be. Amen.”
  5. Bless each other. Make the sign of the cross on each other’s palm, forehead, back, or wherever, and say “God loves you and so do I.”

Week 3 (10/23/2017)

  1. Share your highs and lows of the week/day.
  2. Read this bible passage: Luke 1:3-4. “Since I have investigated all the reports in close detail, starting from the story’s beginning, I decided to write it all out for you, most honorable Theophilus, so you can know beyond the shadow of a doubt the reliability of what you were taught [about Jesus].”
  3. Reflect on this question: Which of these things, to you, is the most important thing to know about Jesus, and why? His Birth / His Miracles /  His Teachings / His Death on a Cross / His Resurrection
  4. Pray for each other, incorporating special concerns and your highs and lows. Use your own words, or try these: “Dear God, we give you thanks for everyone – through their writings, their actions, their lives – who have helped us know Jesus.”
  5. Bless each other. Make the sign of the cross on each other’s palm, forehead, back, or wherever, and say “God loves you and so do I.”

Week 2 (10/16/2017)

  1. Share your highs and lows of the week/day.
  2. Read this bible verse: John 1:18: “No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.”
  3. Reflect on this question: What image of God do you prefer (circle one): Father, Shepherd, Creator, Friend? Describe why.
  4. Pray for each other, incorporating special concerns and your highs and lows. Use your own words, or try these: “Dear God, help us continue to grow in our understanding of who you are.”
  5. Bless each other. Make the sign of the cross on each other’s palm, forehead, back, or wherever, and say “God loves you and so do I.”

Week 1 (10/9/2017)

  1. Share the highs and lows of the week/day. If you missed Parent Night, share the best and worst parts about the school year (so far, for students; as you remember 9th Grade, for adults).  
  2. Read a bible verse, the theme for 9th Grade Confirmation: 1 John 4:19. “We love because God first loved us.” Bonus: Use a bible app (try YouVersion Holy Bible app) or website (try biblegateway.com) to look up The Message (MSG) translation of this verse for another way to hear it.  
  3. Reflect on this question: What does this Bible verse mean to you?
  4. Pray for each other, incorporating special concerns and your highs and lows. Use your own words, or try these: “Dear God, thank you for ____ (highs). Please help _____ (name) feel your presence and peace in ____ (lows). Amen.”
  5. Bless each other. Make the sign of the cross on each other’s palm, forehead, back, or wherever, and say “God loves you and so do I.”