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 5 (11/8/2017)

  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.”