Suggestions for Group Leaders
Meeting Seven: Sixth Week of Lent
Outline of Meeting
1. Opening Prayer
– Take a couple of minutes of quiet prayer
to ask God to be with you during the meeting. Pray that God might speak to
the heart of each person in the group.
- Ask each individual to go over their prayer times
this week; give them a moment to consult their journal.
You might ask them:
3. Making Good Decisions - a Meditation
- How did you find praying the daily Scripture of the other meditation?
- Did anything surprise you?
- Did any of the Scripture passages or other meditations have any special meaning for you?
- How did you feel over the week?
- What is God saying to you? Is God asking anything of you?
Begin with one of the stilling exercises.
Be aware you are in the presence of God who loves you and wants the best for you.
Ask God for what you desire, here it could be: Always to do what God wants me to do.
(You may want the group to make a list in their notebooks for the next section.)
Let us consider our weaknesses. What are you not very good at?
If the Tempter wants to lead you away from good, lead you away from God, what is the easiest way to do it?
What brings you down; makes you feel helpless, useless?
Let us consider now our own talents.
What abilities has God given you?
What do other people say you are good at?
What makes you feel good about yourself?
How long a list can you make? Hopefully it will be longer than your weaknesses!
A good Decision:
Consider one decision in your life that you made and have not regretted. (Don't get side-tracked on considering those you have regretted!)
Think for a moment on how this decision has benefitted you.
How it has benefited others.
Has this decision allowed you to use your talents?
How do you feel now about this choice that you have made?
Talk to God:
Talk to God, (Jesus, Father) about this decision. What does God feel about it?
Imagine God replying to you.
End the prayer period with a formal prayer such as the Lord's Prayer/Our Father.
After the prayer you may wish that the group share elements of the prayer above with each other, either their nearest neighbour or with the group.
N.B. People might find both their weaknesses and perhaps even more their talents embarassing to discuss with others. This will depend upon the level of trust the group members have with each other.
If people found this meditation helpful, they may want to take to prayer and to God a decision
they made that they have regretted. This would only be good if they already have a positive view of God who wants the best for them.
If they imagine God as one who is constantly judging them, trying to catch them out, then this would best be avoided.
4. Looking Forward
– Make sure the time and venue etc. of the next meeting is clear.
5. Thank everyone for coming.