By: Merilynn Kouris, Luke Veronis, and Anthony Leondis
To illustrate that all are born in the image and likeness of God.
Lord our God, the source of all wisdom and truth, send down upon us the Spirit of truth, the Spirit of wisdom, the Spirit of discernment. Enlighten the eyes of our souls with the light of your knowledge, that we may learn from Your wisdom and grown in virtue, to the glory of Your name. Amen
Embarrassing Moments – Each person in the group can share an embarrassing moment. Remind them to share a story that is appropriate and funny.
Play the song “Father’s Eyes” by Amy Grant (pass out the lyrics). Discuss the song with the group. Ask participants to share something they would like to be remembered for or something they have done that they feel good about.
- Show icon of Christ and say “This is our goal… this is Who we were created to be like.” Make sure everyone gets a good look at the icon.
- What things keep us from being like Christ? (With each response, wrap the icon with colored Reynolds or Saran Wrap. Once there are a few layers of wrap on the icon, share with the group that when we let these things add up, the image of Christ within us can get unclear or hard to see).
(say) As Orthodox Christians, it is always our goal to return to God. No matter what we do or what we get wrapped up in, we are created in God’s image at our very core!
Read Genesis 1:26-27, 31 and John 3:16-18
- Why do you think these two passages are important? (One shows us God’s love by creating us. The other shows that God loved His creation so much that He sent His only begotten to die for us).
(say) We must always remember each of us is unique and special to god. God loves us for who we are. If we love God, we should make an effort to bring His image out in our everyday lives. All we have to do is make a decision… follow God or not. It isn’t an easy decision. But if we make our best effort, God’s image will naturally shine through.
Thank You, Lord, for Your strength and guidance in our work. You are the fulfillment of all good things. Fill also our souls with joy and gladness, that we may praise You always. Amen.