Today we will explore how to be at peace when other people are not. Many people in our communities and around the world are not at peace; they are ghting in wars, ghting in families. Even national leaders are arguing. Trying to nd peaceful answers is dif cult, just like putting a puzzle together. But today we’re going to nd out what all the pieces are and see if we can make a puzzle for peace!
“When they heard this, all in the synagogue were lled with rage. They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.”—Luke 4:28–30 NRSV
- Why were the people in the synagogue so angry? What did they try to do?
- In this situation, Jesus chose a nonviolent, peaceful response. What did he do?
- If Jesus weren’t a peacemaker, how might he have reacted to the angry people? Why was his choice a better way?
What were Jack and Jenn doing on “jammy day ”?
What did Jack want to do when he heard the bullies had teased Jenn? What did Jenn want to do?
What is the de nition of “peace” from the Big Voice in the video? (you may want to add this to a ip chart or poster)
What does “pursue” mean? (the “Big Voice” de nes pursue as practice but it also means to seek after, or to seek out)
What does “generous” mean? How is God generous?
Today we’re exploring the Community of Christ mission initiative Pursue Peace on Earth. We in Community of Christ want to do what Jesus said he came to do: care for others in big ways.
Jack and Jenn talked about wars and disputes between countries that started with arguments between just a few people. But do you know that many of those could be resolved by peaceable discussions between the leaders of those countries? Peace in our friendships can help keep our world at peace.