One way to prepare discussion starters for a Potluck worship conversation is to explore the weekly lectionary scriptures. The web is a treasure trove of great discussion questions, background information, and illustration resources for the weekly lectionary scriptures. Here are six that I find quite helpful:
1) The Text This Week (aka “Textweek”): A huge listing of resources indexed by the weekly lectionary readings, both to the specific scripture and to the date. www.textweek.com.
2) Faith Element: A subscription-based youth and adult Bible study curriculum using discussion, movies, music, art, prayer practices, current events, and even a companion podcast and a background video to encourage us to explore the texts. https://faithelement.net.
3) Faith Lens: A blog hosted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), the author pairs current events and life-application questions with the week’s lectionary scriptures. http://blogs.elca.org/faithlens/
4) Mustard Seeds: This blog curates an interesting list of resources—from children’s books, graphics, music, film and more—that connect to the lectionary texts. http://seedstuff.blogspot.com
5) SAMUEL/Weekly Seeds: A free resource from the United Church of Christ that offers reflection questions, quotes, commentary, and a prayer on the lectionary texts. http://www.ucc.org/weekly_seeds
6) UMC Discipleship Ministries Leadership Resources: A team from the United Methodist Church curates a set of worship resources, from music and planning notes to preaching resources. These are geared toward a more traditional worship setting, but many are applicable to worship around the table. The calendar notes are quite helpful for planning special day or holiday observances. http://www.umcdiscipleship.org/leadership-resources/advent-and-christmas-leadership-resources/year-a
written by Rachel
Set a table, invite Christ and others, leave an empty chair, serve up some powerful questions, and break bread.