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How It Starts

God is the Creator

Life Night Outline

Goal of this Night

The goal of this Life Night is to illustrate several concepts that relate to creation: literary forms in Scripture, God as the creator of all, human beings as the summit of creation, and other truths of Genesis.

About this night

There is much discussion about our origins. Do Catholics believe in creationism or evolution? Tonight we will take a multi-faceted approach to talking about creation. We will start with a discussion on literary forms in the Bible and why that is an important consideration whenever one reads Scripture. We will look at Genesis and highlight the important truths found there concerning our primeval history. The Break for the Life Night provides teenagers with an opportunity to discuss and process the teaching, and the Send includes a prayer from the Book of Daniel wherein all of creation praises the Creator.

Pastoral Note: For some of the younger teens, in particular, this may be the first time they have encountered the concept of literary forms in the Bible. You will know best where your teens are in their relationship with Scripture. It may be helpful to have a priest or deacon present to help answer questions as these new revelations sink in and hit home.

Parental Notice

This week at Life Night we discussed the origins of creation as described in Genesis. There is much discussion in our culture over the theories of creationism and evolution. As Catholics, the necessary concepts for us to remember are the truths we find in the first chapters of Genesis: God created everything and proclaimed all of it good. Man and woman were created in God’s image and likeness; God created all of this with a plan for original holiness and original justice.

Some questions for you to reflect on as a parent are:

  • Realizing that you are created in God’s image and likeness, in what ways do you personally reflect whom God is?
  • As a mother or father, what does it mean to you to have participated in God’s creative action in the world through the creation of your children?

After the night, the following questions will help begin a discussion with your teen:

  • What is a truth about God’s creation that you remember from the Life Night tonight?
  • How does knowing that all men and woman are made in the image of God affect the way you think about other people, especially those you have a hard time getting along with or just don’t like?
  • As a family, how can we participate in God’s original plan for justice and holiness?  How can we love our neighbors more and be good stewards of creation?

Environment

Around the room hang enlarged photos of nature scenes, animals, and family pictures. Another option is to create a slideshow with these pictures projected on a screen at the front of the room. In the center of the front of the room have a desk set up with papers scattered all over it. This desk will be used for the skit at the beginning of the Life Night.

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