Lutheran Youth of Nebraska (LYON)

LYON stands for Lutheran Youth of Nebraska, and each year the LYON Assembly is held the weekend before Thanksgiving. All youth in grades 9-12 and their adult leaders are welcome.

 

Why do we get together as LYON each year? We asked the group of youth that plans the LYON Assembly, the LYON Leadership Team, that question, and this is what they said:

“To connect to each other and God.”

“To have opportunities for intentional faith building.”

“To support each other.”

“To grow in faith.”

 

This year’s LYON Assembly was held online on November 21 and 22, 2020, with the theme God With Us. The weekend featured artist Joe Davis, who shared his story, his art and three presentations on the topic of ubuntu.  In worship and devotions, participants reflected on the theme verses for the weekend, which were Isaiah 43:1b-4.  Each presentation by Joe Davis, devotions led by Bishop Brian Maas and the opening and closing worship services were recorded and are available for viewing at the links below.  

Downloadable Forms & Other links

  • Discussion questions to use after viewing:
    o How do you define your identity? What are your interests, hobbies, and passions? 
    o How does your identity connect to your faith community? How does your identity connect to God? 
    o What’s something that has happened to you that broke your heart, made you sad, or made you angry? How did you see God show up in that experience? 
    o What’s something that happened to you that gave you joy, made you smile, or made you laugh? How did you see God show up in that experience? 

  • Discussion questions to use after viewing:
    o How do you define your community? What does your community look like, sound like, act like? 
    o How does your community connect with God? What do they say or do as an expression of that connection? 
    o What’s something that happens in your community that breaks your heart, makes you sad, or angry? How do you see God show up in that experience?
    o What is one (or more) thing in your community that brings you joy, makes you smile, or makes you laugh? How do you see God show up in that experience? 

  • Discussion questions to use after viewing:
    o How do you define purpose? What do you feel is your purpose?
    o How does your purpose connect with God?
    o What are a few ways you can share your purpose with others?

  • Discussion questions to use after viewing:
    o Devotion Verses:  John 1:10-14, Romans 8:31,35-39 God's relationship with us
    and John 15:12-17 our relationship with others
    o Did Bishop Brian say anything that surprised you, or stood out to you?
    o Have you ever felt separated from the love of God?
    o What are things that make you feel separated from the love of God?
    o Do you have someone in your life that makes you feel closer or more connected to God?
    o What are things or people in your life that make your relationship with God better?
    o How do these verses make you feel more connected with others and God?
    o What makes you feel more connected with other people?
    o Can you recognize how God might use you to be the one to connect others to, or remind them of, God’s presence?
    o How does it make you feel to know that God would call you to so important a role?
    o How do these verse/verses help you to remember ''God with us’'?

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