To begin the session:
Before class members arrive, place at their chairs (or distribute electronically) copies of the “The Js Have It!” exercise from the activity page, which you can download here. Learners can begin working on this as they arrive.
Lead into the Bible study by asking, “Should we keep our pain to ourselves, or should we express it? Let’s see how the writer of Lamentations handled that question.”
To encourage personal application:
Distribute copies of the (public domain) first stanza and the refrain of the hymn “It Is Well” on the activity page. After singing these, have a preselected participant tell the tragic story of the writer, Horatio G. Spafford (1828–1888). Coordinate this in advance so your participant has time to research the story.
Note: Whenever you distribute copies of anything, use hard-copy (paper) handouts for those physically present and e-copies for those joining online via Zoom, etc.
Tip: A key to using Zoom effectively without fumbling is to practice ahead of time! For Zoom tutorials, see here.