Week of July 15, 2018: Finding God (Ages 11-18)



Faith To Go Podcast: Injustice and Inaction

Hosted each week by the Faith Formation team at St. Paul's Cathedral in San Diego, David Tremaine, Maya Little-Sana and Jackie Pippin, the Faith To Go Podcast highlight themes from the Sunday Gospel reading for you to take into your conversations throughout the week.



Reads: General Convention Unites Behind Immigrants

Episcopal News Service: Unites Behind Immigrants, in Prayer, Action, Legislation

Questions:

  1. What do you know about the immigration situation in the United States? How does it make you feel?

  2. Do you have any friends who feel differently about the situation? What do they think?

  3. What happened in Austin, Texas when the Episcopal Church gathered at the Hutto Detention Center?

  4. In what ways was this a peaceful protest? In what ways was it powerful?

  5. How do you think we are called to deal with this situation as Christians?


Views and Qs: Scrappy Church Ministry

Watch this video together and then use the discussion questions below to reflect as a family.


Discussion Questions:

  1. How does Rev. Nancy Frausto address the needs of her area?

  2. What did she learn from her community?

  3. How does she own and honor her community?

  4. Why might it be risky for her to own that community?

  5. In what ways does this embody the love of Jesus?


Feast and Faith: John the Baptist

Prayer- The days are getting longer.

Keep your Spirit in my heart and mind

during this growing season.

Be with me as I finish the school year,

participate in summer activities,

enjoy the gift of summer turning into fall.

Help me recognize your works in all that I do

at work,

at rest,

and at play,

So that I can give thanks for all you provide,

even without my even asking.

Amen.

-Call On Me: A Prayer Book for Young People

Discussion – At the end of this Bible passage, the disciples come, take John the Baptist’s body, and lay him in a tomb.

Questions

  1. Why might it be risky for them to associate with John the Baptist?

  2. Is there anyone at school that people don’t want to associate with because of what it might mean for their reputation? What do you think of that?

  3. Who are people in our society that are currently risky to be friends with?

  4. What does Jesus teach us about that?

  5. How can we be brace and reach out to take care of those people?

Final nugget – Right now in the United States, we have an immigrant crisis. As a country, we are not being kind to these people that are seeking a safe place for their families. It’s important to learn from the disciples, who had to bravely claim John the Baptist’s body because they knew it deserved to be treated better. We, too, are being called to treat these people better.


Stay and Pray: A Devotion for Families at the Close of the Day

Each week we feature a way for your family to reflect and pray together. For families with older children this is an at home liturgy for your family to participate in together. It is a daily devotion for families adapted from The Book of Common Prayer.

Before you begin, take a few moments to decide who will read the scripture reading and who will read the collect and closing. Read the Psalm and Lord's Prayer in unison.

After a moment of silence, begin with the Psalm.

Psalm 85:8-13

(Read in unison)

8Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,

for he will speak peace to his people,

to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.

9 Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him,

that his glory may dwell in our land.

10 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;

righteousness and peace will kiss each other.

11 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,

and righteousness will look down from the sky.

12 The Lord will give what is good,

and our land will yield its increase.

13 Righteousness will go before him,

and will make a path for his steps.

Mark 6:14-29

(read by assigned person)

14 King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some were saying, “John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him.” 15 But others said, “It is Elijah.” And others said, “It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” 16 But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.”

17 For Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because Herod had married her. 18 For John had been telling Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 19 And Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not, 20 for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected him. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed; and yet he liked to listen to him. 21 But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and for the leaders of Galilee. 22 When his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it.” 23 And he solemnly swore to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom.” 24 She went out and said to her mother, “What should I ask for?” She replied, “The head of John the baptizer.” 25 Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 26 The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her. 27 Immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison, 28 brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her mother. 29 When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.

Prayers for Ourselves and For Others (take this time to each offer one person/event that you would like to hold in prayer as well as one thing you are thankful for)

Dear God, tonight I ask your prayers for.......

and I give you thanks for ..........

Amen

The Lord’s Prayer

(read in unison)

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy Name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those

who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

for ever and ever.

Amen

The Collect

(read by assigned person)

O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grave and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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