Week of June 17, 2018: Kingdom of God like a Mustard Seed (Ages 11-18)



Faith To Go Podcast: Parables and Mustard Seeds

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: Embracing Wilderness

Embracing Wilderness at Camp Stevens

Questions:

  1. How does wilderness reflect the Kingdom of God?

  2. Where do you find God in nature?

  3. What helps renew your heart and soul when you are feeling tired?

  4. How does Camp Stevens proclaim the Kingdom of God?

  5. Where do you see a connection between this story that the parable of the Mustard Seed?


Views and Qs: The Mustard Seed

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


Discussion Questions:

  1. What is the kingdom of Heaven like?

  2. When it grows up, what is it able to do?

  3. How can you let the word of God grow in your heart?

  4. What small things are of great importance in your life?

  5. What is a small act that someone did for you that helped you see their faith?


Feast and Faith: Our Families

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

Questions

  1. What is the tiniest thing that you own?

  2. Why do you have that item?

  3. Does it give you joy? Why?

  4. Why is the mustard seed impressive?

  5. How can we take notice of these small things that we are called to nurture?

Final nugget– There are lots of small and tiny things that people take for granted or don’t notice. But these tiny things have the potential, when they’re nurtured and cared for, can grow into a great plant. This is very similar to us. When we honor, cherish, and love our faith (even if it’s small), we can feed it and allow it to grow.


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 20

(Read in unison)

1 The Lord answer you in the day of trouble!

The name of the God of Jacob protect you!

2 May he send you help from the sanctuary,

and give you support from Zion.

3 May he remember all your offerings,

and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices. Selah

4 May he grant you your heart’s desire,

and fulfill all your plans.

5 May we shout for joy over your victory,

and in the name of our God set up our banners.

May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.

6 Now I know that the Lord will help his anointed;

he will answer him from his holy heaven

with mighty victories by his right hand.

7 Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses,

but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God.

8 They will collapse and fall,

but we shall rise and stand upright.

9 Give victory to the king, O Lord;

answer us when we call.

Mark 4:26-34

(read by assigned person)

26 He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27 and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28 The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”

30 He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34 he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

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)

Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savoir Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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