Week of August 12, 2018: Hungry for Manna (Ages 11-18)



Faith To Go Podcast: Hunger and Thirst

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: All My Words Have Holes in Them

Meditation by Ginny Wilder from All My Words Have Holes in Them

Slow Me Down, Lord

Slow me down, Lord; slow me down.

Keep me present, Lord; keep me present.

Let tomorrow take care of itself, Lord; let tomorrow be just tomorrow.

Stir within me, Lord; stir within me.

Make my words gentle, Lord; let my words be gentle.

Wash over me, Lord; wash over me.

Open me up, Lord; open my heart even wider.

Search my soul, Lord; search me and know me.

Remove from me the worry, Lord; remove from me the worry.

Create in me a clean heart, Lord, and renew a right spirit within me.

Replenish my spirit, Lord; replenish my spirit.

Continue to call me, Lord; even when I refuse to listen.

Here I am, Lord; here I am.

Make me ready, Lord; make me ready.

Help me to delight, Lord; help me to delight.

Slow me down again, Lord; slow me down again.

O Lord, hear my prayer.

Questions:

  1. When it a time you wish you could go back to in time to make your words more gentle?

  2. What or how would you have said something differently?

  3. What would you need in order to feel “ready”?

  4. What are you preparing for? What is God preparing you for?

  5. What parts of this poem can we attain when we eat Jesus as the bread of life?


Views and Qs: Manna

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


Discussion Questions:

  1. Who was Moses?

  2. What do you know about Moses?

  3. Who was hungry? Why were they hungry?

  4. What did Moses do to help with their hunger?

  5. What is manna?


Feast and Faith: Hungry for Manna

Prayer- God, you were present at the beginning.

Be with me as I begin (a new school year, new job, new sport, new extracurricular). Comfort me when I am unsure of my new surroundings. Strengthen me when I stumble,

And help me remember that your light shines in all places. All this I ask through you, my Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.

-Call On Me: A Prayer Book for Young People

Questions:

  1. Do you enjoy eating bread?

  2. What does it mean that Jesus is bread?

  3. Would you ingest Jesus as the bread of life?

  4. Why would you want to?

  5. What does eating the bread of life do to us?

Final nugget – Have you ever heard the phrase, you are what you eat? This is important when we think about Jesus in this sense. If we eat of the bread of life, of Jesus; if that helps form, create, and grow our very human body, we will inherently be changed by that. We will learn and digest his actions and who he is. This is especially true on Sundays when we take communion and take time to rest and restore our souls for the next week in the world.


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 34:1-8

(Read in unison)

1 I will bless the Lord at all times;

his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord;

let the humble hear and be glad.

3 O magnify the Lord with me,

and let us exalt his name together.

4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me,

and delivered me from all my fears.

5 Look to him, and be radiant;

so your faces shall never be ashamed.

6 This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord,

and was saved from every trouble.

7 The angel of the Lord encamps

around those who fear him, and delivers them.

8 O taste and see that the Lord is good;

happy are those who take refuge in him.

John 6:35, 41-51

(read by assigned person)

35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

41 Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43 Jesus answered them, “Do not complain among yourselves. 44 No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise that person up on the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. 46 Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47 Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

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)

Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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