Week of August 5, 2018: Hearing God (Ages 11-18)

Faith To Go Podcast: Trusting Signs

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: Is God Male?

Washington Post: Is God Male?


  1. When you think of ‘signs’ what do you think of?

  2. When you read words, do images come to your mind?

  3. Do you think God is male?

  4. How do you think that we have limited God’s vastness with our words?

  5. What are ways that we can be more inclusive to God’s being

Views and Qs: Shema

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

Discussion Questions:

  1. What is the Shema?

  2. Who says the ‘shema’ regularly?

  3. What does ‘shema’ mean?

  4. How do we respond to what we have heard?

  5. How does this notion of paying attention, listening, acting relate to looking for God’s signs?

  6. What are we called to pay attention to?

Feast and Faith: Manna

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.


-Call On Me: A Prayer Book for Young People


  1. What signs do you pass on your way to school?

  2. Do you have any signs in your classrooms?

  3. Are there any signs that are hard to understand?

  4. Has God ever given you a sign? What was it like?

  5. Do you think you’ve ever missed a sign from God?

  6. Who is someone that might help you understand God’s signs?

Final nugget – While a lot of people saw the signs that Jesus was God, it was very hard for people to believe the signs that they saw. They wanted Jesus to provide further validation and perform for them. Jesus was disappointed that they didn’t trust the signs that they saw and heard. We encounter many signs in our daily lives, but because we encounter so many, it is sometimes easy to ignore them. It’s hard work to always be on the lookout for signs from God, but if we work together and process our days out loud, we are able to see more of these signs.

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 78:23-29

(Read in unison)

23 Yet he commanded the skies above,

and opened the doors of heaven;

24 he rained down on them manna to eat,

and gave them the grain of heaven.

25 Mortals ate of the bread of angels;

he sent them food in abundance.

26 He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens,

and by his power he led out the south wind;

27 he rained flesh upon them like dust,

winged birds like the sand of the seas;

28 he let them fall within their camp,

all around their dwellings.

29 And they ate and were well filled,

for he gave them what they craved.

Mark 3:20-35

(read by assigned person)

24 So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26 Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.” 28 Then they said to him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” 30 So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 32 Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”

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.

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 ..........


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.


The Collect

(read by assigned person)

Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; 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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