Week of August 26, 2018: To Keep Following Jesus (Ages 11-18)

Faith To Go Podcast: Engaging With Suffering

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: The Way of Love

Episcopal News Service: The Way of Love Framework


  1. What does a “rule of life” mean to you?

  2. What parts of The Way of Love practices do you think would be easy?

  3. What parts would be hard?

  4. How can you incorporate one into your life this week?

  5. Who is someone that you can share The Way of Love with

Views and Qs: Learning From Others

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

Discussion Questions:

  1. What was your favorite part of this video?

  2. Have you ever learned anything from YouTube?

  3. Is there anything you want to learn how to do this year?

  4. Who is someone that you can learn from?

  5. Who is someone that can help you learn how to be a better Christian?

Feast and Faith: Tasks That Delight Us

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

Discussion – There are many things that you have learned how to do at this point in your life that are incredible. Jesus asks his followers to do things that they believe are too hard.


  1. When did you learn to tie your shoes? What do you remember about that process?

  2. What are other tasks that you’ve learned that were very difficult?

  3. How did those tasks get easier?

  4. What did Jesus ask of his followers?

  5. What seemed really hard to Jesus’ followers about what Jesus instructed them?

Final nugget – As you, and we all, grow up we learn an incredible amount of things. Sometimes it is easy to forget all of the work that was required. Do you remember learning how to feed yourself? Ask your parents what they remember about that process. I bet it wasn’t easy. But you didn’t stop trying. You kept working at it until you became a master at it. Jesus requires a lot out of his followers, and that can seem really daunting. It’s important for us to keep at it and keep trying each and every day.

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 34:15-22

(Read in unison)

15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,

and his ears are open to their cry.

16 The face of the Lord is against evildoers,

to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears,

and rescues them from all their troubles.

18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted,

and saves the crushed in spirit.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,

but the Lord rescues them from them all.

20 He keeps all their bones;

not one of them will be broken.

21 Evil brings death to the wicked,

and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.

22 The Lord redeems the life of his servants;

none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

John 6:56-69

(read by assigned person)

56 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.” 59 He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum.

60 When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?” 61 But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 63 It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But among you there are some who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and who was the one that would betray him. 65 And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.”

66 Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. 67 So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”

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)

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in the unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; 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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