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Week of September 16, 2018: Following Through Your Soul (Ages 11-18)

Faith To Go Podcast: Suffering, Rejection, and Resurrection

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: Global Climate Action Summit


  1. What is this summit for?

  2. How is Grace Cathedral following Jesus in their work?

  3. How are they also being a good leader in the community following Jesus?

  4. What might Grace Cathedral learn about their own church community in this journey?

  5. What is something you did to follow Jesus recently?

  6. Did you learn anything about yourself when you did it?


Views and Qs: President Carter Interview

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

Discussion Questions:

  1. What do you know about President Jimmy Carter?

  2. How does he work to make the world a better place?

  3. Why does he do this sort of work?

  4. How are we called to pray for all people, no matter if we agree or disagree with them?

  5. What did you think about what President Carter said about God’s responses to our prayers? How does that resonate with you?

  6. What is something about what President Carter said that resonated with you?


Feast and Faith: Following

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.


  1. Who is someone that you follow on social media?

  2. Why do you enjoy following them?

  3. What have you learned about something good they are apart of?

  4. Do you think you are a follower of Jesus?

  5. Who else can you share your journey with Jesus with, so that they can follow him too?

Final nugget– In the Gospel this week, Jesus wants to know who the disciples think they are following. Who we choose to follow and learn from, says a lot about who we are and who we want to become. Jesus wants us to follow him because that helps shape our lives.


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 116:1-8

(Read in unison)

1 I love the Lord, because he has heard the voice of my supplication, *

because he has inclined his ear to me whenever I called upon him.

2 The cords of death entangled me;

the grip of the grave took hold of me; *

I came to grief and sorrow.

3 Then I called upon the Name of the Lord: *

"O Lord, I pray you, save my life."

4 Gracious is the Lord and righteous; *

our God is full of compassion.

5 The Lord watches over the innocent; *

I was brought very low, and he helped me.

6 Turn again to your rest, O my soul, *

for the Lord has treated you well.

7 For you have rescued my life from death, *

my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling.

8 I will walk in the presence of the Lord *

in the land of the living.

Mark 8:51-58

(read by assigned person)

Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.” And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.

Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

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)

O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; 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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