Week of September 23, 2018: Our Placement (Ages 11-18)



Faith To Go Podcast: The First Will Be Last

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: College Students as Neighbors in 'Mission Field'

Episcopal News Service: Milwaukee Congregation's Ministry Sees College Students as Neighbors in 'Mission Field'

Questions:

  1. Why are campus ministries a difficult demographic to reach out to?

  2. Why, also, are campus ministries an important demographic to reach out to?

  3. What is St. Mark’s Episcopal Church engaging in?

  4. Where is the hope in this story?

  5. How are they equipping people to go out and share the Good News of Jesus?


Views and Qs: Wild Women

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


Discussion Questions:

  1. What does this poem make you think of?

  2. What current events does this bring to your mind?

  3. How do you relate to the descriptions in the poem?

  4. Who is someone at your school that you think deserves more recognition?

  5. How can we look at people more clearly for who they are without our biases clouding our vision?


Feast and Faith: Priorities

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– Lately, Jesus has done a lot of traveling. A couple weeks ago, he went to the region of Tyre and then to Decapolis. This week, we see that he is home at Galilee, however, “he did not want anyone to know it.”

Questions

  1. Why might Jesus not want people to know that he was in town?

  2. What is Jesus prioritizing in his life?

  3. Why is Jesus teaching of the disciples so important?

  4. What does he need the disciples to go do after he teaches them?

  5. What is something you need to start prioritizing in your life?

Final nugget– Jesus has a hard job of teaching the disciples about what will happen to him and the cost of following him. He is trying to prepare the disciples for their work of going out and teaching in the world. The disciples have a limited time to learn all that they could from Jesus before he was crucified. We need to learn all that we can about Jesus and his life, so that we can take him out into our 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 54

(Read in unison)

1 Save me, O God, by your Name; *

in your might, defend my cause.

2 Hear my prayer, O God; *

give ear to the words of my mouth.

3 For the arrogant have risen up against me,

and the ruthless have sought my life, *

those who have no regard for God.

4 Behold, God is my helper; *

it is the Lord who sustains my life.

5 Render evil to those who spy on me; *

in your faithfulness, destroy them.

6 I will offer you a freewill sacrifice *

and praise your Name, O Lord, for it is good.

7 For you have rescued me from every trouble, *

and my eye has seen the ruin of my foes.

Mark 9:30-37

(read by assigned person)

Jesus and his disciples passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.

Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”

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 us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; 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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