Week of October 28, 2018: Helping Us to See (Ages 11-18)



Faith To Go Podcast: Blindness and Healing

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: Silence of Religious Moderates

Episcopal Cafe: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Critiques Silence of Religious Moderates

Questions:

  1. How does your faith inform your views?

  2. Why do you think your faith informs your views?

  3. Do you think it is okay that your faith informs your views?

  4. What do you think about Bishop Curry’s point?

  5. Where have you seen this play out at our church


Views and Qs: Is the only way to God through Jesus?

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


Discussion Questions:

  1. How do you think you can get to God?

  2. What would Bartimaeus say is the way to God?

  3. What does Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori say about our access to God?

  4. Do you think her point is more freeing for your faith life?

  5. What do you think she means in her last line about ‘grace’?


Feast and Faith: Rebuking

Prayer- God who traces my coming in and my going out,

Give me confidence and hope.

Keep me safe from darkness.

Bless those who cross my path.

Help me see your light in all people.

-Call On Me: A Prayer Book for Young People

Discussion – Bartimaeus is a blind beggar by the side of the road. He hears Jesus and begins to call towards Jesus.

Questions

  1. When Bartimaeus gets loud the crowd rebukes him. Have you ever been rebuked before? How does it feel?

  2. What does Bartimaeus risk by getting even louder?

  3. What happens to Bartimaeus?

  4. Have you ever felt that there was something you were blind to? And you needed help seeing it?

  5. What do we need to ask Jesus for?

Final nugget – Jesus invited Bartimaeus to go with Jesus. This transformational encounter shows Bartimaeus the way of Jesus and the way of grace. We need to look at how our way and our path can be transformed to be in line with Jesus’ way.


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, 19-22

(Read in unison)

1 I will bless the Lord at all times; *

his praise shall ever be in my mouth.

2 I will glory in the Lord; *

let the humble hear and rejoice.

3 Proclaim with me the greatness of the Lord; *

let us exalt his Name together.

4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me *

and delivered me out of all my terror.

5 Look upon him and be radiant, *

and let not your faces be ashamed.

6 I called in my affliction and the Lord heard me *

and saved me from all my troubles.

7 The angel of the Lord encompasses those who fear him, *

and he will deliver them.

8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; *

happy are they who trust in him!

19 Many are the troubles of the righteous, *

but the Lord will deliver him out of them all.

20 He will keep safe all his bones; *

not one of them shall be broken.

21 Evil shall slay the wicked, *

and those who hate the righteous will be punished.

22 The Lord ransoms the life of his servants, *

and none will be punished who trust in him.

Mark 10:46-52

(read by assigned person)

Jesus and his disciples came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.

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)

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; 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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