Week of November 4, 2018: Love Your Neighbor (Ages 11-18)



Faith To Go Podcast: Suffering with our Neighbors

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: Anti-antisemitism

Episcopal Cafe: Anti-antisemitism

Questions:

  1. What is this article about?

  2. Why was it important for her to ask the Rabbi if she, and a group from her church, could join them at their service?

  3. How does the author implicate Christians?

  4. Why might it be important to own that implications?

  5. How can our church seek to change the narrative?


Views and Qs: Kindness

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


Discussion Questions:

  1. What tragic story does Orly tell about her family home?

  2. What happened to her in the months that followed?

  3. Why didn’t she feel seen?

  4. What are things that you can do to be a life vest to other people?

  5. How do you know that Jesus wants us to lift others up?

  6. How do you stay afloat?


Feast and Faith: Commandments

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

Questions

  1. Which of the commandments do you find to be really hard to follow?

  2. Why do you think that is?

  3. Is there a commandment that is easier for you? Why?

  4. How can we remember our duty and call to follow the commandments?

  5. What is a small thing you can do today to follow the commandment you find hard?

Final nugget – God knows that we struggle to keep the commandments always, but he sent Jesus as an example of how it can be done. The important thing is when we find ourselves veering from the commandments to pause, recognize our actions, and then try again to follow them. This can be hard and sometimes tiring and that is why it’s so important to have a supportive community that we surround ourselves with.


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 146

(Read in unison)

1 Hallelujah!

Praise the Lord, O my soul! *

I will praise the Lord as long as I live;

I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

2 Put not your trust in rulers, nor in any child of earth, *

for there is no help in them.

3 When they breathe their last, they return to earth, *

and in that day their thoughts perish.

4 Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help! *

whose hope is in the Lord their God;

5 Who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them; *

who keeps his promise for ever;

6 Who gives justice to those who are oppressed, *

and food to those who hunger.

7 The Lord sets the prisoners free;

the Lord opens the eyes of the blind; *

the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;

8 The Lord loves the righteous;

the Lord cares for the stranger; *

he sustains the orphan and widow,

but frustrates the way of the wicked.

9 The Lord shall reign for ever, *

your God, O Zion, throughout all generations.

Hallelujah!

Mark 12:28-34

(read by assigned person)

One of the scribes came near and heard the Saducees disputing with one another, and seeing that Jesus answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other’; and ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,’ and ‘to love one’s neighbor as oneself,’ —this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that no one dared to ask him any question.

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 merciful God, it is only by your gift that your faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly promises; 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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