Faith To Go Podcast: Money and Discomfort
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: Culture of Hospitality
What is the Anglican Church? How does the Episcopal Church fit in with the Anglican Communion?
What have the bishops from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador told their dioceses?
Why might this be a popular or unpopular opinion?
How does this relate to the Gospel?
Why is it important for us to welcome the marginalized into our communities?
What is a group of marginalized in your community
Views and Qs: Mark 12
Watch this video together and then use the discussion questions below to reflect as a family.
How do they collect the offering at St. Paul’s?
How would it feel to have people watching you give your offering?
Why did the rich people wait till there were many people at the temple?
What do you think those people bought before they brought their leftover money to the temple?
Why does Jesus want us to give up some things?
What did the woman do?
How did the woman give more than the rich men?
What is something you can do to emulate the widow in this story?
Feast and Faith: Long Robes
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.
What is something you wear or use like a long robe so everyone knows something about you?
Why is it easy to get distracted by these material things?
What about the widow does Jesus want us to notice?
What is a way that you can use these things you might love to focus on Jesus?
How can you notice that you’ve become too distracted?
Who are friends that you can count on to be honest with you
Final nugget – It’s okay to acknowledge that we become distracted with things or activities that we might love. We can take these things that we love and find ways to glorify God through them and with them. People that are like this widow, who give all that they are, are people that we can look to for mentoring and learning. Through this, we can align our lives to live more like Jesus taught us.
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.
(Read in unison)
1 Unless the Lord builds the house, *
their labor is in vain who build it.
2 Unless the Lord watches over the city, *
in vain the watchman keeps his vigil.
3 It is in vain that you rise so early and go to bed so late; *
vain, too, to eat the bread of toil,
for he gives to his beloved sleep.
4 Children are a heritage from the Lord, *
and the fruit of the womb is a gift.
5 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior *
are the children of one's youth.
6 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them! *
he shall not be put to shame
when he contends with his enemies in the gate.
(read by assigned person)
As Jesus taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”
He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
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.
(read by assigned person)
O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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