Week of November 18, 2018: All Will Be Thrown Down (Ages 11-18)



Faith To Go Podcast: When Life Crumbles Around Us

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: Bringing Recovery into the Open

Episcopal News Service: Maryland Diocese Brings Recovery into the Open

Questions:

  1. What has the Diocese of Maryland focused on during the past four years?

  2. Why did they begin this focus?

  3. Why does this type of process take a long time?

  4. What sort of events to they hold to build community around the topic of recovery?

  5. How can our diocese or church make events more friendly to those in recovery?

  6. Why is it important to recognize how we are all connected to this?

  7. In what ways does this relate the our churches desire to be a welcoming community to all?


Views and Qs: Body Confidence

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


Discussion Questions:

  1. Who is Ashley Graham?

  2. What is body confidence?

  3. How can it be hard to have body confidence when others create opinions about us?

  4. What do you think God thinks of the body he crated?

  5. How can we promote positivity and love towards those around us?


Feast and Faith: Great Buildings

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. What is a big great building near your home?

  2. What features do you think are really amazing?

  3. Do you know what the building is used for?

  4. How can we become distracted by outside appearances?

  5. What is something you thought was going to be amazing just by the look of it?

  6. How was it different once you learned more?

Final nugget – Jesus wants us to look past appearances, to go deeper. There are things, people, activities in this life that will distract us from God. It’s important that we remain aware of the work that we need to do.


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 16

(Read in unison)

1 Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you; *

I have said to the Lord, "You are my Lord,

my good above all other."

2 All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land, *

upon those who are noble among the people.

3 But those who run after other gods *

shall have their troubles multiplied.

4 Their libations of blood I will not offer, *

nor take the names of their gods upon my lips.

5 O Lord, you are my portion and my cup; *

it is you who uphold my lot.

6 My boundaries enclose a pleasant land; *

indeed, I have a goodly heritage.

7 I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel; *

my heart teaches me, night after night.

8 I have set the Lord always before me; *

because he is at my right hand I shall not fall.

9 My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices; *

my body also shall rest in hope.

10 For you will not abandon me to the grave, *

nor let your holy one see the Pit.

11 You will show me the path of life; *

in your presence there is fullness of joy,

and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

Mark 13:1-8

(read by assigned person)

As Jesus came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.”

When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that all these things are about to be accomplished?” Then Jesus began to say to them, “Beware that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birthpangs.”

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)

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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