Faith To Go Podcast: What is Truth?
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: Inches from California Wildfire
What is this article about?
What would you feel if a wildfire was headed toward something you love?
How do you think you would respond?
How does Jesus respond when there is so much uncertainty for his future?
What does that teach us about being strong in the midst of also being scared?
Views and Qs: As the Smoke Clears
Watch this video together and then use the discussion questions below to reflect as a family.
Additional Notes: Displaced high schoolers and and families of the devastating Camp Fire in Butte County, which at last count has claimed the lives of 23 residents and decimated over 6,500 homes and structures, flee from the wreckage in for a reprieve from the tragedy and a shot at the state finals. And with a little help from their opponents at FLCS, that was just what they needed.
"We saw this as an opportunity to support the Paradise community and love on this community," remarks FLCS Athletic Director, LaRon Gordon who tapped his local network 24 hours in advance of the game to clothe the Paradise Adventist Academy's CIF Section Champs in custom screen-printed jerseys and raise funds and much needed supplies for the wildfire victims.
"That alone had us in tears and we have been so blessed by the community of Forest Lake Christian School," remarks Mark Carter, father of Quincy Carter, # 8 on Paradise's starting lineup.
What happened to Paradise High School in November?
How did their competition (the Falcons) respond?
In the Gospel, Jesus wants us to be weary of false leaders, so how do we know true people in our communities to follow?
Who is a leader in your community that helps people walk closer to God?
What is a way in which you help lead?
Feast and Faith: Talks with Pilate
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.
Discussion – This week we encounter Jesus in a conversation with Pilate, whom has summoned for Jesus. He wants to know if Jesus is the King of the Jews but Jesus doesn’t give him an easy answer.
Why doesn’t Jesus give Pilate a straight or easy answer?
How would you answer Pilate?
What do you think frustrates Pilate about this situation?
Why does this show Jesus as an important leader?
What does Jesus teach us about how to be true to ourselves?
Final nugget – Christ the King Sunday highlights Jesus as an incredible leader. Jesus embodies the notion of the Word becoming flesh and living among us. The Kingdom that Jesus leads is not one that Pilate can see. But Jesus leads and teaches in such a way to bring this Kingdom to the world around us, (thy kingdom come) and we are called to help make that happen.
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 Lord, remember David, *
and all the hardships he endured;
2 How he swore an oath to the Lord *
and vowed a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:
3 "I will not come under the roof of my house," *
nor climb up into my bed;
4 I will not allow my eyes to sleep, *
nor let my eyelids slumber;
5 Until I find a place for the Lord, *
a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob."
6 "The ark! We heard it was in Ephratah; *
we found it in the fields of Jearim.
7 Let us go to God's dwelling place; *
let us fall upon our knees before his footstool."
8 Arise, O Lord, into your resting-place, *
you and the ark of your strength.
9 Let your priests be clothed with righteousness; *
let your faithful people sing with joy.
10 For your servant David's sake, *
do not turn away the face of your Anointed.
11 The Lord has sworn an oath to David; *
in truth, he will not break it:
12 "A son, the fruit of your body *
will I set upon your throne.
13 If your children keep my covenant
and my testimonies that I shall teach them, *
their children will sit upon your throne for evermore."
14 [For the Lord has chosen Zion; *
he has desired her for his habitation:
15 "This shall be my resting-place for ever; *
here will I dwell, for I delight in her.
16 I will surely bless her provisions, *
and satisfy her poor with bread.
17 I will clothe her priests with salvation, *
and her faithful people will rejoice and sing.
18 There will I make the horn of David flourish; *
I have prepared a lamp for my Anointed.
19 As for his enemies, I will clothe them with shame; *
but as for him, his crown will shine."]
(read by assigned person)
Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”
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)
Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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