Week of January 31, 2021: The Beauty of Humanity (Ages 11-18)
Faith To Go Podcast: The Beauty of Humanity with Rev. Hannah Wilder and Kathy Wilder, Executive Director of Camp Stevens
Hosted by the Faith To Go team in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, David Tremaine and Charlette Preslar, and joined the each week by a special guest, the Faith To Go Podcast highlights themes from the Sunday Gospel reading for you to take into your faith discussions and reflections throughout the week.
The Feast of the Transfiguration, Ages 11-18
from Building Faith
Does the transfiguration story inspire you? Why or why not?
What meaning do you take from this story?
How can you take “mountain top” experiences and integrate them into your daily life?
Views and Qs: Change Versus Transformation by Terry Jackson
Watch this video together and then use the discussion questions below to reflect as a family.
What is the difference between diversity and inclusion?
Should we aim for diversity or inclusion or both?
What is the difference between equity and equality?
What is the difference between change and transformation in your own words?
Feast and Faith: Encounters with God Transform Us
For this week’s dinner discussion, we are talking about how encounters with the Divine transform us.
Prayer - Let us hear your voice as we kneel before you in awe. May we not be the same after recognizing your glory. Call us to be a compassionate and prayerful presence for those whose hearts ache from grief, whose souls are weary or wounded. Overshadow us with your presence. Walk down from the mountaintop with us, and walk before us into places you would have us serve as witnesses to your healing and love.
Discussion – Discuss a recent change or transformation in your own life.
How has this change impacted your life?
Are you faring better or worse before this change/transformation?
What is one transformation you would like to undergo in your life?
Is there a small change you can make this week to move closer to a bigger transformation?
Final nugget – Let us be open to God’s call to work for justice and care for the welfare of all God’s children. Let’s pay attention when we’re at home, at school, at church, and in the world, to the light of God shining in dark places.
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.
The Lord, the God of gods, has spoken; *
he has called the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.
Out of Zion, perfect in its beauty, *
God reveals himself in glory.
Our God will come and will not keep silence; *
before him there is a consuming flame,
and round about him a raging storm.
He calls the heavens and the earth from above *
to witness the judgment of his people.
"Gather before me my loyal followers, *
those who have made a covenant with me
and sealed it with sacrifice."
Let the heavens declare the rightness of his cause; *
for God himself is judge.
(read by assigned person)
Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.
As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
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 in heaven,
hallowed be your Name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
And deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory
Now and forever.
(read by assigned person)
O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; 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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