Week of April 21, 2019: He is Risen (Ages 11-18)



Faith To Go Podcast: Learning From Mary Magdalene

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: Saddened but Defiant

Episcopal Cafe: Anglican Presiding Bishop in Sri Lanka Saddened but Defiant


Questions:

1. What happened in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday?

2. How did the Sri Lankan Presiding Bishop react?

3. What do you think about his reaction?

4. How does the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, relate it to our Easter readings?

5. What are we called to do moving forward in this world?


Views and Qs: Rejoicing

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


Discussion Questions:

1) How do we show God that we are rejoicing?

2) What do we celebrate during Easter?

3) How did Jesus save us from all that we’ve done wrong?

4)   What did Jesus’ death do?

5)   Why was Jesus’ tomb empty? What does this mean?


Feast and Faith: Empty Tomb

For this week’s dinner discussion, we are talking about how Jesus was no where to be found in the tomb.


Prayer-


Alleluia! You have risen! Alleluia!


It is a mystery.

You were nailed on a cross.

You died.

They put you in a tomb and sealed the door.

It is a mystery.

The tomb is now empty.

You are alive.

Death is nothing to you.

It is a mystery.

You have opened a door for me.

Continue to show me the way to God.

Help me remember the joy of this day.


Alleluia! You have risen. Alleluia!


-Call On Me: A Prayer Book for Young People


Questions

1) What happened in the reading this week?  

2) How does it make you feel to think of Jesus dying, and then rising again?

3) What does the resurrection prove?

4) What guarantee does you as a believer have in regard to our own resurrection?   

5) How does the resurrection make you feel?


Final nugget –  

Its hard to balance the sadness of Jesus dying and the how amazing it is that he chose to die for us. To add to those emotions, he is raised from the dead on the third day. Jesus is God and both have power over death. Our salvation is complete through Jesus and his death. Since Jesus has been raised from the dead it guarantees the resurrection of every saint of God. That’s you and me. This is God’s gift to us and we need to celebrate it every day.


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 118:1-2, 14-24

(Read in unison)

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; * his mercy endures for ever.

2 Let Israel now proclaim, * "His mercy endures for ever."

14 The Lord is my strength and my song, * and he has become my salvation.

15 There is a sound of exultation and victory * in the tents of the righteous:

16 "The right hand of the Lord has triumphed! * the right hand of the Lord is exalted! the right hand of the Lord has triumphed!"

17 I shall not die, but live, * and declare the works of the Lord.

18 The Lord has punished me sorely, * but he did not hand me over to death.

19 Open for me the gates of righteousness; * I will enter them; I will offer thanks to the Lord.

20 "This is the gate of the Lord; * he who is righteous may enter."

21 I will give thanks to you, for you answered me * and have become my salvation.

22 The same stone which the builders rejected * has become the chief cornerstone.

23 This is the Lord's doing, * and it is marvelous in our eyes.

24 On this day the Lord has acted; * we will rejoice and be glad in it.

John 20:1-18

(read by assigned person)

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes.


But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him." When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?" Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away." Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabbouni!" (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, "Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, `I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'" Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord"; and she told them that he had said these things to her.


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)

O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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