Week of April 26, 2020: Jesus in Our Suffering (Ages 11-18)

Faith To Go Podcast: Jesus in Our Suffering w/ Karen Ray Nelson

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.

Reads: Sharing Our Hurt

by NPR


1) When you are hurting, how do you share that truth with others?

2) Did any of the words of poetry connect with you? Why or why not?

3) Do you ever create things to help understand and express your hurting?

4) How does creating or encountering something someone else created help us heal?

5) What could you do today to express your hurting to others in a creative and healing


Views and Qs: Self-Compassion

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

Discussion Questions:

1) How would you define compassion? 2) Who are the people in your life that regularly show you compassion? 3) When do you think we need compassion the most? 4) What does it mean to have compassion for your self? 5) Do you think there is a link between growing in compassion for ourselves and growing in compassion for others?

Feast and Faith: Jesus Walking With Us

For this week's dinner discussion we will focus on the risen Jesus walking with two disciples on their way to Emmaus, a town outside of Jerusalem.

Prayer -

Lord Jesus Christ, Good Shepherd of the sheep, you gather

the lambs in your arms and carry them in your bosom: We

commend ourselves to your loving care.  Relieve our pain,

guard us from all danger, restore to us your gifts of

gladness and strength, and raise us up to a life of service to

you.  Hear us, we pray, for your dear Name's sake. Amen.

Discussion -

This week are are reflecting on Jesus' journey with two disciples who are in the middle of an uncertain and painful time in their life. At this point, they only know that Jesus has died, that his body is gone from the tomb, and that those who found the empty tomb were told by an angel that he had been raised. This story is the first time in Luke's gospel that Jesus appears to the disciples, in their suffering and confusion on their way to Emmaus:

Questions -

1) When have you felt uncertain or confused recently in your life?

2) Would you consider this feeling of uncertainty and confusion a time of suffering?

3) How do you respond to this kind of uncertainty and confusion? What does it feel like in your body?

4) Was there something or someone who was with you in this time and/or helped you work through it?

5) How does Jesus model in this story a way to be with ourselves and with one another in these times of uncertainty and confusion?

Final Nugget - We are surrounded by uncertainty and confusion in this time. We see Jesus meet two disciples in that same kind of place, and walk beside them in it. Who are the people walking beside you in this time? Do you recognize Jesus in them? How?

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 116: 1-3, 10-17

(read in unison)

1 I love the Lord, because he has heard the voice of my supplication, * because he has inclined his ear to me whenever I called upon him. 2 The cords of death entangled me; the grip of the grave took hold of me; * I came to grief and sorrow. 3 Then I called upon the Name of the Lord: * "O Lord, I pray you, save my life." 10 How shall I repay the Lord * for all the good things he has done for me? 11 I will lift up the cup of salvation * and call upon the Name of the Lord. 12 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord * in the presence of all his people. 13 Precious in the sight of the Lord * is the death of his servants. 14 O Lord, I am your servant; * I am your servant and the child of your handmaid; you have freed me from my bonds. 15 I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving * and call upon the Name of the Lord. 16 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord * in the presence of all his people, 17 In the courts of the Lord'S house, * in the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Hallelujah!


(read by assigned person)

Luke 24:13-35

Now on that same day two of Jesus' disciples were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures. As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

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.


The Collect

(read by assigned person)

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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