Week of August 16, 2020: Jesus' Conversion (Ages 11-18)


Faith To Go Podcast: Jesus' Conversion w/ the Rev. Hannah Wilder

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: Uncomfortable Conversations

from NPR



Questions:


1) Have you ever experienced someone expressing ideas different than your own as a threat? If so, why do you think this is true?

2) Have you had any uncomfortable conversations lately with friends, family, or neighbors? What was the outcome?

3) How have you been changed by these conversations? Do you have different ideas or opinions now than before?

4) Can you think of an uncomfortable conversation you've had in your life that changed you worldview to be more inclusive?

5) What uncomfortable conversations to you hear happening in your community today? Are they leading to any kind of change?


Views and Qs: From Racism to Antiracism

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




Discussion Questions:

1) Why does Kendi want us to move away from the binary of "racist" and "not-racist?" 2) What binary does he propose using instead? Why does he propose a movement to this new binary?

3) Can you identify any "racist" ideas that you have held or continue to hold about a group of people? 4) Why do you think it is important to understand "racist" and "antiracist" as non-fixed categories? 5) How are you being called to support antiracist ideas and policies in your life today?




Feast and Faith: Jesus Is Changed

For this week's dinner discussion we will focus on Jesus' transformative conversation with the Canaanite woman from this week's gospel.


Prayer -

Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so

move every human heart and especially the hearts of the

people of this land, that barriers which divide us may

crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our

divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


(A Prayer for Social Justice, BCP pg. 823)


Discussion -

This week we are reflecting on the story of Jesus venturing into the district of Tyre and Sidon and encountering a woman from a different ethnic group than his own. This Canaanite woman pushes back on Jesus' discriminatory views of her ethnic group, and changes Jesus' mind about who is in and who is out of the Kingdom of Heaven:


Questions -

1) Who are the people you have a hard time believing are loved by God, or can be "saved" by God?

2) What do you think it would take for you to see them as within the saving and healing embrace of God?

3) When in your life have you had an encounter with someone from a different culture or background from you? What was that encounter like?

4) Did this encounter change the way you saw the world, other people, or God?

5) Can you feel God calling you to a change of mind in any way today? To an encounter with someone different than you?


Final Nugget - Today we continue to see the fallout of racist ideas in all their forms and the ways they separate us and cause suffering. What are some ways you are feeling called to change these systems that cause suffering and be changed in relationship to other?

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 67

(read in unison)


1 May God be merciful to us and bless us, *

show us the light of his countenance and come to us.


2 Let your ways be known upon earth, *

your saving health among all nations.


3 Let the peoples praise you, O God; *

let all the peoples praise you.


4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, *

for you judge the peoples with equity

and guide all the nations upon earth.


5 Let the peoples praise you, O God; *

let all the peoples praise you.


6 The earth has brought forth her increase; *

may God, our own God, give us his blessing.


7 May God give us his blessing, *

and may all the ends of the earth stand in awe of him.




Reading

(read by assigned person)


Matthew 15: 10-20, 21-28


Jesus called the crowd to him and said to them, “Listen and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.” Then the disciples approached and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees took offense when they heard what you said?” He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if one blind person guides another, both will fall into a pit.” But Peter said to him, “Explain this parable to us.” Then he said, “Are you also still without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach, and goes out into the sewer? But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles. For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile.”


Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.



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)

Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; 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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