Week of August 25, 2019: The Urgency of Healing (Ages 11-18)

Updated: Mar 25

Faith To Go Podcast: Freedom Cannot Wait

Hosted each week by the Faith To Go team in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, David Tremaine, Maya Little-Sana and Charlette Preslar, the Faith To Go Podcast highlight themes from the Sunday Gospel reading for you to take into your faith discussions and reflections throughout the week.

Reads: The Response to Injustice

Martin Luther King Jr's Letter From Birmingham Jail


1. To whom is Martin Luther King Jr writing and why?

2. What are his critics issues with him?

3. What distinction does he make between two kinds of peace?

4. How does he describe the urgency of bringing about justice?

5. Where do you see justice happening too slowly in the world today?

Views and Qs: Healing on the Sabbath

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

Discussion Questions:

1) Have you ever been picked on at school?

2) Who got picked on in Jesus’ day?

3) What did Jesus do to this woman?

4) Why did this make people upset?

5) What is the Sabbath all about?

Feast and Faith: Strength and Healing

Prayer - God, you were present at the beginning.

Be with me as I begin a new school year.

Comfort me when I am unsure of my new surroundings.

Strengthen me when I stumble,

And help me remember that your light shines in all places.

All this I ask through you, my Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.

-Call On Me: A Prayer Book for Young People


1. Have you ever had an injury? What was it?

2. What did it feel like?

3. What helped fix it?

4. What does Jesus want us to do when we see others in pain?

5. Why did Jesus heal on the Sabbath?

Final nugget – Rest and self-care are very important asset to a healthy life-style. But paired with that, we also have to take care of those around us. We can’t just ignore people that need our help. We are called to find that balance in our life.

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 71:1-6

(Read in unison)

1 In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge; *

let me never be ashamed.

2 In your righteousness, deliver me and set me free; *

incline your ear to me and save me.

3 Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe; *

you are my crag and my stronghold.

4 Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, *

from the clutches of the evildoer and the oppressor.

5 For you are my hope, O Lord God, *

my confidence since I was young.

6 I have been sustained by you ever since I was born;

from my mother's womb you have been my strength; *

my praise shall be always of you.

Luke 13:10-17

(read by assigned person)

Now Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, "Woman, you are set free from your ailment." When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, "There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day." But the Lord answered him and said, "You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?" When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing.

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)

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; 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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