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Week of August 4, 2019: In Returning and Rest (Ages 11-18)



Faith To Go Podcast: Return of the Soul

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: Fear and Scarcity

Texas State Attorney Will Pursue Death Penalty Against Suspected El Paso Gunman (NPR)


Questions:

1. How did fear and scarcity play a role the events of this past weekend in El Paso?

2. How do you see scarcity being used to propagate fear in the world today?

3. In what way might fear play a role in the use of the death penalty?

4. How might scarcity create enmity between people?

5. What role does fear play in separating people from one another? What role does it play in our national conversation about guns and gun violence?


Views and Qs: The Rich Fool

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


Discussion Questions:

1) What did Jesus do on Earth?

2) What did the person ask of Jesus?

3) How did Jesus respond?

4) Why do you think Jesus responded that way?

5) What is greed?

6) What was the man’s plan with his farm? Why was he a fool?


Feast and Faith: Sibling Strife

Prayer-


The days are getting longer.

Keep your Spirit in my heart and mind

during this growing season.

Be with me as I finish the school year,

participate in summer activities,

enjoy the gift of summer turning into fall.


Help me recognize your works in all that I do

at work,

at rest,

and at play,

so that I can give thanks for all you provide,

even without my even asking.


-Call On Me: A Prayer Book for Young People


Questions

1. What do you think was happening between these brothers?

2. Have you ever been in a situation like that with your siblings or friends?

3. What happened? How did it make you feel?

4. What did Jesus say to this man?

5. Why do you think he said that?


Final nugget – It is easy to look at what others have an want it. The new toys your friends have, the bigger snack your sibling got, the freedom your parents seemingly have. But God has given us what we need, so the question really is, what will we do with all the goodness that God has given us? We are called to share it with those that don’t have as much, and cherish it for all that it is.



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 107:1-9, 43

(Read in unison)

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, *

and his mercy endures for ever.


2 Let all those whom the Lord has redeemed proclaim *

that he redeemed them from the hand of the foe.


3 He gathered them out of the lands; *

from the east and from the west,

from the north and from the south.


4 Some wandered in desert wastes; *

they found no way to a city where they might dwell.


5 They were hungry and thirsty; *

their spirits languished within them.


6 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, *

and he delivered them from their distress.


7 He put their feet on a straight path *

to go to a city where they might dwell.


8 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his mercy *

and the wonders he does for his children.


9 For he satisfies the thirsty *

and fills the hungry with good things.


43 Whoever is wise will ponder these things, *

and consider well the mercies of the Lord.



Luke 12:13-21

(read by assigned person)

Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me." But he said to him, "Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?" And he said to them, "Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one's life does not consist in the abundance of possessions." Then he told them a parable: "The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, `What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?' Then he said, `I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, `Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.' But God said to him, `You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God."



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)

Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.



https://www.bcponline.org/Collects/seasonsc.html#postpentecost

https://www.bcponline.org/General/paternoster.html


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