Week of January 19, 2020: The Sin of the World (Ages 11-18)

Updated: Mar 25


Faith To Go Podcast: The Sin of the World w/ The Rev. Laura Sheridan-Campbell

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: Martin Luther King's Letter From Birmingham Jail



Questions:


1) Under what circumstances did Martin Luther King Jr. write this letter? To whom did he write it?

2) What is his concern with their criticisms of his protests?

3) What does he say about waiting for justice and equality?

4) What were some of the outcomes of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's led by King?

5) Where do you see justice and equality still needed in the world today?



Views and Qs: Wealth Inequality

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



Discussion Questions:


1) What jumped out to you the most in the video?

2) What are some of the consequences of this growing gap in wealth in the US?

3) What kind of wealth gap do you think Jesus envisioned for the Kingdom of Heaven?

4) What do you think the distribution of wealth and resources should be?

5) Do you think its possible that there are enough resources for everyone to have exactly what they need?



Feast and Faith: What is the Sin of the World

For this week’s dinner discussion, we are talking about Jesus' first interaction with John the Baptist.


Prayer -

Almighty God, whose loving hand hath given us all that we

possess: Grant us grace that we may honor thee with our

substance, and, remembering the account which we must one

day give, may be faithful stewards of thy bounty, through

Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


(For the Right Use of God's Gifts, BCP pg. 827)



Discussion –

This week we hear the story of Jesus' first interactions with John the Baptists, who proclaims that Jesus is "the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world." John's proclamation about Jesus' identity leave us with a number of questions, one of which is, "What the 'sin of the world?'"


Questions:

1) What do you think John means by "sin of the world?"

2) How do you think Jesus "takes away" that sin?

3) What do larger systems of injustice and inequality have to do with this "sin of the world?"

4) What do you think a feeling of scarcity has to do with it?

5) How do we take part in this "sin of the world," either intentionally or unintentionally?


Final Nugget: As we move into this week of celebrating the prophetic and courageous life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., how are we being asked to respond to the injustices and inequalities in the world around us?




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 40;1-12

(read in unison)


1 I waited patiently upon the Lord; *

he stooped to me and heard my cry.


2 He lifted me out of the desolate pit, out of the mire and clay; *

he set my feet upon a high cliff and made my footing sure.


3 He put a new song in my mouth,

a song of praise to our God; *

many shall see, and stand in awe,

and put their trust in the Lord.


4 Happy are they who trust in the Lord! *

they do not resort to evil spirits or turn to false gods.


5 Great things are they that you have done, O Lord my God!

how great your wonders and your plans for us! *

there is none who can be compared with you.


6 Oh, that I could make them known and tell them! *

but they are more than I can count.


7 In sacrifice and offering you take no pleasure *

(you have given me ears to hear you);


8 Burnt-offering and sin-offering you have not required, *

and so I said, "Behold, I come.


9 In the roll of the book it is written concerning me: *

'I love to do your will, O my God;

your law is deep in my heart."'


10 I proclaimed righteousness in the great congregation; *

behold, I did not restrain my lips;

and that, O Lord, you know.


11 Your righteousness have I not hidden in my heart;

I have spoken of your faithfulness and your deliverance; *

I have not concealed your love and faithfulness from the great congregation.


12 You are the Lord;

do not withhold your compassion from me; *

let your love and your faithfulness keep me safe for ever,


Gospel

(read by assigned person)


John 1:29-42

John saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.”


The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).



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, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ's glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.



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