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Week of January 24, 2021: Resisting Change (Ages 11-18)

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.


from Kids Health


  1. What are some emotions you have experienced today?

  2. Is it possible to avoid negative emotions? Why or why not?

  3. What is one way you can try to change your mood?

  4. Who is someone you can reach out to for support?


Views and Qs: How to Integrate your Shadow

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

Discussion Questions:

1) What elements of yourself have you repressed?

2) What does your own personal shadow consist of?

3) How can our shadow material lead to self-reliance?

4) What are necessary adjustments we must make to operate in society?

5) What are you willing to change or give up in order to adhere to today’s moral code?


Feast and Faith: How to Handle the Demons Inside Us

For this week’s dinner discussion, we are talking about how Jesus helps us overcome the difficult parts of ourselves, not through avoiding them but by engaging them and getting to know them and understand them.

Prayer - O God, thank you for making me fearfully and wonderfully. Thank you that all parts of myself are acceptable in your sight. I ask for your guidance and wisdom to learn about even the parts of myself that feel most abandoned and difficult. Give me the courage and clarity to see what I would rather not see, and to seek to understand that which defies understanding. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Discussion - For this week’s dinner discussion, we are talking about how Jesus helps us overcome the difficult parts of ourselves, not through avoiding them but by engaging them and getting to know them and understand them.

Questions -

1) How does it help to become aware of your own shadow?

2) What is one way you can integrate your shadow today?

Final nugget We are whole children of God right now just as we are. Jesus recognizes us in our wholeness and loves us in our humanity. Let’s focus on accepting all parts of ourselves this week as we go about our daily lives, knowing we are ultimately held in God’s almighty hands of Love.


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 111

1 Hallelujah!

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, *

in the assembly of the upright, in the congregation.

2 Great are the deeds of the Lord! *

they are studied by all who delight in them.

3 His work is full of majesty and splendor, *

and his righteousness endures for ever.

4 He makes his marvelous works to be remembered; *

the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.

5 He gives food to those who fear him; *

he is ever mindful of his covenant.

6 He has shown his people the power of his works *

in giving them the lands of the nations.

7 The works of his hands are faithfulness and justice; *

all his commandments are sure.

8 They stand fast for ever and ever, *

because they are done in truth and equity.

9 He sent redemption to his people;

he commanded his covenant for ever; *

holy and awesome is his Name.

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; *

those who act accordingly have a good understanding;

his praise endures for ever.


(read by assigned person)

Mark 1:21-28

Jesus and his disciples went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

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)

Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; 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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