Week of January 5, 2020: Seeing Through To God (Ages 11-18)

Updated: Mar 25


Faith To Go Podcast: Seeing Through To God

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: The Australian Wildfires

From NPR


Questions:


1) What is your first reaction to reading this story about what is happening in Australia?

2) What does this reaction tell you?

3) Where is God in this reaction?

4) How much of your own experience is influencing this reaction?

5) How is your intuition calling you to respond?



Views and Qs: We Have Two Brains

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



Discussion Questions:


1) What are our two different brains?

2) Does this change the way you think about the phrase "trust your gut?"

3) What is different about the wisdom of our head brain and our gut brain?

4) What kind of wisdom do you get from your body?

5) Which intelligence do you prefer?



Feast and Faith: Trusting Our Own Sense of Guidance

For this week’s dinner discussion, we are talking about the first chapter of John's gospel and the interplay of light and darkness in our lives.


Prayer -

Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious

favor, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our

works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify

thy holy Name, and finally, by thy mercy, obtain everlasting

life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


(For Joy in God's Creation, BCP pg. 832)



Discussion –

In this week of Epiphany we celebrate the arrival of the wise men at Jesus' side in Bethlehem. As part of their journey, they were regularly required to trust their won sense of guidance (i.e. avoiding Herod on their return) as well as follow the external signs of guidance (i.e. the star) around them:


Questions:

1) Do you trust external or internal guidance more?

2) How do you experience your own sense of internal guidance?

3) When has your internal sense of guidance been in opposition to the external signs around you? Which did you decide?

4) What was the outcome of your decision?

5) Is there something calling to your internal guidance system now?


Final Nugget: In this week where we celebrate the Epiphany, how can you cultivate your internal sense of authority and guidance?




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 72:1-7,10-14

(read in unison)


1 Give the King your justice, O God, *

and your righteousness to the King's Son;


2 That he may rule your people righteously *

and the poor with justice;


3 That the mountains may bring prosperity to the people, *

and the little hills bring righteousness.


4 He shall defend the needy among the people; *

he shall rescue the poor and crush the oppressor.


5 He shall live as long as the sun and moon endure, *

from one generation to another.


6 He shall come down like rain upon the mown field, *

like showers that water the earth.


7 In his time shall the righteous flourish; *

there shall be abundance of peace till the moon shall be no more.


10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall pay tribute, *

and the kings of Arabia and Saba offer gifts.


11 All kings shall bow down before him, *

and all the nations do him service.


12 For he shall deliver the poor who cries out in distress, *

and the oppressed who has no helper.


13 He shall have pity on the lowly and poor; *

he shall preserve the lives of the needy.


14 He shall redeem their lives from oppression and violence, *

and dear shall their blood be in his sight.


Gospel

(read by assigned person)


Matthew 2:1-12

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, "Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage." When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, "In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:


`And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,

are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;


for from you shall come a ruler

who is to shepherd my people Israel.'"


Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, "Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage." When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.


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)

O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.



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