Week of July 21, 2019: Presence and Service (Ages 11-18)

Updated: Mar 25

Faith To Go Podcast: Anxiety and Action

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 Path To Justice

From the Center for Action and Contemplation


1. What is contemplation?

2. Do you have a spiritual practice that you engage in regularly?

3. What does contemplation have to do with justice?

4. Can you think of other instances where two opposites seem to be necessary partners for one another?

5. Have you ever experienced an unquenchable drive for justice and helping others? What prompted it?

Views and Qs: Visiting Mary and Martha

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

Discussion Questions:

1) Who did Jesus go to visit?

2) What did Mary do when Jesus entered the house?

3) Where was Martha?

4) How did Martha feel?

5) Which person do you relate to in this story?

Feast and Faith: Being Present


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


1. What is something that you are stressed about right now?

2. Why are you feeling that way?

3. Is there anything else that you should be focusing on?

4. Who is someone that you think prioritizes their life well?

5. Where do you find Jesus in all of this?

Final nugget – It is okay to feel anxiety and stress on occasion or at certain times. And sometimes it can be unavoidable when we have assignments pile up at school, and chores at home, and extra-curriculars. It’s important to prior plan so that you can choose, have the option, to be Mary whenever you can.

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 52

(Read in unison)

1 You tyrant, why do you boast of wickedness *

against the godly all day long?

2 You plot ruin;

your tongue is like a sharpened razor, *

O worker of deception.

3 You love evil more than good *

and lying more than speaking the truth.

4 You love all words that hurt, *

O you deceitful tongue.

5 Oh, that God would demolish you utterly, *

topple you, and snatch you from your dwelling,

and root you out of the land of the living!

6 The righteous shall see and tremble, *

and they shall laugh at him, saying,

7 "This is the one who did not take God for a refuge, *

but trusted in great wealth

and relied upon wickedness."

8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; *

I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

9 I will give you thanks for what you have done *

and declare the goodness of your Name in the presence of the godly.

Luke 10:38-42

(read by assigned person)

As Jesus and his disciples went on their way, Jesus entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me." But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her."

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 God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son 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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