Week of March 24, 2019: Looking For Fruit (Ages 11-18)

Faith To Go Podcast: Implicated in Suffering

Hosted each week by the Faith Formation team at St. Paul's Cathedral in San Diego, David Tremaine, Maya Little-Sana and Jackie Pippin, the Faith To Go Podcast highlight themes from the Sunday Gospel reading for you to take into your conversations throughout the week.

Reads: The Bounds of Judgement

Episcopal Cafe: The Bounds of Judgement


1. Do you think Jesus is a nice guy? Why?

2. What does the one year of reprieve for the tree represent for you?

3. Would you say God is patient or impatient? Why?

4. Why do bad things happen to good people?

5. What is repentance?

6. How do Jesus’ words seem when you read them through the lens of love?

Views and Qs: Gardener

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

Discussion Questions:

1) What is a parable?

2) What did the farmer go out to do?

3) Where did the seeds end up?

4) What was the best spot for the seeds?

5) How are we supposed to interpret this story?

Feast and Faith: Bad Things


Forgiving God, stay with me

As I walk through Lent

For these next forty days.

Help me to learn more about myself

During this time you have given me for

Prayer and discernment.

Open my eyes as I walk with Jesus at my side,

So that I can see any

new path you want me to follow.

Open my ears to what you are saying

When I read and

study the Bible.

More than anything, know that I’m sorry

To have forgotten you this past year.

I seek to return to you more fully in the coming days.

This I pray in the name of

My guide,

Your Son, Jesus.

-Call On Me: A Prayer Book for Young People


1. Has something bad every happened to a friend of yours? What happened?

2. Is your friend a good person? Did they ‘deserve’ what happen to them?

3. Why do you think it happened?

4. If bad stuff happens to good people, do we still have to strive to be good?

5. How does Jesus lead by example of being turning toward goodness when bad stuff happens?

Final nugget – There will be times when bad things might happen to you or your loved ones. When those things happen, it’s good to remember that God loves you. More importantly, you can’t let those moments distract you from living a life like Jesus teaches us. We are still called to turn ourselves toward living a life of good.

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 63: 1-8

(Read in unison)

1 O God, you are my God; eagerly I seek you; *

my soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you,

as in a barren and dry land where there is no water.

2 Therefore I have gazed upon you in your holy place, *

that I might behold your power and your glory.

3 For your loving-kindness is better than life itself; *

my lips shall give you praise.

4 So will I bless you as long as I live *

and lift up my hands in your Name.

5 My soul is content, as with marrow and fatness, *

and my mouth praises you with joyful lips,

6 When I remember you upon my bed, *

and meditate on you in the night watches.

7 For you have been my helper, *

and under the shadow of your wings I will rejoice.

8 My soul clings to you; *

your right hand holds me fast. 

Luke 13:1-9

(read by assigned person)

At that very time there were some present who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, "Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them--do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did."

Then he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, 'See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?' He replied, 'Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'"

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, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; 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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