Week of May 17, 2020: The Spirit of Truth (Ages 11-18)


Faith To Go Podcast: The Spirit of Truth w/ Heather Lawrence

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: Your Boss Is Watching You

by NPR



Questions:


1) What does this article tell you about trust between employers and employees?

2) How does it make the employees feel to have this extra surveillance?

3) How does it make you feel when someone doesn't trust you?

4) Do you think the employers trust their employees? Why or why not?

5) Do you that employees would work better and feel better about their work if they are surveilled more or less?


Views and Qs: The Interfaith Amigos

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





Discussion Questions:

1) What brought these leaders from three different religious traditions together? 2) Why do you think their response to this tragedy was to begin a dialogue together? 3) Why is interfaith conversation important for learning about God? 4) What are the principles of their respective religious traditions that they hold central? 5) Do you have friends or neighbors from other faith traditions? How can you enter into dialogue with them?


Feast and Faith: The Spirit of Truth

For this week's dinner discussion we will focus on Jesus' description of himself as "the way, the truth, and the life."


Prayer -

Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen..


Discussion -

This week are are reflecting on Jesus' parting words to his disciples telling them that he is going to send them the Holy Spirit, which he call "the Advocate" and "the Spirit of Truth":


Questions -

1) What do you think it means that truth has a spirit?

2) What are some things you know are true?

3) What are some things you used to know were true but now you know are not?

4) What truths in our lives change as we grow and change?

5) Who are the people in your life that you share your truth with? Why are these relationships important to you?


Final Nugget - This week Jesus encourages his disciples to pay close attention to how the Holy Spirit is moving in the world and in their lives. He calls the Holy Spirit the "Spirit of Truth." How do you know what is true for you? How do you listen for this spirit of truth in your life?

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 66:7-18

(read in unison)


7 Bless our God, you peoples; * make the voice of his praise to be heard; 8 Who holds our souls in life, * and will not allow our feet to slip. 9 For you, O God, have proved us; * you have tried us just as silver is tried. 10 You brought us into the snare; * you laid heavy burdens upon our backs. 11 You let enemies ride over our heads; we went through fire and water; * but you brought us out into a place of refreshment. 12 I will enter your house with burnt-offerings and will pay you my vows, * which I promised with my lips and spoke with my mouth when I was in trouble. 13 I will offer you sacrifices of fat beasts with the smoke of rams; * I will give you oxen and goats. 14 Come and listen, all you who fear God, * and I will tell you what he has done for me. 15 I called out to him with my mouth, * and his praise was on my tongue. 16 If I had found evil in my heart, * the Lord would not have heard me; 17 But in truth God has heard me; * he has attended to the voice of my prayer. 18 Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer, * nor withheld his love from me.



Gospel

(read by assigned person)


John 14:15-21

Jesus said, ”If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you. ”I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”


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, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; 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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