Week of May 24, 2020: Gentleness, Glory, and Eternal Life (Ages 11-18)


Faith To Go Podcast: Gentleness, Glory, and Eternal Life w/ Courtney McWilliams

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: Finding Carefree Joy

by NPR



Questions:


1) Where do you find space of togetherness in your life?

2) How do you create or find these spaces?

3) What brings you joy in your life?

4) What communal experiences are important in your life?

5) Where else do you see connections between things a source of joy in the world?


Views and Qs: The Science of Interconnectedness

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





Discussion Questions:

1) What experience led to the creation of the institution where Cassandra Vieten does research? 2) What does "interconnectedness" mean?

3) Have you ever had an experience of seeing an invisible connection between things? 4) What is God's role in this "interconnection" between things? 5) What are some ways you experience your interconnection with everything and everyone around you?


Feast and Faith: The Eternal Life of Now

For this week's dinner discussion we will focus on Jesus' description of eternal life.


Prayer -

Almighty and everlasting God, you made the universe with

all its marvelous order, its atoms, worlds, and galaxies, and

the infinite complexity of living creatures: Grant that, as we

probe the mysteries of your creation, we may come to know

you more truly, and more surely fulfill our role in your

eternal purpose; in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Discussion -

This week are are reflecting on Jesus' words to his disciples describing the two characteristics of eternal life. Often, we think about eternal life as a vision of what will happen in the future, but Jesus seems to be describing something that is taking place right here and now. Praying to God on behalf of his disciples he says that eternal life is "that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent."


Questions -

1) What are the two parts of eternal life? Are they the same as what you imagined eternal life being?

2) Are these two characteristics of eternal life things that can happen now, or things that happen in the future?

3) What do you think it might mean that "eternal life" is available to us now?

4) How are some ways you can grow in awareness of God in the world around you?

5) What do you think life would be like if you could recognize God in everyone and everything around you?


Final Nugget - This week Jesus prays for his disciples to have eternal life, which consists of knowing God and knowing the Christ. How might recognizing God (the divine) and the Christ (the sacredness/anointedness of the world) in the people and the world around us change our lives today?

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 68:1-10, 33-36

(read in unison)


1 Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered; * let those who hate him flee before him. 2 Let them vanish like smoke when the wind drives it away; * as the wax melts at the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God. 3 But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; * let them also be merry and joyful. 4 Sing to God, sing praises to his Name; exalt him who rides upon the heavens; * YAHWEH is his Name, rejoice before him! 5 Father of orphans, defender of widows, * God in his holy habitation! 6 God gives the solitary a home and brings forth prisoners into freedom; * but the rebels shall live in dry places. 7 O God, when you went forth before your people, * when you marched through the wilderness, 8 The earth shook, and the skies poured down rain, at the presence of God, the God of Sinai, * at the presence of God, the God of Israel. 9 You sent a gracious rain, O God, upon your inheritance; * you refreshed the land when it was weary. 10 Your people found their home in it; * in your goodness, O God, you have made provision for the poor. 33 Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth; * sing praises to the Lord. 34 He rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens; * he sends forth his voice, his mighty voice. 35 Ascribe power to God; * his majesty is over Israel; his strength is in the skies. 36 How wonderful is God in his holy places! * the God of Israel giving strength and power to his people! Blessed be God!



Gospel

(read by assigned person)


John 17:1-11

Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed. ”I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.”


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, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.


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