Week of September 29, 2019: Engaging With Suffering (Ages 11-18)

Updated: Mar 25



Faith To Go Podcast: The Suffering of the World

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: Living With No Regrets


Questions:


1. Which of these suggestions are you the best at?

2. Can regret be a good thing?

3. Which of these suggestions would you like to focus on this week?

4. Do you think any one of these suggestions is more important than the others?

5. Why do people regret the ways they lived their lives?




Views and Qs: Hiding the Homeless

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


Discussion Questions:

1) Have you seen efforts to hide the homeless in your own city?

2) What are some examples of criminalized human behaviors listed in this video?

3) Would people (especially the police) react differently if you were sitting on the sidewalk for a long time in contrast to a person who appears to be homeless?

4) Why does everyone want to move the homeless?

5) What are the possible outcomes if someone is arrested for sleeping outside?




Feast and Faith: Acknowledging Suffering

For this week’s dinner discussion, we are talking about how Jesus encourages us to re-evaluate our priorities again. This week, he wants us to examine our relationship with money.


Prayer -


Lord our God,

many of us never had it so good, and

so we have become smug and self-satisfied, happy in our own little world.

God, may our ears remain open to Your word

and our hearts to You

and to our brothers and sisters.

Do not allow us to forget You,

or to place our trust in ourselves.

Make us restless for You

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Discussion – For this week’s dinner discussion, we are talking about how Jesus tells us in this parable be alert to the needs under your nose. The parable is not concerned with patterns of good living on the part of Lazarus, nor of evil-doing on the part of the rich man. But the latter closed his eyes to the needy at his gate. And without an eye for the needy around us, our life becomes self-centered and callous. Jesus is asking his listeners to open their eyes to what is around them, and to open their ears to the simple commands of the Gospel: love your neighbor.


Questions

1. Why do we tend to “close our eyes” to the suffering around us?

2. If the rich man did acknowledge Lazarus, what do you think he could do to help?

3. Should there be a balance between acknowledging the suffering of the world and self care and “unplugging”?

4. How can you work to acknowledge the suffering of others, even if you can’t do anything about it?

5. Have you ever felt “blown off” or disregarded when you were suffering?


Final nugget – This parable shows us we have a pattern in our culture that teaches us to insulate ourselves from suffering, to build up gates and walls and border fences that separate us from those who are suffering right outside of our comfort. But we come to find out that not only are we locking the suffering out, but we’re locking ourselves in—to a life that’s incredibly lonely. Those patterns rob us of life and community.




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 146

(Read in unison)

1 Hallelujah!

Praise the Lord, O my soul! *

I will praise the Lord as long as I live;

I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.


2 Put not your trust in rulers, nor in any child of earth, *

for there is no help in them.


3 When they breathe their last, they return to earth, *

and in that day their thoughts perish.


4 Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help! *

whose hope is in the Lord their God;


5 Who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them; *

who keeps his promise for ever;


6 Who gives justice to those who are oppressed, *

and food to those who hunger.


7 The Lord sets the prisoners free;

the Lord opens the eyes of the blind; *

the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;


8 The Lord loves the righteous;

the Lord cares for the stranger; *

he sustains the orphan and widow,

but frustrates the way of the wicked.


9 The Lord shall reign for ever, *

your God, O Zion, throughout all generations.

Hallelujah!



Gospel Luke 16:19-31


(read by assigned person)


Jesus said, "There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man's table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. He called out, `Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.' But Abraham said, `Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.' He said, `Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father's house-- for I have five brothers-- that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.' Abraham replied, `They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.' He said, `No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' He said to him, `If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.'"


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 declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; 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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