Family Worship: Home Edition #13

Fr. Matt Welsch

Family worship at St. Paul's Chapel

Each week, we’re offering a simple family-style service for you and your family to follow together at home. We hope these resources will help you find time to worship together at whatever time and in whatever way feels most comfortable and authentic for you.

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Gather all the members of your household who plan to participate in one place. Get comfortable! Maybe sit on the floor or on cushions. Maybe sit in a circle. Take a moment to pause and breathe together.

Invite a member of the household to lead the gathering prayer. Read line by line, with the rest of the household repeating back to them.

Repeat after me.

Dear God,
Thank you SO much
For bringing us to this time and place.
Please be with us
As we listen, pray, and learn.
And help us remember that,
No matter what,
You will always love us.



Matthew 14:13–21

Watch this video of the reading by Alistair Cree.



Watch this reflection from Fr. Mark.



Listen to this recording of members of the Schola choristers, along with Zizi Vargas-Chaffa on violin, performing Ryan Brandau’s arrangement of the traditional tune Auld Lange Syne.



Take a moment to pause. Invite a member of the household to be the prayer leader to lead these or similar prayers:

Let’s pray together silently or out loud. First, let’s say thank you to God for the good things in our lives. Are there specific things you’d like to say thank you for? (Give time for others to share out loud or silently.) For all these things, let’s say together: Thank you so much, Lord!

Thank you so much, Lord!

Now, let’s pray for the people or animals who are sick or need help. We also pray for the things that worry us. Are there specific people, animals, or worries you’d like to pray for? (Give time for others to share out loud or silently.) Let us say: Please God, help us!

Please God, help us!

Repeat after me:

Dear God,
Thank you for this time together
Stay with us
This week and always. 
Help us to be like Jesus. 



Wonder together about these questions:

  • What is too precious to share?
  • I wonder what really happened on that mountain?
  • I wonder where all of that food came from?
  • I wonder if there is a table or a meal like this?
  • I wonder what “being the best” or “having the most” really means?
  • I wonder how much is enough? For me? For everyone?

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