Family Worship: Home Edition #18

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 18:15-20



Watch this reflection from Mother Kristin.



No music this week. Music will return September 13.



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. 



Helping a person (your child, your partner, your friend) to feel heard makes all the difference in reducing anxiety and strengthening relationships. And it can be learned: When another is experiencing intense feelings or frustration, sit down and listen. Don’t listen to respond; listen to reflect that the other has been heard by repeating back what was shared. People want to be heard. Biofeedback has shown that the intensity of feeling reduces when this simple listening method is used. Practice saying, “I hear you saying…” and “It sounds like you…” It may seem simplistic or contrived at first, but, with practice, it can work wonders for coping and resiliency.

Let’s choose to be role models of reflective listening at home and in our community. Perhaps more of our public officials and internet influencers would learn, from our example, to respond to one another with compassion and mutuality for the common good.

—Kathy Bozzuti-Jones

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