Family Worship: Home Edition #19

by: 
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
 

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.
Amen.

 

READING
 

“The Red Sea” from the Spark Story Bible

Watch this video of the reading by Emmy Chinn.

 
 

REFLECTION
 

Watch this reflection from Fr. Mark.

 
 

MUSIC
 

“The Lord Bless You and Keep You” by John Rutter; Trinity Youth Chorus; Avi Stein, organ; recorded live at St. Paul’s Chapel in June 2018.

Listen to this recording from the archives.

 
 

PRAYERS
 

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. 
Amen.

 

ACTIVITY
 

Parents and teachers know very well that telling a child what they can do is more effective than telling them what not to do. There are new layers of restrictions on all of us now and lots of talk about “personal freedoms” vs. “common good” or public safety. These kinds of choices have been ours to make and model long before the pandemic, but they didn’t feel as urgent or uncomfortable for most of us. We don’t usually expect this kind of discernment from children. But, especially now, it can be empowering.

What can I do?
What can I do?
What can I do?

Use this worksheet to name some things you can’t or shouldn’t do. Rename it with what you can or could do.

Printable Activity Pages