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.
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.
Exodus 20:1–4, 7–9, 12–20
Watch this video of the reading by Ry Klein.
Watch this reflection from Fr. Matt.
Wade in the Water, a traditional spiritual arranged by Moses Hogan; Trinity Youth Chorus; recorded live at St. Paul’s Chapel in June 2018.
Listen to this recording from the archives.
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:
Thank you for this time together
Stay with us
This week and always.
Help us to be like Jesus.
Kathryn Carroll, Interim Program Manager, Children & Families
This Sunday in the liturgy, we’ll hear the Ten Commandments again as we celebrate World Communion Sunday. In Godly Play, we call the Ten Commandments the Ten Best Ways, and each of them are grouped in one of three bigger ways: love God, love neighbors, and God loves us. What word is in all three? In our Holy Communion liturgies, we remember that in the last supper that Jesus’ shared with his disciples, he also said, “Love one another — as I have loved you.” When we think about commands, rules, and laws, sometimes we feel that they are what we have to do, whether or not we want to follow them, just to stay out of trouble.
This week, let’s think about the rules in our lives that are about love. Not just the love that you feel, but the love in the way that you do things.
With recycled materials, clay, Legos, or whatever you have in your home, please invent or repurpose something that could be a model for a tool or gadget. Make it unique, one-of-a-kind. Then make a list of the rules for its use, e.g., 1. Use outdoors only, 2. Put it back where you got it, etc.
Are any of the rules about loving God, loving your neighbor, or God loving us?
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