Family Worship: Home Edition #23

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
 

Psalm 23

Watch this video of the reading by Caleb Klein.

 
 

REFLECTION
 

Watch this reflection from Fr. Matt.

 
 

MUSIC
 

Cantate Domino, Giuseppe Pitoni; performed by Trinity Youth Chorus; 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
 

Kathryn Carroll, Interim Program Manager, Children & Families

Psalm 23 is probably the most well-known of all of the 150 psalms in the Bible. It’s often read when people are going through something hard or sad, like when someone dies. When I read it together with all of the rest of the readings for this Sunday, it sounded like a thank you note to God.

This week, let’s write a thank you note to God. Think about all of the gifts that are in your life. Then, write a thank you note to someone you miss being with. Thank them for all of the gifts that make them who they are, a unique and valued person of God. Send your note in the mail (no email or text). You could make thank you notes for the members in your household too! Sometimes we forget how much we value the people with whom we spend the most time.

Family Chat Prompts

Who likes to be invited to parties?

  • What do you like most about parties that you attend?
  • What do you like least about parties that you attend?
  • Have you ever not been invited to a party?
  • Have you ever declined an invitation?

How do you feel?

Who likes to throw parties?

  • What do you like most about hosting a party?
  • What do you like least about hosting a party?
  • Have you ever left someone out of your party?
  • Have people declined your invitation?

How do you feel?

Of course, right now we can’t have big parties, and when we are able to host or attend them, they might be different than they were before. Like so many things, sometimes we don’t really appreciate them until they are missing from our lives. Maybe this would be a good time to think about those things so that we can always remember what matters most.

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