Family Worship: Home Edition #25

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
 

This week, we’re invited to read the Gospel lesson twice. Choose a member of your family to read the passage out loud to the group. It could be the same person each time or you can take turns! After reading the lesson, ask yourself the following questions:

After the first time: What words or phrases jumped out to you?
After the second time: What do you think God is saying to us in this reading today?

The reading is Matthew 22:33–40, read by YOU!

“When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. ‘Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’ He said to him, ‘“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.’”

The Word of the Lord.
Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.

 

REFLECTION
 

Watch this reflection from Fr. Matt.

 
 

MUSIC
 

Panis Angelicus by César Franck, arr. István Bogár; performed by the Senior Choristers; edited by Farrah Dupoux.

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

In our Gospel reading this week, Jesus was being quizzed again by some Pharisees who were experts in church law and Hebrew history. Jesus asked them a question that made them think of a Messiah as a messenger of peace instead of a conquering hero. They weren’t sure what to think. They wanted wars and violence to end, but Jesus made them realize that God’s peace is so much more than that. So, they simply stopped asking Jesus questions.

There are a lot of symbols and a lot of meanings for peace. The symbol we know from the Bible is the dove. Make a dove mobile with plain paper or cardstock. Or try origami (here's a video and a worksheet).

Printable Activity Pages