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.
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 25:31–40, read by YOU!
Jesus said, “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’”
Watch this reflection from Fr. Mark.
Who Built the Ark?, a traditional spiritual recorded by The Peppercorn Choristers
Listen to this recording.
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
Our cliques, tribes, clubs, bubbles, squads, teams, groups, and, yes, nations and faiths tend to be oriented around identity. Identity, in its trending form, describes who we are and others with whom we identify. From within these boundaries, we decide who’s in and who’s out. On Reign of Christ Sunday, the last of this l-o-o-o-ngest Season of Pentecost ever, we consider whose we are. We have spent all this time learning and wondering about the identity of the Kingdom of God and how we are to walk in the way of Christ — on earth as it is in heaven. The Gospel makes it quite clear.
“…just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
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