Family Worship: Home Edition #36

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
 

Mark 1:4–11

Watch the reading by Alistair Cree.

 

 


REFLECTION
 

Watch this reflection from Fr. Matt.

 
 

MUSIC
 

“We Three Kings” performed by members of the Junior and Senior Choristers.

Listen to this recording.

 
 

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

The day after the 12th day of Christmas is January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany. It marks the end of the Christmas season and the beginning of the next, the Season after Epiphany, which lasts all the way until Lent. It is sort of a threshold feast; a doorway from the physical birth of Jesus to Christ’s birth in our hearts and lives, and it leads right in to the second Sunday of the new year when we always remember the baptism of Jesus. Chalking our doors and baptism are both forms of welcome and blessing. Here are ways for families with children to explore them:

Epiphany at Home — How can we be welcoming if we can’t allow people into our homes right now? How can we share our gifts with the world?

Holy Baptism with Children — If we were babies when we were baptized, or haven’t been baptized yet, we can’t very well “remember our baptism,” which is part of the liturgy in the Baptism of the Lord Sunday. But we can’t actually remember Jesus’ last supper with his disciples either, as we say in the Eucharist liturgy. What could “remember” really mean?

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