Family Worship: Home Edition #37

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 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.



1 Samuel 3:1–10, 11–20

Watch the reading by Sian Wetherill.




Watch this reflection from Fr. Mark.



“I’m Gonna Sing ‘Til The Spirit Moves in My Heart” by Moses Hogan; Elisa Sikula, soloist, class of 2018; recorded live at St. Paul’s Chapel in June 2018.

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:

Dear God,
Thank you for this time together
Stay with us
This week and always. 
Help us to be like Jesus. 



Kathryn Carroll

As you know, children are formed most by the adult models in their lives, for better or worse. In last Sunday’s liturgy we remembered the promises we make in our faith community in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. As Jesus, Gandhi, and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. demonstrated, those promises implicitly include action to ensure inclusion and justice for all of God’s children in a Beloved Community. Sometimes, we need to be explicit and specific with our actions when personal and systematic exclusion and injustice are being perpetrated.

After the terrible events at the Capitol, it is timely to be celebrating Dr. King, to make clear and distinguish that destructive and anti-human mob from creative protests like the March on Washington, BLM, environmental justice marches, March for Our Lives, Pride, and all nonviolent activism that promotes and upholds the fair and equal flourishing of all, most especially for those who have been treated as “the least of these.” Violence, even for a cause that we consider just, can only perpetuate dehumanization.

Since we can’t participate in hands-on service projects this weekend as we usually do, you could take some time to talk with your children about nonviolent activism, or consider attending Trinity YouthMLK Truth in History with your child.

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