Family Worship: Home Edition #4

by: 
Fr. Matt Welsch

Family worship

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.

 

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
 

Watch the video of Felicia Eve reading The Day When God Made Church: A Child’s First Book About Pentecost by Rebekah McLeod Hutto and Stephanie Haig.

 
 

REFLECTION
 

Watch this special baking video from Fr. Matt! (Here’s the recipe, if you’d like to follow along.)

 
 

MUSIC
 

Listen to this recording — Juniors of the Trinity Youth Chorus sing Like a Mighty Stream, arranged by Moses Hogan and John Jacobson.

 
 

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
 

Happy Birthday, Church! (That means YOU, and you, and you, and WE!)

Father Matt made a birthday cupcakes for the church. What will you bring to the party? Here are some ideas:

  1. Decorate the table with a Pentecost offering on a tray or in a bowl. The color of Pentecost is red. Find or make red foods, flowers (fresh, fake, paper, etc.), candles, or small toys, or words written in red ink. Share prayers of gratitude for each item.
  2. Make “fiery” streamers with red, yellow, orange, and white paper.
  3. Family members say The Lord’s Prayer in different languages — all at the same time!
  4. Blow out a birthday candle:

“In the Godly Play room just before our feast, I light the Christ candle and we enjoy the light for a bit before diving into our snack. The candle sits in the middle of our circle, and we may not even notice flickering as we chat about the past week. But it’s there: the Light of the World.

When everyone’s done feasting, I extinguish the flame, changing the Light. We watch it transform from flame to smoke that moves around us like the Spirit of the Lord — promising to follow, keep watch and hold us tight. Then we take that changed light within us out into the world, where hopefully we can choose to make small changes this week.

I encourage you to light a candle and enjoy the light for a moment. Then change that light so you may take it with you into the world.”

— Carrie-Anne Kokubun, Children, Youth, and Family Minister at Epiphany Episcopal Church, Honolulu (Source)

 

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