Family Worship: Home Edition #6

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.

 

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
 

Matthew 9:35–10:8

Watch the video of the reading by Ry Klein.

 
 

REFLECTION
 

Watch this reflection from Fr. Matt.

 
 

MUSIC
 

Listen to this recording — Peace Like a River, a traditional spiritual sung by the Peppercorn Choristers of the Trinity Youth Chorus.

 
 

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
 

But What Can I Do?

Kathryn Carroll, Interim Program Manager, Children and Families

In the past two weeks, I’ve been listening to the cries of anguished parents; of those who are lamenting racial injustice publicly for the first time, asking “why?”; and of those who are exhausted by a lifetime of lament, asking “how long?”. You have been heard.

In my work, I mainly try to listen, learn, and witness through the filter of Christian teachings and general optimism. And I have always been propelled toward peacemaking and mutuality in my communities, relationships, and teaching. I’m guessing that most of us think of ourselves this way. But the prevailing non-rhetorical question among parents that I’ve heard is, how do we talk with young children about something as ugly as racism? We want to hang on to their happy trusting innocence as long as possible. But clearly this is a luxury that is not afforded to parents of all children. No, knowing about real and possible danger is a matter of life and death for black and brown children. I believe that learning and knowing something about people’s reality is a good step toward “doing something.” Trinity’s Faith Formation & Education team has a plethora of resources on racial justice and you can’t shake a megabyte anywhere online without finding something this minute, if you’re curious. “Yes, let’s be curious” (Nadia Bolz-Weber).

The Gospel, and all of today’s readings, hold many clues with descriptors of nearly every incarnation of God in the human experience, beginning, appropriately, with Abraham and Sarah. Take a look through all of them and see how many different people and feelings you can find. 

In the gospel, Jesus is instructing the newly-charged disciples how to go out and spread the new good news. In these detailed instructions, Jesus told his disciples not to bother with the “unworthy” because they won’t find “peace.” Does that make all disciples and wannabes cowards? Or judges? It seems like that might be an attractive recruitment tool for a righteous dude. Why not lead with that? 

“Whatever town or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy, and stay there until you leave. As you enter the house, greet it. If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town” (Matthew 10:11–14).

Because of my formation in both faith-based and secular nonviolence, I feel that judgement or superiority might not be what this passage is about. And, instead of Googling or consulting academic exegeses, I referenced my own hard drive.


The Six Principles of Nonviolence engraved on the wall of the King Center in Atlanta, by Kathryn Carroll

Here are the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Six Principles of Nonviolence (The King Center):

  1. Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people. It is active nonviolent resistance to evil.
  2. Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding. The end result of nonviolence is redemption and reconciliation. 
  3. Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice, not people. Nonviolence recognizes that evildoers are also victims. 
  4. Nonviolence holds that suffering can educate and transform. Nonviolence willingly accepts the consequences to its acts.
  5. Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate. Nonviolence resists violence to the spirit as well as the body. Nonviolence love is active, not passive. Nonviolence love does not sink to the level of the hater. Love restores community and resists injustice. Nonviolence recognizes the fact that all life is interrelated. 
  6. Nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice. The nonviolent resister has deep faith that justice will eventually win.

Children's Worship Bulletin

Summer Sundays for Families with Children

Join us Sunday at 9:45am for a time to catch up and to discover and share The Way of Love for children with Roger Hutchison, author/illustrator of The Very Best Day. We will begin with some informal social time and then Roger, Kathryn, and other Trinity friends will lead an interactive activity that everyone can use to share how they practice God’s ways of love. To join, RSVP to Kathryn Carroll at KCarroll@trinitywallstreet.org.