Family Worship: Home Edition #7

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 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.



Matthew 10:24–31

Watch the video of the reading by Caleb Klein.



Watch this reflection from Fr. Mark.



Listen to this recording — Pilgrim’s Hymn by Stephen Paulus, sung by the Schola Choristers.



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. 



Peace and Peace Be With You

Kathryn Carroll, Interim Program Manager, Children and Families

Children: When you see others who are upset about something, how do you feel and what do you do? When you are upset about something, how do you feel and what do you do? Does it seem like a lot of people are upset these days? What can you do about it?

In Jesus’ time, there were a lot of people upset about the way that people were being treated: by each other, by their governments, and by their churches. One of the nicknames that people gave Jesus was “Prince of Peace.” There are a number of definitions in the dictionary for the word peace. And I recently learned that there are three different signs in ASL for the word peace. Synonyms for these signs are: stillness, calm, tranquil, free from worry; and, harmony in relationships, relief, freedom from civil discord, and a pact or treaty between nations or communities. And there is some overlap in meaning across all of the signs. Try them here and here.

Peace means different things to different people in different contexts. Here are two of the ways to think about peace. (You could think about “faith” and “love” the same way, as something that is inward-facing and/or outward-facing).

  • Peace: A feeling or belief to have, or possess that is your own, which makes you feel good. Peace-full.
  • Peace: A practice, or way to be in the world; something to enact, even if it makes you feel less peace-filled.

Wondering Questions

  • I wonder which kind of peace Jesus was talking about?
  • I wonder if there can be one way of peace without the other?
  • I wonder if one kind of peace is more important?
  • I wonder if we can experience peace and discomfort at the same time?
  • I wonder if we can turn ourselves toward one kind of peace or another?

For The Very Best Day this Sunday

Where do you see signs of turning: in others, around your house, outside, in yourself? See what you can find to share on Sunday with friends in Summer Sundays at 10am, following the 9:15 Family Worship Watch Party. RSVP to Kathryn Carroll at

Printable Coloring Pages

Here’s a sign of turning and growing that I’ve been watching every day for thirty years. And truthfully, I didn’t notice what it was doing until about a year ago. Sometimes, turning is very slow.

Sunlight shining through leaves