Family Worship: Home Edition #9

by: 
Fr. Matt Welsch

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 11:16–19, 25–30

Watch the video of the reading by Karla Chee-a-tow.

 
 

REFLECTION
 

Watch this reflection from Fr. Mark.

 
 

MUSIC
 

Listen to this recording — Yonder Come Day, a Georgia Sea Islands spiritual, arr. Judith Cook Tucker, performed by Junior 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
 

Kathryn Carroll, Interim Program Manager, Children and Families

Listen to the Gospel reading above or read it here. Now take a look at Emma Lazarus’s poem, The New Colossus, that is on the Statue of Liberty. (Or both excerpts below). How do the words of Jesus and the poem sound similar?

Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

Printable Activity Pages

Summer Sundays

Summer Sundays Family Worship Watch Party and The Very Best Day are on hiatus for the holiday weekend. We will resume next Sunday, July 12, at 9:15am. Please RSVP to Kathryn Carroll at KCarroll@trinitywallstreet.org.