Fr. Phil Jackson gives a lesson during the 9:15am family service at St. Paul's Chapel

Family Worship: Home Edition #43

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.


Genesis 17:1–7, 15–16

Watch the reading by Alistair Cree.



Watch this reflection from Fr. Matt.



“Love is love is love is love” by Abbie Betinis; recorded by the Peppercorn and Junior Choristers

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

Make a Lenten Map

On a blank piece of paper, start drawing a road at the bottom. Add to the road every day in Lent. Your road could be straight, or curvy, uphill, or downhill; you could branch off the main road to another road or do a U-turn. For every part you add, think of a choice that you made that day, or need to make. It could be a big or small choice; easy or difficult. What helped you decide? Which direction did it take? Draw a “road sign” or symbol that will remind you when you look back on the road. Or print out this sheet of road signs. You could cut them out and glue them on you map, or just use the sheet as reference. Add pages when needed.

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