Children gather around the altar in St. Paul's Chapel
Photo: Lynn Goswick

Family Worship: Home Edition #46

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.

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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.



Jeremiah 31:31–34

Watch the reading by Karla Chee-a-tow.



Watch this reflection from Mtr. Kristin.



“In Regards to love: Agape” by Tarou Umebayashi; performed by Victoria Lee, Schola Chorister

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

Following the loving ways of God isn’t about avoiding punishment. We are always as close to God as our own hearts. We can’t get any closer than that! But sometimes we need to practice listening to God in our hearts. There are things we do and say together and alone that help us to listen ­— like in our prayers, liturgies, exercises, rituals, and worship. There are also symbols all around us that we can see or create to remind us of the stories of our faith and of how close God is to us. Here is a project that might take some time that your family could start now to prepare for Holy Week and Easter.

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