Hello St. Thomas’.
Below is the service for families with young children ages preK – 3rd grade can use for Sunday worship in their homes. Let’s all try to start worship at 10:45 on Sunday Mornings. As you gather for worship, please think about who you can Facetime or otherwise electronically connect to your worship. If you want to worship individually, please say this service out loud.
If you’re worshipping as a family, the head of the household should lead worship. This means the Father, but, if the Father is not available, then the Mother should lead. Some parts of the service (such as the Scripture reading and prayers) can be delegated out to others as they become familiar with the service.
The group responses are in blue.
Please don’t worry about how “messy” these family worship times can be. Children will get distracted, others may be embarrassed to participate. The goal is to come together and worship the Lord. Have fun with it!
Leader: Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit!
And blessed be his Kingdom, now and forever. Amen!
Leader: Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord.
Let us now reaffirm our faith in the words of the ancient baptismal confession, the Apostles’ Creed.
Leader: Do you believe and trust in God the Father?
I do. I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
Leader: Do you believe in Jesus Christ?
I do. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and
Born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day, he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
And is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.
Leader: Do you believe and trust in the Holy Spirit?
I do. I believe in the Holy Spirit,
The holy catholic church,
The communion of Saints,
The forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection fo the body,
And the life everlasting,
Leader: Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.
Almighty and most merciful Father;
We have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep,
We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts,
We have offended against your holy laws,
We have left undone those things which we ought to have done,
And we have done those things which we ought not to have done,
And there is no health in us.
But you, O Lord, have mercy upon us miserable offenders;
Spare those, O God, which confess their faults,
Restore those that are penitent,
According to your promises declared unto us in Christ Jesus our Lord;
And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake,
That we may hereafter live a Godly, righteous, and sober life,
To the glory of your holy Name.
Leader: Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
Who of his great mercy has promised forgiveness of sins
To all those who with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto him;
Have mercy upon us; pardon and deliver us from all our sins;
Confirm and strengthen us in all goodness;
And bring us to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Leader: The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Leader: Let us pray.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
And the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Please pray for these groups of people:
- Our church leaders, St. Thomas’ family, our missionaries, and our sister church in Rio Mena, Nicaragua
- Three people we love that do not know the good news of Jesus Christ
- For all those who are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity
Leader: Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time, with one accord, to make our common prayers to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that we two or three are gathered together in his Name you will grant their requests.
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time, now and forever.
Leader: Let us bless the Lord
Thanks be to God.
Leader: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, evermore.
RESPONSE THROUGH PLAY
Mother May I
Play a game of Mother May I or Simon Says with your family. Have an adult play the Mother or Simon role first. Star the game with some easy tasks and as the game progresses, have the children do more challenging things that may even be too hard for them to accomplish. Play several rounds of the game and change out the leader role with each game.
After the game, ask your children how it felt when the tasks became harder and harder. Talk with them about the idea of uncertainty and how when they did not know what was going to happen next or how hard it was going to be, they may have felt uncertain. Talk with your children about the story and how God’s people may have been feeling uncertain because things in life were getting harder and they didn’t know what might come next. Finish up by reminding your children that we can trust in God to help us in uncertain times just like his people learned to.