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!
THREE OPENING SONGS
Leader: Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!
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.
Discussion Question: Why did Saul travel around looking for people who loved Jesus?
Discussion Questions: How did Jesus meet Saul? How do people today meet Jesus?
Discussion Questions: Why was Ananias be worried about going to Saul? (He was scared Saul would hurt him…this is a good spot to connect to the question, “Are we safe?”) Why would Jesus pick someone like Saul to tell the whole world about Him?
Discussion Question: How was Paul “safe” even though he was shipwrecked and ended up in prison? How are we safe today even when things like a virus threaten us?
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
ONE CLOSING SONGS
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: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us, granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting.
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 ART
God’s Big Love
Children use crayons to create a pattern on a piece of paper. Make sure to press the crayons down hard when coloring to create a deep color pattern. (This is easier if you use a small square of paper so there is not so much space to cover.)
Then use a black crayon and color over the pattern, again pressing down firmly. As the children color over the pattern, talk with them about how our sin and the sins of the world threaten to cover up God’s beautiful love for us.
Finally, have the children use a toothpick, sharpened pencil, or plastic utensil to carve a design in the black crayon. The color underneath should pop through. Wrap up by talking with the kids about how God’s big love always shines through, no matter what darkness seems to surround us.
Check out this website for picture examples.