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: Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit!
And blessed be his Kingdom, now and forever. Amen!
Leader: O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
Discussion Question: Why were Jesus’ friends waiting in Jerusalem?
Discussion Questions: What was God’s special gift and why was it so special?
Discussion Questions: What did Peter tell all of the people? Why is this good news for us?
Discussion Question: How can we share the good news of the Holy Spirit with the people we live, work, play, and learn with?
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: 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
The Holy Spirit Moving Through Our Hearts
Create a piece of art while teaching a bit about the Holy Spirit. Use a spoon or dropper to make a small dome of paint on a piece of paper. Have your child use a straw to blow on the dome and watch the paint move across the paper. This can be repeated many times with different colors to create a pattern. Once the paint dries, these paint patterns can be turned into all kinds of fun things with markers or crayons. Check out this website for an example!
As your child works, talk with him or her about how to relate the moving paint to the Holy Spirit moving in our hearts. Just like we cannot see the breath that moved the paint, we cannot see the Holy Spirit. However, just like we saw the paint moving, we can see feel the Holy Spirit moving in our hearts and see Him at work in our lives. (This can also be accomplished by blowing water domes across a piece of wax paper or aluminum foil.)