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Stay and Pray: A Daily Devotion for Families at the Close of the Day (May 15, 2017)

Each week we feature two ways for your family to reflect and pray together.  For families with older children there is an at home liturgy for your family to participate in together. It is a daily devotion for families adapted from The Book of Common Prayer. 

For families with younger children there is a set of reflection questions to do at night before bed.  Both are updated weekly with the week's scripture.  Take time one night of the week or every night, whichever structure works best for you.

 

Bedtime Reflection for Younger Children (Ages 0-4 and 5-10)

During your bedtime routine, invite your children into a time of reflection about their day, maybe by saying, "Did you know that God really wants to know what happened in your day today, and that God is always listening whenever you need to tell God something?"  Then continue with these questions:

1. What are some things that happened today that you want to tell God about?

2. What is one happy thing that happened today?  What is one sad thing that happened today?

3. Did you see God or feel God with you when those things were happening?  Where did you see or feel God when those things happened today?

4. Read to your children this week's scripture selection, then ask the question that follows:

A Reading from Matthew 25:35-40
 
Then Jesus said, “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me."

Did anything from this story remind you of something that happened today?

5.  What are some things that you want to tell God that you are grateful for today?

 

Liturgy for Older Children (Ages 11-18)

Before you begin, take a few moments to decide who will read the scripture reading and who will read the collect and closing.  Read the Psalm and Lord's Prayer in unison.


After a moment of silence, begin with the Psalm.

 

Psalm 116:12-19 (Read by assigned person)

What shall I return to the Lord   

for all his bounty to me?

I will lift up the cup of salvation   

and call on the name of the Lord,

I will pay my vows to the Lord  

in the presence of all his people.

Precious in the sight of the Lord   

is the death of his faithful ones.

O Lord, I am your servant;   

I am your servant, the child of your serving girl.   

You have loosed my bonds.

I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice   

and call on the name of the Lord.

I will pay my vows to the Lord   

in the presence of all his people,

in the courts of the house of the Lord,   

in your midst, O Jerusalem.

 


A Reading from Matthew 25:35-40

(read by assigned person)  

I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.

 

Prayers For Ourselves and For Others (take this time to each offer one person/event that you would like to hold in prayer as well as one thing you are thankful for)


Dear God, tonight I ask your prayers for.......


and I give you thanks for ..........


Amen 

 


The Lord’s Prayer 

(read in unison)

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.

Amen

 


The Collect

(read by assigned person) 

Heavenly Father, whose blessed Son came not to be served but to serve: Bless all who, following in his steps, give themselves to the service of others; that with wisdom,patience, and courage, they may minister in his Name to the suffering, the friendless, and the needy; for the love of him who laid down his life for us, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,one God, for ever and ever. 

 

Amen.