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Stay and Pray: A Daily Devotion for Families at the Close of the Day (May 22, 2015)

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 6:5-6
 
Then Jesus said, “And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward.  But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

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 86:15-17 (Read by assigned person)

But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,   

  slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.

Turn to me and be gracious to me;   

  give your strength to your servant;   

  save the child of your serving girl.

Show me a sign of your favor,   

  so that those who hate me may see it and be put to shame,    

  because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

 

 

A Reading from Matthew 6:5-6

(read by assigned person)  

Then Jesus said, “And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward.  But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

 

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) 

Almighty God, kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth, that in tranquility your dominion may increase until the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  

 

Amen.