godly-play.jpeg

Stay and Pray: A Devotion for Families at the Close of the Day (May 29, 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 John 20:24-29
 
Now Thomas (also known as Didymus ), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said,“Peace be with you!”  Then he said to Thomas,“Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

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 131 (Read by assigned person)

How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? 

How long must I bear pain in my soul, and have sorrow in my heart all day long? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? 

Consider and answer me, O Lord my God! Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death, 

and my enemy will say, "I have prevailed"; my foes will rejoice because I am shaken. 

But I trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. 

I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me. 

 

 

A Reading from John 20:24-29

(read by assigned person)  

Now Thomas (also known as Didymus ), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said,“Peace be with you!”  Then he said to Thomas,“Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

 

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, the fountain of all wisdom: Enlighten by your Holy Spirit those who teach and those who learn, that, rejoicing in the knowledge of your truth, they may worship you and serve you from generation to generation; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. 

  

 

 

Amen.