Stay and Pray: A Daily Devotion for Families at the Close of the Day (May 8, 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 5:14-16
Then Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one, after lighting a lamp, puts it under a basket. Instead, they put it on a table, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine in front of other people, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven."
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.
(Read in Unison)
1 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous.
Praise befits the upright.
2 Praise the Lord with the lyre;
make melody to him with the harp of ten strings.
3 Sing to him a new song;
play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.
4 For the word of the Lord is upright,
and all his work is done in faithfulness.
5 He loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.
6 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
and all their host by the breath of his mouth.
7 He gathered the waters of the sea as in a bottle;
he put the deeps in storehouses.
A Reading from 1 Peter 4:10-11
(read by assigned person)
“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven."
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 ..........
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.
(read by assigned person)
Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers, which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.