This year our church family is going to focus on Family Worship. Our husbands are encouraged to lead each family in a time of family worship each week. The staff is helping by giving us some Family Worship suggestions each week. We did not attend worship last week and therefore did not receive the first week’s suggestions, but we did receive this week’s. I wanted to share this, and will do this from time to time….in an effort to encourage my friends and family to lead their families in a time of worship within their homes. We have found it a blessing to worship in places that are not within the 4 walls of a sanctuary….we can worship our Lord anywhere, and we should teach our children to be open and comfortable in their faith.
This week’s Family Worship:
This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.
This is my Father’s world, the birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white, declare their Maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world: He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass;
He speaks to me everywhere.
This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world: the battle is not done:
Jesus Who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and Heav’n be one.
by Maltbie D. Babcock, 1858-1901
Suggested Catechism Questions:
Q: Who made you?
A: God made me.
Q: What else did God make?
A: God made all things.
Q: Why did God make you and all things?
A: For His own glory.
Read: Genesis 1:26-31
Key Thought: God created mankind in His image
Older Children: In what ways did God create men and women in His image? Why do you think God said that it was all “very good?” Younger Children: What are some animals that God gave us to rule over? Prayer Suggestions: Praise God for graciously creating you. Confess any of your sins in failing to rule the creation as God himself would rule it. Ask God to help us to treat other human beings as fellow images of God.
Read: Psalm 139:1-24
Key Thought: God knows and governs our lives from birth
Older Children: How should verse 2 effect the way we live our lives? How is the all-presence of God both a comfort to believers and a terror to the wicked (v. 7-8)? What do verses 13-16 mean? Younger Children: Are you thankful that God made you? Prayer Suggestions: Ask God to help us to walk in the knowledge of His presence and of the fact that He governs our lives from beginning to end. Ask God to teach us His ways and marvel in His greatness.
Read: Acts 17:22-34
Key Thought: God is the source of all created things
Older Children: What is the wrong way to serve God (v. 25)? What do you think is the connection among creation (v. 24), repentance (v. 30), and judgment (v. 31)? Younger Children: What did God make? Prayer Suggestions: Pray for grace to worship God rather than creation.
Suggestions for Grandparents: Thank the Lord for creating your grandchildren. Ask God to help you be a good example of faithfulness to Christ for them. Find an opportunity this week to talk to your grandchildren about God’s creation.