Helping families grow closer to God together.
On this page you will find regularly updated resources to help your family read and reflect on the Bible together. You can also download a PDF of our Family Church At Home Liturgy. It’s a guide for praying, worshiping and reflecting together as a family.
You can also join us in person for Family Church at St. Paul’s.
This is a family-friendly, socially distanced time of prayer and reflection held every other Sunday of the month. You can subscribe for updates about upcoming Family Church gatherings HERE.
But the purpose of this page is to help you have your own Family Church time at home.
All of our most recently posted material can be found immediately below. As we post new material, you’ll be able to find any of the posts that you missed or that you want to look at again under the page listings at the bottom this page.
We really hope this helps you and your family grow closer to God together.
“You know everything about me!” – Week of November 8th 2020
The Bible tells us that God, who created everything and rules over the whole universe, knows each and every one of us personally. In our Family Church Bible reading for this week we are going to read a poem that explores the wonder of knowing that God knows us.
Before you look at this week’s Bible reading, we have a simple little song that we’ve sung many times at St.Paul’s, and that we hope will help you draw close to God today. The lyrics and the actions for this song are both in the video, and it’s short enough and simple enough that you can listen and sing along with it a few times until you learn it really well.
The Bible uses lots of different ways of writing, or what are sometimes called “Literary Styles”. The Bible is full of stories, but it’s also full of poems, songs, parables, genealogies, visions, and even lists. But unlike a lot of the writing that we see in our culture, the writings of the Bible are meant to be read and re-read over and over again and to be meditated on over a person’s whole life. You can find out more about what this means for how we read the Bible in the video below from the Bible Project all about Jewish Meditation Literature.
Psalm 139: 1-18
There are at least a few different ways you can read a psalm like the one below. One person can read it out loud for everyone else, or a group of people can read it together, or different people in the group can take turns reading different parts. But, just like we heard in the video above, the main idea is to read it carefully and thoughtfully and to meditate on the reading as you read it.
1 O Lord, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me.
2 You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
3 You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.
4 You know what I am going to say
even before I say it, Lord.
5 You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too great for me to understand!
7 I can never escape from your Spirit!
I can never get away from your presence!
8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;
if I go down to the grave, you are there.
9 If I ride the wings of the morning,
if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
and your strength will support me.
11 I could ask the darkness to hide me
and the light around me to become night—
12 but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.
To you the night shines as bright as day.
Darkness and light are the same to you.
13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16 You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
18 I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
you are still with me!
Made in the Image of God
In the reading above we hear that God has made each one of us wonderfully complex and has carefully laid out every single day of our lives. But why, and what exactly has God made us for? To understand that, we need to look at what the Bible says about how we are made in the “Image of God” and what that means for how we should live. Thankfully, there is another Bible Project video all about that! You can check it out below.
A Prayer to conclude your Family Church time
This week we’d like to encourage you and your family to pray the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples to pray (a.k.a “The Lord’s Prayer”) to conclude your Family Church time together.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.