Worshiping at Home on August 9, 2020
God Knows All About Family Fusses
(and loves us anyway)
Set up your worship space with a Bible or Bible story book (today open to Genesis 37 or the story of Joseph and his brothers), a candle, and a photo of your family. Some will set up chairs in rows or a circle. Others will simply worship wherever they gather.
Also have on hand a sheet of paper for each family member and a collection of crayons or markers.
For the Beauty of the Earth
There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
Jesus Loves Me This I Know
The Servant Song – “Brother, sister, let me serve you….”
Dona Nobis Pacem
WORSHIPING GOD TOGETHER
Keep it simple and repeat it each week. It becomes a way to say we are getting started now. Light or turn on your candle and say, “Come, let us worship God together.”
Sing one or more songs of happy praise that you selected as you got ready to worship.
Read story of Joseph and his brothers from Genesis 37 or a Bible storybook. Stop with his sale as a slave to Egypt. Ponder these questions:
What did Joseph do to cause trouble with his brothers?
How did his brothers feel when Joseph told him his two dreams?
What did the brothers do to cause trouble for Joseph?
Why do you think the brothers might have cried, “It is not fair!”
What did their father do to cause trouble among his sons?
Can you believe God would have used and loved this family?
Why or why not?
Together list all the things that caused trouble between Joseph and his brothers.
Then list things that cause trouble between siblings today.
PRAYING FOR OUR FAMILY
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specific prayer topics for the members of their family.
To pray for each of the member of our household draw a loopy figure with the same number of spaces in it as there are members of your family – and, yes, pets count. Write one person’s name in each space and add pictures or words that remind you of things about them for which you are thankful, things you wish for them, etc. When everyone is done, share your papers as your prayers for each other. Prayers start with phrases such as “I thank you God for NAME’S…” “God, help NAME with…” Prayer leader concludes with a brief prayer for the whole family.
Each member of the family says to at least one other person, “Go in peace. God loves you and I love you.” This may be done by going around the circle or with each member of the family saying it to every other member of the family.