Snow Day Worship at Home
In Jewish tradition one of the most important laws is God’s commandment to observe the Sabbath day. But Jewish tradition makes an exception to the commandment to observe Sabbath if life is at stake or if keeping the Sabbath is unsafe. As Christians we take God’s commandment to observe Sabbath and to worship just as seriously. So, it is disappointing when we cannot gather to worship because of the weather. Today, we invite you to worship at home with your family and loved ones.
Here are some ways that you can prepare your home to be a sacred place of worship today:
- Turn off your television and put your devices in a place where they will not be a distraction.
- Light a candle.
- Place a cross where everyone can see it.
- Play or sing a favorite hymn or song while everyone is gathering.
- Take a moment to sit silently before beginning to worship.
Lord, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit, that as the Scriptures are read and your Word is proclaimed, we may hear with joy what you say to us today. Amen.
After reading the scripture lesson, take a few minutes to discuss what these readings mean to you and how they call you to live differently for Jesus Christ.
Questions for Reflection
- Do you remember your baptism? If so, share something you remember about it. If not, ask someone if they can tell you a story about your baptism.
- Think back to a time you were getting ready for a big life event. What did you do to get ready? Who helped you prepare?
- What do you feel God calling you to this year? What do you need to do to get ready?
Take time to pray for each of the following things. If you are gathered with your family or others, take turns on each point so that everyone can offer up a prayer in that category.
- Give thanks: What are you thankful for today?
- Pray for our world.
- Pray for our community: What prayers does your community need today?
- Pray for those who need healing or help from God: Who do you know who is sick or whose heart is hurting?
- Pray for your needs and the needs of your family: Where in your life do you need God’s help and guidance?
Wesleyan Covenant Prayer
The Wesleyan Covenant Prayer is adapted from John Wesley’s Covenant Renewal Service. As we move into the new year, we remember our covenant with God as made in our baptism. We pray that God will be with us through all things and that we will be ready to for what God calls us to.
I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for you or laid aside for you,
exalted for you or brought low for you.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine, and I am yours. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.
Thanks to Revs. Duncan Martin and Kris Mares for the inspiration!