Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Taking Worship with You

Some of my favorite memories of summers growing up include going to camp, playing tennis, and family vacations at a resort.  I have such fond memories of these things, and I also remember things like playing "Duck, Duck, Grey Duck" during Vacation Bible School and visiting my Grandma and Grandpa on their farm.

This year, summer weather seems to be taking its sweet time getting to us, but even still, there is something about summer that seems to give us all a little extra spring in our step. 
We're excited for things like watermelon, home-grown tomatoes, grilling, and getting out on the lakes. 

Of course, the temptation is always to fit way more into our calendars than is feasibly possible, but there are just so many things we want to do and places we want to go while the weather is nice.  

If this summer has you traveling to and fro with things like weddings, graduation parties, family reunions, vacation, summer camps, and the like, you may find yourself missing out on Sunday worship more often than you are able to participate in it.  Some weeks you may even feel pulled in equal and opposite directions-- wanting to bring your family to worship but needing to be somewhere else instead. 

It's with this is mind that I want to take the opportunity to remind you that wherever you go, God goes with you.  I'd also like to offer you some resources to consider using while you are on the go with your family, ways of taking worship with you when you aren't able to go to church.

Blessing for Those Traveling (from the book: For Everything There is a Season)

Welcome
We pause to ask for God's presence to be with us during this journey.

Prayer
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God, as this journey is about to begin, help us trust that you have good things in store.  Watch over all who travel.  Make us ever mindful of your presence.  Amen.

Read
It is the Lord who goes before you.  God will be with you; God will not fail you or forsake you.  Do not fear or be dismayed.  (Deuteronomy 31:8)

Ritual
Make the sign of the cross on each person's forehead, saying: Remember, God goes with you.  (Option: Dip finger in a small bowl of water before making the sign of the cross.)


Blessing
May we always remember that God goes with us wherever we go.  Amen.


Traveling Worship (from: vibrantfaithathome.org)

When you are away from home, choose a place to worship: in your hotel room, at the beach, in a park, in a tent, or in your car.  If you are traveling with others, be sure to invite them to worship with you.
 

Here is an order for worship, which can be modified to fit your family.  Allow a few moments for people to prepare the part they will lead.  Option: Write out each part on a piece of paper, place in Ziploc bag, and have family members each choose a slip.

Opening Prayer- An opening prayer prepares everyone for a time of worship by thanking God for being with you. Speak from your heart and your prayer will be perfect.

Song (sing ones your family knows--like Jesus Loves Me or Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying)

Bible story- Choose a favorite Bible story or passage to read aloud. If you need ideas, most Bibles have a section in the back with lists of verses on specific topics or lists of Bible stories.

Faith story- What is the story of your faith? Tell your family how God has touched your life. Thinking of how you would answer the following questions is a good starting
place: What or who has helped you to believe in God? Why is your Christian faith important to you? When has your faith helped you through a challenging time?


Lord’s Prayer

Song

Closing Prayer- A closing prayer gives thanks to God for the time to worship and asks God for ongoing guidance in your daily lives. Your prayer may include specific requests for family members or for other people.

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