Here’s a simple way of worshipping at home on your own or with your family. This one explores the holy habit of prayer.
- Say you’re going to be a little part of (name your church) church at home today.
- Light a candle and pray:
With the light of this candle, we remember the light of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
God, you are here with us now and also with our friends and family in their homes today.
Especially we remember that you are also with… (invite everyone to remember people from church, school, extended family, neighbourhood)
Thank you, Jesus, light for the world. Amen
- Say: Today we’re thinking about prayer: not wish-lists we read out to God, but prayer as the holy habit that connects us with God and with God’s kingdom, like air connects us with life.
Invite everyone to have two minutes to go round your home and bring back to the table one object that says something about prayer. Talk about what everyone brings back. If they fit into any of the sections below, refer back to them.
a teaspoon – in a recipe book, a teaspoon measure is written as TSP – the first letters of Thank you, Sorry and Please.
a heart shaped object reminding us of God’s love
a favourite cuddly toy to represent that God is always with us
- Play some or all of Aretha Franklin’s ‘I say a little prayer for you‘ and talk about what everyone thinks of the way she prays in this song.
- Ask someone to read Luke 11:1-4.
Jesus Teaches About Prayer
11 One time Jesus was praying in a place. When he finished, one of his followers said to him, “John taught his followers how to pray. Lord, please teach us how to pray, too.”
2 Jesus said to them, “When you pray, say:
‘Father, we pray that your name will always be kept holy.
We pray that your kingdom will come.
3 Give us the food we need for each day.
4 Forgive us the sins we have done,
because we forgive every person who has done wrong to us.
And do not cause us to be tested.’”
Ask: Why do you think Jesus’ disciples asked him to teach them how to pray?
- Say: God’s people have prayed in many different ways. Here are a few.
Draw the shape from the photo – on to a piece of paper, give everyone coloured pens and fill it in as you go along, getting everyone’s suggestions of words or pictures to put in each section. If everyone thinks of other ways of praying, such as praying for other people, add more pieces of paper.
- They pray to praise God, just enjoying who God is
- They pray with silence and listen to God
- They pray with words – sometimes prayers created by other people and sometimes prayers straight from their heart
- They pray to say sorry
- They pray to say thank you
- They pray in anger, sadness or frustration
- Say the Lord’s Prayer together, with or without action
- Blow out the candle, changing the light from visible to invisible light
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Lord God we pray for all the people who believe they are alone in isolation
Lord we know that they are not alone as you are with them offering strength, courage and comfort
Close their minds, hearts, ears and eyes Lord to fear, anxiety and solitude
Open their minds Lord to unlock your love and allow them to cast all their anxieties on to you
Open their eyes Lord and allow them to see your presence
Open their ears Lord and allow them to listen to your message of hope
Open their hearts Lord, uplift them and strengthen their faith so that they shall not be afraid
Lord God give them this courage and comfort in your name
I pray for Your blessings on all the parents, carers and children who are home learning at this time. May they appreciate the opportunity to spend time together. Enable them to draw nearer to You and nearer to each other as they enjoy discovering more about Your world. On the days when the difficulties seem too great to overcome help them to bring them to You to seek Your help. May this be a happy time with love and laughter every day. I ask this in the Jesus’ name Amen
Loving Father, we thank you for your presence during these troubled times. We ask that you guide us and help us to reflect on the part we can play in accepting that the life and society we thought we enjoyed is now subject to fundamental change. May we take this opportunity to focus on new directions. May we adapt and prepare ourselves and our communities for whatever lies ahead. Thank you for those who use their skills to care for others. May we, too, in whatever way we can, spread your love and care to those around us. Grant wisdom to our decision makers and may they be guided by your ways of compassion, truth and justice. Amen
Lord Jesus Christ, you taught us to love our neighbour, and to care for those in need as if we were caring for you.
Merciful God, we entrust to your tender care those who are ill or in pain, knowing that whenever danger threatens, your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe. Comfort and strengthen them and may they feel the assurance of your presence with them.
Gracious God, give skill, sympathy and resilience to all who are caring for the sick, and your wisdom to those searching for a cure. Strengthen them with your Spirit, that through their work many will be restored to health.
Creator God, help us to trust you, help us to know that you are with us, and help us to believe that nothing can separate us from your love revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Heavenly Father, thank You for all those caring for, protecting, and serving our communities, our families, and us. Thank You for all those people daily risking their own health and safety for others.
Gracious God, we pray for their protection. Please give then the courage and strength to deal with the demands made upon them.
Please provide everything they need, both for the people they are serving and for their loved ones. Help us to support them and their families as they care selflessly for others.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.