Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for time to feed our faith as a family, and time to learn about being parts of your body. Help our time together to be holy time. In your name we pray, Amen.
Bible Story: 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
Last week, our parish participated in a Service Project Sunday called God’s Work, Our Hands. I thought that reviewing Paul’s words about how all of us are parts of the body of Christ would be a good way to reinforce what we learned as we were doing those projects together. You can find his words here:
Discuss as a family:
What kind of body parts does Paul mention? How does the body work if a part is missing? How does the body work if everyone is working together? What part of the body of Christ do you think you are?
Song: The Work of God
This song by Nate Houge is going to be our theme song for God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, both now and in the future. As you sing, make sure to make some kind of motions with the body part that you are singing about. In our house, we invented new verses to respond to each part that our family had identified with in the discussion part of the devotion. Our kids’ eyes lit up when we sang “their” verse. Here is the song:
Activity: Family Service Project
For our activity this week, we did a family service project for the church. We pulled the weeds from one of the flowerbeds and got it ready for fall mulch. It was not a large bed, as our children are young and their attention spans and helpfulness are sometimes limited. What small thing can your family do to help out around the church together? One of my friends reminds me that, just as we have chores at home because we have a responsibility to our family, so also we should consider helping out around church on a regular basis to be a responsibility to our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. If you can’t come up with any ideas, talk to your pastor, Sunday School teacher, or church staff member. I’m sure they have a “honey do” list that they would be happy to share!
Here is a pic of our hands (and feet!) doing God’s work:
Thanks for your commitment to faithfully feed your family’s faith! I hope that this time was holy time for you.
Closing Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you that you call us to be your hands and feet in the world. Help us to hear your call and obey. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.