A Family Worship Service Based on Psalm 95

As we prepare to worship at home this week we hope you will find this Family Worship Service helpful.  Feel free to use it as written or use it as a starting point to make a family worship experience your own.  If you have any questions or want additional information contact Katie.

Opening Prayer: 

Ask one person to read this.

We come before you, O God, knowing that you are here with us just like you are in our friends’ homes as well. Be with us as we worship. Teach us something new about you and ourselves. In the name of Christ we pray, Amen.

Song: “God is So Good” video or short audio

Scripture: Psalm 95:1-6

Stand and assign one reader as you do the corresponding motions together with your family.
Come, let’s shout praises to God, (motion to one another to stand together in a circle)
raise the roof for the Rock who saved us! (raise your hands up in the air to raise the roof)
Let’s march into his presence singing praises, (march in place)
lifting the rafters with our hymns!
And why? (shrug shoulders, ‘why?’)
Because God is the best, High King over all the gods.(spread arms up high while standing on tip toes)
In one hand he holds deep caves and caverns, (hold out one hand)
in the other hand grasps the high mountains. (hold out the other hand)
He made Ocean—he owns it! (make ocean waves with your arms)
His hands sculpted Earth!
So come, let us worship: bow before him, (get down on your knees together and join hands)
on your knees before God, who made us!
Oh yes, he’s our God,
and we’re the people he pastures, the flock he feeds. Amen (fold hands in prayer position while on knees)

Sermon

Did you know that God made each of us?  God is such an amazing Artist that God made each of us special and original. There is no one just like you.  What is something about you that you like? (Give everyone a chance to name something and after they name it, family affirms together.  For example: I like my blue eyes or I am good at soccer. Family affirms together: God made you!)

God didn’t only make people, God made many other wonderful things.  What are some of the things our scripture told us that God made?

But human beings are special. God made us wonderful and God gave us the gift to be able to praise and thank God.  What are some ways we praise God? (singing, prayer, worshiping together, serving others, silence, creating art or dance or music, taking good care of our bodies, etc)

Even when things don’t go the way we expected and schools and churches are closed or we worry about those who are sick or sad, we can still praise God because no matter how we feel, no matter where we are, God is with us and God takes good care of us.

What is one way that God is taking care of you today? (by giving me food, shelter, doctor, family, a beautiful day, a chance to worship with family, etc)

Response to the Sermon

God is a wonderful artist.  You can also be an artist. Let’s take some time to use these materials (paper, crayons, glue, play do, scissors…whatever you have on hand) to make something that shows God our praise and thanks.  Tell the children, ‘I don’t what you will make, but you do. How can you show your thanks to God in what you make?’  Consider going outdoors and looking for signs of Spring that show us God is with us and creating beauty around us. Allow time for all who wish to share what they are making with the group. Consider dropping off your art work as a gift to someone in your neighborhood or display it at home as a reminder of God’s presence in these strange times. You may even want to post your art work or nature objects on social media with a word about God’s goodness.

Song  

Make up some of your own verses to God is so Good.  Use the audio version to sing together. For example, use these words in place of God is so good:  God made me, God cares for me, God loves me so, God loves you.

Closing prayer

With art responses or items of nature in hand, say this prayer:
God you are an amazing Artist. Thank you for your beautiful creation. Thank you for making each of us. We know you are here with us, taking care of us now and always.  Amen.