We pray as a family around the fireplace every so often and sometimes just as a married couple. Since this time is not always easy, it can help to have some format. Here’s an idea to try adapting along with your own message:
Bless the Lord, o my soul and all that is within me bless His holy name. (or a different song)
Light Candle with Prayer
Leader: “This candle reminds us that Jesus is with us.”
All: “Jesus, you are welcome here.”
Leader: “We come together as a family to love you, to listen to you and to be filled up with you.”
Deliver a good short message to the family using the bible, a book, storytelling, art, conversation, witnessing etc. Ideas: a healing story of Jesus’, the importance of kindness, the definition of love…
As a family, talk about the message. You could have an open discussion or go around the circle and have each person answer the questions:
- What do you think this means?
- What is one way you can apply this in your life?
Leader suggests one simple sentence for each person pray regarding the message. For example each person in the circle can say,
“Thank you God, you have …”
“I praise you God because…”
“Please help …”
“Please help me to …”
“May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May he make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you.
May he look upon you and give you peace.”
Each person blesses everyone with a cross on the forehead and says: