Family Worship Guide
We have recently begun a new practice in the Cavin home.
Each night after dinner we sit down together in our living room for family worship. We start with discussing a passage in the Bible. Then we spend some time praying with each other and then sing together. This usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes and is a great way to engage you children in God’s story. If you don’t have a regular practice of family worship in your home, maybe this weekend would be a good time to start. In light of this weekends cancellation, pastor Matt and I have put together a family worship guide for you and your family. The guide includes, a passage taken from the ESV Seek and Find Bible as well as a time of prayer and a few songs that our kids sing on Sundays.
Sing: John 3:16 (The Rizers)
This is a song we sing in Life Kids on Sunday mornings. Sing it together as a family. The words are included on the video.
Story: The Ten Commandments
Where to find the Story: Exodus 19:1-20:21
God led the Israelite people out of Egypt-the land where they had been slaves-toward the good land that God had promised them. God provided for all their needs each step of the way, telling them when they should set out and where they should stop and camp.
As they went on their way, God told Moses to stop and camp beneath Mount Sinai in the desert. God called to Moses from the mountain. God said, “Tell the people of Israel: You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I brought you to Myself. Now, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, you shall be My treasured possession among all peoples.”
Moses told the people everything the Lord had told him. The Israelite people were happy to obey the Lord and to keep His covenant. They wanted to be God’s treasured people. Together they said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.”
God told Moses, “Behold, I am coming to you in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you.” God said He would do this soon, but first the people must take this day and the next day to get ready. They needed to wash their clothing and prepare for the third day, which would be a very special day-when God would speak to them from the mountain.
On the morning of the third day, the people saw lightning and heard thunder. There was a thick cloud on the mountain, and a trumpet blast so loud that all the people trembled. Moses brought the people out of the camp to the foot of the mountain to meet God. But, as God had told Moses, no one, not even an animal, could touch the mountain.
Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke because the Lord had come down on it in fire. The whole mountain trembled. There, God spoke all the words of the Ten Commandments. He said, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” God commanded that they have no other gods before Him, and never to worship or serve idols. They could not use the name of the Lord their God in vain. God commanded them to keep the Sabbath day holy, and to honor their parents. He lovingly insisted that they not murder, live with another man’s wife, steal, lie or desire what belonged to others-whether his neighbor’s wife of anything else that belonged to him.
When the people saw the lightning and smoking mountain, and when they heard the thunder and the trumpet, they were afraid, and they asked Moses to go talk with God for them.
God wanted His treasured people to learn these Ten Commandments and to know them well. However, God knew that his people would not be able to keep his commandments. He wanted them to look to Him for mercy and help. God promised to send a Savior, His son, Jesus, to keep the commandments for us and to take the punishment we deserve for not keeping them. *
Three Key Questions:
- What was the name of the mountain where God gave the Ten Commandments?
- What is the first commandment and why is it so important?
- What did Jesus do for all who put their faith in Him?
- Thank God, the Father, for the Commandments and for showing our need for Jesus through them.
- Thank Jesus that through his death, we can be forgiven for not keeping the Ten Commandments
- Thank the Holy Spirit for helping us live the lives God created u\s for.
- Pray for some of the needs of your family, friends, or neighbors.
Key Bible Verse:
“You shall have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3) Practice memorizing this Bible verse as a family.
Sing: Beautiful Jesus (Kristian Stanfil)
This is another song we sing in Life Kids on Sunday mornings. Sing it together as a family. The words are included on the video.
*Taken from the ESV Seek and Find Bible (from Crossway Books). If you don’t have one, pick up a free copy at the Life Kids Check-In table on a Sunday morning.