Each time a baptism takes place at New St. Peter’s, we read together from Deuteronomy 6 about our covenant obligations to teach our children (not to mention ourselves!) to love the Lord with heart, soul, mind, and strength. And we’re charged to do this “as we go”—when we sit, when we walk, when we lie down—really everywhere and all the time! This can seem like a tall order (and maybe it is)—until we realize that God in His grace has given us everything we need to do it!
The ordinary means of grace—the Word of God, the Sacraments, Prayer—these are the tools in our tool belts. And the Lord has so ordered the rhythm of our lives that we receive such means from His hand each Lord’s Day. This is the primary way He forms us—through worship. So, how do we leverage these ordinary things “as we go” about life in our homes? Here are a few suggestions…
- Take home your worship bulletin, and work through a small piece of the liturgy together a few times per week, as you are able.
- Pray for the recently baptized in our church (listed in your liturgy on baptism Sundays).
- Sing a song from Sunday’s liturgy together.
- Ask your children what they observed or participated in at the Lord’s Supper.
- Look at the children’s bulletin together (available each week on the bulletin table)
These are things that can be done in the car, on a walk, around the table—really anywhere! Keep it simple, and rest in the grace of God when life gets busy.
The liturgy for each Sunday is posted by Friday afternoon each week. You can find it here.
Resources for family discipleship:
Helpful Books for Parents:
You are What You Love, by James K. A. Smith
Crosstalk: Where Life and Scripture Meet, by Michael Emlet
Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World, by Michael Horton