Thursday, February 18, 2010

Family Worship Time


At the beginning of the year, our church began the "Radical Experiment" consisting of reading through the Bible, praying for the entire world, committing to multiplying community (committed to a small group that is intentionally sharing, showing, and teaching the Word while serving the world together), sacrificing our money for a specific purpose, and spending time in another context.

Our small group is about to get involved in Angel Food Ministries and deliver food to about three needy families every month, meeting their physical need but also sharing the Gospel with them. We will be building relationships with people we might not ordinarily reach out to.

Our family has decided to sacrifice our cable TV in order to give more to the church, who has freed up about 1.5 million of our budget to meet urgent physical and spiritual needs around the world. This (cable) is something we have thought about for a while, and frankly I think it will be hard, but so beneficial for our family. I bet we get a lot more done not having mindless drivel (that we sadly DO enjoy a lot of...) to stare at every day!

Rod is planning on going on a two week mission trip this year, to Indonesia, which is on the other side of the bottom of the world! Last year I went on a trip, so it is his turn to spend time in another context sharing the Gospel. I am so happy for him and I cannot wait to see what God has in store for him!

The other two parts of the Radical Experiment, reading the entire Bible and praying for the whole world, have corporate, small group, family, and individual aspects to it. We read the Bible passages every day, study about the same ones in our small group, the pastor preaches on a passage from the text and we have family worship based on part of the text. This leads me to the whole point of this post. Family Worship.

The church has provided a family worship guide on their website with ways to make it work with all ages of children, even preschoolers. It includes a Bible story, a worship song, Scripture memory, prayer focus, and even a coloring page! I think this is the best thing we have ever done as a family and the church has made it so easy to do. We have drawn closer to God, each other, and are intentionally teaching our children about God in a way that they can understand. I love it and the boys actually look forward to it every week, reminding us when it is family worship night.

Not that it has been without its challenges. The first one was a near disaster. Rod and I argued about who was doing what. The boys were wildly bouncing off the couch and not listening at all. Satan never rests does he? Neither does our fleshly nature. But we repented and pressed on.


Last week, we began Exodus and the scripture was about the 10 plagues God sent on Egypt. Rod had the wonderful idea of having the boys act it out. He was Pharaoh, I was the voice of God (that made me really nervous), Briggs was Moses and Max was Aaron. Rod got a staff for Max to hold and he got to raise it and say, "Let my people go!" Briggs kept saying, "what should I do next, God?" It was great!

This week, the verses were about God giving Moses the 10 commandments. Max got to be Moses this time and Rod made him tablets (of paper) and he got to
stand on he couch (Mt. Sinai). Briggs was Aaron who made the golden calf for the people to worship. I tried to not be intrusive, but I had to take some pictures, they were so cute.


Max as Moses with the 10 Commandments



little Moses having trouble getting go of the golden calves



Coloring together



Briggs with *CCC on his mouth


Briggs' finished artwork

One thing that has surprised me is how much they love singing the worship song. It changes every week and they love to sing or hum along. Max even busts out with a "haaaaweeewuuuu-ya" every once in a while. We just wouldn't take anything for this precious time together.


*Chocolate Chip Cookie

4 comments:

Margie said...

This is so great and I just love it! The boys will never forget this time with family, they will always recall this time of worship.

If it was not for this blog I would miss so much. Mom

Margie said...

I can hardly believe Max has that much hair and it is long of his forehead. I love it. It makes him look older.

J said...

What an encouraging post! This is so neat! We've decided to aim to memorize Philippians this year as a family. It's slow going, but we're on our way. Unexpectedly, it's changed so many things in our lies already. The simple act of saying what we've memorized as a family has a big impact! - I am blown away! I can't imagine our entire church participating in something like what y'all are doing. The way it's all inclusive...wow! It makes me smile to think of God's word being planted so deeply in your boys' hearts. What a blessing. Les, your children will rise and call you blessed! Way to go y'all! Thanks for encouraging us! To God be the glory!

Ms. Shirley said...

Beautiful story!! Such a wonderful way to honor our Lord! You are wonderful parents and your boys are so fortunate...look what you would be missing if the Lord had not moved you to B'ham!!!