These Family Liturgy not right for your group? 

Try this:   Make your own, or have  different members of the group be responsible for each of the liturgy’s aspects. Have one person prepare the UP, another prepare the IN, and some one else prepare the OUT.

UP

Focus: Adoration, Connection, Worship, Praise, Thanksgiving, Meditation.

Main Idea: One to two simple practices through which we posture ourselves toward God.

Time Allotment: 10-15 minutes.

Example Practices:

  • Read a passage of scripture and journal
  • Place yourself in the passage(role play)
  • Discussion questions
  • Pray a Psalm or passage
  • Read the story of a Saint
  • Read a prayer.
  • Engage in a spiritual discipline or practice.
  • Use the lectionary, or book of common prayer.
  • Watch a short video
  • Read a devotional
  • Spend time in quite reflection on the beauty of creation
  • Thank God using the alphabet
  • Sing a song together

Notes:

  • keep it short and at a level in which everyone can participate.
  • Try for multi-sensory
  • The point of UP is to grow closer to God
  • This is not a time for theological arguments.
  • Keep it inclusive, everyone, no matter who they are or where they have been can benefit from drawing close to God

IN

Focus: Community, intimacy, trust, growth, encouragement, challenge, mutual discipleship.

Main Idea: One to two simple practices through which we posture ourselves toward one another.

Time Allotment: 10-15 minutes.

Example Practices:

  • Play a get to know you game
    • Two truths and a lie
    • Pictionary
  • Team/trust building exorcises
  • Fill out a personality survey
  • Do a spiritual gifts test.
  • Ask pointed questions
  • Split in to smaller groups to share more intimately
  • Share a meal
  • Pray for one another
  • Share a struggle

Note:

  • Whatever the practice make it fun, challenging and intimate
  • It is isn’t bringing you closer together do something different
  • Experiment and keep it fresh
  • If you have kids give them a chance to plan the practice/activity

OUT

Focus: Listening, blessing, reaching out, becoming more aware Knowing our communities and its needs and doing something about it together

Main Idea: One  simple practice through which we posture ourselves toward our community.

Time Allotment: 10-15 minutes.

Example practices (during the meeting)

  • Try to name your neighbors and one thing about them
  • Think of one need you could address this week
  • Invite God to reveal to you one person who could use a friend
  • Plan something through which you can bless your community together
  • Plan on meeting up at a community event together
  • Brainstorm and dream together
  • Learn new practices through which you can listen, learn and address needs in your community

 Example Practices: (during the week)

  • Listen to the needs of your community
  • Spend time at a coffee shop and meet one new person
  • Bless a neighbor
  • Invite some one over for a meal or a drink.
  • Plan a playdate.
  • Serve somewhere together
  • Do the family liturgy in a park

Note:

  • Stay accountable to one another.
  • Experiment together
  • Don’t try to do anything to big, small things matter, start small
  • Go outside your comfort zone.
  • Be prepared to fail.