At the beginning of 2021 we added a new daily family routine of family worship. Every evening (well, most evenings) we sit down as a family to read the Bible, sing, and pray.
At the beginning of 2022 we have added another daily routine that we call “morning liturgy.” A liturgy is simply a structured form of worship. In church worship services this may look like a time of “responsive reading” or reciting the Apostles Creed together. Many “liturgical” churches have their entire worship service structured in this way.
Our family morning liturgy is extremely simple. With a four year old and a seven month old, it has to be! There are only two parts. First we recite the Children’s Creed together, and then I say a simple memorized prayer over our family.
The Children’s Creed is a fantastic resource that was given to us by our children’s ministry. (I believe they said that it originally came from The Village Church, but I haven’t been able to find it anywhere online).
My name is _____ and I am a (boy/girl) made in God’s image for his glory.
He made my mind to know and learn more about Him and all that He created.
He made my eyes to be fixed on him, the author and perfecter of our faith.
He made my ears to listen and obey.
He made my mouth to praise Him and build others up.
He made my heart to love Him
He made my hands to build, create, and help others.
He made my feet to walk, run, and tell the whole world about Jesus.
He made the whole world, and everything in it belongs to Him.
Then I say this simple prayer.
Heavenly Father, please let us glorify you and enjoy you today. Help us to be kind, creative, and courageous. Help us to love you and love other people. Amen.
That’s all there is to it. Never underestimate the power of simple but consistent practices.