Household Faith Prayers
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Said By All

Boy Playing a GuitarIn the early meetings, Household faith prayers could be simple written prayers that could be said by all. This could gradually be expanded into simple litanies such as those in the Book of Alternative Services or in your own denominational prayer or worship book, containing opportunities for individuals to offer thanksgivings and intercessions either aloud or quietly. It should also contain thoughtful responses that are read aloud by everyone. The bidding section of the litany prayers could initially be led by the Leader, but again, this role could be given to other group members as they feel more comfortable in participating. An example of this form is "A Bidding Intercession" in the Book of Alternative Service. Everyone may pray the responses.✞


When the household starts to gel as a community, music can be introduced either as accompaniment or on a CD. Perhaps simple praise choruses such as Taize or Maranatha Praise music could be used. More traditional hymns could also be incorporated into the program. Other worship options may be appropriate depending on the wishes of the group and the denomination norm.✞

"Household Faith Prayers"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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