waffles

I realized I forgot to post what we are using for our Lenten Sabbath Prayer.  Once again, we are choosing to have a Sabbath meal on Sunday morning – seeing our sabbath starting on Saturday evening with our attending church through Sunday night, after our small group meeting.

We prepare for this on Saturday as I ask the kids to come up with a menu for the next day (within reason!!)  Of course, our favorite breakfast foods are pancakes and waffles.  THIS morning we had waffles and I heard this from my son’s mouth, “This is the BEST meal I’ve ever had this morning!!”  So on a note of silliness I thought I would also attach a link to the song my children sing whenever we make waffles.  Click HERE to view it.  (However, I must warn you it is NOT at all “Lenten” and is a little obnoxious!  But perhaps a little laughter is good for the heart too!)

On the more serious side, here is what we are using for a prayer and discussion time around our table.  We wait until we have eaten and then enter in…

Lenten Sabbath Prayer

Opening:

Leader: God all loving and all caring,
We come before you with hesitant steps and uncertain motives
All: Our hearts are parched from wandering in a desert of sin
Leader: We want to sweep out the corners where sin has accumulated
And uncover the places where we have strayed from your truth
All
: Our hearts are parched from wandering in a desert of sin
Leader:
We ask for courage to open our eyes and unstop our ears
That we may be aware of all that distracts us from a whole hearted commitment to Christ
All: Our hearts are parched from wandering in a desert of sin
Leader:
We want to see ourselves as you do and live our lives as you intended
Expose in us the empty and barren places where we have not allowed you to enter
All: Our hearts are parched from wandering in a desert of sin
Leader:
Reveal to us our half-hearted struggles
Where we have been indifferent to the pain and suffering of others
All: Our hearts are parched from wandering in a desert of sin
Leader:
Create in us a clean heart O God and put a right Spirit within us
Nurture the faint stirrings of new life where your spirit has taken root and begun to grow

All: Our hearts are parched from wandering in a desert of sin
Leader:
We long for your healing light to transform us, for you alone can make us whole
In your mercy shine upon us O God and make our path clear before us


Read: Psalm 51 (we also let our kids choose other passages they would like to read for us)

Stories: continue in the life of Jesus/tell stories of what God is doing in your lives/how have you seen God this week?

Closing:

Leader: God you are good and upright and you instruct sinners in your ways
Show us how to break down the barriers separating us from each other,
All: Lead us through the wilderness sin has created to find new life
Leader: Forgive us for the times we have abandoned the poor, the disabled and the homeless,
Teach us to live by the law of love in unity, peace and concord
All: Lead us through the wilderness sin has created to find new life
Leader: Forgive us for the ways we exclude people of different race, culture or gender
Guide us that we may come to mutual understanding and care,
All: Lead us through the wilderness sin has created to find new life
Leader: Draw us into your community to embrace those with whom we need to be reconciled
Grant that all who seek to heal divisions between peoples may have hope
All: Lead us through the wilderness sin has created to find new life
Leader: Show us your ways, O Lord
Teach us your paths and guide us towards your truth
For you are God our Savior and our hope is in you

(all responsive readings from Christine Sine of Mustard Seed Associates)

I know this may not work for all families, especially those with little ones, but it may be a place to start.  Modify as it works for you.  May we learn to walk this Lenten journey with our children – in faithfulness and creativity!

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