COVID-19 Resources – Faith At Home

The first Christians worshipped in homes, not in church buildings or chapels. Luke writes, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42). Another New Testament writer said this: “Greet the brothers and sisters, and the church which is in the house of Nymphas” (Colossians 4:15). The household was the normal place of worship for centuries and when Christians began to gather in other spaces dedicated to the Holy Eucharist and other sacraments, prayer in the home continued.

As we experience the temporary suspension of communal worship in our church buildings, the ancient practice of worship of the household invites us to see our homes as a natural place to give thanks to God for the life, the healing practice, the death, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Here is a simple form of worship that can be used on any day but particularly on Sundays, the Day of Resurrection, the Day that promises New Beginnings and the Restoration of Life. Whether you live by yourself or with others, hear is a resource to help you renew this ancient practice.

Early Christians gathered at table to tell the stories of Jesus and his people the Israelites, offer prayers, and given thanks for the food and drink that sustains life. Consider gathering at your table and placing there a cross or crucifix and, if possible, lighting a candle – a sign of the light of Christ. A bowl of water, to remember your baptism, is also appropriate. If you live by yourself, keep in mind that our worship is always voiced in the plural: we, us, and ours. Ours is the worship of God and service to others that binds us together.

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Milestones Ministry Resources Dropbox
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Milestones Ministry Resources Dropbox for April 19 & 26
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Pandemic Home Devotional
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From SparkNotes at Augsburg Fortress
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Maundy Thursday Stripping the Table
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Online and at Home Resources and Ideas
Article by Wisconsin Council of Churches for Holy Week
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Faith Lens for Youth & Young Adults
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Home Grown Faith
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Illustrated Ministry
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Resources for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday worship in the home
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Palm Coloring Page
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