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2020-2021 Family Worship Covenant

  • Families that worship together, grow together. Now more than ever, we all need to seek the presence and influence of the Holy Spirit in our lives to receive peace, comfort, understanding, and a sense of purpose. Here is a LONG quote from the book "Almost Christian" by Kenda Creasy Dean that sets the stage for why we are encouraging family to make a worship covenant: "[Martin] Luther was convinced that Christian formation began with youth ministry, and he was convinced that youth ministry started at home. Even before his break with Rome, Luther wrote: 'If ever the church is to flourish again, one must begin by instructing the young.'... Luther would not have been surprised by the findings of the National Study of Youth and Religion's conclusion that the best way for youth to become more serious about religious faith is for parents to become more serious about theirs." (Creasy Dean, 111) The NSYR mentioned above found that one of the markers of children that stay committed to the church into adulthood is that they saw that their parent's live a consequential faith. What is a consequential faith? It is a faith that shapes behaviors and influences decisions. It's a faith that can be seen as well as felt by others. Your children need to see what a consequential faith looks like if they are going to develop one of their own. What better way to do this than to worship together and have discussion about faith every week?