Faith @ Home Resources
Suggested uses are noted but most of these resources can be adapted and used individually as well as in small groups – with friends and family.
Worship in the Home
Worship in the Home is available weekly on the ELCA Worship blog for use in homes on Sunday and throughout the week. Copies of the hymnbook Evangelical Lutheran Worship can be purchased through Augsburg Fortress’ web store, or SOTH has extras to share.
Resources for Daily Prayer
Resources for Daily Prayer are available, including simplified forms of Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Night Prayer as well as table prayers through the ELCA website.
God Pause offers daily heart-to-heart reflections. These daily devotions sent via email are written by Luther Seminary alumni and help people to find a few moments each day to reflect with God, connect their hearts to scripture, and center their days in God’s Word.
Enter the Bible
This website, from Luther Seminary, has many resources to explore God’s word. There are videos, blogs and podcasts providing insight and inspiration to our ancient sacred texts. This site can help you connect with God’s words and apply them to our current context.
Text Week has a huge collection of podcasts, blogs, videos and other resources to dig deeper into the weekly readings of worship. There are daily devotional links, daily lectionary resources, movie indexes and much, much more. This website was created and is maintained by Jenee Woodard, a graduate of Saint Paul School of Theology (United Methodist) in Kansas City.
“Faith @ Home” helps you and your household grow in faith as you spend time throughout the week reflecting on God’s Word. Based on the Sunday readings from the Revised Common Lectionary, the devotions invite you to engage in the discipleship practice of Reading, Reflecting, and Responding to scripture in the context of community. You can have conversations with everyone, no matter what stage of life because offerings are available for between the following persons: adult and small child; adult and elementary student; adult and youth; and adult and adult; “Faith @ Home” is provided through a partnership between Forma and Forward Movement, ministries of the Episcopal Church committed to discipleship and spiritual growth.
Book of Faith Lenten Journey: 40 Days with the Lord’s Prayer
by Henry F. French
The Book of Faith 40-Day Lenten Journey is a devotional resource connecting forty personal daily readings and weekly worship with the study of Scripture. The forty devotional readings included are structured around seven key petitions of The Lord’s Prayer. While the Bible may be intimidating to many of us, the 40-Day journey will help engage everyone in devotional reading of scripture.
Used at SOTH during Lent and in studies in 2020
Book of Faith Lenten Journey: Beyond Question
by Eric Burtness
Jesus asks questions throughout the Gospels. These are not easy questions with easy answers. They are transformative questions that challenge us, reposition us, change us, and draw us into deeper faith and discipleship:
• What are you looking for?
• Where is your faith?
• Who do you say I am?
• What do you want me to do for you?
• Do you love me?
• How will you believe what I say?
• Whom are you looking for?
This daily Lenten devotional resource (40 day journey), also available as an eBook, is a guide to exploring these and other questions from Jesus.
Used at SOTH during Lent 2021
FAITH5 is a simple faith practice that deeply connects people to God and one another, connects church to home, and connects faith to daily life. When practiced every night at home, FAITH5 carries the power to enrich communication, deepen understanding, and promote mental, and spiritual health. If not all, sharing in any of these steps is a great way to grow in faith.
The five steps are:
STEP 1: SHARE your highs and lows
STEP 2: READ a Bible verse or story
STEP 3: TALK about how the Bible reading might relate to your highs and lows
STEP 4: PRAY for one another’s highs and lows
STEP 5: BLESS one another
Faith at home
The Scriptures are clear that the home is the primary place where faith is nurtured and passed from generation to generation. (Deuteronomy 6:1-9, 2 Timothy 1:5). “Faith at home” provides encouragement and resources for families to grow in faith together.
Faith Talk Cards
Pastor Darcy LOVES these cards and highly recommends them to use at the dinner table, before bed, with small groups at church, on retreats, or in the car with friends and family, especially on long trips!
FaithTalk with Children
FaithTalk With Children encourages parents, grandparents and other adult faith mentors to wonder about God’s presence in their lives and begin faith discussion. There are 24 share cards in each of four categories: Memories; Growing Together; Actions & Feelings; and Wondering. They are designed as a discipleship-training tool to help families follow Deuteronomy 6:6,7.
FaithTalk Conversations is a new edition of faith-sharing cards for families or any small group (teens to Sr. adults) to begin to engage in meaningful conversations about God’s presence and faithfulness in their lives. It is designed with 192 faith-sharing cards from four categories: Caring Conversations; Devotions; Service; Rituals & Traditions. It comes with a strong, long-lasting canvas carrying pouch like FaithTalk With Children so that you can use these at home, on vacation, at family reunions, as wedding gifts, or for any small group to grow in telling the stories of God’s faithfulness and presence in one’s life. Four Key FaithTalk Cards are now available as an iPhone app, each just $2.99 in the app store.
Veggie Tales on YouTube
Here are some family fun videos, with Larry the cucumber and Bob the tomato, as they tell stories from the Bible in their own unique way with animation and music.
For Children and Youth
ELCA Faith Formation
This website is curated by Program Director for Ministry with Children for the ELCA and the ELCA Faith Formation team. It has some great resources for children, parents and families. They have a Faith @ Home page that offers short devotions, free coloring pages links, games, and fun! They also have Storyline Online links.
Daily Devotion – d365 – short and has an app for your smartphone
d365 provides a daily Christian devotion that is easily accessible either on the website or in an app.