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Faith5!

Want to engage your family or friends in reflecting on faith during the week? Here's how.



Faith5!

Want to engage your family or friends in reflecting on faith during the week? Here's how.







Faith5 Reminder and Theme Verse


Gather with your family or call a friend to reflect on the day.  If you need more detail on each of these steps, see the next section below!  

  1. Share highs and lows
  2. Read scripture (Follow along with Atonement by using the Theme Verse from Sunday!)
  3. Talk through how God's word relates to you
  4. Pray for each other
  5. Bless each other

Theme verse for August 12-19

From the story of Jesus walking on water:

Jesus said to them, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”

-Matt 14:27

 

See where Jesus is in the world, and ask how you can do the impossibly gracious work that Jesus does!  

 





Faith5 Reminder and Theme Verse


Gather with your family or call a friend to reflect on the day.  If you need more detail on each of these steps, see the next section below!  

  1. Share highs and lows
  2. Read scripture (Follow along with Atonement by using the Theme Verse from Sunday!)
  3. Talk through how God's word relates to you
  4. Pray for each other
  5. Bless each other

Theme verse for August 12-19

From the story of Jesus walking on water:

Jesus said to them, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”

-Matt 14:27

 

See where Jesus is in the world, and ask how you can do the impossibly gracious work that Jesus does!  

 




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More details on the Faith5:



More details on the Faith5:







Faith 5 Full Detail Handout

Before bed, over a meal, or whenever you're all gathered together, join with your family (or set a phone date with a friend) to reflect on the day using these five simple steps.  Why?  These steps will help you not only get meaning out of your life, but also help deepen your connection with God and with your family or friend.  With all the distractions there are in life, all the multi-tasking, all the running around, it's really powerful to take a few minutes to really see and hear one another, and authentically be seen and heard too.  

Here are more details on the Faith5: 

1.  Share - think through your day from start to finish - what was the high point?  What was the low point?  Share these in conversation, listening intently when others are sharing, and speaking honestly about your own.  If high and low doesn't work for you, other questions you might ask yourself are:  

  • What am I most and least grateful for today?  
  • When did I feel closest to God?  And farthest from God?  
  • What gave me energy today?  What drained my energy?  

 

2.  Read - read a verse or more out of Scripture.  If following along with us, we'll provide a Theme Verse of the week (below) from our readings in worship.  If you'd like to memorize the verse, come up with hand motions and use your voice inflections, and repeat it several times the first night.  

 

3.  Talk - Converse about how the verse relates to your highs and lows, or how you see God working in your life.  Does the verse give you comfort?  Inspiration?  Conviction?  Hope?  

 

4.  Pray - pray together about one another's highs and lows and anything else that bubbles up in your heart.  Prayer can be praise, thanks, lament, or asking (or more likely, all!).  It's also good practice to take at least a few moments of silence.  

 

5.  Bless - finish your time together by blessing one another.  These can be positive words addressed to someone's specific situation, or a general blessing.  Some examples are below, but whatever words come to mind will be lovely.  Also, simple, safe touch can be employed - holding hands, placing one or both hands on the person's head, and/or tracing the sign of the cross on the forehead are all effective ways to share more than words.  Some blessings you can try out:  

  •  God bless you this day and always.
  • God bless you with peaceful rest (that you can rise in the morning to serve).  
  • The Lord bless you and keep you.  The Lord's face shine on you with grace and mercy.  The Lord look upon you and give you peace.  
  • God loves you and so do I!  
  • God give you what you need tonight.  Sleep well. 

 

The Faith5 comes from Holding Your Family Together by Dr. Rich Melheim, so if you want even more detail, get a copy of the book or speak with Pastor Julie or Kathy Yenser.  


"May God prepare our hearts and minds for whatever is to come. Amen."

Spirit of life, inhabit our reflections,

our actions, our hope.  Guide us to

understand all things in light of your

great promises.  Amen.