As you may have read in our January Newsletter, our church will be taking a walk through the Psalms this year. Reading a Psalm each day will have us reading through the whole book of Psalms twice over the course of this year. This is a great opportunity to introduce your children to the Psalms, to pray the Psalms together as a family, and to spend time in the church’s first prayer book. It’s also something that can be easily folded into your day, into things you are already doing, so that you aren’t bearing another burden, but instead maximizing the time your family spends together. This post is full of suggestions for how to fold the Psalms into things you are already doing, resources that will help your family see the Psalms in a new light, and ways you can participate with the church body as we walk through the Psalms together. We have often discussed how the impact of family and church are strengthened in the lives of your children when they are combined. This year presents a great opportunity to practice this together. As you make the Psalms a part of your daily and weekly rhythms together, please share with us what is working for you—we would love to hear about it!
Folding the Psalms into Your Day
Psalm of the Month
Sit down this week and go through the Psalms, selecting a Psalm to focus on each month. Consider printing out a copy of this Psalm and hanging it somewhere prominent in your home, choosing a verse or series of verses to memorize together, or making it a part of your weekly or daily times of prayer together.
Psalm of the Week
Consider reading the Sunday Psalm at lunch after church or before bed on Sunday night. If you have very young children, use a resource suggested below or a child-friendly version of the Bible such as the NIrV to read the Psalm in language that will be more accessible to children. Invite your children to work with Play-doh or clay or to color, paint, or draw while you are reading.
Psalm of the Day
Follow along with the daily reading plan by reading a Psalm together before or after dinner each evening, at bedtime, or if you have independent readers, have everyone read it on their own and focus on a few verses together as a family.
Sing Psalms Together
Check out this Spotify Playlist to have the words of the Psalms playing in your home, while you are doing household chores or driving in the car. Consider selecting a different song to sing before or after dinner or at bedtime each month. At the end of the year, your family will have 12 Psalms that are meaningful parts of your life together.
Resources for Reading the Psalms with Children
There are several resources available that can serve as supplements to the reading of the psalms in your home. Consider these for Easter basket gifts, birthdays, or other special occasions this year. *The links below are Amazon Smile links that result in donations to our church. Thanks for using them if you choose to purchase based on our recommendation!
Late Elementary & Middle/High School
Walking Through The Psalms in Community
Keep your eyes open for several opportunities throughout the year to engage your family in the Psalms with the larger church body. Two that are coming up soon are listed below:
We loved having children from our congregation contribute their thoughtful and creative work to our Advent guides this year. Each child was asked to create a piece of artwork based on a passage of scripture and the results blew us away! This year, we’d like to invite all children and youth in the congregation to create art based on the Sunday Psalm each week and turn it into us at church. Look for the artwork display coming soon to Murray Commons! The Psalms readings for each week can be found in the Household Worship Guide portion of the bulletin and in the weekly emails from church staff.
Lent & Holy Week
For Lent this year, each family will receive a calendar with the daily Psalm readings along with activities, ideas, and suggestions for engaging with the Psalms and with the season of waiting, repentance, and preparation for Easter. Bring children to Holy Week Services where they will receive a special Psalms-themed Holy Week Coloring Book.