Sabbath Liturgy

Introduction:
Below is a copy of the Sabbath dinner liturgy we follow every Saturday evening at the Wilson home, as we commence our honoring of the Lord’s Day. Our families gather, and the grandchildren are asked catechism questions usually pertaining to the Sabbath unless, like Rory, they are given a question which they can answer with one word, like “light.” The little ones who can’t talk are asked for their agreement anyway. The underlined sections in the blessings are words that the grandchildren supply. And each week the prayer is changed, and that is what the subsequent posts will be limited to. I hope this helps some of you establish a tradition as rich for you and your family as it has been for us.

Sabbath Liturgy

Welcome to our table:
Jonathan and Sally, you are most welcome here as our guests.

A Sabbath Toast (please raise your glass of wine)

This is the day that the Lord hath made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it. Amen.

Let us pray
Our Father in heaven, we hallow and reverence Your name as the Lord Jesus taught us to do. We ask that Your kingdom would continue to be manifested on the earth, as we glorify the name of Your Son in heaven. We ask for our daily bread, and thank You for what is before us now. We ask that in this coming week we would be spared temptation, and that You would deliver us from all the plots that are hatched against us. We pray that we would walk in forgiveness, both receiving and extending it. We acknowledge that You are the king over the whole earth, and we rejoice before You.

We pray to You in Jesus’ Name, amen.

A Blessing for my Wife
May her house always have seven pillars and may she always mix her wine with wisdom.

A Blessing for the Children
Happy are the people whose God is the Lord. May our sons flourish like saplings, grown up in their youth, and may our daughters be as columns, sculpted in the palace style.

Catechism questions for all grandchildren:

Do you love God? Yes!
Are you baptized? Yes!
Is Jesus in your heart? Yes!
Will you take the Lord’s Supper tomorrow? Yes!

Catechism questions:
Knox, what day is it? It is the Lord’s Day.
Jemma, why is this the Lord’s Day? Because Jesus rose from the dead.
Bel, what kind of day is this? It is a sweet day.
Rory, what did God make at the very beginning? Light.
Hero, do you agree? Lucy, do you agree?

Knox, what happened in the beginning? God created the heavens and earth.
Jemma, what happened in the new beginning? He recreated them.
Bel, what day is this? A new Sabbath.
Rory, what is the opposite of darkness? Light
Hero, do you agree? Lucy, do you agree?

Knox, how many days are there in a week? There are seven days in a week.
Jemma, why that many? Because God took a week to create the world.
Bel, what day is the Lord’s Day? The first day.
Rory, this changed from what? The seventh.
Hero, do you agree? Lucy, do you agree?

Sing a hymn: Psalm 20

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” … AS WE COMMENCE OUR HONORING OF THE LORD’S DAY.” It’s a beautiful and lovely ritual, no doubt yielding many happy times for you and your family. But it’s an error. The Lord’s Day is not Sunday; it’s the DAY OF THE LORD, ca 70 AD. The apostle John was given a revelation of what the prophets’ foretold. “Woe to you who desire the day of the Lord! Why would you have the day of the Lord? It is darkness, and not light; as if a man fled from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into… Read more »