The Value of Family Worship

Our evenings can get pretty chaotic. There’s lots of laughing and playing when daddy gets home, sibling spats here and there, and a cranky baby who is ready to be nursed and get in bed. One thing brings us all together- family worship.

We’re striving toward having family worship as often as possible, but some weeks it happens more than others. We want to make this a priority in our home. We have so much to be thankful to the Lord for and that should show in our willingness to have these times of worship together.

Family worship is a prominent practice in the Reformed traditions. It appears in our own Confession with the scriptures cited.
The 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith states in Chapter 22 Paragraph 6:

Neither prayer nor any other part of religious worship, is now under the gospel, tied unto, or made more acceptable by any place in which it is performed, or towards which it is directed; but God is to be worshipped everywhere in spirit and in truth;23 as in private families27daily,25 and in secret each one by himself;26 so more solemnly in the public assemblies, which are not carelessly nor wilfully to be neglected or forsaken, when God by his word or providence calls thereunto.27

23 John 4:21Mal. 1:111 Tim. 2:8
24 Acts 10:2
25 Matt. 6:11Ps. 55:17
26 Matt. 6:6
27 Heb. 10:25Acts 2:42

When we first learned about family worship, it sounded intimidating. Do we create a liturgy? Do we need to learn an instrument? Should it be an hour long like a worship service at church? We’re thankful to have had some friends and our pastor come alongside us to show us that it can, and should, be simple.

So, we keep it simple. We sing one song that we want our children to learn, we pray thanksgiving prayers and for our family, church, and others, we work on a verse that we’re memorizing, and we read a passage from the Bible. That’s it! Sometimes my husband will go over a few of our catechism questions (Keach’s and The Orthodox Catechism are our Reformed Baptist catechisms). Sometimes this takes 5 minutes, sometimes it takes 15. This is a great amount of time for 4 very young children. As they get older, we hope to extend the time and include some more discussion.

Right now Andy is reading through “Tell Me About God” by Susan Harding during family worship. This is a resource for younger children which gives some of the attributes of God alphabetically, with a corresponding passage of scripture. This would be a great place to start.

Try it out tonight! Wives, encourage your husband toward this. Husbands, get started! Worship the Lord Jesus together.


“Tell Me About God” by Susan Harding

”Family Worship” by Don Whitney

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