This family devotion is meant to be conducted on New Year’s Eve. A suggested setting would be the family dinner table or living room. It would be helpful to prepare your family for this Devotion by sharing with them the reasons for having such a Family Devotion. If your family has not had the habit of conducting family devotions, this might be a way to start.
This Family Devotion is specially designed to facilitate an informal family gathering for parents with children who otherwise cannot make it for Watch-night Service. It should take around 30 to 45 minutes. The main thing is to keep to the objective of the Devotion, which is an occasion for the family to reflect and review together the past year, and to usher in the new year by way of re-dedication to the Lord.
Things to prepare beforehand:
1. A copy of the Order of Family Devotion (for the leader).
2. Computer or equivalent to play the videos of the songs and the homily.
3. A Bible for the scripture reading.
4. Everyone should have paper and writing material.
5. Sharing and Praying Together: The sharing may be framed around the following questions:
What are some things in the last year you are thankful for?
What are some things you found difficult or challenging?
What do you look forward to most in the New Year?
What do you look forward to most when Jesus comes again?
You may want to ask your family to prepare their answers beforehand, or everyone can just be given a piece of paper there and then to write their response down. You should prepare what you want to share beforehand, and lead by example in being the first to share. Do close the sharing with corporate prayer for one another.
1. Word of Greeting and Opening Prayer by Leader
O Lord, our heavenly Father, You have been a shelter to every generation. You are a faithful, covenant-keeping God. On this New Year’s Eve, we come together knowing that we are your people. We want to testify to your goodness in our lives; we want to feed on your Word; and we want to renew our commitment to walk with You and live for You. Bless us, O Lord, during this time, with your presence, by Your Spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
2. Song: Is He Worthy?
3. Hear the Word – Scripture Reading and Homily
Leader: Our scripture reading for today is taken from Revelation 22:6-21 [Read in unison or responsively]
4. Sharing and Praying Together
Let’s share about each other’s thoughts on the following questions: What are some things in the last year I am thankful for? What are some things I found difficult or challenging? What do you look forward to most in the New Year? What do you look forward to most when Jesus comes again?
I’ll go first… [followed by sharing from other members of the family]
What can we do as a family in 2020 to wait for, and hasten the coming day of our God?
5. Response Song: Lo! He Comes
6. Covenant Renewal
We are a family that desires to get deep in God’s Word, as we learn to be disciples of Jesus Christ.
We are a family that desires to get real in fellowship, as the Spirit shapes us to vulnerably love one another.
We are a family that desires to get lost for the kingdom, as we participate in our Father’s costly mission to reconcile sinful humanity and fallen creation to Himself.
7. Closing Prayer by Leader