Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home

Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home

by Traci Smith


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780827211223
Publisher: Chalice Press
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 354,404
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Traci Smith has spent more than thirteen years helping families find meaningful connections in living their faith together. She is the author of two books with Chalice Press, Faithful Families (formerly Seamless Faith) and Fellowship of Prayer (2015), and a contributor to Out of the Deep: Pastoring in Creative Space. Traci has a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and is pastor of Northwood Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, Texas, where she lives with her husband and children.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

Foreword Rachel Held Evans xv

Preface to New Edition xix

Introduction 1

Frequently Asked Questions 3

Get Ready: Create a Sacred Space 9

Part 1 Traditions

Chapter 1 Traditions for Every Day

Bedtime: Night Time Blessing 14

Bedtime: Marking the Days God Has Given 16

Morning: Gratitude Cafe 18

Morning: Prepare for the Day to Come 21

Mealtime: Grace Meals 24

Marking the Passage of Time: Color Your Year 27

Sabbath: Celebrate a Mini-Sabbath 30

Chapter 2 Traditions for Holidays (Holy Days)

New Year's Eve: Remembering God's Blessings in the Past Year 36

Epiphany: A Guiding Star for the Year to Come 38

Three Pillars of Lent: Prayer 41

Three Pillars of Lent: Fasting 44

Three Pillars of Lent: Almsgiving 47

Easter: Witnessing Resurrection 50

Easter: Have a Family Sunrise Breakfast 53

Earth Day: Feeding the Birds 56

Pentecost: Harness the Power of the Wind 59

Thanksgiving: Gratitude Tree 61

Advent: Make and Use an Advent Wreath 63

Advent: Make an Acts of Kindness Tree 67

A Christmas Tree Blessing 70

Birthday: A Gift of Self to Others 72

Birthday: Celebrate the Giver 75

Remembering Our Baptism: A Part of God's Family Too 77

Part 2 Ceremonies

Chapter 3 Ceremonies for Marking Life's Transitions

Garland of Hopes for a New Baby 82

Welcoming a New Pet to the Family: Promising to Care for One of God's Creatures 84

Starting a New Journey: Moving 86

Bless the New Driver: A Ceremony upon Getting a License 88

Celebrating Parents' Milestone Anniversary 91

First Day of School: New Beginnings 96

High School Graduation: Walking on, in Faith 98

Moving Out/Going to College: Taking the Essentials 100

Chapter 4 Ceremonies for Difficult Times

Illness: Anointing Our Sick Children 106

Create a Memory Table: A Ceremony Following the Death of a Loved One 109

After a Death: Bubble Prayers 112

After the Death of a Pet: St. Francis Service 115

Anxiety: Wash Away Worries 120

Family Ceremony to Mark a Divorce 123

Traumatic Current Event: Snuggled under God's Wings 126

After a Natural Disaster: Butterfly Hug 130

Marking a Pregnancy Loss: Make a Memory Box 133

Separating from Family after a Visit: Remembering Good Times 136

Part 3 Spiritual Practices

Chapter 5 The Spiritual Practice of Prayer

Photo Prayers 142

Matchbox Prayers: God's Mailbox 144

Prayer Beads 146

Prayer Basket 148

Wind Prayers for the World 150

Prayer Walk 152

Candle Prayers 155

Smartphone Prayers 157

Chapter 6 Ancient Spiritual Practices

The Ignatian Examen 162

Lectio Divina (Divine Reading) 164

Bodily Prayers 168

The Labyrinth 170

The Sacred Meal 173

The Daily Office: Morning and Evening Prayers 176

Chapter 7 Other Spiritual Practices

Silence: Listening Car Rides 182

Imagination: Star Pictures 185

Waiting: Water, Air, and Sky 188

Meditation: Make Quiet Time Bags 191

Compassion: Secret Helpers Week 194

Hospitality: Serving an Honored Guest 197

Waiting: Paper Chains 200

Surprise: Planting Surprises 202

Tolerance: The Golden Rule 205

Beauty: Focus on God's Beautiful Creation 208

Epilogue 211

Supplemental Material

Guide for Grandparents 214

Guide for Ministers and Ministry Leaders 218

Special Event Guide 221

Notes 227

Our Family's Special Traditions 228

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