Spark Story Bible Bundle: Devotional and Psalm Book
The Spark Story Bible Devotions for Kids takes children on a journey through 100 beloved Bible stories with questions for reflection, key verses, prayers, and family activity ideas. In The Spark Story Bible Psalm Book, fifty of the most well-known psalms are rewritten in child-friendly language.
Prayer Beads - Idea by Jerusalem Jackson Greer who devised a method of traveling the beads while praying The Lord’s Prayer.
Praying in Color - Sybil MacBeth
Why Pray in Color?
1) You want to pray but words escape you. 2) Sitting still and staying focused in prayer are a challenge. 3) Your body wants to be part of your prayer. 4) You want to just hang out with God but don’t know how. 5) Listening to God feels like an impossible task . 6) Your mind wanders and your body complains. 7) You want a visual, concrete way to pray. 8) You Need a new way to pray.
Faith@Home -The Episcopal Church provides a year-round weekly email that will include four separate lectionary based reflections and prompts for families (however that is defined) and friend groups. Each section is written by one of our diverse contributors with a specific pairing in mind--Adult to Littles, Adult to Middles , Adult to Bigs and Adult to Adult --so families of all types and sizes can dive deeper into the scriptures together. Additionally, each week will feature one unifying question that reaches across all four reflections.
Daily Devotional Resource from Spirit & Truth Publishing -
A week's resource includes:
Devotions for Adults:
Bishop Michael Rinehart: Michael Rinehart is Bishop of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod. Sign up to receive the links to the texts and some thoughts on the lectionary readings or subscribe to his podcast.*Also available in Spanish.
Sister Joan Chittister: Joan Chittister is a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, PA. She is executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality. Once a week Sister Joan will email you her free newsletter Vision & Viewpoint. Also included is Soul Points-- short bios of “contemporary saints” whose lives inspire our own, and a weekly poem to stretch your soul.
Father Henri Nouwen: Henri Nouwen served as a Catholic priest in Canada as part of L’Arche serving people with developmental disabilities. Drawn from Nouwen’s writings, these free short daily meditations will inspire your mind and heart. Each reflection takes less than a minute to read and it will set the tone for your day.
Father Richard Rohr: Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation. Rohr’s Daily Meditations are free email reflections sent every day of the year featuringRohr and guest authors reflecting on a yearly theme.
Luther Seminary: God Pause is a daily reading designed to be a brief “pause” in your day to reflect on what God’s Word says and to anticipate the coming Sunday’s lesson in the Revised Common Lectionary. These short but insightful reflections are written by Luther Seminary alumni. To receive God Pause devotions each morning, click here.
Get in the Word: Culture for Grace and Truth - Want to experience the entire Bible in just fifteen minutes a day for one year? Listen in as Truth's Table co-hosts Christina Edmondson and Ekemini Uwan narrate Scripture and offer thoughtful prayers in this daily Bible reading podcast.
Thirty Days: An In-Depth Devotional –
by Patricia Lyons, Judy Fentress-Williams, Altagracia Alvarado, Katie Hoyer, Elizabeth Panox-Leach. Inspiration and spiritual power in contemporary myths such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, Black Panther, Narnia and Lord of the Rings lead to thoughtfull discussion in relation to the Chrisitan faith.
Spiritual Practices - Being a faith-filled family isn't only about reading the Bible together, it also includes spiritual practices and the Christian Reformed Church has done the work for you!
Little Prayers for Everyday Life. Traci Smith (Author) Anna Jones (Illustrator). Childhood is full of all sorts of ordinary and extraordinary moments that pass us by, sometimes much too quickly. Little Prayers for Everyday Life turns these moments into opportunities for brief prayer together. The prayers are simple, but take the spirituality of young children seriously. These prayers are solid and sincere, worthy of memorization.
Sing, Wrestle, Spin: Prayers for Active Kids by Jennifer Grant. Prayer does not have to involve silence, sitting still, and solemnity. It can be active and engaging, especially essential for kids, who often enjoy movement and creativity. In an easy-to-use format with illustrations, the author connects scripture and biblical characters to dynamic prayer practices such as wrestling, singing, breathing, and dancing.
Faith Lens - Written with teenagers in mind, it is a weekly look at the lessons that uses current events and relevant questions to get people talking. Put out by the ELCA from August-June.
Spiritual Practices from LEAD - What we call spiritual practices give us ways to set aside time to just be with God (which is where we came from and where we are going). They invite us to slow down, look toward God, and feel more alive because of it. Explore these spiritual practices. Find the one (or ones) that speak to your heart and make it (them) your own. That is key. Make the experiences ones that continually call you back to God.
Prayers for Faithful Families Everyday Prayers for Everyday Life - byTraci Smith. It equips busy parents with simple prayers, written in ordinary language, for a wide variety of occasions. From everyday moments like mealtime and bedtime to milestones such as the first day of school, the death of a pet, or welcoming a new baby, this book is a resource for creating meaningful faith connections throughout the highs and lows of family life.
Wonder Stories from Lutherhill Camp -Join Pastor Jen Kindsvatter for a delightful series of Wonder Stories recorded at various places at Lutherhill in La Grange. Be sure to check out the Wonder Questions in the comments of each video!
Faith Fix - For families or churches you can order a Faith Fix box and have intentional interactive faith activities and devotions at home. Created by an ELCA Children's minister, each box covers a variety of themes.
Devotions for Leadership:
Church leadership takes prayerful diligence even in the best of times. This devotional book contains a short devotion for each month of the year, whether for Councils, committees or homes. We pray that it will serve as reminder that we are better together, planting churches, responding to disasters, calling pastors and deacons, doing campus ministry, or supporting a network of global churches. -FREE from the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod
Fruitful Living Devotion for Church Councils - by Dr. /Deacon Diane Shallue This series of twelve devotions, consisting of a Biblical reading, a short meditation and a prayer, is intended for church councils and committees. There are reflection questions and optional activities to engage participants at a deeper level, depending on the time.
Yoga Prayer Cards: From LEAD comes a deck of cards that includes 40 yoga poses that can be used for your own personal spiritual practice or with groups. Each card displays a beautiful original art pose accompanied by a prayer or affirmation, a list of instructions for engaging the yoga pose, and a guided reflection question.