The two abiding elements of Biblical family worship are leadership by the male head of the household and use of the Word of God. Discussion by all members of the family should be encouraged. The time chosen should be the time that the family can be together. Usually this is true in the morning and evening. However, the Bible does not explicitly require a particular time. If the family already is in a state of disunity and rarely together at the same time, correcting this problem will be one of the first tasks of spiritual leadership required of the family head.
In my opinion the family head should emphasize regularity and brevity. Indeed, overly lengthy family worship with the addition of practices not Scripturally mandated tires the participants and undermines regularity. In my family we follow a pattern of reading by me, discussion, and unison prayer based on repetition of one or two verses from the reading. I also believe that one on one Bible study between husband and wife and father and child is vital to spiritual leadership and nurture.
For a fuller discussion with the relevant Scripture references please read the Covenant Family Fellowship pamphlet Getting Started: The Biblical Elements of Family Worship.
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