Sunday: Worship

Pray: Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you …
in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gracious Lord, on this beautiful Sunday, we thank you for bringing us together to praise and worship you! Lead us now, as we study our Psalm, and draw us ever closer to you. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Psalm 40:16-17
Our Lord, let your worshipers rejoice and be glad. They love you for saving them, so let them always say, “The Lord is wonderful!” I am poor and needy, but, Lord God, you care about me, and you come to my rescue. Please hurry and help. (CEV)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: God is indeed wonderful! What are some of the amazing things that God is doing right now, even as we speak?

Child: Can you remember a time when you felt that God came to your rescue—maybe by using other people or events to help you? What happened?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Lord God, we all go through times when we feel needy or overwhelmed. Thank you for caring for us, and for helping us through those experiences. May we remember your compassion and be grateful for it not only when times are tough, but when they are good, as well. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May you thank God for all your blessings! Amen.

Saturday: Generosity

Pray: Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you …
in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Mighty Lord, we want to follow you and live good lives. Increase our faith as we dig into our Bible story today, so that we may please you and serve you better every day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Luke 10:36-37
Then Jesus asked, “Which one of these three people was a real neighbor to the man who was beaten up by robbers?” The teacher answered, “The one who showed pity.” Jesus said, “Go and do the same!” (CEV)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: What does the word “pity” mean? Have you ever felt pity for someone, and tried to help? When?

Child: How can we be good neighbors to the people in our neighborhood, school, or work place?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Dear Lord, we want to be like the Good Samaritan, but sometimes people’s problems seem too big for us. Show us how we can make a difference, whether it’s by giving to a charity, volunteering in a soup kitchen, or simply praying for those in need. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May you find a way to make a difference! Amen.

Friday: Trust

Pray: Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you …
in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O God, as the school week draws to a close, may we be thankful for what we have learned. Teach us even more now, as we settle in to study the Small Catechism together. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention to this reminder from Luther’s Small Catechism.

We should fear and love God so that we do our neighbors no bodily harm nor cause them any suffering, but help and befriend them in every need. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: Who is our neighbor? Does this only mean people who live next door to us? Why or why not?

Child: Why does showing kindness to our neighbor also show love for God?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Heavenly Father, we trust you and love you! We know that you want us to treat our neighbors well, but sometimes this is hard for us. Show us the way. Help us to notice and befriend those who are in need of a friend. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May you reach out to someone who needs a friend today! Amen.

Thursday: Compassion

Pray: Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you …
in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear God, fill us with love and compassion, so that we may see others as you see them. Open our hearts now, as we talk and pray together, and make us into the people you want us to be. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

There once was a Samaritan
(Who was a fair and decent man),
And as he walked along the road
He saw an injured man, and slowed.

Then taking bandages and oil
He washed his cuts; cleaned out the soil.
He helped the man, and carried him
Along the road and to an inn.

While usually they would not meet
One helped the other on that street.
And in that act, the hurt man knew
He had a neighbor, good and true.

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: Are there groups of people that we usually would not meet in our neighborhood? Who are they?

Child: What do all people have in common, even if their skin color, beliefs, or backgrounds are different?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Holy God, sometimes we let differences keep us apart from other people. Teach us how to reach out and treat people lovingly even if they have other traditions or ways of life. Show us how to share our faith with them. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May you see your neighbors as fellow children of God!  Amen.

Wednesday: Mercy

Pray: Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you …
in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Almighty God, be with us now, as we read and discuss our Bible story. Show us what it means to be merciful to others, and teach us how to graciously accept mercy, as well. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Luke 10:33-35
A man from Samaria then came traveling along that road. When he saw the man, he felt sorry for him and went over to him. He treated his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put him on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next morning he gave the innkeeper two silver coins and said, “Please take care of the man. If you spend more than this on him, I will pay you when I return.” (CEV)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: The Samaritan felt sorry for the hurt man. When has someone shown mercy to you at a time when you least expected it?

Child: How was the Good Samaritan like Jesus? What has Jesus done for us?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

God of grace, you use all kinds of people to do your work in the world. Sometimes, those people may even help us! May we be open to others, and not be too proud to accept help when we need it. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May you accept help when you need it! Amen.

Tuesday: Struggle

Pray: Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you …
in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Lord God, may your Holy Spirit inspire us today as we read your Word. Fill our hearts with kindness towards others, and with love for you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Luke 10:30-32
As a man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, robbers attacked him and grabbed everything he had. They beat him up and ran off, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road. But when he saw the man, he walked by on the other side. Later a temple helper came to the same place. But when he saw the man who had been beaten up, he also went by on the other side. (CEV)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: Why do you think the priest and the temple worker passed by the hurt man instead of helping him? Have you ever felt too rushed, or too afraid, to help someone else?

Child: Have you ever stopped to help a stranger? If so, what happened?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Heavenly Father, sometimes we see people who are suffering, and we don’t know what to do. Other times we simply feel too busy to see beyond our own needs. Please heal those who are hurting, and show us how we can best help them, as well. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May you help others where you can! Amen.

Monday: Understanding

Pray: Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God's name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you …
in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O God, as we read our Bible story today, may we learn from it and be changed for the better. Open our hearts, so that we understand what it means to truly love our neighbor. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Luke 10:30-37 [Jesus told this story about a Good Samaritan]:

As a man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, robbers attacked him and grabbed everything he had. They beat him up and ran off, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road. But when he saw the man, he walked by on the other side. Later a temple helper came to the same place. But when he saw the man who had been beaten up, he also went by on the other side.

A man from Samaria then came traveling along that road. When he saw the man, he felt sorry for him and went over to him. He treated his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put him on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next morning he gave the innkeeper two silver coins and said, “Please take care of the man. If you spend more than this on him, I will pay you when I return.”

Then Jesus asked, “Which one of these three people was a real neighbor to the man who was beaten up by robbers?” The teacher answered, “The one who showed pity.” Jesus said, “Go and do the same!” (CEV)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: Why do you think this story is known as “The Good Samaritan?” What did the Samaritan do that was good?

Child: In those days, Samaritans and Jews did not get along. Do you think the hurt man (who was probably Jewish) was surprised by what the Samaritan did for him? Why or why not?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Heavenly Father, we thank you for people like the Good Samaritan, who look beyond themselves and reach out to others. Help us to do the same, and to see where we can make a positive impact in this world. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words:

May you be a good neighbor! Amen.