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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.

Lord God, we ask you to open our hearts and minds to your Word. Help us hear what you have to say to us and trust in your promise. May we always give you praise and glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Psalm 107:6-9
You were in serious trouble, but you prayed to the Lord, and he rescued you. Right away he brought you to a town. You should praise the Lord for his love and for the wonderful things he does for all of us. To everyone who is thirsty, he gives something to drink; to everyone who is hungry, he gives good things to eat.

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

Child: Can you tell me a time when you were in serious trouble and God answered your prayers?

Child: Why do Christians regularly come together to thank and praise God in worship?

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

Lord God, you see our deepest needs. You respond to our needs through the hands and help of others.  Just as we have received your help, shows us ways that we can help others, in Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

Thanks be to God for all the blessings in your life. 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.

Lord God you have given us all that we have, including our bodies, minds, and possessions. Help us in return to be generous to others so they may also know the source of all good gifts. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully to this reminder from Luther’s Small Catechism.

I believe that God has created me and all that exists, that he has given me and still preserves my body and soul, my eyes and ears, my reason and all my senses, together with food and clothing, home and family, and all my property.  (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: What good things has God done for us as a family?

Child: If God gives us all we have, how should we take care of those things?

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

Holy God, all that we have has been given to us by your gracious hands. Help us to use these good things to serve you and our neighbors. In all our actions, may we give you thanks in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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

May the Lord bless and keep you in his loving care. 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.

Lord God, you ask us to trust in you in all things. Give us the power of the Holy Spirit, so that we may believe in your promise and and give you credit for all the good things we have, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 3:11, 16
Peter saw that a crowd had gathered, and he said: “Friends, why are you surprised at what has happened? Why are you staring at us? Do you think we have some power of our own? Do you think we were able to make this man walk because we are so religious? … You see this man, and you know him. He put his faith in the name of Jesus and was made strong. Faith in Jesus made this man completely well while everyone was watching.”

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

Child: Why did Peter not take any credit for healing the man? Why did he want everyone to know that the man was healed by Jesus power?

Child: Why is it important for us to give all the credit to Jesus for saving us?

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

Holy God, you are the one who makes good things happen for us. When we are weak, you are strong. Even when we do not have confidence in ourselves, help us to have confidence in you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May God give you the confidence to trust that he will save you. 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.

Almighty Father, just as Peter and John had compassion on a man born lame, help us to be compassionate to all we meet so that they might know your healing power, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

Acts 3:1-10

John and Peter went to pray
At the temple late one day.
There they saw a crippled man
Sitting, begging, in the sand.

“Gold and silver we have not
But we’ll share what we have got:
“In Jesus’ name rise up and stand!
You can do it; take my hand!”

Peter, then, reached out his hand,
Helping the poor man to stand,
His legs were strong now, like a boy.
He could run and jump for joy!

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

Child: Do you think that God needs our help to make miracles happen? Why or why not?

Child: Has God ever used you to help another person? How do you know?

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

Holy God, you fill us with your love so that we would see others in need, and offer them help and a blessing in your name. Use us for your purpose, in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.

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

May the Lord God use your hands, eyes, ears, and mouth to share the good news of Christ with others. 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.

Holy God, you come to give us the strength we need to live each day. Thank you for your mercy and love. By your Holy Spirit, lead us to trust in your promise and serve you in all that we do, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 3:5- 10
The man [who was born lame] stared at them and thought he was going to get something. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold! But I will give you what I do have. In the name of Jesus Christ from Nazareth, get up and start walking.” Peter then took him by the right hand and helped him up. At once the man’s feet and ankles became strong, and he jumped up and started walking. He went with Peter and John into the temple, walking and jumping and praising God. Everyone saw him walking around and praising God. They knew that he was the beggar who had been lying beside the Beautiful Gate, and they were completely surprised. They could not imagine what had happened to the man.

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

Child: Who do you think was more surprised by the miraculous healing, the crowd or the man himself? Why could the people not imagine what happened to him?

Child: Have you ever experienced God’s help when you were in need?

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

Loving God, help us to recognize the ordinary and the  miraculous things that you do for us each day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Jesus has given you the greatest gift of all: his love and forgiveness. 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.

Almighty God, you see us in our need and you come to make things better. Help us always to look to you as our help and healer, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 3:1-5
The time of prayer was about three o’clock in the afternoon, and Peter and John were going into the temple. A man who had been born lame was being carried to the temple door. Each day he was placed beside this door, known as the Beautiful Gate. He sat there and begged from the people who were going in. The man saw Peter and John entering the temple, and he asked them for money. But they looked straight at him and said, “Look up at us!” The man stared at them and thought he was going to get something.

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

Child: Have you ever seen a person by the road who is begging? How do you think it feels to be passed by?

Child: This man could not walk. What is something you cannot do for yourself  that makes you need to depend and rely on others?

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

Loving God there are many in this world who are not seen by others; they simply fade into the background of everyday life. Just as we recognize our own needs, help us to see those who are suffering and help to meet their needs. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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

The Lord sees you in your struggles and in your joys, and he is your source of help. 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.

Heavenly Father, by ourselves we have no power over life, death, healing or suffering. Give us faith in your Son that we would trust in his power over our lives. We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as the Bible story for the week is read aloud.

Acts 3:1-10
The time of prayer was about three o’clock in the afternoon, and Peter and John were going into the temple. A man who had been born lame was being carried to the temple door. Each day he was placed beside this door, known as the Beautiful Gate. He sat there and begged from the people who were going in. The man saw Peter and John entering the temple, and he asked them for money. But they looked straight at him and said, “Look up at us!” The man stared at them and thought he was going to get something. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold! But I will give you what I do have. In the name of Jesus Christ from Nazareth, get up and start walking.” Peter then took him by the right hand and helped him up. At once the man’s feet and ankles became strong, and he jumped up and started walking. He went with Peter and John into the temple, walking and jumping and praising God. Everyone saw him walking around and praising God. They knew that he was the beggar who had been lying beside the Beautiful Gate, and they were completely surprised. They could not imagine what had happened to the man.

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

Child: Which would you think was a greater gift: receiving some coins or being healed?

Child: Who really healed the man?

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

Holy God, you are the source of all wonders in this world and in our lives, may we always look to you for what we need, trusting that you know better than we do in all things. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord of light and love bless you with a deep abiding faith this day and always. Amen.