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 God, as we attend worship, may we understand more about you. Teach us, lead us, and draw us closer to you and our fellow believers. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Psalm 119:124-125
Show your love for me, your servant, and teach me your laws. I serve you, so let me understand your teachings.

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

Child: Does God have laws? What are they? Can you give some examples?

Child: What do you do if you break one of God’s laws? Where can you turn?

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

Lord God, we want to live good and godly lives, but we fall short every day. Help us. Please forgive us when we go astray, and help us to do better in the future. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you live according to the commands and promises of God. 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, you reach out to us, just as Paul reached out to the people of Berea. Thank you for caring about us, and for giving us families and friends who care for us, too. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 17:13-15
When the Jewish leaders in Thessalonica heard that Paul had been preaching God’s message in Berea, they went there and caused trouble by turning the crowds against Paul. Right away the followers sent Paul down to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed in Berea. Some men went with Paul as far as Athens, and then returned with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible. (CEV)

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

Child: Why did some Christians travel to Athens with Paul? Do you think that was dangerous for them?

Child: Think of someone who helped you at some point in your life. What did they do for you?

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

Merciful Lord, we have received so much from you. Now let us share your gifts with others. Show us where we are needed, and give us the strength to serve. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you find good friends, and be a good friend, as well. 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, you give us a direct line to you through prayer and your Word. Help us to make use of these good gifts, today and always. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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

We should fear and love God so that we do not despise his Word and the preaching of it, but acknowledge it as holy, and gladly hear and learn it. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: Why is it important to pay attention to God’s Word?

Child: Has it ever been hard for you to trust God? How has the Bible helped you?

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

Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us churches, as well as pastors who preach and teach from the Bible. Help us to listen with open ears, so that we may learn to trust you more, every day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you learn to love God’s Word, and find true comfort in it. 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.

Holy God, thank you for guiding us when we don’t know what to do. Hold us by the hand and lead us, today and always. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, we pray. Amen.

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

Paul and Silas left a town
Where they had been chased around.
Then they came to somewhere new;
Both were welcomed warmly, too.

In Berea (this new place),
They were listened to with grace.
All their words were well received;
Many heard, and then believed!

Some were angry and with shouts
Ordered Paul and Silas out!
So these two, with Timothy,
Went to Athens by the sea.

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

Child: What happened after the people in Berea heard God’s Word? Did this affect how they behaved?

Child: If you lived in Berea, what would you have done to make Paul and Silas feel at home?

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

Holy God, we know that you have a plan for the world, and that it is good. Help us to share your Word with others, fearlessly. Make us kind and compassionate people. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord go with you, and give you peace today. 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, we want to know more about you. Help us to listen well to your Word, just as the people in Berea did so long ago. Strengthen our faith, day by day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 17:11-12
That same night the Lord’s followers sent Paul and Silas on to Berea, and after they arrived, they went to the Jewish meeting place. The people in Berea were much nicer than those in Thessalonica, and they gladly accepted the message. Day after day they studied the Scriptures to see if these things were true. Many of them put their faith in the Lord, including some important Greek women and several men. (CEV)

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

Child: What do you think Paul and Silas liked best about Berea? Why?

Child: When have you felt really welcomed somewhere? What happened?

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

God of grace, teach us to welcome people with kindness. Open our hearts, so that we may see others as you see them. 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 share your faith with others, even if they are very different from you. 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, you see everything. You know when we are being treated well, or when we are treated unfairly. Give us true faith, so that we may trust you even when everything seems against us. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 17:13
When the Jewish leaders in Thessalonica heard that Paul had been preaching God’s message in Berea, they went there and caused trouble by turning the crowds against Paul.

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

Child: Have you ever had someone try to turn other people against you?  How did that make you feel?

Child: When people are mean to us, how do you think Jesus would like us to respond?

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

Lord God, when we are frightened, you give us courage. Help us to stand firm in our faith, no matter what anyone else says about us, and teach us not to let other people’s bad deeds make us act badly in return. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you stand up for those who are being treated unfairly. 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.

Lord God, open our ears to hear your Word, so that as we hear, we may believe; and as we believe, we may grow ever closer to you. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 17: 10 -15
That same night the Lord’s followers sent Paul and Silas on to Berea, and after they arrived, they went to the Jewish meeting place. The people in Berea were much nicer than those in Thessalonica, and they gladly accepted the message. Day after day they studied the Scriptures to see if these things were true. Many of them put their faith in the Lord, including some important Greek women and several men.
When the Jewish leaders in Thessalonica heard that Paul had been preaching God’s message in Berea, they went there and caused trouble by turning the crowds against Paul. Right away the followers sent Paul down to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed in Berea. Some men went with Paul as far as Athens, and then returned with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible. (CEV)

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

Child: Paul and Silas were traveling from town to town. Have you ever been on a long cross-country trip? What do you like, or not like, about traveling?

Child:  The word “hospitality” means “welcoming strangers.” Who showed hospitality to Paul and Silas in this story? How do you think that made them feel?

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

Lord God, we ask that you would watch over us, especially when we go to places we have never been before. Guide us like you did for Paul and Silas, so that we would be of service to you wherever we go.  In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you show hospitality by welcoming others in Jesus’ name. Amen.