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, you have provided us with all good gifts, including the gift of faith. Fill us with your Holy Spirit, so that we may be generous in sharing with others the gifts that you have given us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Listen: Listen carefully to this reminder from Luther’s Small Catechism.
"I believe in Jesus Christ... On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead."
What does this mean?
He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, and has freed me from sin, death, and the power of the devil, not with silver and gold, but with his holy and precious blood and his innocent suffering and death. (Luther's Small Catechism)
Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.
Child: To be "redeemed" means to be "bought back." How did Jesus buy us back?
Child: What does it mean to say that we belong to Jesus (and not to ourselves)?
Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.
Holy God, help us to know the depths of your mercy and grace that have been given to us through Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.
May God grant you forgiveness of your sin and bring you to a new life in Christ. Amen.