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, you give each of us particular gifts and talents to use in service to your kingdom. Give us the courage to use our gifts to serve others in your name. Amen.

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

“Help us!” the disciples said.
“Who will hand out food and bread?
We need people who will feed
the widows who are most in need.”

So they prayed to find some more
leaders who would serve the poor.
All their prayers were answered when,
they put forth seven faithful men.

The deacons helped to make things right:
that all were cared for in God’s sight.
They served believers old and new
and helped as they were asked to do!

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

Child: In what ways have you been asked to serve in the name of Jesus?

Child: How might I serve others in Jesus’ name?

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

Loving God, give us the ability and power to serve others in your name, using the gifts you have first given us. In Jesus’ holy name we pray. Amen.

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

Go and be of help to your neighbors in need. Amen.