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, we live in a world where people often do bad things. Sometimes it is others, and sometimes it is us. We pray that when we sin against others, you would forgive us. When someone sins against us, we ask that you would give us the ability to forgive them, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Listen: Listen carefully as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.
Stephen, full of strength and grace,
With a smile on his face,
Healed and did amazing signs
In the name of Christ, divine.
Some who heard what Stephen said,
Twisted all his words, instead.
And they stirred up others, who
Planned to capture Stephen, too!
Soon they stoned this godly man
(as was in their evil plan),
But despite their shouts and calls,
Stephen still forgave them all.
Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.
Child: How is what happened in this story to Stephen similar to what happened to Jesus at the end of his life?
Child: When the mean people threw rocks at Stephen, why did Stephen forgive them?
Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.
Holy God, we know that Jesus himself suffered to do what was right, and he calls us to do the same. Help us to be brave as you are brave, and help us to forgive as you forgive us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.
May the Holy Spirit give you the strength to forgive in Jesus’ name. Amen.