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, when we are treated unfairly, give us patience. Let us look to Jesus as our example of how to treat our enemies. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

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

Paul and Silas came to town;
A slave girl followed them around.
She kept yelling — all could hear it.
Paul drove out the evil spirit.

Her masters took and had them beat,
Held and locked up by the feet.
God then sent a huge earthquake,
Making bars and doors to shake.

The jailer thought they all escaped,
His life, he was about to take,
When Paul said, “No! We all are here!”
The jailer did not have to fear.

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

Child: Why did Paul and Silas treat their jailer well? Do you think this was easy or hard for them?

Child:  When have you been kind to someone who didn’t expect it? What happened?

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

Holy God, help us to be kind to the people around us, even if we are on opposite sides. Give us wisdom, so we can act out of love rather than fear, like Paul and Silas did. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

May you see each person you meet as a child of God. 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.

God of grace, even when we feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to turn, we know that you are working, bringing hope and healing out of the rubble. Help us to remember this always. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 16:27-32
When the jailer woke up and saw that the doors were open, he thought that the prisoners had escaped. He pulled out his sword and was about to kill himself. But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! No one has escaped.” The jailer asked for a torch and went into the jail. He was shaking all over as he knelt down in front of Paul and Silas. After he had led them out of the jail, he asked, “What must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Have faith in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved! This is also true for everyone who lives in your home.” Then Paul and Silas told him and everyone else in his house about the Lord. (CEV)

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

Child: Why was the jailer frightened? What did Paul and Silas do for him?

Child: Have you ever felt scared at night? How does trusting God help you to feel better?

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

Almighty God, sometimes we find ourselves in frightening situations. Yet we know that you will lead us through them if only we trust you. Give us the words we need, so that we may comfort others who are going through hard times of their own. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be ready to share your faith when the time calls for it. 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, no matter what we face, we do not face it alone. Even when we are far from home, you are there beside us. Teach us to be brave. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 16:22-24
The crowd joined in the attack on Paul and Silas. Then the officials tore the clothes off the two men and ordered them to be beaten with a whip. After they had been badly beaten, they were put in jail, and the jailer was told to guard them carefully. The jailer did as he was told. He put them deep inside the jail and chained their feet to heavy blocks of wood. (CEV)

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

Child: How do you think Paul and Silas felt by the time they were thrown in prison?

Child: Can you imagine what it would be like to be put in jail unfairly? What would you dislike the most about that?

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

Lord God, you can do anything! You can bring good out of even the toughest situations. Help us to trust you when we can’t see a way forward. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust that God is always working for good, even when you can’t see it. 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, we are so thankful that we can worship you freely, and speak your name openly, in our own homes and churches. Help us to never take that for granted. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 16:22-34
The crowd joined in the attack on Paul and Silas. Then the officials tore the clothes off the two men and ordered them to be beaten with a whip. After they had been badly beaten, they were put in jail, and the jailer was told to guard them carefully. The jailer did as he was told. He put them deep inside the jail and chained their feet to heavy blocks of wood.

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing praises to God, while the other prisoners listened.  Suddenly a strong earthquake shook the jail to its foundations. The doors opened, and the chains fell from all the prisoners. When the jailer woke up and saw that the doors were open, he thought that the prisoners had escaped. He pulled out his sword and was about to kill himself. But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! No one has escaped.” The jailer asked for a torch and went into the jail. He was shaking all over as he knelt down in front of Paul and Silas. After he had led them out of the jail, he asked, “What must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Have faith in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved! This is also true for everyone who lives in your home.” Then Paul and Silas told him and everyone else in his house about the Lord. While it was still night, the jailer took them to a place where he could wash their cuts and bruises. Then he and everyone in his home were baptized. They were very glad that they had put their faith in God. After this, the jailer took Paul and Silas to his home and gave them something to eat. (CEV)

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

Child: What happened when the earthquake shook the land? Why do you think Paul and Silas stayed where they were?

Child:  Have you ever been in a scary storm? What did you do?

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

Lord God, you care about every person you created, including prisoners and jailers. Help us share the good news of your love with anyone who needs to hear it. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May your ears always be open to hearing God’s Word. Amen.

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, we give you thanks and praise. Speak to us through your Word, so that we would trust in your promise, and live our lives according to your will, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Psalm 145:10-12
All creation will thank you, and your loyal people will praise you. They will tell about your marvelous kingdom and your power. Then everyone will know about the mighty things you do and your glorious kingdom. (CEV)

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

Child: What are you thankful for today?

Child: Why is it important to remember that everything good we have comes from God?

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

Lord God, our Father, you are worthy to be praised. Use our lives to show your glory to others, that the whole world may know your greatness. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the glory of the Lord shine through you. 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 have created the heavens and the earth, and have given us all good things. Create in us a thankful heart and generous spirit, so that we would share with others the blessings you have given to us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 16:9-15
We spent several days in Philippi. Then on the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to a place by the river, where we thought there would be a Jewish meeting place for prayer. We sat down and talked with the women who came. One of them was Lydia, who was from the city of Thyatira and sold expensive purple cloth. She was a worshiper of the Lord God, and he made her willing to accept what Paul was saying. Then after she and her family were baptized, she kept on begging us, “If you think I really do have faith in the Lord, come stay in my home.” Finally, we accepted her invitation. (CEV)

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

Child: What good things had Lydia been blessed with? Do you think she was thankful?

Child: What did Lydia do to share the good things God had given her?

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

Bountiful Lord, you provide for the needs of our lives so that we can help provide for the needs of others.  Help us to show the kind of hospitality that Lydia showed, and be generous in sharing what we have. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May God give you a kind and generous heart. 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.

Mighty God, you are the source of all good things. Help us to trust that you will provide what we need to live from day to day, and help us not to worry about what we have or don’t have. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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

Daily bread includes everything required to meet our earthly needs, such as food, drink, clothing, home, property, employment, necessities; devout parents, children, and communities; honest and faithful authorities, good government, seasonable weather, peace, health, an orderly society, a good reputation, true friends and neighbors, and the like. (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: What does it mean to say that God gives us “daily bread”?

Child: Jesus taught us to pray for daily bread in the Lord’s Prayer. Do you know the Lord’s Prayer? Can we pray it together? (below)

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

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

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

May you trust that God will always provide for you. Amen.