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 shower us with kindness! Thank you for your love, and for surrounding us with people who keep us safe. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 19:30-31
Paul wanted to go out and speak to the people, but the Lord’s followers would not let him. A few of the local officials were friendly to Paul, and they sent someone to warn him not to go. (CEV)

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

Child: That day, why did the Lord’s followers stop Paul from going out to speak to the people? What were they concerned about? How do you think Paul felt about what his friends did?

Child: Do you think God ever stops us from doing things we want to do? Why would God do that? Why might we do that for each other?

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

Dear Lord, you watch over us every day. Sometimes we don’t know why certain things happen, but you do. Help us to trust that you know what is best, even when we don’t get what we want. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you learn to be patient. 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, be with us now, as we study and learn from the Small Catechism. Help us to remember the many wise teachings within it. 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 use his name superstitiously or to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, but call upon him in every time of need, and worship him with prayer, praise, and thanksgiving. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: Many people use God’s name to curse or swear, and don’t even realize it. How does that show dishonor to God? What can we do to try to avoid this?

Child: Why do you think God wants us to call upon him in every time of need? When have you done that?

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

Heavenly Father, we want to trust you, and to live in a way that is pleasing to you. Teach us how to do that, and help us to be good examples to those around us, as well. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you use God’s name in good ways. 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, teach us to worship you alone, and to show compassion to those around us who do not yet know you. 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 taught about the one true God,
But many people thought him odd.
He said, “Those idols that you make,
They are not real; they’re just a fake.”

This made the craftsmen very mad,
Their business started going bad.
“Our god is Artemis,” they called,
“It’s time to put a stop to Paul!”

The people there began to riot,
Others told them to be quiet:
“You must quickly stop this fuss,
Or it will all be blamed on us!”

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

Child: Paul was visiting a place where people worshipped many gods. What would you do if you were in his shoes? Would you be able to teach others about the one, true God? Why or why not?

Child: When people don’t believe us when we speak the truth, should we just tell them what they want to hear to get along? Why or why not?

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

Holy God, we want to point others to you, but it can be hard to speak up. Show us how to do this. Lead us, as you did for Paul. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

May you reach out to those who don’t know 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.

Almighty God, you are always working to bring people into relationship with you. Help us to see your goodness as we study your holy Word. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 19:25-26
Demetrius brought together everyone who was in the same business and said: “Friends, you know that we make a good living at this. But you have surely seen and heard how this man Paul is upsetting a lot of people, not only in Ephesus, but almost everywhere in Asia. He claims that the gods we humans make are not really gods at all.”  (CEV)

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

Child: Why did Paul tell the people that their gods were not real? Was this a mean thing or a kind and merciful thing that he did? Why?

Child: To be “merciful” means to treat someone well, even though they may deserve to be punished. When have you been merciful to someone else? What happened?

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

God of grace, when we make bad choices and go down the wrong path, you send people into our lives to help us turn around. This is a kindness, even when it doesn’t feel like that. Thank you for your mercy, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

May you see how God is kind and merciful. 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, open our eyes, so that we may see what matters most in this life. Keep us focused on you. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 19:28-29
When the workers heard this, they got angry and started shouting, “Great is Artemis, the goddess of the Ephesians!” Soon the whole city was in a riot, and some men grabbed Gaius and Aristarchus, who had come from Macedonia with Paul. Then everyone in the crowd rushed to the place where the town meetings were held. (CEV)

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

Child: Artemis was a false Greek goddess, and the workers made silver statues of her. Why would Paul and his friends not have liked this?

Child: People started fighting because they didn’t like what Paul had to say. Has anyone ever gotten angry at you after you told the truth? What did you do?

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

Heavenly Father, we know that it is good to tell the truth. But sometimes, people don’t like to hear it. Help us to know when to be silent, but also when to speak. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you speak the truth in love. 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.

O God, turn our hearts to you. Give us understanding, so that we may know how you would have us live. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 19:23-31
At that time there was serious trouble because of the Lord’s Way. A silversmith named Demetrius had a business that made silver models of the temple of the goddess Artemis. Those who worked for him earned a lot of money. Demetrius brought together everyone who was in the same business and said:

“Friends, you know that we make a good living at this. But you have surely seen and heard how this man Paul is upsetting a lot of people, not only in Ephesus, but almost everywhere in Asia. He claims that the gods we humans make are not really gods at all. Everyone will start saying terrible things about our business. They will stop respecting the temple of the goddess Artemis, who is worshiped in Asia and all over the world. Our great goddess will be forgotten!”

When the workers heard this, they got angry and started shouting, “Great is Artemis, the goddess of the Ephesians!” Soon the whole city was in a riot, and some men grabbed Gaius and Aristarchus, who had come from Macedonia with Paul. Then everyone in the crowd rushed to the place where the town meetings were held. Paul wanted to go out and speak to the people, but the Lord’s followers would not let him. A few of the local officials were friendly to Paul, and they sent someone to warn him not to go. (CEV)

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

Child: Why were the people in today’s story angry at Paul? What were they afraid they might lose?

Child: Have you ever worried about money? When? How did God take care of you?

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

Lord God, sometimes we get so focused on the things we want that we put those things first in our lives. Help us to stop doing that, and remind us that our relationship with you is our greatest gift.  In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you put God first, above all else. 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, you do so much for us each day. Thank you for this special time, when we can join together as a family and come to know you better. 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 107:31-32
You should praise the Lord for his love and for the wonderful things he does for all of us. Honor the Lord when you and your leaders meet to worship. (CEV)

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

Child: What are some of the wonderful things that God has done for you? Let’s each list five right now!

Child: What do you think it means to “honor” God when we meet to worship? How can we do that?

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

Lord God, we praise you for the many blessings you have given us. Thank you for our church family, and for the many teachers and leaders who care for us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be thankful for your church today. Amen.