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.

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, when we are weak, you are strong. When we are wavering, you are steady. Thank you for giving us all that we need each day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 18:9-11
One night, Paul had a vision, and in it the Lord said, “Don’t be afraid to keep on preaching. Don’t stop! I am with you, and you won’t be harmed. Many people in this city belong to me.” Paul stayed on in Corinth for a year and a half, teaching God’s message to the people. (CEV)

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

Child: Why might Paul have been comforted to know that God was with him?  Would that message have made a difference to you? Why or why not?

Child: Even though some people in the city didn’t listen to Paul, God said that “many in the city belong to me.” Why is it helpful to know that others share our faith?

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

Merciful Lord, even when many people turn away, you still notice those who belong to you. Help us to reach out to those who do not believe in you. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you notice those around you who share your faith. 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, teach us to be honest and good. Help us to become the people you would have us be. 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 show contempt for our parents and others in authority, nor provoke them to anger, but respect, obey, serve, love, and honor them. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: What does it mean to “show contempt?” Why doesn’t God want us to show contempt to the good adults in our lives?

Child: What are some ways we can serve the people around us each day?

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

Heavenly Father, thank you for our parents, our teachers, and for other leaders in our community, as well. Help us to treat them with honor and respect. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be thankful for good and trustworthy leaders. 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, be with us now, as we seek to grow closer to you. Remind us that you never leave us on our own. 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.

In his travels, Paul did meet
Many people, good and sweet
One such person was Acquila,
And his lovely wife, Priscilla.

There in Corinth, Paul would speak
To the Jews and to the Greeks
Some would listen, but not all;
Others yelled at faithful Paul.

Then the Lord appeared one night
In a vision, bringing light:
“Don’t give up, dear Paul, my friend,
I am with you ‘till the end.”

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

Child: When you have been trying to do good, but were resisted by others? Why is it easy to feel like giving up?

Child: How does God speak to us through the Word of Scripture? Has something you read in the Bible ever given you encouragement to keep going?

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

Holy God, just as you did for Paul, you comfort us when we face dark times. We are so thankful that we can always count on you! We love you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

May you depend on God, above all else. 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, speak to us today through your Word. Make us sturdy in faith, and merciful to all. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 18:7-8
Paul then moved into the house of a man named Titius Justus, who worshiped God and lived next door to the Jewish meeting place. Crispus was the leader of the meeting place. He and everyone in his family put their faith in the Lord. Many others in Corinth also heard the message, and all the people who had faith in the Lord were baptized. (CEV)

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

Child: What does it mean to “put our faith in the Lord,” like Crispus did? How does that affect the way we live our lives?

Child: What do you think kept Paul from giving up after having so many hard experiences? How did he keep going and reaching out to new people?

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

God of grace, thank you for the gift of baptism, which makes us your sons and daughters. Because we belong to you, we need never fear anything in this world. Help us put our faith in you. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

May you never forget that you are a true child of God. 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, our true strength comes from you, above all else. Help us to remember this promise always, especially when we feel alone in a crowd. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 18: 4-6
Every Sabbath, Paul went to the Jewish meeting place. He spoke to Jews and Gentiles and tried to win them over. But after Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, he spent all his time preaching to the Jews about Jesus the Messiah. Finally, they turned against him and insulted him. So he shook the dust from his clothes and told them, “Whatever happens to you will be your own fault! I am not to blame. From now on I am going to preach to the Gentiles.” (CEV)

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

Child: What does it mean to “insult” someone? Have you ever insulted anyone — or been insulted, yourself? How did you handle that?

Child: Why do you think Paul “shook the dust from his clothes”? What did that mean to him?

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

Heavenly Father, when people turn against us, we feel sad and left out. Remind us that even if that happens, you are always there for us. Thank you for being our truest friend. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you stand tall and strong in your faith. Amen.