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, help us to listen when you speak. Give us the faith to believe your Word, and to be changed by it. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Listen: Listen carefully as the Bible story for the week is read aloud.
Acts 17:16-21; 32-34
While Paul was waiting in Athens, he was upset to see all the idols in the city. He went to the Jewish meeting place to speak to the Jews and to anyone who worshiped with them. Day after day he also spoke to everyone he met in the market. Some of them were Epicureans and some were Stoics, and they started arguing with him. People were asking, “What is this know-it-all trying to say?”
Some even said, “Paul must be preaching about foreign gods! That’s what he means when he talks about Jesus and about people rising from death.” They brought Paul before a council called the Areopagus, and said, “Tell us what your new teaching is all about. We have heard you say some strange things, and we want to know what you mean.” More than anything else the people of Athens and the foreigners living there loved to hear and to talk about anything new.
As soon as the people heard Paul say that a man had been raised from death, some of them started laughing. Others said, “We will hear you talk about this some other time.” When Paul left the council meeting, some of the men put their faith in the Lord and went with Paul. One of them was a council member named Dionysius. A woman named Damaris and several others also put their faith in the Lord. (CEV)
Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.
Child: What is an “idol”? Why was Paul upset when he saw all the idols in Athens?
Child: Do you think we have any idols in our culture today? What are they?
Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.
Lord God, we can so easily focus on the wrong things in life. Help us to put you first in everything, and to take time to talk to you every day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Have each person in the family bless one another with these words:
May you put God first in your life. Amen.