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 hear your Word. Help us to focus on the story this week, and learn all that you would have us know. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.
When we came ashore, we learned that the island was called Malta. The local people were very friendly, and they welcomed us by building a fire, because it was rainy and cold. After Paul had gathered some wood and had put it on the fire, the heat caused a snake to crawl out, and it bit him on the hand. When the local people saw the snake hanging from Paul’s hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a murderer! He didn’t drown in the sea, but the goddess of justice will kill him anyway.”
Paul shook the snake off into the fire and wasn’t harmed. The people kept thinking that Paul would either swell up or suddenly drop dead. They watched him for a long time, and when nothing happened to him, they changed their minds and said, “This man is a god.”
The governor of the island was named Publius, and he owned some of the land around there. Publius was very friendly and welcomed us into his home for three days. His father was in bed, sick with fever and stomach trouble, and Paul went to visit him. Paul healed the man by praying and placing his hands on him. After this happened, everyone on the island brought their sick people to Paul, and they were all healed. (CEV)
Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.
Child: What do you imagine it was like on the island of Malta, where Paul and his friends visited? Have you ever traveled somewhere really interesting? When?
Child: Why did the local people think Paul was a murderer, and then a god? Was either idea right? Why or why not?
Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.
Lord God, be with missionaries and others who travel to far off places. Keep them safe, and keep us safe in all our journeys, as well. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Have each person in the family bless one another with these words:
May you travel safely through the week! Amen.