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, as this work and school week draws to a close, thank you for this time of rest and study. Be with us now, as we turn our hearts to you. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Listen: Pay close attention to this reminder from Luther’s Small Catechism.

He has done all this in order that I might be his own, live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, even as he is risen from the dead and lives and reigns for all eternity. This is most certainly true! (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: What does it mean to belong to God? How can being God’s own child help us to feel safe and secure?

Child: What is your favorite way to serve Jesus in this world? Talk about a time when you did this. What made it special to you?

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

Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your Son into the world to save us! Help us to serve him here on earth all of our days. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust that Jesus loves you! 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, we love you! Be with us now, and open our hearts to understand your Word as we study it. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

Because God loves both me and you,
He will, in time, make all things new.
Our God will live with us, you know,
And many blessings he’ll bestow.

This earth and heaven, sky and sea,
Will fade into eternity.
With tears and trouble wiped away,
The Lord will make a brand new day!

So now be patient and be strong,
Bad things can only last so long,
As it began so shall it end,
The Lord will make all new again!

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

Child: Why do you think God wants to make all things new? If you could make something new, what would it be?

Child: What blessings would you most like to receive from God? How can you best share your blessings with others?

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

Holy God, thank you for the gifts of earth, sky and sea! We look forward to the day when you will make them, and all things, new. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May God bless you today and always!  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 merciful and kind. Help us to see this again and again, as we learn more about your love for us today. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Revelation 21:3-4
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”  (CEV)

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

Child: The Bible tells us that God will wipe every tear from our eyes. Have you ever gone through a sad time?  How did trusting in God comfort you?

Child: What are some sad things you would like to see go away? How does it help you to know that God will someday make it so there will be no more sadness?

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

God of grace, you choose to live among us, and to be our God. Thank you for loving us even when we aren’t very loveable. Help us to be merciful and kind to others, in return. 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 God wipe every tear from your eyes! 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, thank you for being with us, especially when things are changing and we feel confused. Be with us now as we study and learn more about your plan for the world. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Revelation 21:1-2
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (CEV)

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

Child: The New Jerusalem was compared to a bride. How does a bride dress when she’s going to marry her husband? Why do you think she wears such special clothing for that day?

Child: How do you think people in a holy city might act? Would our cities today be better if everyone believed in God? Why or why not?

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

Heavenly Father, thank you for always working to bring healing and hope to our world! Bless us as we go about our week, and keep our eyes focused on you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you know that good things are coming! 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, you want the best for us, and you bless us every day. Be with us now, and help us to understand more about your Word. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Revelation 21:1-6
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. (CEV)

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

Child: The Bible tells us that there will be a new heaven and a new earth one day. What do you imagine these places will be like? Describe that for us.

Child: Where is Jerusalem? Why do you think it’s called a holy city? What would you most like to see if you visited there?

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

Lord God, thank you for caring for your people. We look forward to the day when you make all things new! Please help us to be patient until that time. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust in God’s good plans! 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, thank you for this day we have together. Bless each person here, and help us to be open to your Word. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Psalm 27:2-3
Brutal people may attack and try to kill me, but they will stumble. Fierce enemies may attack, but they will fall. Armies may surround me, but I won’t be afraid; war may break out, but I will trust you. (CEV)

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

Child: What does it mean to trust God? Have you ever been worried about something, and finally decided to leave it in God’s hands? What happened?

Child: When we hear about sad events, we can always “look for the helpers,” and know that God is with them. Who are some of God’s helpers that you have seen at work in the world? Tell us about them.

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

Lord God, no matter what happens around us, you can use it for good in some way. Knowing this, we find peace and rest. Thank you for your love and protection. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you always look for the helpers! 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, bless all who study your Word today. Be with us, and with people across the world, who want to know you better. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Revelation 12:11
Our people defeated Satan because of the blood of the Lamb and the message of God. They were willing to give up their lives. The heavens should rejoice, together with everyone who lives there.” (CEV)

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

Child: Why don’t we have to be afraid, even when we hear about scary things? Who fights for us? What’s a short phrase we can say to remind ourselves of this?

Child: When someone you know is going through hard times, how might you help them with the message of God? What could you say to encourage them?

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

Dear Lord, the heavens rejoice because you defeat evil, and fight for all that’s good. Watch over us here on earth, and help us to trust in you. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you tell others that Jesus loves them! Amen.