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, thank you for being with us as we read your Word. Teach us more about your mercy each time we study together. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.
Then one of the elders said to me, “Stop crying and look! The one who is called both the ‘Lion from the Tribe of Judah’ and ‘King David’s Great Descendant’ has won the victory. He will open the book and its seven seals.” (CEV)
Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.
Child: John was told to “stop crying and look.” Have you ever been so upset about something that you couldn’t see the good things around you? Tell us about that.
Child: The Bible said that Jesus “won the victory.” Why is it important to know that we are on Jesus’ team and he is with us?
Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.
God of grace, you sent your Son into the world to save us, because we could not save ourselves. May we never forget what this cost, or what it means for our lives. 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 be grateful for all God has done for you. Amen.