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, giver of all good things, we thank you for this day. In the midst of Easter preparations, help us to take time to be still. Be with us now as we study your Word, and teach us, so that we may grow deeper in faith. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 22:22-25
Pilate spoke to them a third time, “But what crime has he done? I have not found him guilty of anything for which he should be put to death. I will have him beaten with a whip and set free.” The people kept on shouting as loud as they could for Jesus to be put to death. Finally, Pilate gave in. He freed the man who was in jail for rioting and murder, because he was the one the crowd wanted to be set free. Then Pilate handed Jesus over for them to do what they wanted with him. (CEV)

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

Child: Pilate was pressured by the crowd, and made a bad decision. Have you ever made a bad decision and realized your mistake later? What happened?

Child: How can our faith help us be strong, even when we are under pressure? How can we also help each other do what is right.

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

Dear Lord, despite all that you faced during your time on earth, you still were willing to give your life for us. What an amazing and generous thing to do! Thank you for loving us, even when we least deserved it. In your holy name we pray. Amen.

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

May God make you strong on the inside! 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, on this Good Friday of Holy Week, may we realize our need for Jesus. Please be with us as we study our Small Catechism, and teach us to trust you more each day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, and has freed me from sin, death, and the power of the devil, not with silver and gold, but with his holy and precious blood and his innocent suffering and death. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: To “redeem” something means to buy it back. If Jesus redeemed you and me by giving his life for us, how must he feel about us?

Child: Jesus has freed us from the power of sin, death and the devil. How can knowing this affect how we live our lives?

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

Heavenly Father, you have done so much for us. You loved us even when we were lost in sin, and sent your Son to save us. We can never repay you for this incredible gift, but can only offer our heartfelt thanks. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust the Lord who gave everything for 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.

Dear God, today as we discuss our Bible story, please help us to understand it better. Teach us what you would have us know, and make us into kind and compassionate people. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Ol’ Pilate was the man in charge;
His Roman army was quite large!
They brought him Jesus to be tried;
The people wanted Christ to die.

So Pilate sentenced him to death;
And ordered whips to beat him with;
Upon a cross they nailed him, too,
And hailed him as, “The King of Jews.”

Above his head, that name they wrote;
They even gambled for his coat!
His closest friends all turned aside
On that sad day when Jesus died.

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

Child: Why do you think Jesus’ friends turned away from him? Do you imagine they regretted that later?

Child: Have you ever had friends turn away from you? How did you cope with that?

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

Holy God, despite the fact that people did not show compassion for your Son, you still care for us. How can that be? Perhaps it is because you are God—and we are not. Help us to see this more clearly each day, and to grow in love for you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you know that God is always there for you!  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, and we love you! Stir up your Holy Spirit in us today as we read our Bible story. Help us to learn, and grow, and know more of you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 22:18-21
But the whole crowd shouted, “Kill Jesus! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was in jail because he had started a riot in the city and had murdered someone. Pilate wanted to set Jesus free, so he spoke again to the crowds. But they kept shouting, “Nail him to a cross! Nail him to a cross!” (CEV)

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

Child: Why do you think the crowd wanted to free a murderer instead of Jesus? Were they showing mercy to Jesus?

Child: Have you ever been in a group of people and felt pressured to go along with something? When?

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

God of grace, we sin every day, yet when we turn to you, you show your mercy forgive us. Help us to show mercy by treat people kindly, even if that means going against the crowd. 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 look to God for strength and guidance! 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, life can be hard at times. But you never leave us on our own. Thank you for guiding us and helping us when we face challenges. Open our hearts and minds today, so that we may learn from our Bible story as we study it. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 22:13-17
Pilate called together the chief priests, the leaders, and the people. He told them, “You brought Jesus to me and said he was a troublemaker. But I have questioned him here in front of you, and I have not found him guilty of anything that you say he has done. Herod didn’t find him guilty either and sent him back. This man doesn’t deserve to be put to death! I will just have him beaten with a whip and set free.” (CEV)

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

Child: Pilate and Herod found Jesus innocent, but the people demanded that he be put to death. If you were one of the rulers, what would you have done in this situation?

Child: Have you ever been accused of something you didn’t do? How did you handle that?

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

Heavenly Father, it must have been so hard to see your Son judged unfairly. But Jesus knew who he was, and so he was able to face his trials bravely. Help us to have courage in our own struggles, and to remember that we belong to you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you remember that you are God’s beloved child! 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, as Holy Week begins, we ask you to be with us. Help us to understand all that Jesus did for us, even to giving his very life. Thank you for your love, and for never giving up on us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 22:13-25
Pilate called together the chief priests, the leaders, and the people. He told them, “You brought Jesus to me and said he was a troublemaker. But I have questioned him here in front of you, and I have not found him guilty of anything that you say he has done. Herod didn’t find him guilty either and sent him back. This man doesn’t deserve to be put to death! I will just have him beaten with a whip and set free.”

But the whole crowd shouted, “Kill Jesus! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was in jail because he had started a riot in the city and had murdered someone. Pilate wanted to set Jesus free, so he spoke again to the crowds. But they kept shouting, “Nail him to a cross! Nail him to a cross!”

Pilate spoke to them a third time, “But what crime has he done? I have not found him guilty of anything for which he should be put to death. I will have him beaten with a whip and set free.” The people kept on shouting as loud as they could for Jesus to be put to death. Finally, Pilate gave in. He freed the man who was in jail for rioting and murder, because he was the one the crowd wanted to be set free. Then Pilate handed Jesus over for them to do what they wanted with him. (CEV)

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

Child: What is a “troublemaker?” Does that word describe Jesus? Why or why not?

Child: Have you or someone you love ever been labeled unfairly? How can it help to know that the same thing happened to Jesus?

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

Heavenly Father, you sent your Son to save us from our sin. May we never take this for granted, and may we turn to him when we face our own trials and griefs. For no one understands suffering more than he does. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you remember that God is with you always! 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, even though we don’t deserve it, you reach out to us and offer hope and healing each day. As we read our Bible story now, be present, and help us to see the many ways you love your people. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 22:20-22
After the meal he took another cup of wine in his hands. Then he said, “This is my blood. It is poured out for you, and with it God makes his new agreement. The one who will betray me is here at the table with me! The Son of Man will die in the way that has been decided for him, but it will be terrible for the one who betrays him!”  (CEV)

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

Child: To “betray” means to turn against someone and treat that person badly. Who betrayed Jesus? Have you ever felt betrayed? How did you handle this?

Child: Jesus knows what it feels like to have a friend turn against you, as he went through that, himself. How can this comfort us when we are deeply disappointed in someone?

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

Dear Lord, sometimes people treat us poorly, and we don’t know where to turn. But we can always look to you, as you understand our feelings and love us no matter what. Thank you for never turning your back on us. In your holy name we pray. Amen.

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

May you know that Jesus will never turn his back on you! Amen.