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.
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.