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.

Almighty Father, open our eyes to the world around us. Help us to see the place where our neighbors need our help. By your Holy Spirit, give us compassion to serve those in need. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

“We saw Jesus! Did you know?
He showed up not long ago.”
Thomas wondered, deep in thought:
Could his friends be right? Or not?

Doubting, Thomas rubbed his beard.
That’s when Jesus just…appeared!
Thomas stared, and then he cried,
“But I thought that you had died!”

“Touch my hand and you will see,
That it’s really, truly me.”
Jesus said, “Have faith, my friend,
God will bless you in the end.”

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

Child: How do you think Thomas felt when he saw Jesus for himself? What thoughts might have been running through Thomas’ mind?

Child: Who could we pray for right now who needs some faith and hope?

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

Lord God we give you thanks for the gift of Jesus, who brings us peace and light. Fill us with your Holy Spirit, and bless us, so that we can be a blessing to others. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the peace of Christ be with 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.

Holy Father, you know what we need even before we do. Bless us with your Holy Spirit, so we may trust in what we have not seen. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

John 20:26-28
A week later the disciples were together again. This time, Thomas was with them. Jesus came in while the doors were still locked and stood in the middle of the group. He greeted his disciples and said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at my hands! Put your hand into my side. Stop doubting and have faith!” Thomas replied, “You are my Lord and my God!” (CEV)

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

Child: What do you think Jesus meant when he said to the disciples, "Peace be with you?" How does knowing Jesus give us peace?

Child: Has there ever been a time when you needed to see something to believe it? Tell us about that. Can we believe without seeing?

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

Lord God, you gave Thomas what he needed, so he could believe that Jesus had been raised from the dead. Help us to believe even though we cannot see Jesus with our eyes. In his holy name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Holy Spirit fill you with joy! 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.

Almighty God, as we study our Bible story today, help us to remember that you are with us always, and because of that, we have nothing to fear.  In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, we pray. Amen.

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

John 20:24-25
Although Thomas the Twin was one of the twelve disciples, he wasn’t with the others when Jesus appeared to them. So they told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But Thomas said, “First, I must see the nail scars in his hands and touch them with my finger. I must put my hand where the spear went into his side. I won’t believe unless I do this!” (CEV)

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

Child: Why do you think Thomas didn't believe his friends when they told him they had seen Jesus?

Child: Have you ever thought someone was lying to you, and later found out they were telling the truth? What happened?

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

Lord, we don't always believe the things we hear, even though there are times when we really should. Help us to believe in Jesus and the truth of your Word. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord guide you each day! 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.

Heavenly Father, we come to hear your Word and to learn more about you. Speak to us now, as we read our Bible story, so that by the power of your Holy Spirit we may grow in faith. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

John 20:24-29
Although Thomas the Twin was one of the twelve disciples, he wasn’t with the others when Jesus appeared to them. So they told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But Thomas said, “First, I must see the nail scars in his hands and touch them with my finger. I must put my hand where the spear went into his side. I won’t believe unless I do this!”

A week later the disciples were together again. This time, Thomas was with them. Jesus came in while the doors were still locked and stood in the middle of the group. He greeted his disciples and said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at my hands! Put your hand into my side. Stop doubting and have faith!” Thomas replied, “You are my Lord and my God!”

Jesus said, “Thomas, do you have faith because you have seen me? The people who have faith in me without seeing me are the ones who are really blessed!” (CEV)

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

Child:Were you ever gone when something important happened, and felt like you missed out? Tell us about that.

Child: How do you think Jesus got into the room with the disciples if all the doors were locked?

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

Holy God, help us to trust in Jesus, even though we cannot see him. Open our hearts to your Word, so we may come to know Jesus better. In his holy name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord give you faith in Jesus! 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.

Lord God, as we gather together today, we praise and thanks you for all you have done for us. Speak to us through the words of the Bible, so that your Holy Spirit may be at work in our hearts. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Psalm 5:11
Let all who run to you for protection always sing joyful songs. Provide shelter for those who truly love you and let them rejoice. (CEV)

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

Child: What does it mean to "take shelter" in God? In what ways does God protect us in our everyday lives?

Child: What's your favorite hymn to sing? Why do we sing to God?

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

Lord God, in our times of need, we ask that you would help us know and trust that you are always there for us. Remind us of your love and protection throughout every day of our lives. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord bless you and keep you in all that you do. 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.

Lord God, you have promised that you’re always with us, even in the most difficult times. With the courage of your Holy Spirit, help us to share this same promise with others that we meet, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Luke 24:33-35
And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread. (CEV)

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

Child: Why did the men go all the way back to Jerusalem? Who did they go to tell about what had happened?

Child: How or when could I use this Bible story to help someone understand more about Jesus?

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

Thank you dear God, for the gifts you have given us that fill us and sustain us with your love. With your Spirit living in us, use our gifts for the sake of the world you love.  In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord be with you and inspire you to let your faith shine. 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.

Heavenly Father, you have given us everything we need – even our faith! Fill us with your Holy Spirit, so that we may be generous in sharing with others the good news of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

What is Holy Communion? Communion is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, given to us Christians to eat and drink, as it was instituted by Christ himself. (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: What happens when you receive Communion? How does it make you feel?

Child: When will I begin to receive Holy Communion? Why is it important for me to be taught and prepared?

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

Lord God, your promise comes to us in the breaking of the bread whenever we gather in your name. Pour out your Holy Spirit, so that we would be given a deeper faith, and be strengthened to share the promise of Jesus with others. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord be with you and give you the strength to help others. Amen.