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 help us to worship you with all our heart. Speak to us through the words of the Bible, that your story would become our story. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.
You are kind, God! Please have pity on me. You are always merciful! Please wipe away my sins. Wash me clean from all of my sin and guilt. (CEV)
Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.
Child: When have you had pity on someone else? What does it mean for God to have pity on us?
Child: How do you know that God hears your prayers and forgives your sin? In what way can this comfort you when you feel weighed down with worry?
Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.
Lord God, in times of great faith and in times of doubt, hold us in your loving embrace. Give us courage to keep going forward in life, and rescue us from every trouble. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.
May the God who loves you bless you now and forever! Amen.