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.

Loving Lord, you watch over us every day and protect us from harm.  Give us courage and strength that we may serve to help and protect all those you have entrusted to our care. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully to this reminder from Luther’s Small Catechism.

God's will is done when he hinders and destroys every evil design and purpose of the devil, the world, and our sinful nature that would keep us from hallowing his name and prevent the coming of his kingdom.  (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: God is our loving Father in heaven. Why does God want to keep us away from things that would hurt us?

Child: As a family, how can we help protect each other and help each other be safe?

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

Holy God, you have given us so many good gifts. One of the most special gifts you have given us is other people with whom we share our lives. Help us to look out for one another, so that we would experience your love through each other. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May God watch over you and keep you safe. 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.

Lord God, we know that you do your work through the people you have chosen – including us. Help us to be your tools, that your will would be done in our lives, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 9:17-19
At the command of the Lord, 17 Ananias left and went into the house where Saul was staying. Ananias placed his hands on him and said, “Saul, the Lord Jesus has sent me. He is the same one who appeared to you along the road. He wants you to be able to see and to be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Suddenly something like fish scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see. He got up and was baptized. 19 Then he ate and felt much better. (CEV)

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

Child: Ananias was a believer in Jesus. Why did Jesus send him to help Saul?

Child: Did Saul change himself? Or did some other power change him?

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

Heavenly Father, just as you sent Ananias to serve in the name of Jesus, give us your Holy Spirit, so that we would also have the power to serve you. Give us the courage to do as you command, and make us your instruments of healing. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May God bring you health and wholeness. 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.

Holy God, we live in a world of people who are struggling and hurting. Let us be people who do not hurt others, but help them in all their needs, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

Saul was quite an angry man
He had a very rotten plan:
Find the Christians, make them wail,
Throw them, one and all, in jail!

But the Lord had other plans.
Jesus came to change the man.
“Saul,” he said, “Now that’s enough!
You have simply been too rough!”

Saul was shaken, but he knew,
Just what he should start to do:
Help the Christians, after all!
And from that day his name was “Paul.”

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

Child: Was there a time when God changed your heart, and you started to act differently?

Child: Why do you think God chose a man who was his enemy, to become one of his most faithful apostles?

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

Holy God, we thank you for the love and compassion that you have shown to us, even though we don’t deserve it. Thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to change our hearts so that we would trust and believe in you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Holy Spirit give you the compassion to serve in Jesus’ name. 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.

Heavenly Father, you call us to be faithful and follow you. Lift us up when we fall and lead us in the way that you would have us go. We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 9:6-9
6 “Who are you?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus,” the Lord answered. “I am the one you are so cruel to. 6 Now get up and go into the city, where you will be told what to do.” 7 The men with Saul stood there speechless. They had heard the voice, but they had not seen anyone. 8 Saul got up from the ground, and when he opened his eyes, he could not see a thing. Someone then led him by the hand to Damascus, 9 and for three days he was blind and did not eat or drink. (CEV)

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

Child: How do you think Saul felt when he heard Jesus speaking to him?

Child: Where or when in our lives does God speak to us?

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

Almighty God, you speak to us through your Word in the Bible and in the promise of Jesus that we speak to one another. As you changed the heart of Saul, we pray that you would change our hearts as well. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May God forgive you all your sins, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. 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, you know that sometimes we feel angry and frustrated, and we take it out on other people. Help us learn to be helpful and not hurtful, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 9:1-4
Saul kept on threatening to kill the Lord’s followers. He even went to the high priest 2 and asked for letters to the Jewish leaders in Damascus. He did this because he wanted to arrest and take to Jerusalem any man or woman who had accepted the Lord’s Way. 3 When Saul had almost reached Damascus, a bright light from heaven suddenly flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice that said, “Saul! Saul! Why are you so cruel to me?”

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

Child: Why do you think Saul did not want people to follow Jesus?

Child: Has anyone ever been mean to you because you believe in God? What did you do?

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

Lord God, sometimes we face rejection because we believe in you. Help us to remain faithful and forgiving. Give us the strength to do good to others, even when they do not do good to us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May God take away your hard feelings and help you to forgive. 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.

Lord God, you speak to us through the stories of the Bible. Let your Holy Spirit be at work in us, so that we would learn from the example of the people who came before us in faith, that we, too, would trust and believe in you, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as the Bible story for the week is read aloud.

Acts 9:1-8
Saul kept on threatening to kill the Lord’s followers. He even went to the high priest 2 and asked for letters to the Jewish leaders in Damascus. He did this because he wanted to arrest and take to Jerusalem any man or woman who had accepted the Lord’s Way. 3 When Saul had almost reached Damascus, a bright light from heaven suddenly flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice that said, “Saul! Saul! Why are you so cruel to me?”

5 “Who are you?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus,” the Lord answered. “I am the one you are so cruel to. 6 Now get up and go into the city, where you will be told what to do.” 7 The men with Saul stood there speechless. They had heard the voice, but they had not seen anyone. 8 Saul got up from the ground, and when he opened his eyes, he could not see a thing. Someone then led him by the hand to Damascus, 9 and for three days he was blind and did not eat or drink. (CEV)

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

Child: Like Saul, have you ever felt certain about something, but later found out that you were wrong?

Child: Why didn’t Jesus just leave Saul to do what he wanted? Why did Jesus stop him?

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

Lord, sometimes we get ideas in our head that are just wrong. We thank you for coming to us to show us our sin and to change our ways. Help us when we need to learn hard lessons. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

May Jesus show you the right path and lead you. 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, we praise and thank you for all the blessings you give us. Teach us by the Scriptures to trust in you and follow your ways, through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Psalm 53:1-2
Only a fool would say, “There is no God!” People like that are worthless! They are heartless and cruel and never do right. From heaven God looks down to see if anyone is wise enough to search for him. (CEV)

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

Child: Why do you think some people don’t want to listen to God?

Child: What do we need when we sin and disobey? How does God change our hearts?

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

Merciful God, you come to us to lift us up when we fall and put us back on our feet. We are sorry for those times when we ignore you and act like you don’t exist. Forgive us our sins. By your Holy Spirit, renew our hearts, so that we would trust in your promise and follow your ways. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Holy Spirit create in you a clean heart. Amen.