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, 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 would trust and believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.
God gave Stephen the power to work great miracles and wonders among the people. But some Jews from Cyrene and Alexandria were members of a group who called themselves “Free Men.” They started arguing with Stephen. Some others from Cilicia and Asia also argued with him. But they were no match for Stephen, who spoke with the great wisdom that the Spirit gave him. (CEV)
Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.
Child: Was there ever a time when you were afraid to stand up for what you believe?
Child: What gave Stephen the strength to be bold and faithful?
Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.
Holy God, it is not always easy to stand up for our faith in you. Many people like to argue and tell us we are wrong. Give us the bravery to speak the truth, even when other people don’t want to hear it. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.
May God give you the strength to remain faithful, no matter what. Amen.