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, open our ears to hear your Word, so that as we hear, we may believe; and as we believe, we may grow ever closer to you. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Listen: Listen carefully as the Bible story for the week is read aloud.
Acts 17: 10 -15
That same night the Lord’s followers sent Paul and Silas on to Berea, and after they arrived, they went to the Jewish meeting place. The people in Berea were much nicer than those in Thessalonica, and they gladly accepted the message. Day after day they studied the Scriptures to see if these things were true. Many of them put their faith in the Lord, including some important Greek women and several men.
When the Jewish leaders in Thessalonica heard that Paul had been preaching God’s message in Berea, they went there and caused trouble by turning the crowds against Paul. Right away the followers sent Paul down to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed in Berea. Some men went with Paul as far as Athens, and then returned with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible. (CEV)
Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.
Child: Paul and Silas were traveling from town to town. Have you ever been on a long cross-country trip? What do you like, or not like, about traveling?
Child: The word “hospitality” means “welcoming strangers.” Who showed hospitality to Paul and Silas in this story? How do you think that made them feel?
Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.
Lord God, we ask that you would watch over us, especially when we go to places we have never been before. Guide us like you did for Paul and Silas, so that we would be of service to you wherever we go. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Have each person in the family bless one another with these words:
May you show hospitality by welcoming others in Jesus’ name. Amen.