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, open our ears to hear your Word, and our minds to understand it. Let your Holy Spirit work in our lives today and throughout this week. We ask this, and anything else you see that we need, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

1 Corinthians 1:13-16
Has Christ been divided up? Was I nailed to a cross for you? Were you baptized in my name? I thank God that I didn’t baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius. Not one of you can say that you were baptized in my name. I did baptize the family of Stephanas, but I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else. (CEV)

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

Child: Paul was a great preacher and teacher, and many people looked up to him. Who do you admire in your life?

Child: How would you feel if people started following you and thinking that you were as important as Jesus? What would you tell them?

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

Lord God, thank you for the many good people in our lives. As much as we admire them, they are only human, just as Paul was. Help us to remember this, and to look to Christ alone as our Savior.  In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you have many people to admire, but only one 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, be present with us as we study your Word today. Help us to follow you, and to learn how to live out our faith. Thank you for being with us, even in the midst of hardship and struggle. 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.

1 Corinthians 1:10-12
Paul wrote to the Christians in Corinth: My dear friends, as a follower of our Lord Jesus Christ, I beg you to get along with each other. Don’t take sides. Always try to agree in what you think. Several people from Chloe’s family have already reported to me that you keep arguing with each other. They have said that some of you claim to follow me, while others claim to follow Apollos or Peter or Christ. (CEV)

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

Child: What’s a good way to solve a disagreement? When have you done that?

Child: Have you ever taken a side in someone else’s argument? Why can that be unhelpful?

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

Lord, it is hard when we argue with the people who are closest to us. Help us notice where others suffer, so that we can more easily be kind to them. May we learn to see people as you see them. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you look to God when you need help! 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 ask you to settle our minds now. Help us to focus on your Word and learn all that you would have us know. We pray that your Holy Spirit would draw us together, so that we might serve you and one another. In Jesus’ name we ask these things. Amen.

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

1 Corinthians 1:10-17
Paul wrote to the Christians in Corinth: My dear friends, as a follower of our Lord Jesus Christ, I beg you to get along with each other. Don’t take sides. Always try to agree in what you think. Several people from Chloe’s family have already reported to me that you keep arguing with each other. They have said that some of you claim to follow me, while others claim to follow Apollos or Peter or Christ.

Has Christ been divided up? Was I nailed to a cross for you? Were you baptized in my name? I thank God that I didn’t baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius. Not one of you can say that you were baptized in my name. I did baptize the family of Stephanas, but I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else. Christ did not send me to baptize. He sent me to tell the good news without using big words that would make the cross of Christ lose its power. (CEV)

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

Child: Why is it important for people in the church to get along with each other?

Child: Did you get into many arguments when you were young? Tell us about one of those, and share what you learned from it.

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

Holy God, sometimes it is hard to get along with others. Please teach us to forgive. Help us treat those around us with kindness and understanding. In Jesus’ name we ask these things. Amen.

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

May the peace of Christ be with 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.

Gracious Lord God, thank you for this time of rest. Be with us now and help us to know you better. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 91:13-14
You will overpower the strongest lions and the most deadly snakes. The Lord says, “If you love me and truly know who I am, I will rescue you and keep you safe.” (CEV)

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

Child: God wants us to know him. How can we do that? Who has God put into our lives to help keep us safe?

Child: Have you ever felt that God rescued you from something? When? What happened?

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

Lord God, we love you. Thank you for watching over us. May we always trust and depend on you, even (and especially) when times are tough. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you love the Lord with all your heart, mind and strength. 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.

Mighty Lord, you give us what we need every day. Help us to learn more about you now, as we study our Bible story. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 28: 7-9
The governor of the island was named Publius, and he owned some of the land around there. Publius was very friendly and welcomed us into his home for three days. His father was in bed, sick with fever and stomach trouble, and Paul went to visit him. Paul healed the man by praying and placing his hands on him. After this happened, everyone on the island brought their sick people to Paul, and they were all healed (CEV)

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

Child: When have you visited someone who was sick, like Paul did? Were you able to do anything to help?

Child: Has anyone ever prayed for you when you were sick? Who was it? Tell us about that.

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

Dear Lord, thank you for sending people into our lives who help us when we are ill. Bless the nurses, doctors, pastors and others who care for us. Keep them well as they go about their important work. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you be healthy and strong! 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.

O God, we thank you for this time together. May we always stay close to you and to one another. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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

God protects me from all danger and guards and keeps me from every evil. He does this purely out of fatherly and divine goodness and mercy, though I do not deserve it. Therefore I ought to thank, praise, serve, and obey him. This is most certainly true! (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: What does it mean that God “keeps us from evil?” How can that help us when we feel frightened by stories we hear on the news?

Child: Have you ever faced something scary and later realized that God kept you safe? When?

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

Heavenly Father, you give us more than we deserve. We are so blessed to have you as our loving Father! Thank you for protecting us, and for leading us down good paths. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you realize that God has always been with you. 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, open our ears to hear your word, our minds to understand it, and our mouths to share it with others. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

After traveling by sea
Paul and friends did all agree
Malta was an island where
They could rest and breathe fresh air.

Then a viper bit Paul’s hand
As he gathered sticks on land;
Local people there were sure
Paul would die; there was no cure.

But the Lord protected Paul
And he made it, after all.
More than that, he healed the ill,
Curing them as was God’s will.

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

Child: What good came of Paul’s scary experience with the snake bite? When have you gone through something difficult, and later saw something good in it?

Child: Have you ever been healed of a bad sickness? How did God help you through that time?

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

Holy God, you shower us with compassion, and bring good out of even the most difficult things. Use us to lead others to you, so they might experience your love as we do. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you share God’s love with others. Amen.