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, you are merciful and kind, and we love you! Be with us now as we read our Bible story, and teach us all that you want us to know. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.
2 Timothy 1:5-7
I also remember the genuine faith of your mother Eunice. Your grandmother Lois had the same sort of faith, and I am sure that you have it as well. So I ask you to make full use of the gift that God gave you when I placed my hands on you. Use it well. God’s Spirit doesn’t make cowards out of us. The Spirit gives us power, love, and self-control. (CEV)
Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.
Child: Why do you think God gives each of us special gifts? What are some of the gifts that you see in me?
Child: How can having God’s Spirit in our lives give us courage? When have you needed to be brave?
Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.
Lord God, thank you for giving us people in our lives to teach us and pass on their faith. May we never take them for granted, and may we boldly share our faith with others as well. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.
May you use the gifts God gave you! Amen.