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.

Lord God, thank you for this day, and for each person here. Let your Holy Spirit inspire us as we read and discuss our Bible story. Help us to understand it more with each reading. 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.

Luke 6:35-36
But love your enemies and be good to them. Lend without expecting to be paid back. Then you will get a great reward, and you will be the true children of God in heaven. He is good even to people who are unthankful and cruel. Have pity on others, just as your Father has pity on you.  (CEV)

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

Child: Luke says that God is good even to those who are unthankful. Are there any blessings that you sometimes take for granted? What are they?

Child: What does it mean to have pity on someone? When have you felt pity?

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

Heavenly Father, you are good to us even when we treat you badly. Thank you for never giving up on us. Help us to remember how merciful you have been, so that we can loving rather than bitter towards those who upset us. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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

May you notice the many ways God is good to you. 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.

Heavenly Father, as we read from The Small Catechism today, be with us. Help us to learn from Luther’s study of your Word, so that we might understand it ever better. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

“We are to fear and love God so that we do not hurt our neighbor in any way, but help him in all his physical needs.” (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: When Luther talks about our neighbor, who do you think he means?

Child: Is it ever hard to “love our neighbor” as Jesus wants us to do? How can our love for God help us with this?

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

Holy God, we try to obey your Word and to treat others well, but sometimes we fail. Help us to see other people as you do. Open our hearts, so that we may be filled with your love and share that love with those around us. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

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

Almighty Father, you are loving and kind. Thank you for helping us every day in so many different ways. Be with us now as we talk about our Bible story, and teach us all that you would have us know. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Jesus said to those who’d hear,
“Listen friends, my words are clear:
Love your enemies. Do good.
Do the things you know you should.”

“Pray for those who are unkind.
(Do not let them rule your mind!)
Rise above and find a way
To show mercy every day.”

“Treat all people that you meet
From your home or school or street
As you’d like them to treat you.
That’s what God wants us to do!”

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

Child: How has God shown kindness to you? In what way can God’s love help you be kind to others—even those you may not like?

Child: Have you ever prayed for someone who was mean to you? How did that affect you? Do you think you could give that a try?

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

Lord Jesus, you understand what it’s like to be treated badly, as you suffered at the hands of others, yourself. Help us be able to forgive people when we need to do that, and to find freedom by letting go of grudges. In your holy name we pray. Amen.

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

May you let go of past hurts and trust God with your future. 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.

Holy Father, it’s the middle of the week, full of activities and things to be done. Let this time of prayer and Bible study give us strength and energy as we are reminded that you are with us, leading and guiding us every day. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

Luke 6:32-34
If you love only someone who loves you, will God praise you for that? Even sinners love people who love them. If you are kind only to someone who is kind to you, will God be pleased with you for that? Even sinners are kind to people who are kind to them. If you lend money only to someone you think will pay you back, will God be pleased with you for that? Even sinners lend to sinners because they think they will get it all back. (CEV)

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

Child: What is Jesus asking us to do? Does it sound easy or hard to you? Why?

Child: Has someone ever treated you kindly after you were mean to them? How did that make you feel?

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

Lord God, so often we don’t do what you want us to do. Please forgive us for this, and help us to live better lives. Inspire us to treat enemies with mercy rather than to punish them. Show us the way forward. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be merciful to others. 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, thank you for this quiet time together. As we study our Bible story now, be present with us. Help us to learn from your Word and to become the kind of people you want us to be. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

Luke 6: 27-31
[Jesus said] This is what I say to all who will listen to me: Love your enemies, and be good to everyone who hates you. Ask God to bless anyone who curses you, and pray for everyone who is cruel to you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, don’t stop that person from slapping you on the other cheek. If someone wants to take your coat, don’t try to keep back your shirt. Give to everyone who asks and don’t ask people to return what they have taken from you. Treat others just as you want to be treated. (CEV)

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

Child: How would you like people to treat you? Why?

Child: How does Jesus want us to treat others? When might this be hard to do?

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

Lord, life can be hard sometimes. When people are mean to us, it’s not easy to be kind in return. Give us patience, and help us to treat others the way we would want them to treat us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May God bless you and give you strength. 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, be with us now as we settle in and prepare to read our Bible story. Quiet our minds and our hearts, so that we might learn what you want to teach us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 6:27-38
[Jesus said] This is what I say to all who will listen to me: Love your enemies, and be good to everyone who hates you. Ask God to bless anyone who curses you, and pray for everyone who is cruel to you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, don’t stop that person from slapping you on the other cheek. If someone wants to take your coat, don’t try to keep back your shirt. Give to everyone who asks and don’t ask people to return what they have taken from you. Treat others just as you want to be treated.

If you love only someone who loves you, will God praise you for that? Even sinners love people who love them. If you are kind only to someone who is kind to you, will God be pleased with you for that? Even sinners are kind to people who are kind to them. If you lend money only to someone you think will pay you back, will God be pleased with you for that? Even sinners lend to sinners because they think they will get it all back.

But love your enemies and be good to them. Lend without expecting to be paid back. Then you will get a great reward, and you will be the true children of God in heaven. He is good even to people who are unthankful and cruel. Have pity on others, just as your Father has pity on you. (CEV)

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

Child: What is an “enemy?” Have you ever felt like someone was your enemy?

Child: When have you been kind to someone who was mean to you? What did you do?

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

Holy God, no one likes to have enemies. When people treat us badly, we feel angry and sad. Help us to see where our enemies are suffering, so that we might understand them better. Guide our actions, so that we can treat them with love as you would do. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you show kindness even to your enemies. 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, this is the day that you have made! We will rejoice and be glad in it. As we study and talk about our Bible lesson, let your Holy Spirit draw us ever closer to you. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 4:6-7
There are some who ask, “Who will be good to us?” Let your kindness, Lord, shine brightly on us. You brought me more happiness than a rich harvest of grain and wine. (CEV)

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

Child: How does having a relationship with God bring true happiness?

Child: In what ways does God’s kindness shine on our family? How can we share that kindness with others?

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

Lord God, you are so good to us! Sometimes we get busy and forget that all good things come from you. Thank you for your many blessings. May we be more aware of them every day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the joy of the Lord be your strength! Amen.