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, you have promised that you’re always with us. Help us to hear in our devotion today the promises of forgiveness and life eternal that come to us through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully to this reminder from Luther’s Small Catechism.

What gifts or benefits does Baptism bring? It brings about forgiveness of sins, delivers from death and the devil, and gives everlasting salvation to all who believe, as the Word and promise of God declare.  (Small Catechism)

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

Child: Do you remember the day that I was baptized? What was it like?

Child: Why is it important to know that God has called us by name and we belong to him?

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

Generous God, because we have been baptized, we know that we belong to you. Help us to remember that we are important to you. Help us to give that same promise to others. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

You have been washed in the waters of Baptism. Go and live your life for Jesus. 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.

Lord God, we have been marked with the sign of the cross and sealed with the Holy Spirit forever. We put our trust in you alone. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Matthew 28:19-20
Jesus said: “Go to the people of all nations and make them my disciples. Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to do everything I have told you. I will be with you always, even until the end of the world.” (CEV)

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

Child: What is a disciple? How do we learn from Jesus and follow him?

Child: What is something new you learned about Jesus, and what it means to have faith?

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

Eternal God, you sent Jesus to us so that we would never be alone. Help us to learn from him and follow his teachings, by trusting in his promise every day. Amen.

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

May the Lord bless you with peace and hope as you put your trust in Him. 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, by your Word, make us aware of those who need our help. Help us to see where we can encourage others. By your Holy Spirit, give us compassion to serve those in need, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

When they arrived in Galilee
    The followers of Christ could see
That Jesus was alive—not dead!
   Then Jesus spoke to them and said:
“God’s given all authority,
     In heaven and on earth, to me,
So travel here, and travel there,
And baptize people everywhere!
Teach all that I’ve commanded you,
And preach the gospel, pure and true.
Go out with courage, faithful friends,
And I’ll be with you ‘til the end.”

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

Child: What would it be like to not know about God?

Child: Why does Jesus want people to trust and believe in him?

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

Amazing God, you have washed us in the waters of Baptism and claimed us as your own. Help us to share the loving relationship we have with you with everyone we meet -- so that they would know your joy as well. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Because you belong to God, you can face anything with faith. 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, you know our every need even before we speak it aloud. Calm our fears and give us the faith we need for the day, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Matthew 28:18-20

Jesus came to them and said: "I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth!   … I will be with you always, even until the end of the world."

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

Child: What does Jesus mean when he talks about “authority” has been given to him? What is authority?

Child: Why is it important to remember that Jesus is always with us?

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

Lord God, you have given all the power heaven and earth to your Son Jesus. Help us to trust that your strength can see us through everything we face. Amen.

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

May you know that you are never alone; Jesus is with you. 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 with us as we read your holy Word. Help us to see in ourselves in the story, so that we may grow and live in your grace, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Matthew 28:16-17
After Jesus rose from the dead, Jesus' eleven disciples went to a mountain in Galilee, where Jesus had told them to meet him. They saw him and worshiped him, but some of them doubted. (CEV)

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

Child: Why do you think that some of the disciples doubted that this was really Jesus?

Child: When was a time that you had doubts about whether Jesus is real?

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

Loving God, you know our strengths and weaknesses. You know when we truly believe and when we doubt. Help us to trust in your Word, that Jesus is alive and with us always. In his holy and precious name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord of Life give you confidence to trust and believe in him. 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, speak to us through your holy Word, that we would do everything that you have told us to do. Help us to be bold in proclaiming your name to all people we meet. We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as the Bible story for the week is read aloud.

Matthew 28:16-20

After Jesus rose from the dead, Jesus' eleven disciples went to a mountain in Galilee, where Jesus had told them to meet him. They saw him and worshiped him, but some of them doubted. Jesus came to them and said: I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth! Go to the people of all nations and make them my disciples. Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to do everything I have told you. I will be with you always, even until the end of the world.” (CEV)

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

Child: When was a time that you were given a set of instructions to follow?

Child: Why is it important to follow Jesus’ instructions in our life?

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

Holy God, you call us to follow Jesus and let others know about you. Give us the courage to do what Jesus commanded us. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May you follow Jesus and tell others about him. 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.

Lord God, as we gather together today, help us worship you with all our hearts. Speak to us through the words of the Bible, that your story would become our story. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Psalm 107: 1-3
Shout praises to the Lord!
    He is good to us, and his love never fails.
Everyone the Lord has rescued from trouble
    should praise him,
everyone he has brought
    from the east and the west, the north and the south. (CEV)

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

Child: Can you tell me about a time in your life when the Lord got you out of trouble?

Child: What are some of the ways we can show our thankfulness to God?

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

Lord God, your steadfast love endures forever. Give us courage to keep going forward in life, trusting that you will rescue us in times of trouble. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord bless you and keep you in his loving care. Amen.