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 promised your disciples that you were preparing a place for them. Help us to trust your promise of eternal life and that you will come and get us and take us home with you when we die, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.
As Stephen was being stoned to death, he called out, “Lord Jesus, please welcome me!” He knelt down and shouted, “Lord, don’t blame them for what they have done.” Then he died. (CEV)
Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.
Child: What did Stephen mean when he asked Jesus to welcome him? How do we know that Jesus will never let us go?
Child: Do you believe that we are in God’s care, even when we die? Why is that important to know?
Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.
Lord Jesus, you are the one who conquered death and rose again. Help us to trust that because we believe in you, even death is not the end for us. In your holy name we pray. Amen.
Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.
Nothing can separate you from the love of Christ: not even life or death.