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, no matter what we face, we do not face it alone. Even when we are far from home, you are there beside us. Teach us to be brave. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.
The crowd joined in the attack on Paul and Silas. Then the officials tore the clothes off the two men and ordered them to be beaten with a whip. After they had been badly beaten, they were put in jail, and the jailer was told to guard them carefully. The jailer did as he was told. He put them deep inside the jail and chained their feet to heavy blocks of wood. (CEV)
Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.
Child: How do you think Paul and Silas felt by the time they were thrown in prison?
Child: Can you imagine what it would be like to be put in jail unfairly? What would you dislike the most about that?
Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.
Lord God, you can do anything! You can bring good out of even the toughest situations. Help us to trust you when we can’t see a way forward. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.
May you trust that God is always working for good, even when you can’t see it. Amen.