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, you provide for our every need. Be with us now, and teach us to show mercy to others. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.
On the first day of the week we met to break bread together. Paul spoke to the people until midnight because he was leaving the next morning. (CEV)
Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.
Child: Paul stayed up late, speaking to people until midnight. Do you think he was tired? Why do you think he did that if he had to get up early the next morning?
Child: Doing something for the good of others can be a way to show mercy. When have you done something you didn’t want to do in order to help someone else?
Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.
God of grace, you put good people in our lives. Help us to notice them, and to see the kind and merciful things they do. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.
May you be thankful today. Amen.