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.

Lord God, you speak to us through the stories of the Bible. Let your Holy Spirit be at work in us as we study your Word, so that we would learn from the example of the people who came before us in faith. Open our hearts and give us the faith to trust in you, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 14:8-18
In Lystra there was a man who had been born with crippled feet and had never been able to walk. The man was listening to Paul speak, when Paul saw that he had faith in Jesus and could be healed. So he looked straight at the man and shouted, “Stand up!” The man jumped up and started walking around. When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they yelled out in the language of Lycaonia, “The gods have turned into humans and have come down to us!”  The people then gave Barnabas the name Zeus, and they gave Paul the name Hermes, because he did the talking.

The temple of Zeus was near the entrance to the city. Its priest and the crowds wanted to offer a sacrifice to Barnabas and Paul. So the priest brought some bulls and flowers to the city gates. When the two apostles found out about this, they tore their clothes in horror and ran to the crowd, shouting: “Why are you doing this? We are humans just like you. Please give up all this foolishness. Turn to the living God, who made the sky, the earth, the sea, and everything in them. In times past, God let each nation go its own way. But he showed that he was there by the good things he did. God sends rain from heaven and makes your crops grow. He gives food to you and makes your hearts glad.”  Even after Paul and Barnabas had said all this, they could hardly keep the people from offering a sacrifice to them. (CEV)

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

Child: What was wrong with the man Paul and Barnabus met in that town?

Child:  Who did the people think Paul and Barnabus were? Why? Were the people right or wrong?

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

Lord God, you do amazing things every day. But sometimes we don’t even recognize that it is you at work in our lives. Make us to be thankful for all you do, seen and unseen. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

May you keep your eyes open for God at work in your life. 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 God, pour out on us the gift of your Holy Spirit, so that we would experience your power and strength. Speak to us through your Word and in the teachings of the Bible, so that we would trust and believe in you every moment of the day, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Psalm 33:11-12
But what the Lord has planned will stand forever. His thoughts never change. 12 The Lord blesses each nation that worships only him. He blesses his chosen ones. (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever been “chosen” to do or be something special?  How does it feel to be chosen?

Child: Why is it important for us to know and remember that we are chosen by God?

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

Holy Lord, you are great and mighty, and you alone are Eternal. Thank you for choosing us to be a part of your plans, and promising that we will be with you forever. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust in the promise of Jesus, now and always. Amen.

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.

Mighty Lord, you have created the heavens and the earth, and have given us all good things. Create in us a thankful heart and generous spirit, so that we would share with others the blessings you have given to us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Baptism is not merely water; it is water used according to God's command and connected with God's Word ... as recorded in the last chapter of Matthew, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).  (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: When was the last time you saw someone being baptized? What happened?

Child: Have you ever written your name on something so that people would know it belongs to you? How does God put his name on us at baptism?

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

Holy God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – you call us by name and make us your own. We thank you for the gift of baptism. Help us to make your name known to all the world. Amen.

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

May you never forget that you belong to 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.

O God, you are our refuge and strength and your love for your people is never ending. Guide me in your holy will and fill my mind with thoughts that please you. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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

Acts 13:50-52
The Jews incited the devout women of high standing and the leading men of the city, stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their district. 51  But they shook off the dust from their feet against them and went to Iconium. 52  And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. (CEV)

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

Child: Has anybody ever tried to get others to turn against you? What does that feel like?

Child: When people treat us badly, how can we try not to act badly in return? What would Jesus want us to do?

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

Heavenly Father, we thank you for your grace and mercy. Help us not to let the bad things that other people do make us do bad things to them. Teach us how to forgive, and not give up our faith in you. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May the mercy and forgiveness of Jesus be at work in you. 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.

Holy God, make us aware of the struggles that others are going through. Just as you have provided for our needs, help us to provide for the needs of others. Show us how we can serve you in the everyday moments of our lives, in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

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

As he went from town to town,
Paul would preach to those he found.
In the meetings of the Jews
He told them all of the Good News.

But some among them didn’t listen,
rejecting Paul with boos and hissin.’
Paul was sad that his own people
didn’t want to hear the Gospel.

To the Gentiles then he went,
the ones to whom he had been sent.
They believed and understood
the news of Christ indeed was good.

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

Child: Was there ever a time when you felt bad for someone because you knew that things weren’t going well for them? Was there anything you could do to help?

Child: Who is someone that needs our prayers today? Can we pray for them right now?

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

Holy God, we know that you hear us when we pray. Today, we would like to pray especially for __________. Give us all the faith to put our cares and concerns in your hands, trusting that you care for us. In name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May the Holy Spirit give you the heart to serve others in Jesus’ name. 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.

Lord God, we know that there are people in the world who have never heard about you. Thank you for using us to spread your message.  Make us free to speak and tell others of the good things you have done for us, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

Acts 13:47-49
For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’” 48  And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed. 49  And the word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region. (CEV)

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

Child: Do you know someone who doesn’t really believe in God? Why do you think that is?

Child: How can we show God’s love to a person who does not believe?

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

Almighty God, we thank you for using us to show your love to others. Help us to remember those that are in need, especially those who do not believe in you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

The Lord promises that you belong to him. Share that promise with 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.

Holy Father, you are with us in whatever we face. When we feel alone and rejected, may you keep our spirits strong. Help us not to give up in the face of discouragement, and keep us faithful to your Word. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 13:43-46
Many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who, as they spoke with them, urged them to continue in the grace of God. 44  The next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. 45  But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began to contradict what was spoken by Paul, reviling him.  46  And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles.

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

Child: Have you ever tried to tell someone something important and they didn’t believe you? What happened?

Child: How did the apostles handle rejection? Did they let it stop their work?

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

Lord God, sometimes we face rejection. But we know that your servants faced the same kind of rejection. Give us boldness and confidence in you, that we would not be discouraged. Help us to serve for your sake, not for the the response we receive. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be bold in faith and trust in Jesus’ power. Amen.