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.

Almighty God, you always have a plan for us, and it is a good one. Thank you for being with us now, and for showing love and mercy even when we don’t deserve it. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Matthew 3:15
Jesus answered, “For now this is how it should be, because we must do all that God wants us to do.” Then John agreed. (CEV)

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

Child: John agreed to baptize Jesus, because it was what God wanted him to do. How can we know what God wants us to do, in our own lives?

Child: Throughout his whole life, Jesus was obedient to God’s will, even when that was difficult. Why can it be hard to obey someone else? Tell us about a time when you struggled with being obedient.

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

God of grace, we want to obey you and live the way you’d have us live. Help us to learn more as we study the Bible, go to church, and talk to caring Christian people. 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 obey God, and follow him! 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.

Lord God, you are with us, even when we struggle and have questions. Thank you for guiding us every day of our lives. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Matthew 3:13-14
Jesus left Galilee and went to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. But John kept objecting and said, “I ought to be baptized by you. Why have you come to me?” (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever felt like God was asking you to do something you weren’t sure you wanted to do? When?

Child: Some people are baptized in rivers, and some are baptized at fonts in a church. Which was used when I was baptized? What did it look like?

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

Heavenly Father, many people have not heard of you, and therefore, have not received the gift of baptism. Help us to share our faith with others, so that they, too, might hear and believe. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust God’s plan for your life! 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.

O God, thank you for the Holy Bible, where we can hear stories about those who have gone before us in the faith. Be with us as we learn today. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Matthew 3:13-17
Jesus left Galilee and went to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. But John kept objecting and said, “I ought to be baptized by you. Why have you come to me?” Jesus answered, “For now this is how it should be, because we must do all that God wants us to do.” Then John agreed.

So Jesus was baptized. And as soon as he came out of the water, the sky opened, and he saw the Spirit of God coming down on him like a dove. Then a voice from heaven said, “This is my own dear Son, and I am pleased with him.” (CEV)

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

Child: Why do you think John wanted to be baptized by Jesus, instead of the other way around?

Child: Why did you want me to be baptized? What is your favorite memory from my baptism?

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

Heavenly Father, through baptism, you make us your children. Thank you for caring so much about us, and for bringing us into the family of faith! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you know that you are God’s beloved child! 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, thank you for this day of rest, and for being with each person here. Bless us, and help us to become wise like the wise men from long ago. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Psalm 2:10-11
Be smart, all you rulers, and pay close attention. Serve and honor the Lord; be glad and tremble. (CEV)

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

Child: Why is it important for rulers to serve and honor the Lord?

Child: If you could describe your ideal ruler or leader, what would that person be like? How might faith in God make a difference in how they treated people?

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

Lord God, we want to serve and honor you each day of our lives. Help us to do this, and to do it gladly. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you serve the Lord! 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, thank you for watching over us and guiding us every day! Open our ears, and help us to listen to you as the wise men did. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Matthew 2:11-12
When the men went into the house and saw the child with Mary, his mother, they knelt down and worshiped him. They took out their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh and gave them to him. Later they were warned in a dream not to return to Herod, and they went back home by another road.  (CEV)

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

Child: What do you think was going through Mary’s mind when the wise men appeared at her door? Do you think they looked like regular people, or not?

Child: The wise men were warned in a dream not to return to Herod. Have you ever had a dream that helped you think wisely about your real life? What was it?

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

Dear Lord, you work in mysterious ways, and give us all that we need for our journey through life. Help us to trust you and follow you, even when we don’t know where we are going. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you trust in God’s goodness! 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, help us to understand the meaning in the Catechism today. Teach us, so that we may trust you more and treat our neighbors well. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Listen: Pay close attention to this reminder from Luther’s Small Catechism.

We should fear and love God so that we do not betray, slander, lie, or gossip about our neighbors, but defend them, speak well of them, and put the most charitable construction on all that they do.  (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: What are some ways that people use lies to hurt other people? Has anyone ever lied about you? How did it make you feel?

Child: Who is Luther talking about when he mentions our “neighbors?” Why should we speak well of our neighbors?

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

Heavenly Father, it can be hard to keep from saying mean things about people, especially when we’re angry. Please help us to treat our neighbors as you would, and to be kind in word and deed. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you speak well of others! 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.

Dear God, thank you for loving us, and for giving us Bible stories so we can learn from those who went before us in faith. Help us to understand more each day. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

Mean King Herod had a plan,
For he was a sneaky man.
Hearing of a newborn king,
He thought up a trap to spring.

“Can you find this child for me?”
Herod asked the wise men three.
Searching, then, they found the boy
And were overcome with joy!

Frankincense and gold and myrrh
Were three gifts they did confer.
When they left another way;
Herod did not win that day!

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

Child: Why do you think that Herod wanted the wise men to find Jesus? What was his plan?

Child: What are frankincense, gold and myrrh? Why do you think the wise men gave gifts like this to a young child?

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

Holy God, the wise men knew that little Jesus was a king. May we, also, realize how special he is, and worship him as they did. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you love Jesus as he loves you!  Amen.