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, you never stop showing us your love. Thank you for your kindness and compassion. Teach us all that you would have us know today. 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.

In the temple, Paul did pray,
With the people there one day,
But a group got quite upset
And they yelled at Paul with threats.

“Help!” They hollered, “Get him out!”
And they pushed him with a shout.
Why did they not let him speak?
They believed he’d welcomed Greeks!

Thinking Paul had brought disgrace
They all dragged him from that place.
Then some soldiers stopped the brawl
By arresting faithful Paul.

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

Child: People got upset because they believed all sorts of rumors and false stories about Paul. What should we do when we hear bad rumors about other people? Why?

Child: Has anyone ever told a false story about you? How did you handle it? What did you learn from that situation?

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

Holy God, lead us today. When we hear rumors about people, keep us from passing those on or assuming they are true. Help us to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you stand up for those who have no voice. 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.

Almighty God, sometimes you surprise us. You shower us with blessings, even when we least expect it. Be with us now, and teach us your ways. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 21:30-32
The whole city was in an uproar, and the people turned into a mob. They grabbed Paul and dragged him out of the temple. Then suddenly the doors were shut. The people were about to kill Paul when the Roman army commander heard that all Jerusalem was starting to riot. So he quickly took some soldiers and officers and ran to where the crowd had gathered. As soon as the mob saw the commander and soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. (CEV)

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

Child: When the mob grabbed Paul, a Roman commander came onto the scene to rescue him. Why is it important for us to stand up for people who are being hurt and defend those who are in danger?

Child: Why would we want to obey authorities, like the police? How does God use “first responders” to protect us and care for us?

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

God of grace, you are in control. Help us to trust this, and to believe it when we face scary situations. 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 trust in God’s mercy. 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, may your Word soak into our hearts and minds, so that we remember it when we are faced with hard choices. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 21:27-28
When the period of seven days for the ceremony was almost over, some of the Jewish people from Asia saw Paul in the temple. They got a large crowd together and started attacking him. They were shouting, “Friends, help us! This man goes around everywhere, saying bad things about our nation and about the Law of Moses and about this temple. He has even brought shame to this holy temple by bringing in Gentiles.” (CEV)

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

Child: Paul was being bullied by a crowd. Why do you think no one stood up for him? What might the people in the crowd have been feeling?

Child: Have you ever been bullied or seen someone else be bullied? When? What helped make that situation better?

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

Heavenly Father, sometimes others can be unkind. Sometimes we can be unkind, too. Turn our hearts towards you, so that we can be compassionate even when that’s hard to do. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you treat others with kindness. 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, life can be difficult. But with you by our side, we can face anything that comes along. Be with us now, and open our minds to understand your Word. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 21:27-33
When the period of seven days for the ceremony was almost over, some of the Jewish people from Asia saw Paul in the temple [in Jerusalem]. They got a large crowd together and started attacking him. They were shouting, “Friends, help us! This man goes around everywhere, saying bad things about our nation and about the Law of Moses and about this temple. He has even brought shame to this holy temple by bringing in Gentiles.” Some of them thought that Paul had brought Trophimus from Ephesus into the temple, because they had seen them together in the city.

The whole city was in an uproar, and the people turned into a mob. They grabbed Paul and dragged him out of the temple. Then suddenly the doors were shut. The people were about to kill Paul when the Roman army commander heard that all Jerusalem was starting to riot. So he quickly took some soldiers and officers and ran to where the crowd had gathered. As soon as the mob saw the commander and soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. The army commander went over and arrested him and had him bound with two chains. Then he tried to find out who Paul was and what he had done. (CEV)

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

Child: In today’s story, people were saying untrue things about Paul. How do you think he felt?  Do you think Paul’s relationship with God helped him deal with this?

Child: The Bible tells us that “the people turned into a mob” and went after Paul. Have you ever gone along with a group that was being mean, and regretted it later? What happened, and what did you learn?

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

Lord God, it’s hard to be the target of cruel words. And it’s also hard to stand up when we’re in a group that is being mean. Help us when we are in these situations. Give us wisdom, and courage, so we know what to do.  In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be brave enough to stand up for what is right. 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 hearing our prayers. Show us the many ways you answer them, and strengthen our belief. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 13:3-4
Please listen, Lord God, and answer my prayers. Make my eyes sparkle again, or else I will fall into the sleep of death. My enemies will say, “Now we’ve won!” They will be greatly pleased when I am defeated. (CEV)

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

Child: The writer of this psalm is feeling down and upset. He asks God to “make my eyes sparkle again.” If you were writing a psalm, what would you ask God to do for you?

Child: In this psalm, the writer mentions his worry about his enemies. How does God help you with your worries?

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

Lord God, you promise to be there for us, no matter what we are going through. Thank you for working in our lives each day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust God with your deepest feelings. 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 can do amazing things! Thank you for watching over us, and for helping us each day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 20:10-2
Paul went down and bent over Eutychus. He took him in his arms and said, “Don’t worry! He’s alive.”  After Paul had gone back upstairs, he broke bread, and ate with us. He then spoke until dawn and left. Then the followers took the young man home alive and were very happy. (CEV)

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

Child: Paul was able to go back to speaking after he knew Eutychus was okay. How do you think he could stay so calm? What calms you after you’ve had a scare?

Child: Everyone assumed Eutychus was dead after he fell from that window, but God healed him! When has God done something unexpected and wonderful in your life?

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

Dear Lord, we thank you for your unexpected blessings. Thank you for healing the sick and the injured. Be with all those who suffer today. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you trust God and be calm. 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 your Word. Open our minds, so that we want to learn all that you have to teach us. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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

Saint Paul says in Romans, “We were buried therefore with him by Baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4 ESV – quoted in Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: Why is it important to be baptized? How can the promise of baptism give us comfort all throughout our lives?

Child: Paul says that we can “walk in newness of life” after we are baptized. Does this mean that we never sin again or make a mistake? Why not? What do you think it does mean?

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

Heavenly Father, we are so thankful that you reach out to us, and that we may become your children through baptism. May we never take this gift for granted. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you remember that you are a beloved child of God. Amen.