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.

Lord God, you have promised that you’re always with us, even when it's hard for us to see you or know you are there. In your Word, help us to listen for the promise of your never failing love for us. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 24:46-49
Jesus told them: “The Scriptures say that the Messiah must suffer, and then three days later he will rise from death. They also say that all people of every nation must be told in my name to turn to God, in order to be forgiven. So beginning in Jerusalem, you must tell everything that has happened. I will send you the one my Father has promised, but you must stay in the city until you are given power from heaven.” (CEV)

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

Child: Why did Jesus want the disciples to know that he died for them?

Child: Why does Jesus want us to tell other people about his forgiveness?

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

Thank you Holy Father, that on the cross you forgave us of all our sins. When others hurt us or make us feel bad, help us to be forgiving people.  Help us to be kind instead of getting even.  In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord forgive you, and help you to forgive others. 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.

Heavenly Father, you have given us the most precious gift of your Son, Jesus. Help us to be truly grateful for the life he has given us, both now and in eternity. May we be bold to share with others all that we have been given. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

From the Second Article of the Apostles' Creed: "On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead."

What Does this Mean?
He has done all this in order that I might be his own, live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, even as he is risen from the dead and lives and reigns for all eternity. This is most certainly true! (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: Is Jesus a king? What does a king do?

Child: What does it mean that we should live under Jesus in his kingdom and serve him? How do we do that in everyday life?

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

Holy God, help us to see that Jesus won the victory over death, and that he now lives and rules as king over heaven and earth. Help us to be his faithful servants. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May God inspire you to serve others with what he has given 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.

Almighty Father, open our eyes to the world around us as we read your Word. Help us to see the places where our neighbors need our help. By your Holy Spirit, give us compassion to serve those in need, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

When Jesus rose to life again,
He came to meet with all his friends.
It gave the whole group quite a scare,
To see the Master standing there.

He told them all to touch and see
“For Spirits don’t have flesh like me.”
He even ate a piece of fish
to show he was alive like this.

He told them what the Bible said,
That he would rise from being dead.
And witnesses who’d seen and heard
Were then sent out to spread his Word!

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

Child: What is a "witness”? Why does Jesus call us his witnesses?

Child: Why do you think Jesus sent the disciples out to share the news that he was alive?

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

Amazing God, you have shown us the many great things you have said and done. Help us to be your witnesses by telling others what we have seen and heard about you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord help you to share the good news of Jesus! 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.

Holy Father, you know what we need even before we do. Bless us with your Holy Spirit, so that we may trust in what we have not seen. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Luke 24:40-46
After Jesus said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. The disciples were so glad and amazed that they could not believe it. Jesus then asked them, “Do you have something to eat?” They gave him a piece of baked fish. He took it and ate it as they watched. Jesus said to them, “While I was still with you, I told you that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the Books of the Prophets, and in the Psalms had to happen.” Then he helped them understand the Scriptures. He told them: “The Scriptures say that the Messiah must suffer, and then three days later he will rise from death.”  (CEV)

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

Child: What would you have thought if you were with the disciples, and saw that Jesus had risen from the dead and was even eating food?

Child: Why is it important to read and study the Bible?

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

Lord God, you opened the minds of your disciples to understand and believe. We ask you to use the Bible to teach us and remind us of all that you have done for us, so that we can trust and believe, too. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Holy Spirit fill you with all joy and faith! 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.

Almighty God, you are the Lord of the living and the dead. You call us to believe in your Son, Jesus Christ. Be with us as we read and struggle with your holy Word. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Luke 24:36-39
While Jesus' disciples were talking about what had happened, Jesus appeared and greeted them. They were frightened and terrified because they thought they were seeing a ghost. But Jesus said, “Why are you so frightened? Why do you doubt? Look at my hands and my feet and see who I am! Touch me and find out for yourselves. Ghosts don’t have flesh and bones as you see I have.” (CEV)

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

Child: Why do you think the disciples were afraid?

Child: How did Jesus help them get over their fear? Would this have comforted you?

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

Dear God, sometimes we are afraid of the things we cannot understand. Remind us of your promise to be with us and watch over us, especially when we are scared. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord give you courage in times of fear and uncertainty. 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.

Heavenly Father, speak to us through your holy Word, that we would be filled with your wisdom and put our trust in you. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Luke 24:36-49
While Jesus' disciples were talking about what had happened, Jesus appeared and greeted them. They were frightened and terrified because they thought they were seeing a ghost. But Jesus said, “Why are you so frightened? Why do you doubt? Look at my hands and my feet and see who I am! Touch me and find out for yourselves. Ghosts don’t have flesh and bones as you see I have.”

After Jesus said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. The disciples were so glad and amazed that they could not believe it. Jesus then asked them, “Do you have something to eat?” They gave him a piece of baked fish. He took it and ate it as they watched. Jesus said to them, “While I was still with you, I told you that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the Books of the Prophets, and in the Psalms had to happen.” Then he helped them understand the Scriptures.

He told them: “The Scriptures say that the Messiah must suffer, and then three days later he will rise from death. They also say that all people of every nation must be told in my name to turn to God, in order to be forgiven. So beginning in Jerusalem, you must tell everything that has happened. I will send you the one my Father has promised, but you must stay in the city until you are given power from heaven.”(CEV)

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

Child: Why did Jesus show the disciples his hands and feet? What did he want to prove to them?

Child: Tell me about a time when you were so happy that you praised God for something he did for you?

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

Amazing God, you are the one who raised Jesus from the dead and revealed the living Lord to his friends. Help us to rejoice in the good news that Jesus is alive and so are we!  In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May Christ Jesus guide you, watch over you, and live in you. 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.

Lord God, as we gather together today help us to worship you with all our heart. Speak to us through the words of the Bible, that your story would become our story. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Psalm 51:1-2
You are kind, God! Please have pity on me. You are always merciful! Please wipe away my sins. Wash me clean from all of my sin and guilt. (CEV)

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

Child: When have you had pity on someone else? What does it mean for God to have pity on us?

Child: How do you know that God hears your prayers and forgives your sin? In what way can this comfort you when you feel weighed down with worry?

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

Lord God, in times of great faith and in times of doubt, hold us in your loving embrace. Give us courage to keep going forward in life, and rescue us from every trouble. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May the God who loves you bless you now and forever! Amen.