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, as we focus on today’s Bible story, open our minds to understand it better. Teach us all that you would have us know, and show us how to share the Good News of your love with others. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Matthew 17:5-8
While Peter was still speaking, the shadow of a bright cloud passed over them. From the cloud a voice said, “This is my own dear Son, and I am pleased with him. Listen to what he says!” When the disciples heard the voice, they were so afraid that they fell flat on the ground. But Jesus came over and touched them. He said, “Get up and don’t be afraid!” When they opened their eyes, they saw only Jesus. (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever been so afraid that you lost your strength, like the disciples did? What happened?

Child: Jesus calmed the disciples’ fear. How does knowing Jesus loves us help us not be afraid?

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

Gracious Father in Heaven, not only did you announce that Jesus is your own dear Son, you have now made us your beloved children as well.  On this Valentine’s Day, help us to feel and see the many ways you love us. Help us to share that same love with others, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

May you show God’s love to others each day! 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, inspire us as we read our Bible story now, and give us true faith in Jesus, your Son. We know that every good thing comes from you, and are thankful that we can learn more about Jesus today. In his holy name we pray. Amen.

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

Matthew 17:1-4
Six days later Jesus took Peter and the brothers James and John with him. They went up on a very high mountain where they could be alone. There in front of the disciples, Jesus was completely changed. His face was shining like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. All at once Moses and Elijah were there talking with Jesus. So Peter said to him, “Lord, it is good for us to be here! Let us make three shelters, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” (CEV)

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

Child: Who is Moses? Who is Elijah? Where have we heard those names before?

Child: Peter was probably amazed and confused by all that was happening. Why do you think he said what he did?

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

Heavenly Father, you are a God of surprises. We can only imagine what it must have been like for the disciples to see Jesus transfigured so long ago. But we are glad that they described what they saw, so that we might know how powerful Jesus really is. Thank you for sending your Son to us! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you believe that Jesus is God’s Son! 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, as the new school week begins, we thank you for guiding us forward. Be with us now, as we study our Bible story, and help us to understand it more fully. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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

Matthew 17:1-8
Six days later Jesus took Peter and the brothers James and John with him. They went up on a very high mountain where they could be alone. There in front of the disciples, Jesus was completely changed. His face was shining like the sun, and his clothes became white as light.

All at once Moses and Elijah were there talking with Jesus. So Peter said to him, “Lord, it is good for us to be here! Let us make three shelters, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

While Peter was still speaking, the shadow of a bright cloud passed over them. From the cloud a voice said, “This is my own dear Son, and I am pleased with him. Listen to what he says!” When the disciples heard the voice, they were so afraid that they fell flat on the ground. But Jesus came over and touched them. He said, “Get up and don’t be afraid!” When they opened their eyes, they saw only Jesus. (CEV)

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

Child: This Bible story is called the Transfiguration – which means “to change appearance.” In what ways did Jesus’ appearance change when he was up on the mountain?

Child: Have you ever been to the top of a high mountain before? When? What might be different on a mountain top, compared to the ground below?

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

Heavenly Father, you have every reason to be pleased with your Son, Jesus. Like the disciples, we want to listen to what he says, and to follow him, too. Please help us to do this each day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you listen to Jesus! 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, this is the day that you have made! We will rejoice and be glad in it. As we study and talk about our Bible lesson, let your Holy Spirit draw us ever closer to you. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 4:6-7
There are some who ask, “Who will be good to us?” Let your kindness, Lord, shine brightly on us. You brought me more happiness than a rich harvest of grain and wine. (CEV)

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

Child: How does having a relationship with God bring true happiness?

Child: In what ways does God’s kindness shine on our family? How can we share that kindness with others?

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

Lord God, you are so good to us! Sometimes we get busy and forget that all good things come from you. Thank you for your many blessings. May we be more aware of them every day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the joy of the Lord be your strength! 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 all that you give us. We are blessed to have a relationship with you! Be with us as we discuss our Bible story today, and help us to understand it more deeply. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

John 2:11-12
This was Jesus' first miracle, and he did it in the village of Cana in Galilee. There Jesus showed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him. After this, he went with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples to the town of Capernaum, where they stayed for a few days.  (CEV)

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

Child: If you were one of Jesus’ disciples, would you have needed to see a miracle in order to believe that he was God’s Son? Why or why not?

Child: What has helped you put your faith in Jesus?

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

Dear Lord, on our own, our faith can be shaky at times. But we know that all good things come from you. Strengthen our faith, and lead us along the path you would have us go. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you put your faith in 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, as we settle in and read from the Small Catechism today, help us to understand it better. Open our minds, so that we may learn all that you want us to know. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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

What is Holy Communion? It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, given to us Christians to eat and drink, as it was instituted by Christ himself. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: When and where did you first receive Holy Communion? Tell us about that.

Child: How does receiving Communion make you feel? What is happening?

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

Heavenly Father, you give us many gifts, including Holy Communion. Thank you for forgiving our sins when we receive Communion, and for welcoming 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 your sins be forgiven—in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit! 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, you are compassionate and good, and we are so thankful that you care for us! As we read our Bible rhyme today, strengthen our faith, and inspire us to trust you more. 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.

Jesus was a wedding guest
But his hosts were very stressed.
They were filled with nervous doubt
For the wine had all run out!

Mary turned to Jesus, who
Surely would know what to do.
“Pour some water there,” he said,
“It will turn to wine, instead.”

Sure enough, his words were right,
And in Cana on that night,
Jesus had performed a sign:
Turning water into wine!

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

Child: What does it mean to be “stressed?” Do you think Jesus knew how the wedding hosts were feeling? Why or why not?

Child: Tell us about a time when you felt stressed and overwhelmed. How did God help you through that experience?

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

Holy God, when we are worried or overwhelmed, we know that we can turn to you for help. Thank you for listening to our prayers and helping us overcome challenges. We love you! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you give your worries to God!  Amen.