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, we come to you to hear your Word and know you better. Speak to us now, as we read from your Word, that by the power of your Holy Spirit we may learn and grow in faith, trusting in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

From the Book of Luke, Chapter 24, Verses 13 to 32 

13 That same day two of Jesus' disciples were going to the village of Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 As they were talking and thinking about what had happened, 15 Jesus came near and started walking along beside them. 16 But they did not know who he was. 17 Jesus asked them, “What were you talking about as you walked along?”

The two of them stood there looking sad and gloomy. 18 Then the one named Cleopas asked Jesus, “Are you the only person from Jerusalem who didn’t know what was happening there these last few days?”

19 “What do you mean?” Jesus asked. They answered: "Those things that happened to Jesus from Nazareth. By what he did and said he showed that he was a powerful prophet, who pleased God and all the people. 20 Then the chief priests and our leaders had him arrested and sentenced to die on a cross. 21 We had hoped that he would be the one to set Israel free! But it has already been three days since all this happened. 22 Some women in our group surprised us. They had gone to the tomb early in the morning, 23 but did not find the body of Jesus. They came back, saying that they had seen a vision of angels who told them that he is alive. 24 Some men from our group went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said. But they didn’t see Jesus either.

25 Then Jesus asked the two disciples, “Why can’t you understand? How can you be so slow to believe all that the prophets said? 26 Didn’t you know that the Messiah would have to suffer before he was given his glory?” 27 Jesus then explained everything written about himself in the Scriptures, beginning with the Law of Moses and the Books of the Prophets.

28 When the two of them came near the village where they were going, Jesus seemed to be going farther. 29 They begged him, “Stay with us! It’s already late, and the sun is going down.” So Jesus went into the house to stay with them.  30 After Jesus sat down to eat, he took some bread. He blessed it and broke it. Then he gave it to them. 31 At once they knew who he was, but he disappeared. 32 They said to each other, “When he talked with us along the road and explained the Scriptures to us, didn’t it warm our hearts?”  (Luke 24:13-32 CEV)

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

Child: When was a time in your life when you recognized that Jesus was with you when you needed him?

Child: Do you think that Jesus is here with us now?

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

Holy God, open our eyes so that we can see that Jesus is with us always, no matter where we walk. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord show himself to you and remind you of his love and mercy. 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 express our praise and thanks to you for all you have done for us. Speak to us through the words of the Bible, that our hearts would be renewed by your Holy Spirit, rejoicing in the promise of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

I will praise you, Lord,
    with all my heart
    and tell about the wonders
    you have worked.
God Most High, I will rejoice;
    I will celebrate and sing
    because of you. (Psalm 9:1-2 ESV)

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

Child: What can you tell me about God's wonderful deeds?

Child:  What are some of the things that you are grateful for right now?

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

Lord God, you have done mighty things in the world, and in our lives as well. Help us to share our thankfulness with all the people we meet.  In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord watch over you and hold you in his loving arms. 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.

Heavenly Father, you have provided us with all good gifts, including the gift of faith. Fill us with your Holy Spirit, so that we may be generous in sharing with others the gifts that you have given us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

"I believe in Jesus Christ...  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 redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, and has freed me from sin, death, and the power of the devil, not with silver and gold, but with his holy and precious blood and his innocent suffering and death. (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: To be "redeemed" means to be "bought back." How did Jesus buy us back?

Child: What does it mean to say that we belong to Jesus (and not to ourselves)?

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

Holy God, help us to know the depths of your mercy and grace that have been given to us through Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May God grant you forgiveness of your sin and bring you to a new life in Christ. 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.

Lord God, you have promised that those who believe in your Son will have everlasting life. With the courage of your Holy Spirit, help us to share this same promise with others that we meet, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

9-10 Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and some other women were the ones who had gone to the tomb. When they returned, they told the eleven apostles and the others what had happened. 11 The apostles thought it was all nonsense, and they would not believe. 12 But Peter ran to the tomb. And when he stooped down and looked in, he saw only the burial clothes. Then he returned, wondering what had happened. (Luke 24:9-12 ESV)

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

Child: Why did the apostles (Jesus' followers) think that Mary's message was foolishness?

Child: When have had moments of doubt were you didn't believe that Jesus could do what he said he would do?

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

Thank you Holy Spirit, for the gift of faith you have given us that grants us the ability to trust in your Word. With your Spirit living in us help us to trust you in more and more ways in our lives.  In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord give you faith and courage to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. 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, by your Word, open our eyes to the world around. Help us to see the place 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:  Listen carefully as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

Early to the tomb came Mary, to the place where Christ was buried.
     There she found the open tomb, but Jesus was not in that room.
She told the others then who came; running there, they saw the same.
     When they went home, Mary stayed, by the place where Christ had laid.
That was when the Lord appeared, she saw the one she held so dear.
     She told his friends all what he had said, that Christ was risen from the dead!

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

Child: How was the appearance of Jesus to Mary a comfort to her?

Child: Can we pray right now for people we know in need comfort in their grief?

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

Lord God we know that there are many in our world who are struggling with grief and uncertainty. Fill us with your Holy Spirit and use us to bring the good news of Jesus' resurrection life to our neighbors. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord be with you and help you to see the needs of others. 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 our needs. We thank you for the mercy and peace that you show us in your Word. Bless us now with your Holy Spirit, that we may trust in the promises you have given us through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

But the men said, "Why are you looking in the place of the dead for someone who is alive? Jesus isn’t here! He has been raised from death. Remember that while he was still in Galilee, he told you, 7 'The Son of Man will be handed over to sinners who will nail him to a cross. But three days later he will rise to life.'" Then they remembered what Jesus had said. (Luke 24:5b - 8 ESV)

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

Child: What does it mean to be raised from death?

Child: Will we be raised from death like Jesus was?  When?

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

Lord, you raised Jesus from the dead to live forever. Grant that by your promises in Christ, we too might be raised to live a new life with you forever. 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 hope by believing in the resurrection. 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, we ask that you would help us to trust in the resurrection of Jesus, that we would build our lives of faith on his living Presence with us, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, carrying the spices that they had prepared. When they found the stone rolled away from the entrance, they went in. But they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus, and they did not know what to think. Suddenly two men in shining white clothes stood beside them. The women were afraid and bowed to the ground. But the men said, “Why are you looking in the place of the dead for someone who is alive? (Luke 24:1-6 ESV)

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

Child: The story says that the women were afraid. What do you think scared them?

Child: When was a time you came upon something so unexpected that it scared you?

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

Lord, there are times when we get scared because we don't understand what is going on around us. Comfort us in those moments and help to see more clearly what it is you are doing in our lives. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May God Almighty grant you peace in all your struggles and fear. Amen.