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 ask us to trust in you in all things. Give us the power of the Holy Spirit, so that we may believe in your promise and and give you credit for all the good things we have, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 3:11, 16
Peter saw that a crowd had gathered, and he said: “Friends, why are you surprised at what has happened? Why are you staring at us? Do you think we have some power of our own? Do you think we were able to make this man walk because we are so religious? … You see this man, and you know him. He put his faith in the name of Jesus and was made strong. Faith in Jesus made this man completely well while everyone was watching.”

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

Child: Why did Peter not take any credit for healing the man? Why did he want everyone to know that the man was healed by Jesus power?

Child: Why is it important for us to give all the credit to Jesus for saving us?

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

Holy God, you are the one who makes good things happen for us. When we are weak, you are strong. Even when we do not have confidence in ourselves, help us to have confidence in you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May God give you the confidence to trust that he will save 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, just as Peter and John had compassion on a man born lame, help us to be compassionate to all we meet so that they might know your healing power, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

Acts 3:1-10

John and Peter went to pray
At the temple late one day.
There they saw a crippled man
Sitting, begging, in the sand.

“Gold and silver we have not
But we’ll share what we have got:
“In Jesus’ name rise up and stand!
You can do it; take my hand!”

Peter, then, reached out his hand,
Helping the poor man to stand,
His legs were strong now, like a boy.
He could run and jump for joy!

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

Child: Do you think that God needs our help to make miracles happen? Why or why not?

Child: Has God ever used you to help another person? How do you know?

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

Holy God, you fill us with your love so that we would see others in need, and offer them help and a blessing in your name. Use us for your purpose, in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.

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

May the Lord God use your hands, eyes, ears, and mouth to share the good news of Christ with 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 God, you come to give us the strength we need to live each day. Thank you for your mercy and love. By your Holy Spirit, lead us to trust in your promise and serve you in all that we do, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 3:5- 10
The man [who was born lame] stared at them and thought he was going to get something. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold! But I will give you what I do have. In the name of Jesus Christ from Nazareth, get up and start walking.” Peter then took him by the right hand and helped him up. At once the man’s feet and ankles became strong, and he jumped up and started walking. He went with Peter and John into the temple, walking and jumping and praising God. Everyone saw him walking around and praising God. They knew that he was the beggar who had been lying beside the Beautiful Gate, and they were completely surprised. They could not imagine what had happened to the man.

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

Child: Who do you think was more surprised by the miraculous healing, the crowd or the man himself? Why could the people not imagine what happened to him?

Child: Have you ever experienced God’s help when you were in need?

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

Loving God, help us to recognize the ordinary and the  miraculous things that you do for us each day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Jesus has given you the greatest gift of all: his love and forgiveness. 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 see us in our need and you come to make things better. Help us always to look to you as our help and healer, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 3:1-5
The time of prayer was about three o’clock in the afternoon, and Peter and John were going into the temple. A man who had been born lame was being carried to the temple door. Each day he was placed beside this door, known as the Beautiful Gate. He sat there and begged from the people who were going in. The man saw Peter and John entering the temple, and he asked them for money. But they looked straight at him and said, “Look up at us!” The man stared at them and thought he was going to get something.

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

Child: Have you ever seen a person by the road who is begging? How do you think it feels to be passed by?

Child: This man could not walk. What is something you cannot do for yourself  that makes you need to depend and rely on others?

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

Loving God there are many in this world who are not seen by others; they simply fade into the background of everyday life. Just as we recognize our own needs, help us to see those who are suffering and help to meet their needs. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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

The Lord sees you in your struggles and in your joys, and he is your source of help. 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, by ourselves we have no power over life, death, healing or suffering. Give us faith in your Son that we would trust in his power over our lives. We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 3:1-10
The time of prayer was about three o’clock in the afternoon, and Peter and John were going into the temple. A man who had been born lame was being carried to the temple door. Each day he was placed beside this door, known as the Beautiful Gate. He sat there and begged from the people who were going in. The man saw Peter and John entering the temple, and he asked them for money. But they looked straight at him and said, “Look up at us!” The man stared at them and thought he was going to get something. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold! But I will give you what I do have. In the name of Jesus Christ from Nazareth, get up and start walking.” Peter then took him by the right hand and helped him up. At once the man’s feet and ankles became strong, and he jumped up and started walking. He went with Peter and John into the temple, walking and jumping and praising God. Everyone saw him walking around and praising God. They knew that he was the beggar who had been lying beside the Beautiful Gate, and they were completely surprised. They could not imagine what had happened to the man.

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

Child: Which would you think was a greater gift: receiving some coins or being healed?

Child: Who really healed the man?

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

Holy God, you are the source of all wonders in this world and in our lives, may we always look to you for what we need, trusting that you know better than we do in all things. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord of light and love bless you with a deep abiding faith this day and always. 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, you help us to grow through your holy Word. You nurture us and feed us so that we will be strong in our faith toward you. We praise your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Psalm 52:8-9
I am like an olive tree growing in God’s house, and I can count on his love forever and ever. I will always thank God for what he has done; I will praise his good name when his people meet. (CEV)

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

Child: What does the writer of this psalm mean when he says, “I am like an olive tree growing in God’s house?”

Child: How have you experienced God’s love and goodness helping you grow?

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

Lord God, help us to be firmly rooted in your grace and mercy that we would bear the fruit of your love to the world. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust in the care and protection of God, and know that he loves you. 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.

Almighty God, you have given us more blessings than we can ever count. Help us to hear your love through your Word this day, that we would trust you in all our joys and struggles, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 2:44-45
All the Lord’s followers often met together, and they shared everything they had. They would sell their property and possessions and give the money to whoever needed it. (CEV)

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

Child: Do you ever find it hard to share what you have with other? Why or why not?

Child: What do you think was the reason the first Christians were able to share what they had with one another?

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

Holy God, you are so generous to us. All that we have comes from you. Encourage us to be generous to all whom we meet so that they might know your goodness and mercy. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

Go about your day being kind and generous to every one you meet. In the name of the Father and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.