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.

Lord God, you speak to us through the stories of the Bible. Let your Holy Spirit be at work in us as we study your Word, so that we would learn from the example of the people who came before us in faith. Open our hearts and give us the faith to trust in you, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 10:9-19, 34-36, 47-48
Peter went up on the roof of the house to pray 10 and became very hungry. While the food was being prepared, he fell sound asleep and had a vision. 11 He saw heaven open, and something came down like a huge sheet held up by its four corners. 12 In it were all kinds of animals, snakes, and birds. 13 A voice said to him, “Peter, get up! Kill these and eat them.” 14 But Peter said, “Lord, I can’t do that! I’ve never eaten anything that is unclean and not fit to eat.” 15 The voice spoke to him again, “When God says that something can be used for food, don’t say it isn’t fit to eat.”16 This happened three times before the sheet was suddenly taken back to heaven.

17 Peter was still wondering what all of this meant, when the men sent by Cornelius came and stood at the gate. They had found their way to Simon’s house 18 and were asking if Simon Peter was staying there. 19 While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Holy Spirit said to him, “Three men are here looking for you. 20 Hurry down and go with them. Don’t worry, I sent them.” …

34 Peter then said: “Now I am certain that God treats all people alike. 35 God is pleased with everyone who worships him and does right, no matter what nation they come from. 36 This is the same message that God gave to the people of Israel, when he sent Jesus Christ, the Lord of all, to offer peace to them … Peter said, 47 “These Gentiles have been given the Holy Spirit, just as we have! I am certain that no one would dare stop us from baptizing them.” 48 Peter ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, and they asked him to stay on for a few days. (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever had a strange dream and didn’t know what it was about?

Child: What do you think God was telling Peter in this story?

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

Lord, we don’t always know what you want us to do. As we come to you to pray and read the Bible, show us what you would have us do. Guide us to serve your will and not our own. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord guide you by the truth of his Word. 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, we praise and thank you for all the blessings you give us. We especially thank you for the gift of forgiveness, by which you change our lives in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

Psalm 51:9-11
Turn your eyes from my sin and cover my guilt. 10 Create pure thoughts in me and make me faithful again. 11 Don’t chase me away from you or take your Holy Spirit away from me. (CEV)

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

Child: When we do wrong, why does God choose to forgive us, instead of just turning away from us?

Child: Where do we get to hear the promise of God’s forgiveness spoken to us? Why is this something we need again and again?

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

Merciful God, just as you came to Saul and forgave his sin, we thank you for coming into our lives to forgive us. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we ask that you would change and renew our hearts each day, so that we would be the people that you want us to be. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Holy Spirit be at work every day in your heart and mind. 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.

Loving Lord, you watch over us every day and protect us from harm.  Give us courage and strength that we may serve to help and protect all those you have entrusted to our care. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

God's will is done when he hinders and destroys every evil design and purpose of the devil, the world, and our sinful nature that would keep us from hallowing his name and prevent the coming of his kingdom.  (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: God is our loving Father in heaven. Why does God want to keep us away from things that would hurt us?

Child: As a family, how can we help protect each other and help each other be safe?

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

Holy God, you have given us so many good gifts. One of the most special gifts you have given us is other people with whom we share our lives. Help us to look out for one another, so that we would experience your love through each other. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May God watch over you and keep you safe. 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, we know that you do your work through the people you have chosen – including us. Help us to be your tools, that your will would be done in our lives, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 9:17-19
At the command of the Lord, 17 Ananias left and went into the house where Saul was staying. Ananias placed his hands on him and said, “Saul, the Lord Jesus has sent me. He is the same one who appeared to you along the road. He wants you to be able to see and to be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Suddenly something like fish scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see. He got up and was baptized. 19 Then he ate and felt much better. (CEV)

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

Child: Ananias was a believer in Jesus. Why did Jesus send him to help Saul?

Child: Did Saul change himself? Or did some other power change him?

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

Heavenly Father, just as you sent Ananias to serve in the name of Jesus, give us your Holy Spirit, so that we would also have the power to serve you. Give us the courage to do as you command, and make us your instruments of healing. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May God bring you health and wholeness. 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.

Holy God, we live in a world of people who are struggling and hurting. Let us be people who do not hurt others, but help them in all their needs, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Saul was quite an angry man
He had a very rotten plan:
Find the Christians, make them wail,
Throw them, one and all, in jail!

But the Lord had other plans.
Jesus came to change the man.
“Saul,” he said, “Now that’s enough!
You have simply been too rough!”

Saul was shaken, but he knew,
Just what he should start to do:
Help the Christians, after all!
And from that day his name was “Paul.”

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

Child: Was there a time when God changed your heart, and you started to act differently?

Child: Why do you think God chose a man who was his enemy, to become one of his most faithful apostles?

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

Holy God, we thank you for the love and compassion that you have shown to us, even though we don’t deserve it. Thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to change our hearts so that we would trust and believe in you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Holy Spirit give you the compassion to serve in Jesus’ name. 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.

Heavenly Father, you call us to be faithful and follow you. Lift us up when we fall and lead us in the way that you would have us go. We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 9:6-9
6 “Who are you?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus,” the Lord answered. “I am the one you are so cruel to. 6 Now get up and go into the city, where you will be told what to do.” 7 The men with Saul stood there speechless. They had heard the voice, but they had not seen anyone. 8 Saul got up from the ground, and when he opened his eyes, he could not see a thing. Someone then led him by the hand to Damascus, 9 and for three days he was blind and did not eat or drink. (CEV)

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

Child: How do you think Saul felt when he heard Jesus speaking to him?

Child: Where or when in our lives does God speak to us?

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

Almighty God, you speak to us through your Word in the Bible and in the promise of Jesus that we speak to one another. As you changed the heart of Saul, we pray that you would change our hearts as well. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May God forgive you all your sins, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. 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 know that sometimes we feel angry and frustrated, and we take it out on other people. Help us learn to be helpful and not hurtful, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 9:1-4
Saul kept on threatening to kill the Lord’s followers. He even went to the high priest 2 and asked for letters to the Jewish leaders in Damascus. He did this because he wanted to arrest and take to Jerusalem any man or woman who had accepted the Lord’s Way. 3 When Saul had almost reached Damascus, a bright light from heaven suddenly flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice that said, “Saul! Saul! Why are you so cruel to me?”

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

Child: Why do you think Saul did not want people to follow Jesus?

Child: Has anyone ever been mean to you because you believe in God? What did you do?

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

Lord God, sometimes we face rejection because we believe in you. Help us to remain faithful and forgiving. Give us the strength to do good to others, even when they do not do good to us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May God take away your hard feelings and help you to forgive. Amen.