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 how our neighbors need our help. May your Holy Spirit help us 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.

Two men were walking down the street,
When they were quite surprised to meet
A third man, who was walking, too.
Could he be someone that they knew?

This third man listened, spoke and taught,
And both men really learned a lot.
So when their trip came to an end,
They felt as if they’d made a friend.

The stranger blessed and broke some bread
And each man ate what he was fed.
Then suddenly, they both could see:
Christ was alive, and this was He!

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

Child: If Jesus is risen from the dead, does that mean he's alive even now? Why is it important to know that Jesus is with us?

Child: Who are some people in our lives who might not know Jesus? What are some ways we might be able to tell them how much Jesus means to us?

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

Lord God we know that there are many people in our world who are struggling with trials and uncertainty. Fill us with your Holy Spirit, and use us to bring the good news of Jesus' resurrection 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 good things you promise us in your Word. Bless us now with your Holy Spirit, so we may trust in the promises you have given us through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Luke 24:27-32
Jesus then explained everything written about himself in the Scriptures, beginning with the Law of Moses and the Books of the Prophets. When the two of them came near the village where they were going, Jesus seemed to be going farther. 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. After Jesus sat down to eat, he took some bread. He blessed it and broke it. Then he gave it to them. At once they knew who he was, but he disappeared. 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?” (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever had a moment when God opened your eyes and you suddenly understood something you never did before?

Child: What does it mean to say their "hearts were warmed" by Jesus words? Does that happen to you?

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

Lord we trust that you are with us always, even when we cannot see you or hear your voice. Give us the courage to trust that by your Holy Spirit we will continue to learn more about you and know you more fully. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord enlighten you with his Word and give you peace! 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 know that you are right beside us and we can rely on you. So we ask that you would help us to trust in you, and that we may see you in our daily lives. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 24:13-18
That same day two of Jesus' disciples were going to the village of Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. As they were talking and thinking about what had happened, Jesus came near and started walking along beside them. But they did not know who he was. Jesus asked them, “What were you talking about as you walked along?” The two of them stood there looking sad and gloomy. 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?” (CEV)

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

Child: How do you think Cleopas and his friend felt as they were walking? Why is it good to talk to someone else when you feel bad?

Child: Why didn't Jesus just tell them who he was right away? How did this get them to reveal their honest feelings?

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

Lord, we don't always understand everything that happens in our lives. We need you to help us notice the ways in which you are acting all around us, so that we can grow in faith and devotion to you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord give you understanding and guidance each day! 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, we come here today to know you better. Speak to us now as we read from your Word. By the power of your Holy Spirit, help us to learn and grow in faith, trusting in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Luke 24:13-20; 26-32
That same day two of Jesus' disciples were going to the village of Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. As they were talking and thinking about what had happened, Jesus came near and started walking along beside them. But they did not know who he was. Jesus asked them, “What were you talking about as you walked along?” The two of them stood there looking sad and gloomy. 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?”

“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. Then the chief priests and our leaders had him arrested and sentenced to die on a cross.” [Jesus asked,] “Didn’t you know that the Messiah would have to suffer before he was given his glory?” Jesus then explained everything written about himself in the Scriptures, beginning with the Law of Moses and the Books of the Prophets.

When the two of them came near the village where they were going, Jesus seemed to be going farther. 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. After Jesus sat down to eat, he took some bread. He blessed it and broke it. Then he gave it to them. At once they knew who he was, but he disappeared. 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?” (CEV)

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

Child: Why do you think the two disciples didn't know this was Jesus?  Have you ever been feeling so bad that you weren't paying attention to the things around you?

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

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 his holy 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.

Gracious Lord, on this Sabbath Day, may we take this time to rest and learn from you. Thank you for giving us the Bible, with all of its many lessons and teachings. Help us to understand it better each time we read it. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 30
I will praise you, Lord! You saved me from the grave and kept my enemies from celebrating my death. I prayed to you, Lord God, and you healed me, saving me from death and the grave. (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever been really sick, and then got better? What did you appreciate more after you had recovered?

Child: Sometimes people who are ill do not recover, but God heals them in other ways. How might that happen? What promise do we have, even in death?

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

Lord God, it is so hard to be sick, and to feel discouraged. But we know that you are there, giving comfort and peace. Please be with those who struggle with illness today, and bring them healing in body, mind and spirit. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

May you be well in body, mind and spirit! 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, you are so good to us! Thank you for this time together, and for each person in this room. Bless us, and draw us closer to you and to one another as we study our Bible story now. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

John 20:16-18
Then Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him, “Rabboni.” The Aramaic word “Rabboni” means “Teacher.”

Jesus told her, “Don’t hold on to me! I have not yet gone to the Father. But tell my disciples that I am going to the one who is my Father and my God, as well as your Father and your God.” Mary Magdalene then went and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord. She also told them what he had said to her. (CEV)

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

Child: Why did Mary call Jesus, “Teacher?” What kinds of things did Jesus teach his followers while he was on earth?

Child: If Jesus were standing here now, and you could ask him any question at all, what would it be?

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

Dear Lord, we are always learning from you. Every time we read our Bibles, we see more of who you are and what you did while you were on earth. Help us to follow you, and to live lives that are pleasing in your sight. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you see God’s goodness all around you! 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 study our Small Catechism today, may your Holy Spirit inspire us. Teach us what we need to know, and help us to develop a deeper trust in you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: The words we just read are part of the Apostles’ Creed. Why do you think we say the Creed out loud in church so often? What does the Creed teach us?

Child: Thinking of all that Jesus endured (including pain, death, and seeing hell, itself), is there anything we go through in our lives that he cannot understand? How can this help us to feel less alone when we suffer?

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

Heavenly Father, your Son, Jesus, went through terrible things on our behalf. He is our truest and most faithful friend. As we learn more about what he did for us, help us to trust him more each day. In his holy name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust the Lord with your heart, soul, and mind! Amen.