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 have given us all that we have. We thank you for providing for us each day. Help us to use your gifts wisely, so that we would be of service to you. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

God's name is hallowed when his Word is taught in its truth and purity and we, as God's children, lead holy lives in accordance with it. Grant this to us, dear Father in heaven.  (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: God has given us his Word in the Bible. What does he want us to do with it?

Child: As a family, how can we help each other live according to God’s Word?

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

Holy God, we know that you are an awesome God!  Help us to trust and believe, so that we may keep your name holy in our lives by the things we say and do. Help us to share the Good News that we have in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you give glory to God by the way you speak and act. 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, in Baptism you give us the promise that we belong to you. Help us to live each day as your children, knowing that you will be with us always, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 8:34-38
34 The official said to Philip, “Tell me, was the prophet talking about himself or about someone else?” 35 So Philip began at this place in the Scriptures and explained the good news about Jesus. 36-37 As they were going along the road, they came to a place where there was some water. The official said, “Look! Here is some water. Why can’t I be baptized?” 38 He ordered the chariot to stop. Then they both went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. (CEV)

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

Child: What does it mean to say that God claims us as his own child in Baptism?  Why is that such an important promise?

Child: How does God’s promise -- that we belong to him -- help us when we are afraid?

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

Heavenly Father, you have called us by name and made us your own. Help us to trust that no matter what we face in life or how frightening things may be, you will never let us go. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

God has promised: He will never let you go. 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. But we thank you that, with you by our side, we have the power to keep going. We ask that you would open our eyes to see the needs of others, and bring us to places where we can be of help, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

As he traveled one fine day
Philip stopped along the way.
For he saw a Eunuch there
Reading something in Isaiah.

“See this book here in my hand?
Can you help me understand?”
Together reading from the Word,
Philip told him of the Lord.

After this, the Eunuch said,
“There’s some water up ahead.
Baptize me, for I believe!
And God’s Spirit I’ll receive!”

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

Child: Was there a time recently when you saw someone who needed help? What did you do?

Child: Is there someone or something I could do to help you?

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

Holy God, thank you for the opportunities we have to live out our faith. We ask that you would put us in the right place and the right time so that we could serve you. Give us the compassion to help those in need. 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 in sharing your Word with others. Give us courage to speak the truth about Christ so that all people might come to believe in him. 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 8:31-35
He then invited Philip to come up and sit beside him. 32 The man was reading the passage that said, “He was led like a sheep on its way to be killed. He was silent as a lamb whose wool is being cut off, and he did not say a word. 33 He was treated like a nobody and did not receive a fair trial. How can he have children, if his life is snatched away?” 34 The official said to Philip, “Tell me, was the prophet talking about himself or about someone else?” 35 So Philip began at this place in the Scriptures and explained the good news about Jesus. (CEV)

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

Child: The Bible describes a sheep that was sacrificed. How is this like what happened to Jesus?

Child:  Why is it “good news” that Jesus died for us? What good did Jesus do for us?

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

Lord Jesus, you are the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. We thank you that you loved us so much that you were willing to give your life for us, to forgive our sins and win the victory over death for us, so that we may live forever with you. 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 speak to us through the words of the Bible. But we don’t always understand. May your Holy Spirit be at work through people in our lives who can guide us and teach us your Word, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 8:29-33
29 The Spirit told Philip to catch up with the chariot. 30 Philip ran up close and heard the man reading aloud from the book of Isaiah. Philip asked him, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 The official answered, “How can I understand unless someone helps me?”

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

Child: Have you ever felt like you didn’t understand what you read in the Bible?  How does God use other people to help and guide us?

Child: Who is someone that has helped you understand more about God?

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

Lord God, we need your Spirit to give us guidance and understanding. Help us not to be discouraged by questions we may have, but be inspired to dig more deeply into your Word so that it may lead us to a greater trust in your promise, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May the Holy Spirit grant you wisdom and understanding. 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.

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

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

Acts 8:26-39
26 The Lord’s angel said to Philip, “Go south along the desert road that leads from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So Philip left. An important Ethiopian official happened to be going along that road in his chariot. He was the chief treasurer for Candace, the Queen of Ethiopia. The official had gone to Jerusalem to worship 28 and was now on his way home. He was sitting in his chariot, reading the book of the prophet Isaiah.

29 The Spirit told Philip to catch up with the chariot. 30 Philip ran up close and heard the man reading aloud from the book of Isaiah. Philip asked him, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 The official answered, “How can I understand unless someone helps me?” He then invited Philip to come up and sit beside him. 32 The man was reading the passage that said, “He was led like a sheep on its way to be killed. He was silent as a lamb whose wool is being cut off, and he did not say a word. 33 He was treated like a nobody and did not receive a fair trial. How can he have children, if his life  is snatched away?”

34 The official said to Philip, “Tell me, was the prophet talking about himself or about someone else?” 35 So Philip began at this place in the Scriptures and explained the good news about Jesus. 36-37 As they were going along the road, they came to a place where there was some water. The official said, “Look! Here is some water. Why can’t I be baptized?” 38 He ordered the chariot to stop. Then they both went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. 39 After they had come out of the water, the Lord’s Spirit took Philip away. The official never saw him again, but he was very happy as he went on his way. (CEV)

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

Child: Did Philip and the Ethiopian know each other? What was something they had in common?

Child: Why is it important to read the Bible?  What does the Bible teach us?

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

Lord, we come in contact with many different people each day. Allow us to see these as opportunities to do good and help others, so that our faith may shine to others. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

May Jesus shine through you to everyone you meet. 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 glorify your name because you are faithful to your people throughout all generations. Teach us by the Scriptures to trust in you and follow your ways, through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Amen.

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

Psalm 117
All of you nations, come praise the Lord! Let everyone praise him. His love for us is wonderful; his faithfulness never ends. Shout praises to the Lord!  (CEV)

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

Child: What are some particular times when God has shown his faithfulness to you?

Child: Is God faithful to us even when we fall short of being faithful? How do you know?

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

Lord God, your love for us is incredible and never ending. You have promised to never let us go, Pour out your Spirit upon us so that we might be faithful to you in all that we say and do. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May the steadfast love of God be with you always. Amen.