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, today as we study our Small Catechism, may we come to love and trust you more. Teach us all that you would have us know, so that we can become the people you want us to be. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

[The benefit of Holy Communion] is pointed out in these words: “Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.” Through these words the forgiveness of sin, life, and salvation are given to us in the Sacrament, for where there is forgiveness of sin, there is also life and salvation. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: Why do you think Jesus would choose to be present with us through something as simple and basic as bread and wine?

Child: Why does Jesus come to us again and again to give us his forgiveness? Why is that something we need on a regular basis?

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

Heavenly Father, you look at your people and see how much we need you in our lives. In worship, you meet us where we are and give us hope. We are so thankful that we can trust you with everything! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you feel the grace and forgiveness of God! 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, please be with us today as we study Luther’s Small Catechism. Help us to understand it better, and by so doing, to understand the Bible more fully, as well. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

The kingdom of God comes indeed by itself, without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that it may also come to us. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: God is our king when he rules our heart and we trust in him. Why do we want the kingdom of God to come to us? What does it mean to trust in King Jesus?

Child:  In God’s kingdom of faith, who is in charge: us or Jesus?  Why is that a good thing?

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

Heavenly Father, we want to believe and have a strong faith in Jesus. May your Holy Spirit stir up this faith in us, and help us to live good lives that are pleasing to you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you have faith in Jesus! 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, thank you for this day. As we study the Small Catechism now, teach us how to live in a way that is faithful and good, and to treat our neighbors fairly. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

We should fear and love God so that we do not betray, slander, lie, or gossip about our neighbors, but defend them, speak well of them, and put the most charitable construction on all that they do. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: To “slander” means to say mean, untrue things about someone else. Why is it important that we not do this?

Child: Why would our love for God affect how we treat people? How can this guide our actions, even if we don’t like someone?

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

Heavenly Father, getting along with other people can be hard at times. But if we look to you, you will help us with this, and with all things. Guide us each day, so that we make good decisions. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you treat your neighbor well! 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, thank you for being with us as we study the Small Catechism today. Please help us to understand it better, and to use it as a guide in our daily lives. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

We know we have not earned, nor do we deserve, those things for which we pray. But we ask that he would grant us all things through grace, even though we sin every day and deserve nothing but punishment. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: What do you pray for regularly? Have your prayers changed much as you have grown older?

Child: “Grace” refers to a gift from God, freely given and undeserved. What are some of the gifts God has given us that we have not earned?

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

Heavenly Father, you know and meet our every need. Thank you for providing for us, and for blessing us with family and friends who love us, as well. We love you! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you thank God for your blessings! 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 the school week draws to a close, may we be thankful for what we have learned. Teach us even more now, as we settle in to study the Small Catechism together. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

We should fear and love God so that we do our neighbors no bodily harm nor cause them any suffering, but help and befriend them in every need. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: Who is our neighbor? Does this only mean people who live next door to us? Why or why not?

Child: Why does showing kindness to our neighbor also show love for God?

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

Heavenly Father, we trust you and love you! We know that you want us to treat our neighbors well, but sometimes this is hard for us. Show us the way. Help us to notice and befriend those who are in need of a friend. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you reach out to someone who needs a friend today! 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, stir up your Holy Spirit and inspire us to look to you for everything. As we study the prayer that Jesus taught us today, help us to realize how important and meaningful it is. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: Why do we call God our “Father?” How is God like (and unlike) an earthly father?

Child: Why is it a good thing for God’s will to be done on earth? What does that mean?

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

Heavenly Father, we love you! Every day you watch over us, protect us, and guide us. We want to worship you, and to live in a way that is pleasing to you. Help us to do so. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you live each day according to God’s will! 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.

Heavenly Father, as we read from The Small Catechism today, be with us. Help us to learn from Luther’s study of your Word, so that we might understand it ever better. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

“We are to fear and love God so that we do not hurt our neighbor in any way, but help him in all his physical needs.” (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: When Luther talks about our neighbor, who do you think he means?

Child: Is it ever hard to “love our neighbor” as Jesus wants us to do? How can our love for God help us with this?

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

Holy God, we try to obey your Word and to treat others well, but sometimes we fail. Help us to see other people as you do. Open our hearts, so that we may be filled with your love and share that love with those around us. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

May you share God’s love with others today. Amen.