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 this work and school week draws to a close, thank you for this time of rest and study. Be with us now, as we turn our hearts to you. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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

He has done all this in order that I might be his own, live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, even as he is risen from the dead and lives and reigns for all eternity. This is most certainly true! (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: What does it mean to belong to God? How can being God’s own child help us to feel safe and secure?

Child: What is your favorite way to serve Jesus in this world? Talk about a time when you did this. What made it special to you?

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

Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your Son into the world to save us! Help us to serve him here on earth all of our days. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust that Jesus loves 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, be with us now as we study the Small Catechism together. Help us learn what you would have us know, and remember it long after today. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Listen: Pay close attention 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: Is it always easy to do the things God wants us to do? What are some of the things that make it hard to be good?

Child: How does God help us resist sin and evil in our lives? Why is it important to remember that God is stronger than any bad things we will face?

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

Heavenly Father, we thank you for loving us, and for watching over us each day. Help us to keep your name holy, so that we might bring honor to you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust the Lord your 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, you want us to trust you above all else. Help us to grow in our faith as we study the catechism today. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen. What does this mean? It means that I should be certain that our prayers are acceptable to our heavenly Father and are heard by him, for he himself has commanded us to pray in this manner and has promised to hear us. So we pray with confidence: “Amen,” meaning, “Yes, it shall be so.”  (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: In what prayer do we say the words, “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever?” Do you remember who first taught you that prayer? Tell us about that.

Child: In the Small Catechism, Luther reminds us that God hears us when we pray. Does that mean that God always gives us what we pray for? Why or why not?

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

Heavenly Father, you care for us, and you hear us when we pray. Thank you for always being willing to listen, and for guiding us each day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you pray to God with confidence. 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, we thank you for this time together. May we always stay close to you and to one another. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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

God protects me from all danger and guards and keeps me from every evil. He does this purely out of fatherly and divine goodness and mercy, though I do not deserve it. Therefore I ought to thank, praise, serve, and obey him. This is most certainly true! (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: What does it mean that God “keeps us from evil?” How can that help us when we feel frightened by stories we hear on the news?

Child: Have you ever faced something scary and later realized that God kept you safe? When?

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

Heavenly Father, you give us more than we deserve. We are so blessed to have you as our loving Father! Thank you for protecting us, and for leading us down good paths. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you realize that God has always been with 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, you want us to trust you, and you are completely trust-worthy. As we study today, help us to believe this in our heart. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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

What is the significance of baptizing with water? It signifies that the old Adam in us, together with all sins and evil desires, should be drowned by daily sorrow for sin and repentance and be put to death, and that the new person should come forth every day and rise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: Luther’s Small Catechism tells us that after baptism, a “new person should come forth every day to live before God… in purity.” What do you think that means?

Child: Do you remember when I was baptized? What can you tell me about that day?

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

Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of baptism, and for making us your daughters and sons. We love you, and are so happy that you love us, too! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you remember that you are God’s beloved child. 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, the world is full of temptations. Be with us, guard us, and make us strong, inside and out. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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

God indeed tempts no one to sin, but we pray in this petition that God would guard and protect us from this, that the devil, the world, and our sinful nature may not deceive us or lead us into false belief, despair, and other great and shameful sins, but pray that when we are tempted in these ways, we may finally prevail and gain the victory. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: Have you ever been tempted to do something wrong, but felt God leading you away from that? What happened? How did God help you?

Child: Luther’s Small Catechism tells us that “God tempts no one to sin.” What does that tell us about God? Why can knowing this help us to trust God more fully?

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

Heavenly Father, you are good, all the time, and we can trust you with everything. Thank you for guiding us, and for helping us to say “no” when we are tempted to sin. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you look to God for help and guidance. 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 the gift of Baptism. Help us to live this day and every day in faith, trusting you. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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

What gifts or benefits does Baptism bring? It brings about forgiveness of sins, delivers from death and the devil, and gives everlasting salvation to all who believe, as the Word and promise of God declare. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: Luther’s Small Catechism tells us that Baptism brings about the forgiveness of sins. Have you ever asked God for forgiveness? How did this help you?

Child: As baptized children of God, we can trust that no matter what happens in life, God will never let us go. Why can this knowledge give us comfort?

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

Heavenly Father, you know that on our own, we would be lost. Thank you for reaching out to us and making us your dear children. May we always be thankful for this gift. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust that God will never let you go. Amen.