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

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

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, you promised your disciples that you were preparing a place for them. Help us to trust your promise of eternal life and that you will come and get us and take us home with you when we die, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 7:59-60
As Stephen was being stoned to death, he called out, “Lord Jesus, please welcome me!” He knelt down and shouted, “Lord, don’t blame them for what they have done.” Then he died. (CEV)

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

Child: What did Stephen mean when he asked Jesus to welcome him? How do we know that Jesus will never let us go?

Child: Do you believe that we are in God’s care, even when we die? Why is that important to know?

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

Lord Jesus, you are the one who conquered death and rose again. Help us to trust that because we believe in you, even death is not the end for us. In your holy name we pray. Amen.

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

Nothing can separate you from the love of Christ: not even life or death.

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, you ask us to trust in you in all things. Give us the power of the Holy Spirit, so that we may believe in your promise and and give you credit for all the good things we have, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 3:11, 16
Peter saw that a crowd had gathered, and he said: “Friends, why are you surprised at what has happened? Why are you staring at us? Do you think we have some power of our own? Do you think we were able to make this man walk because we are so religious? … You see this man, and you know him. He put his faith in the name of Jesus and was made strong. Faith in Jesus made this man completely well while everyone was watching.”

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

Child: Why did Peter not take any credit for healing the man? Why did he want everyone to know that the man was healed by Jesus power?

Child: Why is it important for us to give all the credit to Jesus for saving us?

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

Holy God, you are the one who makes good things happen for us. When we are weak, you are strong. Even when we do not have confidence in ourselves, help us to have confidence in you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May God give you the confidence to trust that he will save 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.

Giving God, you are the source of all good gifts and you see to our every need. Remind us each day of all you do for us, that we would be truly thankful to you. Through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen.

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

Every day God provides abundantly for all the needs of my life. He 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 to say that God “provides abundantly” for us?

Child: Does God only care for us because we have earned his love?

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

Loving Father, we know that we do not deserve all that you do for us, so we thank you for your love and goodness in our lives. Help us to see that, in you, we have all that we need. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

Trust that God is with you and will provide for all your needs. 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, you have done amazing things for us and we praise your name. Open our hearts to hear your Word so that it would give us a deeper faith and trust in you, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 2:2-4
On the day of Pentecost all the Lord’s followers were together in one place. Suddenly there was a noise from heaven like the sound of a mighty wind! It filled the house where they were meeting. Then they saw what looked like fiery tongues moving in all directions, and a tongue came and settled on each person there. The Holy Spirit took control of everyone, and they began speaking whatever languages the Spirit let them speak. 

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

Child: What do you think the Bible means when it says: “the Holy Spirit took control of everyone”?

Child: When have you felt the Holy Spirit move you to do something good for others?

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

Almighty God, fill us with the power of your Holy Spirit, just as you did with your first disciples. Help us to listen to your Word so that we make speak your message to others, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

May you know that God is trustworthy and true, and he is always there for 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.

Lord God, grant us your Holy Spirit so that we might hear your word and trust in your promises for your whole creation. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 1:9-11
After Jesus had said this and while they were watching, he was taken up into a cloud. They could not see him, but as he went up, they kept looking up into the sky. Suddenly two men dressed in white clothes were standing there beside them. They said, “Why are you men from Galilee standing here and looking up into the sky? Jesus has been taken to heaven. But he will come back in the same way that you have seen him go.” (CEV)

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

Child: If you had been there with the apostles when Jesus ascended into heaven, do you think you would have kept looking up into the sky for him? Why or why not?

Child: What does this Scripture tell us about how Jesus will return?

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

God, you are the God of the past, present, and future. All things are in your hands. Give us the faith to trust in your promises, even when we cannot see. Amen.

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

May God almighty watch over you and keep in you in his grace. Amen.