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, we have been marked with the sign of the cross and sealed with the Holy Spirit forever. We put our trust in you alone. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

Matthew 28:19-20
Jesus said: “Go to the people of all nations and make them my disciples. Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to do everything I have told you. I will be with you always, even until the end of the world.” (CEV)

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

Child: What is a disciple? How do we learn from Jesus and follow him?

Child: What is something new you learned about Jesus, and what it means to have faith?

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

Eternal God, you sent Jesus to us so that we would never be alone. Help us to learn from him and follow his teachings, by trusting in his promise every day. Amen.

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

May the Lord bless you with peace and hope as you put your trust in Him. 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 shown us over and over again that you are trustworthy and true. Help us to put our complete trust in your will and your ways, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

John 21:9-11

9 When the disciples got out of the boat, they saw some bread and a charcoal fire with fish on it. 10 Jesus told his disciples, “Bring some of the fish you just caught.” 11 Simon Peter got back into the boat and dragged the net to shore. In it were one hundred fifty-three large fish, but still the net did not rip. 12 Jesus said, “Come and eat!” But none of the disciples dared ask who he was. They knew he was the Lord. 13 Jesus took the bread in his hands and gave some of it to his disciples. He did the same with the fish. 14 This was the third time that Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from death. (CEV)

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

Child: How do we know that Jesus is alive and with us in our lives?

Child: What are some of the ways that we get to be a part of what God is doing in the world?

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

Sustaining Lord, you always provide for our needs. You see them even before we do. Help us to see the needs of others so that we might be your hands in the world you love. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord bless you abundantly with you need for the day. 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, you have given us the most precious gift of your Son, Jesus. Help us to be truly grateful for the life he has given us, both now and in eternity. May we be bold to share with others all that we have been given. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

From the Second Article of the Apostles' Creed: "On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead."

What Does this Mean?
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: Is Jesus a king? What does a king do?

Child: What does it mean that we should live under Jesus in his kingdom and serve him? How do we do that in everyday life?

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

Holy God, help us to see that Jesus won the victory over death, and that he now lives and rules as king over heaven and earth. Help us to be his faithful servants. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May God inspire you to serve others with what he has given 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.

Heavenly Father, you sent Jesus into this world to find and bring back those who are lost. We trust in all he has done for us. Please give us faith, and cast out our doubts. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

"I believe in Jesus Christ... On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead."

What does this mean?
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: Why do you think Jesus gave his life for us, sinful and imperfect as we are?

Child: What do you imagine it would be like to live with Jesus forever? What would be your favorite part of that?

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

Holy God, thank you for loving us so much that you will never let us go! Help us to remember that even death is not the end for us, because of what Jesus has promised. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May God watch over you and keep you close to him. 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, you have given us everything we need – even our faith! Fill us with your Holy Spirit, so that we may be generous in sharing with others the good news of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

What is Holy Communion? Communion is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, given to us Christians to eat and drink, as it was instituted by Christ himself. (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: What happens when you receive Communion? How does it make you feel?

Child: When will I begin to receive Holy Communion? Why is it important for me to be taught and prepared?

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

Lord God, your promise comes to us in the breaking of the bread whenever we gather in your name. Pour out your Holy Spirit, so that we would be given a deeper faith, and be strengthened to share the promise of Jesus with others. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord be with you and give you the strength to help others. 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.

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, on this Good Friday of Holy Week, may we realize our need for Jesus. Please be with us as we study our Small Catechism, and teach us to trust you more each day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, and has freed me from sin, death, and the power of the devil, not with silver and gold, but with his holy and precious blood and his innocent suffering and death. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: To “redeem” something means to buy it back. If Jesus redeemed you and me by giving his life for us, how must he feel about us?

Child: Jesus has freed us from the power of sin, death and the devil. How can knowing this affect how we live our lives?

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

Heavenly Father, you have done so much for us. You loved us even when we were lost in sin, and sent your Son to save us. We can never repay you for this incredible gift, but can only offer our heartfelt thanks. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust the Lord who gave everything for you! Amen.