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.

Mighty Lord, thank you for this day! As we continue our Bible study now, please help us to learn more about Jesus and his life here on earth. Strengthen our faith, and guide us always. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Luke 19:36-38
As Jesus rode along, the people spread clothes on the road in front of him. When Jesus was starting down the Mount of Olives, his large crowd of disciples was happy and praised God because of all the miracles they had seen. They shouted, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory to God.”  (CEV)

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

Child: Why do you think people wanted to spread clothes on the road in front of Jesus? How is that an example of giving as well as an example of honoring the Lord?

Child: The disciples were excited after seeing so many wonderful miracles. If you could watch Jesus perform a miracle, what would you like to see?

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

Dear Lord, while your miracles must have been wonderful to witness, our faith is based on more than that. Thank you for all the things you do for in love, and help us be generous in showing that love to others. In your holy name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be generous in all that you do! Amen.

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.

Mighty Lord, be with us today as we come together to study your Word. Help us to learn from it, and to grow into the people that you would have us be. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

John 12:7-8
Jesus replied, “Leave her alone! She has kept this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor with you, but you won’t always have me.”  (CEV)

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

Child: Mary spent her perfume on Jesus while he was alive, rather than waiting until after he died. Do you think this was a good idea? Why or why not?

Child: If you were at that meal with Jesus, what might you have done to show him how much he meant to you?

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

Dear Lord, even though we did not live during Bible times, we are so thankful that we can come to know you as we hear our Bible stories. Draw us closer to you each day, for you are our kindest and truest friend. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you love the Lord, your God! Amen.

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.

Mighty Lord, you are so good to us! Be with us now, as we finish our study of the Prodigal Son, and help us learn to trust you more. You are our true, heavenly Father, and we are so grateful for you! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Luke 15:20-24
The younger son got up and started back to his father. But when he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt sorry for him. He ran to his son and hugged and kissed him. The son said, “Father, I have sinned against God in heaven and against you. I am no longer good enough to be called your son.”

But his father said to the servants, “Hurry and bring the best clothes and put them on him. Give him a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. Get the best calf and prepare it, so we can eat and celebrate. This son of mine was dead, but has now come back to life. He was lost and has now been found.” And they began to celebrate. (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever expected to be punished, and been forgiven, instead? Have you ever forgiven someone else when you could have punished them?

Child: How is the father in this story like God, our Heavenly Father?

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

Dear Lord, no matter how far we go astray, you are always waiting for us with open arms like the loving father in today’s story. Thank you for never giving up on us. Help us to reach out to others who need to hear this good news. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you never forget that God is a loving Father! Amen.

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.

Mighty Lord, we want to follow you and live good lives. Increase our faith as we dig into our Bible story today, so that we may please you and serve you better every day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Luke 10:36-37
Then Jesus asked, “Which one of these three people was a real neighbor to the man who was beaten up by robbers?” The teacher answered, “The one who showed pity.” Jesus said, “Go and do the same!” (CEV)

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

Child: What does the word “pity” mean? Have you ever felt pity for someone, and tried to help? When?

Child: How can we be good neighbors to the people in our neighborhood, school, or work place?

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

Dear Lord, we want to be like the Good Samaritan, but sometimes people’s problems seem too big for us. Show us how we can make a difference, whether it’s by giving to a charity, volunteering in a soup kitchen, or simply praying for those in need. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you find a way to make a difference! Amen.

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.

Mighty Lord, we are so blessed to be able to study your Word and pray to you directly! Thank you for giving us the Bible, and for those who recorded its stories and teachings for us. Help us to understand it better each time we read it. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Matthew 17:7-8
When the disciples heard the voice, they were so afraid that they fell flat on the ground. But Jesus came over and touched them. He said, “Get up and don’t be afraid!” When they opened their eyes, they saw only Jesus. (CEV)

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

Child: When everything was over, the disciples saw only Jesus. Why does God want us to put our faith and trust only in him?

Child: When you are afraid, why is it important to remember that you can always turn to Jesus? Who do you know that needs Jesus’ help right now?

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

Dear Lord, you know that all of us face times of struggle, worry, and fear. We pray for all those that need your help (especially _________). We ask that you will hear our prayers when we call out to you, and show us that you are always with us. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you trust Jesus, and not be frightened! Amen.

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.

Lord God, thank you for this day, and for each person here. Let your Holy Spirit inspire us as we read and discuss our Bible story. Help us to understand it more with each reading. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Luke 6:35-36
But love your enemies and be good to them. Lend without expecting to be paid back. Then you will get a great reward, and you will be the true children of God in heaven. He is good even to people who are unthankful and cruel. Have pity on others, just as your Father has pity on you.  (CEV)

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

Child: Luke says that God is good even to those who are unthankful. Are there any blessings that you sometimes take for granted? What are they?

Child: What does it mean to have pity on someone? When have you felt pity?

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

Heavenly Father, you are good to us even when we treat you badly. Thank you for never giving up on us. Help us to remember how merciful you have been, so that we can loving rather than bitter towards those who upset us. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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

May you notice the many ways God is good to you. Amen.

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.

Mighty Lord, thank you for all that you give us. We are blessed to have a relationship with you! Be with us as we discuss our Bible story today, and help us to understand it more deeply. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

John 2:11-12
This was Jesus' first miracle, and he did it in the village of Cana in Galilee. There Jesus showed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him. After this, he went with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples to the town of Capernaum, where they stayed for a few days.  (CEV)

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

Child: If you were one of Jesus’ disciples, would you have needed to see a miracle in order to believe that he was God’s Son? Why or why not?

Child: What has helped you put your faith in Jesus?

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

Dear Lord, on our own, our faith can be shaky at times. But we know that all good things come from you. Strengthen our faith, and lead us along the path you would have us go. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you put your faith in Jesus! Amen.