Thursday: Compassion

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.

Holy God, be with us now, as we seek to grow closer to you. Remind us that you never leave us on our own. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, we pray. Amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

In his travels, Paul did meet
Many people, good and sweet
One such person was Acquila,
And his lovely wife, Priscilla.

There in Corinth, Paul would speak
To the Jews and to the Greeks
Some would listen, but not all;
Others yelled at faithful Paul.

Then the Lord appeared one night
In a vision, bringing light:
“Don’t give up, dear Paul, my friend,
I am with you ‘till the end.”

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

Child: When you have been trying to do good, but were resisted by others? Why is it easy to feel like giving up?

Child: How does God speak to us through the Word of Scripture? Has something you read in the Bible ever given you encouragement to keep going?

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

Holy God, just as you did for Paul, you comfort us when we face dark times. We are so thankful that we can always count on you! We love you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

May you depend on God, above all else. Amen.

Thursday: Compassion

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.

Holy God, you never give up on us. Even when we turn away from you, you send people to reach out to us. Thank you for your care and loving concern. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, we pray. Amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

In Athens, Paul had this to say:
“I see how faithfully you pray.
For even to a ‘god unknown,’
You’ve made an altar out of stone.

That’s why I’m here to speak to you,
To teach you something good and true:
My God is real! He made each star!
He loves all people, near and far.

God simply wants us to repent,
To turn to Christ, the One he sent.”
Some laughed at Paul, but others said,
“It’s true, for Christ rose from the dead.”

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

Child: Why might people make an altar to an unknown god? What do you think it looked like?

Child: If you had never heard before, what would it be like to come to know the real God?

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

Holy God, while some laughed at Paul, others listened and turned to you. Help us to do as Paul did, and share the Good News of your love with a world that desperately needs to hear it. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord give you the words you need today. Amen.

Thursday: Compassion

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.

Holy God, thank you for guiding us when we don’t know what to do. Hold us by the hand and lead us, today and always. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, we pray. Amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

Paul and Silas left a town
Where they had been chased around.
Then they came to somewhere new;
Both were welcomed warmly, too.

In Berea (this new place),
They were listened to with grace.
All their words were well received;
Many heard, and then believed!

Some were angry and with shouts
Ordered Paul and Silas out!
So these two, with Timothy,
Went to Athens by the sea.

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

Child: What happened after the people in Berea heard God’s Word? Did this affect how they behaved?

Child: If you lived in Berea, what would you have done to make Paul and Silas feel at home?

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

Holy God, we know that you have a plan for the world, and that it is good. Help us to share your Word with others, fearlessly. Make us kind and compassionate people. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord go with you, and give you peace today. Amen.

Thursday: Compassion

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.

Holy God, when we are treated unfairly, give us patience. Let us look to Jesus as our example of how to treat our enemies. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

Paul and Silas came to town;
A slave girl followed them around.
She kept yelling — all could hear it.
Paul drove out the evil spirit.

Her masters took and had them beat,
Held and locked up by the feet.
God then sent a huge earthquake,
Making bars and doors to shake.

The jailer thought they all escaped,
His life, he was about to take,
When Paul said, “No! We all are here!”
The jailer did not have to fear.

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

Child: Why did Paul and Silas treat their jailer well? Do you think this was easy or hard for them?

Child:  When have you been kind to someone who didn’t expect it? What happened?

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

Holy God, help us to be kind to the people around us, even if we are on opposite sides. Give us wisdom, so we can act out of love rather than fear, like Paul and Silas did. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

May you see each person you meet as a child of God. Amen.

Thursday: Compassion

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.

Holy God, the world is filled with people who are longing to hear your world. We ask that you open our eyes to the needs of those around us. Give the compassion to reach out and bless the lives of others, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

Paul was preaching one fine day
By the river, by the bay,
When a woman heard his words,
And was changed by what she heard.

“Lydia,” that was her name,
A merchant there of local fame,
She sold lovely, purple things:
Cloth and garments fit for kings.

“Baptize me,” she said, “Please do,
And baptize all my household, too!”
When they were baptized that day,
She asked them to her home to stay!

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

Child: Why do you think Lydia was listening to Paul?  Why do we listen to our pastors’ preaching?

Child: Was Lydia just concerned about herself and her own faith? What shows you that she cared about others, too?

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

Holy God, we thank you for coming into our lives. Help us to be like your servant Paul. Use us to speak your promise and bring hope into the lives of others, by showing the love of Jesus to those we meet. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord open your eyes to see how you can serve others. Amen.

Thursday: Compassion

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.

Holy God, make us aware of the struggles that others are going through. Just as you have provided for our needs, help us to provide for the needs of others. Show us how we can serve you in the everyday moments of our lives, in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

A man who couldn’t use his feet
was sitting there along the street
When Paul spoke up to him and said,
“Stand up and walk. Lift up your head.”

The man stood up and grinned a grin;
a miracle had come to him!
And all who saw what had occurred
assumed that Paul, himself, was Lord!

But Paul said, “You must understand;
I’m not a god! I’m just a man.
I did not make the earth and sea,
It’s God we praise — not you or me.”

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

Child: Why do you think Paul didn’t just walk past the crippled man? Why did he stop?

Child:  What is an example of something we could do to help someone in need?

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

Holy God, we thank you for coming into our lives. Help us to be like your servant Paul, and help those who are in need, by showing the love of Jesus to those we meet. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord pour out his love upon you. Amen.

Thursday: Compassion

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.

Holy God, make us aware of the struggles that others are going through. Just as you have provided for our needs, help us to provide for the needs of others. Show us how we can serve you in the everyday moments of our lives, in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

As he went from town to town,
Paul would preach to those he found.
In the meetings of the Jews
He told them all of the Good News.

But some among them didn’t listen,
rejecting Paul with boos and hissin.’
Paul was sad that his own people
didn’t want to hear the Gospel.

To the Gentiles then he went,
the ones to whom he had been sent.
They believed and understood
the news of Christ indeed was good.

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

Child: Was there ever a time when you felt bad for someone because you knew that things weren’t going well for them? Was there anything you could do to help?

Child: Who is someone that needs our prayers today? Can we pray for them right now?

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

Holy God, we know that you hear us when we pray. Today, we would like to pray especially for __________. Give us all the faith to put our cares and concerns in your hands, trusting that you care for us. In name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May the Holy Spirit give you the heart to serve others in Jesus’ name. Amen.