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, we love you! Be with us now, and open our hearts to understand your Word as we study it. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

Because God loves both me and you,
He will, in time, make all things new.
Our God will live with us, you know,
And many blessings he’ll bestow.

This earth and heaven, sky and sea,
Will fade into eternity.
With tears and trouble wiped away,
The Lord will make a brand new day!

So now be patient and be strong,
Bad things can only last so long,
As it began so shall it end,
The Lord will make all new again!

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

Child: Why do you think God wants to make all things new? If you could make something new, what would it be?

Child: What blessings would you most like to receive from God? How can you best share your blessings with others?

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

Holy God, thank you for the gifts of earth, sky and sea! We look forward to the day when you will make them, and all things, new. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May God bless you today and always!  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 want us to rely on you, above all. Stir up your Spirit in us now, so that our faith may grow ever stronger. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

Up in heaven was a war.
Who was fighting, and what for?
It was angels, sure enough,
And a dragon, mean and tough!

Satan, that old dragon, stood,
Michael fought for God and good;
Then a voice boomed from above,
“Christ has won with truth and love!”

Satan and his angels fell
Down from heaven, towards hell;
He may pester, but won’t win
For our Lord defeated him!

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

Child: Are there ever times when God’s people have to stand up against evil here on earth? When?

Child: Tell about a time when you tried to protect someone else from being hurt?  Why is it important to fight for what is right?

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

Holy God, thank you for sending your Son into the world to save us from sin, death and the devil! May we never take this gift for granted. 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.

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 kind, as you are kind. Be with us now, and transform us from the inside out. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

In a dream, John had a vision,
Most amazing, and most rare,
Where he saw the throne of heaven
And a Lamb was standing there.

Angels singing in loud voices
Praised the Lord of heaven above;
“Worthy is the Lamb!” they shouted,
“He brings mercy, peace, and love!”

John was even more surprised when,
All the creatures of the sea,
Joined with those of earth and heaven
Praising God eternally.

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

Child: How do you imagine John might have felt about the vision he had? Why do you think he wrote it down?

Child: What is a throne?  Describe what you picture the throne of heaven to look like.

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

Holy God, you give us glimpses of heaven as we read your Word. May we always remember that with you in control, we have nothing to fear in this world or the next. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May your faith grow stronger, day by day! 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, open our ears to hear your word, our minds to understand it, and our mouths to share it with others. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

After traveling by sea
Paul and friends did all agree
Malta was an island where
They could rest and breathe fresh air.

Then a viper bit Paul’s hand
As he gathered sticks on land;
Local people there were sure
Paul would die; there was no cure.

But the Lord protected Paul
And he made it, after all.
More than that, he healed the ill,
Curing them as was God’s will.

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

Child: What good came of Paul’s scary experience with the snake bite? When have you gone through something difficult, and later saw something good in it?

Child: Have you ever been healed of a bad sickness? How did God help you through that time?

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

Holy God, you shower us with compassion, and bring good out of even the most difficult things. Use us to lead others to you, so they might experience your love as we do. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you share God’s love with 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, you love us, and because of this, you sent your Holy Spirit into our world to be our helper. Thank you for this, and for all of the ways you bless us. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

While sailing on a choppy sea,
With cold winds blowing gustily,
A ship was battered in the squall.
But on this ship rode faithful Paul.

Although he was a captive, too,
Paul prayed while stormy gale winds blew.
And to the frightened men on board
He said, “Take heart and trust the Lord!”

Then after fourteen days and nights
Of raging winds and scary sights,
The ship was wrecked against a reef.
But all were saved, with great relief!

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

Child: Have you ever been on a ship at sea, or even a boat on a big lake? What did you like the most—and the least—about that?

Child: The poem tells us that Paul prayed while stormy gale winds blew. Have you ever prayed during a storm? When?

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

Holy God, you are bigger than the ocean, and more powerful than the most frightening storm. Help us to remember that with you, we have nothing to fear. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust God to guide 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, stir up your Holy Spirit in us today. Make us into compassionate followers who love your Word and who care for your people. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

Paul was brought before a judge
By some folks who held a grudge;
They believed that Paul was bad
And his actions made them mad.

What on earth could Paul have done?
Worshipped Jesus Christ, God’s Son!
This was more than they could take.
(They thought Jesus was a fake).

Paul explained he broke no rules,
And the judge was not a fool:
Seeing Paul had done no crime
He delayed the case in time.

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

Child: A group was pressuring the judge to turn against Paul. Have you ever been pressured by a group, but said “no” to them? What happened? What role did your faith play in that?

Child: After hearing Paul’s argument, the judge showed compassion and put off making a decision. Have you ever changed your mind about a big decision? When? How did God help you?

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

Holy God, sometimes people try to turn us against others. Help us to be strong, to think for ourselves, and to treat everyone fairly. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be fair to all you meet. 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 stop showing us your love. Thank you for your kindness and compassion. Teach us all that you would have us know today. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

In the temple, Paul did pray,
With the people there one day,
But a group got quite upset
And they yelled at Paul with threats.

“Help!” They hollered, “Get him out!”
And they pushed him with a shout.
Why did they not let him speak?
They believed he’d welcomed Greeks!

Thinking Paul had brought disgrace
They all dragged him from that place.
Then some soldiers stopped the brawl
By arresting faithful Paul.

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

Child: People got upset because they believed all sorts of rumors and false stories about Paul. What should we do when we hear bad rumors about other people? Why?

Child: Has anyone ever told a false story about you? How did you handle it? What did you learn from that situation?

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

Holy God, lead us today. When we hear rumors about people, keep us from passing those on or assuming they are true. Help us to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you stand up for those who have no voice. Amen.