Wednesday: Mercy

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 call us to be faithful and follow you. Lift us up when we fall and lead us in the way that you would have us go. We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 9:6-9
6 “Who are you?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus,” the Lord answered. “I am the one you are so cruel to. 6 Now get up and go into the city, where you will be told what to do.” 7 The men with Saul stood there speechless. They had heard the voice, but they had not seen anyone. 8 Saul got up from the ground, and when he opened his eyes, he could not see a thing. Someone then led him by the hand to Damascus, 9 and for three days he was blind and did not eat or drink. (CEV)

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

Child: How do you think Saul felt when he heard Jesus speaking to him?

Child: Where or when in our lives does God speak to us?

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

Almighty God, you speak to us through your Word in the Bible and in the promise of Jesus that we speak to one another. As you changed the heart of Saul, we pray that you would change our hearts as well. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May God forgive you all your sins, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Wednesday: Mercy

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 call us to be faithful in sharing your Word with others. Give us courage to speak the truth about Christ so that all people might come to believe in him. We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 8:31-35
He then invited Philip to come up and sit beside him. 32 The man was reading the passage that said, “He was led like a sheep on its way to be killed. He was silent as a lamb whose wool is being cut off, and he did not say a word. 33 He was treated like a nobody and did not receive a fair trial. How can he have children, if his life is snatched away?” 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. (CEV)

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

Child: The Bible describes a sheep that was sacrificed. How is this like what happened to Jesus?

Child:  Why is it “good news” that Jesus died for us? What good did Jesus do for us?

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

Lord Jesus, you are the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. We thank you that you loved us so much that you were willing to give your life for us, to forgive our sins and win the victory over death for us, so that we may live forever with you. Amen.

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

May God forgive you all your sins, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Wednesday: Mercy

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, speak to us through the stories of the Bible. Let your Holy Spirit be at work in us, so that we would learn from the example of the people who came before us in faith, that we would trust and believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 6:8-10
God gave Stephen the power to work great miracles and wonders among the people. But some Jews from Cyrene and Alexandria were members of a group who called themselves “Free Men.” They started arguing with Stephen. Some others from Cilicia and Asia also argued with him. But they were no match for Stephen, who spoke with the great wisdom that the Spirit gave him. (CEV)

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

Child: Was there ever a time when you were afraid to stand up for what you believe?

Child:  What gave Stephen the strength to be bold and faithful?

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

Holy God, it is not always easy to stand up for our faith in you. Many people like to argue and tell us we are wrong. Give us the bravery to speak the truth, even when other people don’t want to hear it. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

May God give you the strength to remain faithful, no matter what. Amen.

Wednesday: Mercy

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 come to give us the strength we need to live each day. Thank you for your mercy and love. By your Holy Spirit, lead us to trust in your promise and serve you in all that we do, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 3:5- 10
The man [who was born lame] stared at them and thought he was going to get something. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold! But I will give you what I do have. In the name of Jesus Christ from Nazareth, get up and start walking.” Peter then took him by the right hand and helped him up. At once the man’s feet and ankles became strong, and he jumped up and started walking. He went with Peter and John into the temple, walking and jumping and praising God. Everyone saw him walking around and praising God. They knew that he was the beggar who had been lying beside the Beautiful Gate, and they were completely surprised. They could not imagine what had happened to the man.

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

Child: Who do you think was more surprised by the miraculous healing, the crowd or the man himself? Why could the people not imagine what happened to him?

Child: Have you ever experienced God’s help when you were in need?

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

Loving God, help us to recognize the ordinary and the  miraculous things that you do for us each day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Jesus has given you the greatest gift of all: his love and forgiveness. Amen.

Wednesday: Mercy

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 make us a part of the Church so we can learn and grow in your Word. Fill us with your Spirit as we listen to the Bible, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 2:46-47
Day after day they met together in the temple. They broke bread together in different homes and shared their food happily and freely, while praising God. Everyone liked them, and each day the Lord added to their group others who were being saved. (CEV)

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

Child: What does it mean to “break bread” together? Why is that something we often do in church?

Child:  Who are some of the friends you have in Church? What do you like about them?

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

Loving God, you call us together as the Church, and give us other people to serve beside and worship with. Strengthen our community of believers that more and more people would come to know your son through us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

God made you to be a blessing to others. Amen.

Wednesday: Mercy

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, fill us with the gift of your Spirit, that we would hear your Word and know your holy will for us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 2:2-4
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. (CEV)

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

Child: Do you think the disciples were afraid to talk in front of the crowds? What gave them the courage to do it?

Child: In what ways does God communicate with us?  How does that give us courage?

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

Holy God you come to us in your holy Word, and by the power of your Holy Spirit you help us to understand more than we could on our own. Grant that we would have open ears and hearts to listen. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord grant you grace, mercy, and peace this day and always. Amen.

Wednesday: Mercy

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.

Gracious God, you give us the knowledge and faith we need to do your will. Empower us by your Holy Spirit that we may follow Jesus in faith. In his name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 1:7-8
Jesus said to them, “You don’t need to know the time of those events that only the Father controls. But the Holy Spirit will come upon you and give you power. Then you will tell everyone about me in Jerusalem, in all Judea, in Samaria, and everywhere in the world.” (CEV)

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

Child: Why did the apostles need the power of God’s Holy Spirit to be able to share Jesus with the world?

Child: Can you tell me a time when you felt the power of the Holy Spirit? How did it help you?

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

Loving God, you give us the gift of your Holy Spirit so that we will have the words we need to share Christ’s love with the world. Grant us the confidence to share this life-giving Word with all we meet. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Holy Spirit empower you to speak boldly on behalf of Christ today and always. Amen.