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.

Almighty God, you are merciful and kind. Help us to see this again and again, as we learn more about your love for us today. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Revelation 21:3-4
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”  (CEV)

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

Child: The Bible tells us that God will wipe every tear from our eyes. Have you ever gone through a sad time?  How did trusting in God comfort you?

Child: What are some sad things you would like to see go away? How does it help you to know that God will someday make it so there will be no more sadness?

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

God of grace, you choose to live among us, and to be our God. Thank you for loving us even when we aren’t very loveable. Help us to be merciful and kind to others, in return. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

May God wipe every tear from your eyes! 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.

Almighty God, open our ears to hear your Word today, and our minds to understand it. Help us to see your mercy as we learn how you fight for us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Revelation 12: 10
Then I heard a voice from heaven shout, “Our God has shown his saving power, and his kingdom has come! God’s own Chosen One has shown his authority. Satan accused our people in the presence of God day and night. Now he has been thrown out!  (CEV)

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

Child: The Bible calls Jesus “God’s own Chosen One.” What does it mean to say that Jesus has shown God’s saving power and authority? How does that help us trust in Jesus?

Child: The Bible tells us that Satan accused God’s people, day and night. What does it mean to “accuse” someone? What do you think Jesus says when the devil accuses us?

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

God of grace, you do not want us to worry when people say bad things about us. Help us to remember that Jesus has already won the battle for us, and that we need only trust him to be saved. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

May you know how much God loves you! 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.

Almighty God, thank you for being with us as we read your Word. Teach us more about your mercy each time we study together. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Revelation 5:5
Then one of the elders said to me, “Stop crying and look! The one who is called both the ‘Lion from the Tribe of Judah’ and ‘King David’s Great Descendant’ has won the victory. He will open the book and its seven seals.” (CEV)

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

Child: John was told to “stop crying and look.” Have you ever been so upset about something that you couldn’t see the good things around you? Tell us about that.

Child: The Bible said that Jesus “won the victory.” Why is it important to know that we are on Jesus’ team and he is with us?

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

God of grace, you sent your Son into the world to save us, because we could not save ourselves. May we never forget what this cost, or what it means for our lives. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

May you be grateful for all God has done for you. 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 Father, you show us mercy all the time. Thank you for this day, with its blessings and challenges. Be with us as we read and discuss our Bible story, and help us to learn how to be merciful to others. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

James 2:15-17
If you know someone who doesn’t have any clothes or food, you shouldn’t just say, “I hope all goes well for you. I hope you will be warm and have plenty to eat.” What good is it to say this, unless you do something to help? Faith that doesn’t lead us to do good deeds is all alone and dead! (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever been hungry or cold? How did you feel when you got the things you needed?

Child: What are some groups that reach out to the poor here in our area? How might we help them in their good work?

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

Lord God, just as you are merciful to us, we want to show mercy to others—especially those who need it most. Help us see where we can best be of help, and bless those people and organizations whose very mission it is to serve the poor. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you use your gifts to make a difference in this world! 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 Father, you are merciful and kind, and we love you! Be with us now as we read our Bible story, and teach us all that you want us to know. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

2 Timothy 1:5-7
I also remember the genuine faith of your mother Eunice. Your grandmother Lois had the same sort of faith, and I am sure that you have it as well. So I ask you to make full use of the gift that God gave you when I placed my hands on you. Use it well. God’s Spirit doesn’t make cowards out of us. The Spirit gives us power, love, and self-control. (CEV)

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

Child: Why do you think God gives each of us special gifts? What are some of the gifts that you see in me?

Child: How can having God’s Spirit in our lives give us courage? When have you needed to be brave?

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

Lord God, thank you for giving us people in our lives to teach us and pass on their faith. May we never take them for granted, and may we boldly share our faith with others as well. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you use the gifts God gave you! 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 Father, we ask that your Holy Spirit might fill our hearts and minds as we study today’s Bible story. Help us to realize that we are never alone and we need fear nothing when you are with us. We ask these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

Galatians 2:12-14
Peter was afraid of the Jews and soon stopped eating with Gentiles. He and the other Jews hid their true feelings so well that even Barnabas was fooled. But when I saw that they were not really obeying the truth that is in the good news, I corrected Peter in front of everyone… (CEV)

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

Child: When you were young, did you ever avoid someone because he or she did not fit in with your group? How might you have handled that differently?

Child: Why do you think Paul felt the need to correct Peter in public? Have you ever had to correct someone else? What happened?

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

Lord God, it can be hard when we see our friends doing something that isn’t right. Help us to speak up when we need to do that, and to do so kindly and with mercy. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be merciful 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 Father, open our ears to hear your Word, and our minds to understand it. Let your Holy Spirit work in our lives today and throughout this week. We ask this, and anything else you see that we need, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

1 Corinthians 1:13-16
Has Christ been divided up? Was I nailed to a cross for you? Were you baptized in my name? I thank God that I didn’t baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius. Not one of you can say that you were baptized in my name. I did baptize the family of Stephanas, but I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else. (CEV)

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

Child: Paul was a great preacher and teacher, and many people looked up to him. Who do you admire in your life?

Child: How would you feel if people started following you and thinking that you were as important as Jesus? What would you tell them?

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

Lord God, thank you for the many good people in our lives. As much as we admire them, they are only human, just as Paul was. Help us to remember this, and to look to Christ alone as our Savior.  In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you have many people to admire, but only one Lord! Amen.