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.

Almighty Father, give us the words that inspire us to care for others and be kind. Make us your servants, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

On Pentecost a great wind came,
on each disciple tongues of flame.
God’s Spirit came to give them power,
to speak his message at that hour.
People from around the world;
heard them speak in their own words.
In different languages they heard,
the startling promise of God’s Word.
This is what the Bible told
would happen, from the days of old:
“God will pour out his own Spirit;
He will speak so all can hear it!”

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

Child: Tell me a time when someone couldn’t understand what you were trying to say to them. How did that feel?

Child: What are some of the ways that God helps us to communicate with others? What things would God want us to  keep in mind when we talk to other people?

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

Loving God, you shower us with your compassion and send us into the world you love so that all might know of your Son who died for us and gives us new life. Give us the words that others will hear this message and come to know your love in their lives. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit open your ears to hear the good news of new life. 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.

Tuesday: Struggle

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 God, you share your Word of life with all people and in all languages. Help us to tell others about Jesus so that his good news would continue to spread throughout the world. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 2:6-11
When they heard this noise, a crowd gathered. But they were surprised, because they were hearing everything in their own languages. They were excited and amazed, and said: “Don’t all these who are speaking come from Galilee? Then why do we hear them speaking our very own languages? Some of us were born Jews, and others of us have chosen to be Jews. Yet we all hear them using our own languages to tell the wonderful things God has done.” (CEV)

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

Child: Do you know anyone who can speak in another language? Where did they learn it?

Child: How do you think the people felt when they realized that they could understand one another’s languages without being taught?

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

God of wisdom, you know all things and you give us understanding through the power of your Holy Spirit. Help us to rely on your Spirit when we face decisions each day. Help us to turn all our questions over to you and trust in your wisdom. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the God of all living beings bless you with new life and fill you with his Spirit. Amen.

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Monday: Understanding

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, by the power of your Holy Spirit you gathered people together to hear your Word. Fill us with that same Spirit that we might hear and understand your Word to us today. We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as the Bible story for the week is read aloud.

Acts 2:1-11
On the day of Pentecost all the Lord’s followers were together in one place. 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. Many religious Jews from every country in the world were living in Jerusalem. And when they heard this noise, a crowd gathered. But they were surprised, because they were hearing everything in their own languages. They were excited and amazed, and said: “Don’t all these who are speaking come from Galilee? Then why do we hear them speaking our very own languages? Some of us are from Parthia, Media, and Elam. Others are from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, parts of Libya near Cyrene, Rome, Crete, and Arabia. Some of us were born Jews, and others of us have chosen to be Jews. Yet we all hear them using our own languages to tell the wonderful things God has done.” (CEV)

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

Child: On the day of Pentecost, what did the people hear? What did they see?

Child: How do you think the people felt? Who or what was causing all this to happen?

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

Lord God, you are great and powerful, and you make things happen in ways that we never thought possible. Help us to understand that you’re a real, and that you are speaking and guiding us every day of our lives. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord God bless you with wisdom and understanding as you live and learn each day. Amen.

Sunday: Worship

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, the Bible continually speaks to us of your loving protection. May our voices be lifted up to praise your name for all the goodness you have shown to us, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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

Psalm 19:14-16
The Lord says, “If you love me and truly know who I am, I will rescue you and keep you safe. When you are in trouble, call out to me. I will answer and be there to protect and honor you. You will live a long life and see my saving power.” (CEV)

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

Child: Can you tell me a time when God protected you from danger or harm?

Child: Does God hear me when I call out to him in prayer?  How do I know?

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

Lord God, even though bad things happen in our lives, we trust that you love us and will always be with us, even in times of trial. Help us see the ways in which you shelter and protect us so that we would not be afraid when trouble comes. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord watch over you and protect you this day and always. 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.

Loving God, through the power of your Spirit you call us to new life in Christ. You generously shower us with your love and forgiveness so that we may rest assured of our place with you forever. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully to this reminder from Luther’s Small Catechism.

In this Christian church, [the Holy Spirit] daily forgives abundantly all my sins and the sins of all believers. At the last day, he will raise me and all the dead and will grant everlasting life to me and to all who believe in Christ. This is most certainly true! (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: Do you believe that God has given us life?

Child: Do you believe that God will raise us back to life again someday, even after we are dead?

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

Holy God, you have created us and given us birth. In the resurrection of Jesus, you have given us the promise of eternal life. Help us to remember that because we belong to Jesus, we never have to fear death. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

Because of God’s great love for you, he sent Jesus to save you from the power of sin, death, and the devil. Amen.

Friday: Trust

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, grant us your Holy Spirit so that we might hear your word and trust in your promises for your whole creation. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 1:9-11
After Jesus had said this and while they were watching, he was taken up into a cloud. They could not see him, but as he went up, they kept looking up into the sky. Suddenly two men dressed in white clothes were standing there beside them. They said, “Why are you men from Galilee standing here and looking up into the sky? Jesus has been taken to heaven. But he will come back in the same way that you have seen him go.” (CEV)

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

Child: If you had been there with the apostles when Jesus ascended into heaven, do you think you would have kept looking up into the sky for him? Why or why not?

Child: What does this Scripture tell us about how Jesus will return?

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

God, you are the God of the past, present, and future. All things are in your hands. Give us the faith to trust in your promises, even when we cannot see. Amen.

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

May God almighty watch over you and keep in you in his grace. Amen.