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.

Lord God, open our ears to hear your Word, so that as we hear, we may believe; and as we believe, we may grow ever closer to you. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 17: 10 -15
That same night the Lord’s followers sent Paul and Silas on to Berea, and after they arrived, they went to the Jewish meeting place. The people in Berea were much nicer than those in Thessalonica, and they gladly accepted the message. Day after day they studied the Scriptures to see if these things were true. Many of them put their faith in the Lord, including some important Greek women and several men.
When the Jewish leaders in Thessalonica heard that Paul had been preaching God’s message in Berea, they went there and caused trouble by turning the crowds against Paul. Right away the followers sent Paul down to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed in Berea. Some men went with Paul as far as Athens, and then returned with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible. (CEV)

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

Child: Paul and Silas were traveling from town to town. Have you ever been on a long cross-country trip? What do you like, or not like, about traveling?

Child:  The word “hospitality” means “welcoming strangers.” Who showed hospitality to Paul and Silas in this story? How do you think that made them feel?

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

Lord God, we ask that you would watch over us, especially when we go to places we have never been before. Guide us like you did for Paul and Silas, so that we would be of service to you wherever we go.  In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you show hospitality by welcoming others in Jesus’ name. 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.

Gracious Lord God, you are so good to us. Everything we have comes from you alone. Help us to be thankful, and to share our gifts with others. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Psalm 13:5-6
I trust your love, and I feel like celebrating because you rescued me.  You have been good to me, Lord, and I will sing about you. (CEV)

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

Child: Why can we say that God has “rescued” us? How did God do that?

Child: How has God been good to you? Can you give some examples of God’s goodness in your life?

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

Lord God, you sent your Son, Jesus, into our world to save us from sin, death, and the devil. Thank you for loving us enough to rescue us! Help us to focus on the many good things you give us, every day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you have eyes to see the blessings around you today. 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.

O God, out of darkness, you bring light. Out of sadness, you bring joy. Out of confusion, you bring peace. Help us to share that good news with others, in both word and deed. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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

Acts 16:32-34
Then Paul and Silas told him and everyone else in his house about the Lord. While it was still night, the jailer took them to a place where he could wash their cuts and bruises. Then he and everyone in his home were baptized. They were very glad that they had put their faith in God. After this, the jailer took Paul and Silas to his home and gave them something to eat. (CEV)

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

Child: Why do you think the jailer wanted to be baptized? How was God already at work in him?

Child: What did Paul and Silas have to share with the jailer? What did the jailer share with Paul and Silas?

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

Heavenly Father, you give us everything we need for life – not only the physical things we need, but the spiritual gifts of your grace. Thank you for sharing with us the promise of new life in Christ, and help us to speak that promise to others. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be generous in sharing the message of Jesus. 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.

Mighty Lord, you want us to believe. We want to have faith. Keep us close to you, and never let us fall away. Make us stronger, inside and out, so that we may serve you better. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

God’s will is done when he strengthens us and keeps us steadfast in his Word and in faith to the end of our earthly lives. This is his good and gracious will. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: What does it mean to be “steadfast” in God’s Word? Why is this important?

Child: How has God strengthened you in your life? Has that been easy or hard for you? Why?

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

Merciful Lord, on our own, we can do nothing. But when we look to you, and trust you to guide us, anything is possible! Help us to learn the stories and teachings in the Bible, so that they may strengthen us all of our days. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be strong and of good courage. 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.

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.

God of grace, even when we feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to turn, we know that you are working, bringing hope and healing out of the rubble. Help us to remember this always. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 16:27-32
When the jailer woke up and saw that the doors were open, he thought that the prisoners had escaped. He pulled out his sword and was about to kill himself. But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! No one has escaped.” The jailer asked for a torch and went into the jail. He was shaking all over as he knelt down in front of Paul and Silas. After he had led them out of the jail, he asked, “What must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Have faith in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved! This is also true for everyone who lives in your home.” Then Paul and Silas told him and everyone else in his house about the Lord. (CEV)

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

Child: Why was the jailer frightened? What did Paul and Silas do for him?

Child: Have you ever felt scared at night? How does trusting God help you to feel better?

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

Almighty God, sometimes we find ourselves in frightening situations. Yet we know that you will lead us through them if only we trust you. Give us the words we need, so that we may comfort others who are going through hard times of their own. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be ready to share your faith when the time calls for it. 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.

Lord God, no matter what we face, we do not face it alone. Even when we are far from home, you are there beside us. Teach us to be brave. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 16:22-24
The crowd joined in the attack on Paul and Silas. Then the officials tore the clothes off the two men and ordered them to be beaten with a whip. After they had been badly beaten, they were put in jail, and the jailer was told to guard them carefully. The jailer did as he was told. He put them deep inside the jail and chained their feet to heavy blocks of wood. (CEV)

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

Child: How do you think Paul and Silas felt by the time they were thrown in prison?

Child: Can you imagine what it would be like to be put in jail unfairly? What would you dislike the most about that?

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

Lord God, you can do anything! You can bring good out of even the toughest situations. Help us to trust you when we can’t see a way forward. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust that God is always working for good, even when you can’t see it. Amen.