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.

Heavenly Father, we thank you that you have made us your children, and that we can call upon you in good times and bad.  We pray that you would give us generous hearts, and use us to answer the prayers of others who are in need. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

God encourages us to believe that he is truly our Father, and that we are truly his children, so that we may boldly and confidently pray to him, just as beloved children speak to their dear father.  (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: God is our loving Father in heaven. Why is it important to know that we can always talk with God in prayer?

Child: As a family, why is it important that we pray together?  Is there anyone in need that we can pray for right now?

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

Holy God, you have given us so many good gifts, including the gift of prayer. Thank you for hearing us when we call on you. Help us to entrust all our cares and concerns into your hands. Amen.

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

May God be with you, and let you know that you are never alone. 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, you teach us in the Bible that all people need Jesus. We thank you that you have given us this promise, so that we can believe. Lead us by your Holy Spirit to share this message with others, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 10:42-45
Peter said: “God told us to announce clearly to the people that Jesus is the one he has chosen to judge the living and the dead. 43 Every one of the prophets has said that all who have faith in Jesus will have their sins forgiven in his name.” While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit took control of everyone who was listening. 45 Some Jewish followers of the Lord had come with Peter, and they were surprised that the Holy Spirit had been given to Gentiles. (CEV)

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

Child: Peter said that Jesus is the one who will judge all people in the end. Why is it a good thing that Jesus is our friend and we belong to him?

Child: What does it mean that Jesus forgives our sins?

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

Heavenly Father, we thank you for your grace and mercy. Because you have claimed us and made us your own, we have nothing to fear, because we know that you will never let us go. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May God give you the faith to trust in him in all things. 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, we live in a world of people who are struggling and hurting. Let us be people who do not hurt others, but help them in all their needs, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Praying, Peter closed his eyes
And he had a big surprise!
God sent him a vision sweet,
Showing foods that he could eat.

Then a voice said, “These are clean.”
Peter thought, “What could this mean?”
But just then there came some men,
Who opened Peter’s eyes again.

These three men, they were not Jews,
But they were ones the Lord did choose.
They were clean in God’s own eyes,
when that day they were baptized!

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

Child: Was there ever a time when you felt icky because you were not clean? What was that like?

Child: Why do you think that God wants us to be clean inside and out? How does God do that for us?

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

Holy God, we thank you that by your mercy and forgiveness you make us clean. Help us not to look down on others because of who they are or where they come from, but help us to reach out with love and compassion, especially for those in need. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Holy Spirit give you the compassion to serve in Jesus’ name. 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 want all people to believe in you and walk in your ways. Help us to see that your mercy is for all people, and that by your power, you are able to turn strangers into friends. 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 10: 34-36
34 Peter then said: “Now I am certain that God treats all people alike. 35 God is pleased with everyone who worships him and does right, no matter what nation they come from. 36 This is the same message that God gave to the people of Israel, when he sent Jesus Christ, the Lord of all, to offer peace to them … Peter said, 47 “These Gentiles have been given the Holy Spirit, just as we have! I am certain that no one would dare stop us from baptizing them.” 48 Peter ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, and they asked him to stay on for a few days. (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever met someone from another country, or someone who spoke a different language? How does God want us to treat people who are different from us?

Child: Why does God want all people to know about Jesus and believe in him?

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

Almighty God, we ask that you would help us to respect all people, no matter how different they may be from us. Help us not let differences stand in the way of us doing what is right, and letting others know about the promise of Jesus. In his name we pray. Amen.

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

May God open your heart to share the Good News of Jesus. 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.

Almighty God, sometimes we struggle to understand and obey you. We often think that we know better, and we want to do things our own way. By your Holy Spirit, we pray that you would change our hearts and minds, so that we would see things your way. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 10:9-16
Peter went up on the roof of the house to pray 10 and became very hungry. While the food was being prepared, he fell sound asleep and had a vision. 11 He saw heaven open, and something came down like a huge sheet held up by its four corners. 12 In it were all kinds of animals, snakes, and birds. 13 A voice said to him, “Peter, get up! Kill these and eat them.” 14 But Peter said, “Lord, I can’t do that! I’ve never eaten anything that is unclean and not fit to eat.” 15 The voice spoke to him again, “When God says that something can be used for food, don’t say it isn’t fit to eat.”16 This happened three times before the sheet was suddenly taken back to heaven.

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

Child: Why did Peter not want to eat certain animals? What had he been taught?

Child: Why is it important to listen to God, even in times when we want to do things our own way?

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

Lord God, we look to you to show us what is right. Help us to listen to your Word and to do what you command. Give us the faith to trust that you are leading us and guiding us in the right way. Amen.

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

May God give you strength as you struggle to do what he commands. Amen.

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

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

Acts 10:9-19, 34-36, 47-48
Peter went up on the roof of the house to pray 10 and became very hungry. While the food was being prepared, he fell sound asleep and had a vision. 11 He saw heaven open, and something came down like a huge sheet held up by its four corners. 12 In it were all kinds of animals, snakes, and birds. 13 A voice said to him, “Peter, get up! Kill these and eat them.” 14 But Peter said, “Lord, I can’t do that! I’ve never eaten anything that is unclean and not fit to eat.” 15 The voice spoke to him again, “When God says that something can be used for food, don’t say it isn’t fit to eat.”16 This happened three times before the sheet was suddenly taken back to heaven.

17 Peter was still wondering what all of this meant, when the men sent by Cornelius came and stood at the gate. They had found their way to Simon’s house 18 and were asking if Simon Peter was staying there. 19 While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Holy Spirit said to him, “Three men are here looking for you. 20 Hurry down and go with them. Don’t worry, I sent them.” …

34 Peter then said: “Now I am certain that God treats all people alike. 35 God is pleased with everyone who worships him and does right, no matter what nation they come from. 36 This is the same message that God gave to the people of Israel, when he sent Jesus Christ, the Lord of all, to offer peace to them … Peter said, 47 “These Gentiles have been given the Holy Spirit, just as we have! I am certain that no one would dare stop us from baptizing them.” 48 Peter ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, and they asked him to stay on for a few days. (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever had a strange dream and didn’t know what it was about?

Child: What do you think God was telling Peter in this story?

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

Lord, we don’t always know what you want us to do. As we come to you to pray and read the Bible, show us what you would have us do. Guide us to serve your will and not our own. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord guide you by the truth of his Word. 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, we praise and thank you for all the blessings you give us. We especially thank you for the gift of forgiveness, by which you change our lives in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

Psalm 51:9-11
Turn your eyes from my sin and cover my guilt. 10 Create pure thoughts in me and make me faithful again. 11 Don’t chase me away from you or take your Holy Spirit away from me. (CEV)

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

Child: When we do wrong, why does God choose to forgive us, instead of just turning away from us?

Child: Where do we get to hear the promise of God’s forgiveness spoken to us? Why is this something we need again and again?

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

Merciful God, just as you came to Saul and forgave his sin, we thank you for coming into our lives to forgive us. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we ask that you would change and renew our hearts each day, so that we would be the people that you want us to be. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Holy Spirit be at work every day in your heart and mind. Amen.