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, we come to hear your Word and to learn more about you. Speak to us now, as we read our Bible story, so that by the power of your Holy Spirit we may grow in faith. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

John 20:24-29
Although Thomas the Twin was one of the twelve disciples, he wasn’t with the others when Jesus appeared to them. So they told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But Thomas said, “First, I must see the nail scars in his hands and touch them with my finger. I must put my hand where the spear went into his side. I won’t believe unless I do this!”

A week later the disciples were together again. This time, Thomas was with them. Jesus came in while the doors were still locked and stood in the middle of the group. He greeted his disciples and said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at my hands! Put your hand into my side. Stop doubting and have faith!” Thomas replied, “You are my Lord and my God!”

Jesus said, “Thomas, do you have faith because you have seen me? The people who have faith in me without seeing me are the ones who are really blessed!” (CEV)

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

Child:Were you ever gone when something important happened, and felt like you missed out? Tell us about that.

Child: How do you think Jesus got into the room with the disciples if all the doors were locked?

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

Holy God, help us to trust in Jesus, even though we cannot see him. Open our hearts to your Word, so we may come to know Jesus better. In his holy name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord give you faith in Jesus! 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, as we gather together today, we praise and thanks you for all you have done for us. Speak to us through the words of the Bible, so that your Holy Spirit may be at work in our hearts. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Psalm 5:11
Let all who run to you for protection always sing joyful songs. Provide shelter for those who truly love you and let them rejoice. (CEV)

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

Child: What does it mean to "take shelter" in God? In what ways does God protect us in our everyday lives?

Child: What's your favorite hymn to sing? Why do we sing to God?

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

Lord God, in our times of need, we ask that you would help us know and trust that you are always there for us. Remind us of your love and protection throughout 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 bless you and keep you in all that you do. 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.

Lord God, you have promised that you’re always with us, even in the most difficult times. With the courage of your Holy Spirit, help us to share this same promise with others that we meet, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Luke 24:33-35
And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread. (CEV)

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

Child: Why did the men go all the way back to Jerusalem? Who did they go to tell about what had happened?

Child: How or when could I use this Bible story to help someone understand more about Jesus?

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

Thank you dear God, for the gifts you have given us that fill us and sustain us with your love. With your Spirit living in us, use our gifts for the sake of the world you love.  In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord be with you and inspire you to let your faith shine. 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.

Heavenly Father, you have given us everything we need – even our faith! Fill us with your Holy Spirit, so that we may be generous in sharing with others the good news of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention to this reminder from Luther’s Small Catechism.

What is Holy Communion? Communion is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, given to us Christians to eat and drink, as it was instituted by Christ himself. (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: What happens when you receive Communion? How does it make you feel?

Child: When will I begin to receive Holy Communion? Why is it important for me to be taught and prepared?

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

Lord God, your promise comes to us in the breaking of the bread whenever we gather in your name. Pour out your Holy Spirit, so that we would be given a deeper faith, and be strengthened to share the promise of Jesus with others. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord be with you and give you the strength to help others. 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.

Almighty Father, open our eyes to the world around us as we read your Word. Help us to see how our neighbors need our help. May your Holy Spirit help us to serve  those in need, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

Two men were walking down the street,
When they were quite surprised to meet
A third man, who was walking, too.
Could he be someone that they knew?

This third man listened, spoke and taught,
And both men really learned a lot.
So when their trip came to an end,
They felt as if they’d made a friend.

The stranger blessed and broke some bread
And each man ate what he was fed.
Then suddenly, they both could see:
Christ was alive, and this was He!

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

Child: If Jesus is risen from the dead, does that mean he's alive even now? Why is it important to know that Jesus is with us?

Child: Who are some people in our lives who might not know Jesus? What are some ways we might be able to tell them how much Jesus means to us?

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

Lord God we know that there are many people in our world who are struggling with trials and uncertainty. Fill us with your Holy Spirit, and use us to bring the good news of Jesus' resurrection to our neighbors.  In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord be with you and help you to see the needs of 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, you know our needs. We thank you for the good things you promise us in your Word. Bless us now with your Holy Spirit, so we may trust in the promises you have given us through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Luke 24:27-32
Jesus then explained everything written about himself in the Scriptures, beginning with the Law of Moses and the Books of the Prophets. When the two of them came near the village where they were going, Jesus seemed to be going farther. They begged him, “Stay with us! It’s already late, and the sun is going down.” So Jesus went into the house to stay with them. After Jesus sat down to eat, he took some bread. He blessed it and broke it. Then he gave it to them. At once they knew who he was, but he disappeared. They said to each other, “When he talked with us along the road and explained the Scriptures to us, didn’t it warm our hearts?” (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever had a moment when God opened your eyes and you suddenly understood something you never did before?

Child: What does it mean to say their "hearts were warmed" by Jesus words? Does that happen to you?

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

Lord we trust that you are with us always, even when we cannot see you or hear your voice. Give us the courage to trust that by your Holy Spirit we will continue to learn more about you and know you more fully. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord enlighten you with his Word and give you peace! 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, We know that you are right beside us and we can rely on you. So we ask that you would help us to trust in you, and that we may see you in our daily lives. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 24:13-18
That same day two of Jesus' disciples were going to the village of Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. As they were talking and thinking about what had happened, Jesus came near and started walking along beside them. But they did not know who he was. Jesus asked them, “What were you talking about as you walked along?” The two of them stood there looking sad and gloomy. Then the one named Cleopas asked Jesus, “Are you the only person from Jerusalem who didn’t know what was happening there these last few days?” (CEV)

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

Child: How do you think Cleopas and his friend felt as they were walking? Why is it good to talk to someone else when you feel bad?

Child: Why didn't Jesus just tell them who he was right away? How did this get them to reveal their honest feelings?

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

Lord, we don't always understand everything that happens in our lives. We need you to help us notice the ways in which you are acting all around us, so that we can grow in faith and devotion to you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord give you understanding and guidance each day! Amen.