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, you call us to be faithful in sharing your Word with others and sometimes that comes with risk. Give us courage to speak the truth about Christ so that all people might come to believe in him. 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 6:8-15
God gave Stephen the power to work great miracles and wonders among the people. But some Jews from Cyrene and Alexandria were members of a group who called themselves “Free Men.” They started arguing with Stephen. Some others from Cilicia and Asia also argued with him. But they were no match for Stephen, who spoke with the great wisdom that the Spirit gave him. So they talked some men into saying, “We heard Stephen say terrible things against Moses and God!” They turned the people and their leaders and the teachers of the Law of Moses against Stephen. Then they all grabbed Stephen and dragged him in front of the council. Some men agreed to tell lies about Stephen, and they said, “This man keeps on saying terrible things about this holy temple and the Law of Moses. We have heard him claim that Jesus from Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs that Moses gave us.” Then all the council members stared at Stephen. They saw that his face looked like the face of an angel. (CEV)

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

Child:  What gifts or skills did God give to Stephen that he used to help others?

Child: Was Stephen doing anything wrong? Why did some of the people argue with him instead of supporting him?

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

Loving God, you gave Stephen the power to do great things. Grant us the same love and wisdom that you gave Stephen so that we, too, might tell others about you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

May Jesus be with you as you proclaim his love to the world. 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,  open our hearts to your Holy Spirit. Speak to us through your Word. Help us always remember your love and give you thanks for all you do. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 107: 1- 5
Praise the Lord and pray in his name! Tell everyone what he has done. Sing praises to the Lord! Tell about his miracles. Celebrate and worship his holy name with all your heart. Trust the Lord and his mighty power. Remember his miracles and all his wonders and his fair decisions.

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

Child: What is something you are especially thankful to God for this week?

Child: How can saying thanks to God out loud help to remind others that God cares for them as well?

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

Lord God, your mercies are never ending and your wonders never cease. Reveal your goodness to all people so that they would know your love. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

Proclaim the goodness of the Lord as you go about your day 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.

Holy One, you are the source of all good gifts. Help us to be generous in our giving as you are generous to us. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

God indeed gives daily bread to all, even unbelievers, without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that he would help us to recognize this so that we would receive our daily bread with thanksgiving.  (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: Why would God give good things to people who don’t even believe in him? What does that say about God?

Child: When was a time when you realized that God is the one who provides for your daily needs? Tell me about that.

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

Holy God, help us to see your generosity in all aspects of our lives so that we might come to a deeper understanding of your love for us. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord God grant you all you need for the day. 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 have called people to lead ministries in your church and have blessed them with the ability and faith to make things happen. Help us to trust in the call you put on our lives, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 6: 5-7
Then the apostles prayed and placed their hands on the men to show that they had been chosen to do this work. God’s message spread, and many more people in Jerusalem became followers. Even a large number of priests put their faith in the Lord. (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever been picked to do something and you weren’t sure if you could do it?

Child: How did the apostles’ show that they depended upon God’s power to do his work? How do we rely on God in the same way?

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

Almighty God, you are the source of all good gifts. Help us to hear your call on our lives and to trust that you will give us what we need to accomplish your will. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

You have been called by God to serve the world in his name. 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, you give each of us particular gifts and talents to use in service to your kingdom. Give us the courage to use our gifts to serve others in your name. Amen.

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

“Help us!” the disciples said.
“Who will hand out food and bread?
We need people who will feed
the widows who are most in need.”

So they prayed to find some more
leaders who would serve the poor.
All their prayers were answered when,
they put forth seven faithful men.

The deacons helped to make things right:
that all were cared for in God’s sight.
They served believers old and new
and helped as they were asked to do!

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

Child: In what ways have you been asked to serve in the name of Jesus?

Child: How might I serve others in Jesus’ name?

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

Loving God, give us the ability and power to serve others in your name, using the gifts you have first given us. In Jesus’ holy name we pray. Amen.

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

Go and be of help to your neighbors in need. 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.

Lord God and Father, grant us the wisdom and Holy Spirit that we may be able to recognize the chances you give us to serve, and give us the strength to do the work that you would want us to do, in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 6: 3-5
My friends, choose seven men who are respected and wise and filled with God’s Spirit. We will put them in charge of these things. We can spend our time praying and serving God by preaching.” This suggestion pleased everyone, and they began by choosing Stephen. He had great faith and was filled with the Holy Spirit.

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

Child: Do you know anyone like Stephen who has great faith and is filled with the Holy Spirit? What kind of things does that person do?

Child: How does God use different people, with different skills and gifts, to serve him in many different ways? Why is that a good thing?

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

Lord God you call each of us to a particular ministry within the church. Help us to recognize what you would have us do, and give us the skill to be effective and efficient in our work. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you hear and know the call that God has put on your life. 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, open our ears to hear your Word. When we face struggles and difficulties, help us to be problem solvers, so that we may live in peace with others, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 6: 1-2
A lot of people were now becoming followers of the Lord. But some of the ones who spoke Greek started complaining about the ones who spoke Aramaic. They complained that the Greek-speaking widows were not given their share when the food supplies were handed out each day.

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

Child: What does it feel like when everyone in the same group are not treated fairly?

Child: Why would God want us to be fair in the way we treat others?

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

Loving God, you bring people together to take care of the needs of all persons. Help us to be instruments of your grace within the church, that no one would be left out and all would have what they need for the day. In Jesus’ holy name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord God bless you so that you might be a blessing to others. Amen.