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

33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread. (Luke 24:33-35 ESV)

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.

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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, by your Word, open our eyes to the world around. Help us to see the place where our neighbors need our help. By your Holy Spirit, give us compassion to serve in those in need, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully 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 Christ came rose from the dead, does that mean he's alive even now?

Child: Who are some people in our live 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 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 life 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 mercy and peace that you show us in your Word. Bless us now with your Holy Spirit, that we may trust in the promises you have given us through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, {Jesus} interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. 28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29 but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” (Luke 24:27-32 ESV)

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 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 ask that you would help us to trust in your abiding presence in our lives that may see you in our daily lives and know that you are right beside us and we can rely on you, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” (Luke 24:13-18 ESV)

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?

Child: Why didn't Jesus just tell them who he was right away?

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 and understand 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.

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 you to hear your Word and know you better. Speak to us now, as we read from your Word, that by the power of your Holy Spirit we may learn and grow in faith, trusting in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

From the Book of Luke, Chapter 24, Verses 13 to 32 

13 That same day two of Jesus' disciples were going to the village of Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 As they were talking and thinking about what had happened, 15 Jesus came near and started walking along beside them. 16 But they did not know who he was. 17 Jesus asked them, “What were you talking about as you walked along?”

The two of them stood there looking sad and gloomy. 18 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?”

19 “What do you mean?” Jesus asked. They answered: "Those things that happened to Jesus from Nazareth. By what he did and said he showed that he was a powerful prophet, who pleased God and all the people. 20 Then the chief priests and our leaders had him arrested and sentenced to die on a cross. 21 We had hoped that he would be the one to set Israel free! But it has already been three days since all this happened. 22 Some women in our group surprised us. They had gone to the tomb early in the morning, 23 but did not find the body of Jesus. They came back, saying that they had seen a vision of angels who told them that he is alive. 24 Some men from our group went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said. But they didn’t see Jesus either.

25 Then Jesus asked the two disciples, “Why can’t you understand? How can you be so slow to believe all that the prophets said? 26 Didn’t you know that the Messiah would have to suffer before he was given his glory?” 27 Jesus then explained everything written about himself in the Scriptures, beginning with the Law of Moses and the Books of the Prophets.

28 When the two of them came near the village where they were going, Jesus seemed to be going farther. 29 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.  30 After Jesus sat down to eat, he took some bread. He blessed it and broke it. Then he gave it to them. 31 At once they knew who he was, but he disappeared. 32 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?”  (Luke 24:13-32 CEV)

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

Child: When was a time in your life when you recognized that Jesus was with you when you needed him?

Child: Do you think that Jesus is here with us now?

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

Holy God, open our eyes so that we can see that Jesus is with us always, no matter where we walk. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord show himself to you and remind you of his love and mercy. 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, help us express our praise and thanks to you for all you have done for us. Speak to us through the words of the Bible, that our hearts would be renewed by your Holy Spirit, rejoicing in the promise of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

I will praise you, Lord,
    with all my heart
    and tell about the wonders
    you have worked.
God Most High, I will rejoice;
    I will celebrate and sing
    because of you. (Psalm 9:1-2 ESV)

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

Child: What can you tell me about God's wonderful deeds?

Child:  What are some of the things that you are grateful for right now?

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

Lord God, you have done mighty things in the world, and in our lives as well. Help us to share our thankfulness with all the people we meet.  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 hold you in his loving arms. 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.

Heavenly Father, you have provided us with all good gifts, including the gift of faith. Fill us with your Holy Spirit, so that we may be generous in sharing with others the gifts that you have given us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

"I believe in Jesus Christ...  On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead."

What does this mean?
He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, and has freed me from sin, death, and the power of the devil, not with silver and gold, but with his holy and precious blood and his innocent suffering and death. (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: To be "redeemed" means to be "bought back." How did Jesus buy us back?

Child: What does it mean to say that we belong to Jesus (and not to ourselves)?

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

Holy God, help us to know the depths of your mercy and grace that have been given to us through Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May God grant you forgiveness of your sin and bring you to a new life in Christ. Amen.