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, make us aware of those who need our help. Help us to see where we can encourage others. By your Holy Spirit, give us compassion to serve 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.

When they arrived in Galilee
    The followers of Christ could see
That Jesus was alive—not dead!
   Then Jesus spoke to them and said:
“God’s given all authority,
     In heaven and on earth, to me,
So travel here, and travel there,
And baptize people everywhere!
Teach all that I’ve commanded you,
And preach the gospel, pure and true.
Go out with courage, faithful friends,
And I’ll be with you ‘til the end.”

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

Child: What would it be like to not know about God?

Child: Why does Jesus want people to trust and believe in him?

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

Amazing God, you have washed us in the waters of Baptism and claimed us as your own. Help us to share the loving relationship we have with you with everyone we meet -- so that they would know your joy as well. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Because you belong to God, you can face anything with faith. 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 every need even before we speak it aloud. Calm our fears and give us the faith we need for the day, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Matthew 28:18-20

Jesus came to them and said: "I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth!   … I will be with you always, even until the end of the world."

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

Child: What does Jesus mean when he talks about “authority” has been given to him? What is authority?

Child: Why is it important to remember that Jesus is always with us?

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

Lord God, you have given all the power heaven and earth to your Son Jesus. Help us to trust that your strength can see us through everything we face. Amen.

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

May you know that you are never alone; Jesus is with you. 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, be with us as we read your holy Word. Help us to see in ourselves in the story, so that we may grow and live in your grace, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Matthew 28:16-17
After Jesus rose from the dead, Jesus' eleven disciples went to a mountain in Galilee, where Jesus had told them to meet him. They saw him and worshiped him, but some of them doubted. (CEV)

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

Child: Why do you think that some of the disciples doubted that this was really Jesus?

Child: When was a time that you had doubts about whether Jesus is real?

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

Loving God, you know our strengths and weaknesses. You know when we truly believe and when we doubt. Help us to trust in your Word, that Jesus is alive and with us always. In his holy and precious name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord of Life give you confidence to trust and believe in him. 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, speak to us through your holy Word, that we would do everything that you have told us to do. Help us to be bold in proclaiming your name to all people we meet. 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.

Matthew 28:16-20

After Jesus rose from the dead, Jesus' eleven disciples went to a mountain in Galilee, where Jesus had told them to meet him. They saw him and worshiped him, but some of them doubted. Jesus came to them and said: I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth! Go to the people of all nations and make them my disciples. Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to do everything I have told you. I will be with you always, even until the end of the world.” (CEV)

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

Child: When was a time that you were given a set of instructions to follow?

Child: Why is it important to follow Jesus’ instructions in our life?

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

Holy God, you call us to follow Jesus and let others know about you. Give us the courage to do what Jesus commanded us. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May you follow Jesus and tell others about him. 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 worship you with all our hearts. Speak to us through the words of the Bible, that your story would become our story. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Psalm 107: 1-3
Shout praises to the Lord!
    He is good to us, and his love never fails.
Everyone the Lord has rescued from trouble
    should praise him,
everyone he has brought
    from the east and the west, the north and the south. (CEV)

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

Child: Can you tell me about a time in your life when the Lord got you out of trouble?

Child: What are some of the ways we can show our thankfulness to God?

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

Lord God, your steadfast love endures forever. Give us courage to keep going forward in life, trusting that you will rescue us in times of trouble. 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 his loving care. 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 given us the most precious gift of your Son, Jesus. Help us to be truly grateful for the life he has given us, both now and in eternity. May we be bold to share with others all that we have been given. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

I believe that God has created me and all that exists, that he has given me and still preserves my body and soul, my eyes and ears, my reason and all my senses, together with food and clothing, home and family, and all my property. (Small Catechism)

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

Child: What does it mean to be generous? Is God generous to us?

Child: Can you think of a time when you came to realize that it is God who gives us all we have?

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

Holy God, you provide us with everything we need. We know we can trust you to provide for us. Help us to share what you have given us with others who are in need. Amen.

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

May God inspire you to serve others with what he has given you. 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 God, fill us with the gift of your Spirit, that we would hear your Word and know your holy will for us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 2:2-4
Suddenly there was a noise from heaven like the sound of a mighty wind! It filled the house where they were meeting. Then they saw what looked like fiery tongues moving in all directions, and a tongue came and settled on each person there. The Holy Spirit took control of everyone, and they began speaking whatever languages the Spirit let them speak. (CEV)

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

Child: Do you think the disciples were afraid to talk in front of the crowds? What gave them the courage to do it?

Child: In what ways does God communicate with us?  How does that give us courage?

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

Holy God you come to us in your holy Word, and by the power of your Holy Spirit you help us to understand so much more than we would ever be able to on our own. Grant that we would have open ears and hearts to listen. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord grant you grace, mercy, and peace this day and always. Amen.