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.

Lord God, thank you for coming into our world, and for being present with us, even now. Guide us through your Word, and help us to remember what we learn. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

John 1:1-5
In the beginning was the one who is called the Word. The Word was with God and was truly God. From the very beginning the Word was with God. And with this Word, God created all things. Nothing was made without the Word. Everything that was created received its life from him, and his life gave light to everyone. The light keeps shining in the dark, and darkness has never put it out. (CEV)

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

Child: How do you think Jesus’ life “gave light to everyone?” In what ways has Jesus made a difference in your life, or given you hope in hard times?

Child: Name as many kinds of light as you can. How do you put each one out? The light of Jesus can never be put out, not even by the darkness! How does knowing this give you courage?

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

Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your Son to bring light into our world! Lead us through any dark times that we face, and help us to be brave. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you face any darkness with courage! 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.

O God, as we start this week of study and prayer, thank you for being with us and inspiring us. Please help us to better understand your Word. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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

John 1:-14
In the beginning was the one who is called the Word. The Word was with God and was truly God. From the very beginning the Word was with God. And with this Word, God created all things. Nothing was made without the Word. Everything that was created received its life from him, and his life gave light to everyone. The light keeps shining in the dark, and darkness has never put it out.

God sent a man named John, who came to tell about the light and to lead all people to have faith. John wasn’t that light. He came only to tell about the light. The true light that shines on everyone was coming into the world. The Word was in the world, but no one knew him, though God had made the world with his Word.

He came into his own world, but his own nation did not welcome him. Yet some people accepted him and put their faith in him. So he gave them the right to be the children of God. They were not God’s children by nature or because of any human desires. God himself was the one who made them his children. The Word became a human being and lived here with us. We saw his true glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father. From him all the kindness and all the truth of God have come down to us. (CEV)

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

Child: Why does a light shining in the dark help people feel better? Tell about a time you were afraid of the dark and were comforted by the light.

Child: Jesus wasn’t welcomed by his own people. Have you ever felt like an outsider? When? Why does it help to know that Jesus understands that feeling?

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

Lord God, you know what it feels like to be misunderstood and rejected. Help us to remember that you love us, especially during those times when we feel like outsiders, ourselves. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you always follow the light! 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.

Gracious Lord God, we are so thankful to have this time together to rest and study your Word. Be with us now, and inspire us as we learn. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 145:10-13
All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your saints shall bless you! They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power, to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. The LORD is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works. (CEV)

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

Child: What are some of the mighty deeds of God? What is the most amazing thing that God has made, in your opinion? How can we make sure that others know about God’s love and power?

Child: What do you feel most thankful to God for? What has God done in your life to bless you?

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

Lord God, help us to tell others about your great deeds. Thank you for all that you do for your people, each and every day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you tell others about God’s love! 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.

Mighty Lord, thank you for being with us now, as we pray and study together! Bless each person in this room. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Revelation 21:5-6
He who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. (CEV)

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

Child: Why does God say that he is the beginning and the end? What do you think that means?

Child: Saying that people are “thirsty” is another way to say that they are looking for something. What do you think people are thirsty for today? What do you think the “water of life” is, and how can it help?

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

Dear Lord, you have given us so much, and you continue to bless us each day. Help us to always look to you for living water. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you never lose hope in God! 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.

O God, as this work and school week draws to a close, thank you for this time of rest and study. Be with us now, as we turn our hearts to you. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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

He has done all this in order that I might be his own, live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, even as he is risen from the dead and lives and reigns for all eternity. This is most certainly true! (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: What does it mean to belong to God? How can being God’s own child help us to feel safe and secure?

Child: What is your favorite way to serve Jesus in this world? Talk about a time when you did this. What made it special to you?

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

Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your Son into the world to save us! Help us to serve him here on earth all of our days. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust that Jesus loves you! 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 love you! Be with us now, and open our hearts to understand your Word as we study it. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Because God loves both me and you,
He will, in time, make all things new.
Our God will live with us, you know,
And many blessings he’ll bestow.

This earth and heaven, sky and sea,
Will fade into eternity.
With tears and trouble wiped away,
The Lord will make a brand new day!

So now be patient and be strong,
Bad things can only last so long,
As it began so shall it end,
The Lord will make all new again!

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

Child: Why do you think God wants to make all things new? If you could make something new, what would it be?

Child: What blessings would you most like to receive from God? How can you best share your blessings with others?

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

Holy God, thank you for the gifts of earth, sky and sea! We look forward to the day when you will make them, and all things, new. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May God bless you today and always!  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.

Almighty God, you are merciful and kind. Help us to see this again and again, as we learn more about your love for us today. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Revelation 21:3-4
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”  (CEV)

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

Child: The Bible tells us that God will wipe every tear from our eyes. Have you ever gone through a sad time?  How did trusting in God comfort you?

Child: What are some sad things you would like to see go away? How does it help you to know that God will someday make it so there will be no more sadness?

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

God of grace, you choose to live among us, and to be our God. Thank you for loving us even when we aren’t very loveable. Help us to be merciful and kind to others, in return. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

May God wipe every tear from your eyes! Amen.