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, you can do anything! Teach us what you would have us know, and lead us so that we can make a difference in the lives of others. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 17:32-34
As soon as the people heard Paul say that a man had been raised from death, some of them started laughing. Others said, “We will hear you talk about this some other time.” When Paul left the council meeting, some of the men put their faith in the Lord and went with Paul. One of them was a council member named Dionysius. A woman named Damaris and several others also put their faith in the Lord. (CEV)

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

Child: Why do you think some people laughed when Paul said that Jesus had been raised from the dead?

Child: Do you think it was hard for Paul to keep sharing the Good News after being laughed at? What kept him going?

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

Merciful Lord, even when you are rejected, you continue to reach out to us. Thank you for your love and patience. Help us to be patient with others, in return. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you notice the many ways God reaches out to you. 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, you want us to believe in you, and to look to you above all others. Give us trusting hearts and willing hands to serve you each day. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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

“You shall have no other gods before me.” What does this mean? We should fear, love, and trust God above all things. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: Why doesn’t God want his people to worship other gods? What are some of these false gods?

Child: Have you ever had trouble trusting God? What helped you?

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

Heavenly Father, thank you for Luther’s Small Catechism, which helps us understand the Bible better. Teach us all that you would have us know about you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you turn from anything that leads you away from God. 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, you never give up on us. Even when we turn away from you, you send people to reach out to us. Thank you for your care and loving concern. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, we pray. Amen.

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

In Athens, Paul had this to say:
“I see how faithfully you pray.
For even to a ‘god unknown,’
You’ve made an altar out of stone.

That’s why I’m here to speak to you,
To teach you something good and true:
My God is real! He made each star!
He loves all people, near and far.

God simply wants us to repent,
To turn to Christ, the One he sent.”
Some laughed at Paul, but others said,
“It’s true, for Christ rose from the dead.”

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

Child: Why might people make an altar to an unknown god? What do you think it looked like?

Child: If you had never heard before, what would it be like to come to know the real God?

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

Holy God, while some laughed at Paul, others listened and turned to you. Help us to do as Paul did, and share the Good News of your love with a world that desperately needs to hear it. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord give you the words you need today. 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 show us mercy every day of our lives. Thank you for sharing your Word, and for giving us people to explain it to us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 17:16-17
While Paul was waiting in Athens, he was upset to see all the idols in the city. He went to the Jewish meeting place to speak to the Jews and to anyone who worshiped with them. Day after day he also spoke to everyone he met in the market. (CEV)

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

Child: Do you think Paul got tired of going to the market to speak day after day? Why or why not?

Child: How would you tell someone about God? What might you say?

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

God of grace, thank you for sending courageous messengers, like Paul, into the world. Help us to speak when we need to do so, so that we may reach others for you. 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 you never tire of sharing your faith! 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.

Lord God, you care for us, and you care for those who have never heard of you, too. Help us to have courage when we are misunderstood by those who don’t know you, and give us peace. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 17: 18-19
People were asking, “What is this know-it-all trying to say?” Some even said, “Paul must be preaching about foreign gods! That’s what he means when he talks about Jesus and about people rising from death.” They brought Paul before a council called the Areopagus, and said, “Tell us what your new teaching is all about.” (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever been called a mean name? What did you do?

Child: How do you think Paul felt when he was brought before the council? Why?

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

Heavenly Father, it’s hard when people call us names. Strengthen us when that happens, so we remember that we belong to you and are your precious children. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

May you find comfort in knowing that you are loved by God. 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, help us to listen when you speak. Give us the faith to believe your Word, and to be changed by it. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 17:16-21; 32-34
While Paul was waiting in Athens, he was upset to see all the idols in the city. He went to the Jewish meeting place to speak to the Jews and to anyone who worshiped with them. Day after day he also spoke to everyone he met in the market. Some of them were Epicureans and some were Stoics, and they started arguing with him. People were asking, “What is this know-it-all trying to say?”

Some even said, “Paul must be preaching about foreign gods! That’s what he means when he talks about Jesus and about people rising from death.” They brought Paul before a council called the Areopagus, and said, “Tell us what your new teaching is all about. We have heard you say some strange things, and we want to know what you mean.” More than anything else the people of Athens and the foreigners living there loved to hear and to talk about anything new.

As soon as the people heard Paul say that a man had been raised from death, some of them started laughing. Others said, “We will hear you talk about this some other time.” When Paul left the council meeting, some of the men put their faith in the Lord and went with Paul. One of them was a council member named Dionysius. A woman named Damaris and several others also put their faith in the Lord. (CEV)

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

Child: What is an “idol”? Why was Paul upset when he saw all the idols in Athens?

Child: Do you think we have any idols in our culture today? What are they?

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

Lord God, we can so easily focus on the wrong things in life. Help us to put you first in everything, and to take time to talk to you every day.  In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you put God first in your life. 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, as we attend worship, may we understand more about you. Teach us, lead us, and draw us closer to you and our fellow believers. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Psalm 119:124-125
Show your love for me, your servant, and teach me your laws. I serve you, so let me understand your teachings.

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

Child: Does God have laws? What are they? Can you give some examples?

Child: What do you do if you break one of God’s laws? Where can you turn?

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

Lord God, we want to live good and godly lives, but we fall short every day. Help us. Please forgive us when we go astray, and help us to do better in the future. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you live according to the commands and promises of God. Amen.