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 trust and obey you. As we read your Word we pray that you would work in us through your Holy Spirit. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 2:42-47
[The new believers] spent their time learning from the apostles, and they were like family to each other. They also broke bread and prayed together. Everyone was amazed by the many miracles and wonders that the apostles worked. All the Lord’s followers often met together, and they shared everything they had. They would sell their property and possessions and give the money to whoever needed it. Day after day they met together in the temple. They broke bread together in different homes and shared their food happily and freely, while praising God. Everyone liked them, and each day the Lord added to their group others who were being saved. (CEV)

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

Child: The Bible says that the first Christians were like a family to each other: What are things that family members are supposed to do for each other?

Child: When have you experienced the Church as a family of faith?

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

Holy God, just as the early Christians gathered together to learn and serve, guide us as we work alongside our fellow church members to learn more about you and to serve the world you love. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord God almighty watch over you in your going out and in your coming in. 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, you are the source of all mercy. Open our ears that we may hear your promise and praise your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Psalm 33:20-22
We depend on you, Lord, to help and protect us. You make our hearts glad because we trust you, the only God. Be kind and bless us. We depend on you. (CEV)

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

Child: In what ways do you depend on the Lord?

Child: How does remembering the good things God has done, help us to be thankful and to give our praise to him?

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

Lord God, teach me your ways so that I might share them with others. Give me confidence to speak your name and to tell others of your wondrous love. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

You can always depend on God. He will never leave you or forget you. 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 God, help us see that you are at work in us. Make us generous with all that we have, knowing you have given us all we need for the day. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ my Lord or come to him; but the Holy Spirit has called me through the Gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, and sanctified and preserved me in the true faith. In the same way, he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and preserves it in unity with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.  (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: What does it mean that “the Holy Spirit has called me through the Gospel”? What is God calling on us to do?

Child: If God is the one who gives us faith, how can we help pass that gift of faith to others?

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

Holy God, by the power of your Holy Spirit you give us faith. Remind us that there is nothing we do to earn your love or gain salvation but you are the one who makes us your own. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

Go now in faith, trusting that God will give you all you need. 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 done amazing things for us and we praise your name. Open our hearts to hear your Word so that it would give us a deeper faith and trust in you, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 2:2-4
On the day of Pentecost all the Lord’s followers were together in one place. 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. 

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

Child: What do you think the Bible means when it says: “the Holy Spirit took control of everyone”?

Child: When have you felt the Holy Spirit move you to do something good for others?

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

Almighty God, fill us with the power of your Holy Spirit, just as you did with your first disciples. Help us to listen to your Word so that we make speak your message to others, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

May you know that God is trustworthy and true, and he is always there for 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.

Almighty Father, give us the words that inspire us to care for others and be kind. Make us your servants, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

On Pentecost a great wind came,
on each disciple tongues of flame.
God’s Spirit came to give them power,
to speak his message at that hour.
People from around the world;
heard them speak in their own words.
In different languages they heard,
the startling promise of God’s Word.
This is what the Bible told
would happen, from the days of old:
“God will pour out his own Spirit;
He will speak so all can hear it!”

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

Child: Tell me a time when someone couldn’t understand what you were trying to say to them. How did that feel?

Child: What are some of the ways that God helps us to communicate with others? What things would God want us to  keep in mind when we talk to other people?

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

Loving God, you shower us with your compassion and send us into the world you love so that all might know of your Son who died for us and gives us new life. Give us the words that others will hear this message and come to know your love in their lives. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit open your ears to hear the good news of new life. 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 more than we could 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.

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.

Mighty God, you share your Word of life with all people and in all languages. Help us to tell others about Jesus so that his good news would continue to spread throughout the world. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 2:6-11
When they heard this noise, a crowd gathered. But they were surprised, because they were hearing everything in their own languages. They were excited and amazed, and said: “Don’t all these who are speaking come from Galilee? Then why do we hear them speaking our very own languages? Some of us were born Jews, and others of us have chosen to be Jews. Yet we all hear them using our own languages to tell the wonderful things God has done.” (CEV)

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

Child: Do you know anyone who can speak in another language? Where did they learn it?

Child: How do you think the people felt when they realized that they could understand one another’s languages without being taught?

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

God of wisdom, you know all things and you give us understanding through the power of your Holy Spirit. Help us to rely on your Spirit when we face decisions each day. Help us to turn all our questions over to you and trust in your wisdom. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the God of all living beings bless you with new life and fill you with his Spirit. Amen.