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, open our ears to hear what you have to tell us in the Bible. By your Holy Spirit, work in our hearts and minds so that we would trust and obey you, in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Listen: Listen carefully as the Bible story for the week is read aloud.
A lot of people were now becoming followers of the Lord. But some of the ones who spoke Greek started complaining about the ones who spoke Aramaic. They complained that the Greek-speaking widows were not given their share when the food supplies were handed out each day. The twelve apostles called the whole group of followers together and said, “We should not give up preaching God’s message in order to serve at tables. My friends, choose seven men who are respected and wise and filled with God’s Spirit. We will put them in charge of these things. We can spend our time praying and serving God by preaching.” This suggestion pleased everyone, and they began by choosing Stephen. He had great faith and was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they chose Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and also Nicolaus, who worshiped with the Jewish people in Antioch. These men were brought to the apostles. Then the apostles prayed and placed their hands on the men to show that they had been chosen to do this work. God’s message spread, and many more people in Jerusalem became followers. Even a large number of priests put their faith in the Lord. (Acts 6:1-7 CEV)
Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.
Child: Can you tell me about a time when you had a task to do, but knew that you could not do it alone?
Child: How did God provide the help you needed?
Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.
Heavenly Father, we all need a little help at times in life and in our ministry. Grant us the people we need to walk with us, help us, and pitch in when needed. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Have each person in the family bless one another with these words:
Go in the name of Jesus to love and serve all those in need. Amen.