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, as we begin our school and work week, we have every reason for gratitude. Thank you for giving us this family and this day. Thank you for giving us your Word. Help us to understand it better each time we read it. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Galatians 2:11-16
Paul wrote to the Galatians: When Peter came to Antioch, I told him face to face that he was wrong. He used to eat with Gentile followers of the Lord, until James sent some Jewish followers. Peter was afraid of the Jews and soon stopped eating with Gentiles. He and the other Jews hid their true feelings so well that even Barnabas was fooled. But when I saw that they were not really obeying the truth that is in the good news, I corrected Peter in front of everyone and said:

"Peter, you are a Jew, but you live like a Gentile. So how can you force Gentiles to live like Jews? We are Jews by birth and are not sinners like Gentiles. But we know that God accepts only those who have faith in Jesus Christ. No one can please God by simply obeying the Law. So we put our faith in Christ Jesus, and God accepted us because of our faith." (CEV)

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

Child: Peter didn’t want people to look down on him or think he was breaking any rules. Have you ever worried that someone would think badly of you? When?

Child: Paul says that no one can please God by simply obeying the Law. What do you think this means?

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

Holy God, we want so badly to have the approval of others, yet what matters most is that we please you. Help us to look to you above all else and to have true faith in Jesus, who loved us enough to die for us. In his holy name we pray. Amen.

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

May your faith grow stronger every day! 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, at the beginning of this new week, open our eyes to see the many ways you are present in our lives. Quiet our hearts now, so that we may learn all that you would have us know. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Psalm 133:1
Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!  (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever been in a house where there was constant fighting? How did this make you feel while you were there?

Child: What does it mean to “dwell in unity?” Why is this a good thing? What can you do to help make this happen?

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

Almighty God, we worship you and praise your name! Thank you for bringing us together for this time of study and discussion. Help us all get along, and give us a sense of peace as we go about our week. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be a blessing to those around 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.

Lord God, you gave us the gift of baptism, and because of that, we are always your beloved children. Be present with us now as we read and study, and help us to understand your Word better each day. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

1 Corinthians 1:15-17
Paul wrote: Not one of you can say that you were baptized in my name. I did baptize the family of Stephanas, but I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else. Christ did not send me to baptize. He sent me to tell the good news without using big words that would make the cross of Christ lose its power.  (CEV)

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

Child: Like Paul, all Christians have important work to do here on earth. What do you think Christ has sent you to do?

Child: Do you think it is helpful to tell the good news in a simple way, without using a lot of big words? Why or why not?

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

Heavenly Father, you have called each of us to serve you using our own unique talents. Give us the courage to tell others about Jesus, and the wisdom to know what to say and when to speak.  In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May you use your gifts to serve God each day. 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.

Heavenly Father, you have given us all that we have. Thank you for reaching out to us, and for being with us even now as we gather together in your name. As we study your Word, teach us to trust you more. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

[The Holy Spirit] calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and preserves it in unity with Jesus Christ in the one true faith. In this Christian church, he daily forgives abundantly all my sins and the sins of all believers. (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: Have you ever done something wrong and felt bad about it later? When? What happened?

Child: Luther’s Small Catechism reminds us that the Holy Spirit forgives us of our sins. How does this make you feel? How can this help you forgive others more easily?

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

Holy God, we can trust you with everything, because you care for us and are always working for our good. Please forgive us when we go astray and lead us always back to you. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

May you never be afraid to ask for forgiveness. 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, as we gather in your name, be with us. Help us to grow not only in faith but in compassion for others as well. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Paul wrote a letter to his friends
And asked them all to make amends
For they’d been fighting day and night
It wasn’t good. It wasn’t right.

“Please don’t take sides. Don’t point. Don’t shout.
That’s not what faith is all about!
It matters not who taught you all,
Apollos, Peter—even Paul.”

“We’re on one team, let’s all agree,
We worship Jesus Christ, not me!”
Paul spoke these words, and then he said,
“Let’s share the gospel now, instead!”

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

Child: Has someone ever told you they were sorry for something they did? What happened, and what helped you be able to forgive?

Child: If you were writing a letter to your friends about Jesus, what would you tell them?

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

Lord God, you show us compassion every day. Yet it is easy for us to forget that, especially when we are fighting with others. Help us to remember your kindness, and to extend that to those around us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you receive God’s care today, and share it with others. 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, open our ears to hear your Word, and our minds to understand it. Let your Holy Spirit work in our lives today and throughout this week. We ask this, and anything else you see that we need, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

1 Corinthians 1:13-16
Has Christ been divided up? Was I nailed to a cross for you? Were you baptized in my name? I thank God that I didn’t baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius. Not one of you can say that you were baptized in my name. I did baptize the family of Stephanas, but I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else. (CEV)

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

Child: Paul was a great preacher and teacher, and many people looked up to him. Who do you admire in your life?

Child: How would you feel if people started following you and thinking that you were as important as Jesus? What would you tell them?

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

Lord God, thank you for the many good people in our lives. As much as we admire them, they are only human, just as Paul was. Help us to remember this, and to look to Christ alone as our Savior.  In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you have many people to admire, but only one Lord! 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 present with us as we study your Word today. Help us to follow you, and to learn how to live out our faith. Thank you for being with us, even in the midst of hardship and struggle. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

1 Corinthians 1:10-12
Paul wrote to the Christians in Corinth: My dear friends, as a follower of our Lord Jesus Christ, I beg you to get along with each other. Don’t take sides. Always try to agree in what you think. Several people from Chloe’s family have already reported to me that you keep arguing with each other. They have said that some of you claim to follow me, while others claim to follow Apollos or Peter or Christ. (CEV)

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

Child: What’s a good way to solve a disagreement? When have you done that?

Child: Have you ever taken a side in someone else’s argument? Why can that be unhelpful?

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

Lord, it is hard when we argue with the people who are closest to us. Help us notice where others suffer, so that we can more easily be kind to them. May we learn to see people as you see them. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you look to God when you need help! Amen.