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, we ask that you be with us today and guide us as we read our Bible story. Help us to see that no matter what happens in life, we can trust you to be with us and to never let us go. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

John 20:11-13
Mary Magdalene stood crying outside the tomb. She was still weeping, when she stooped down and saw two angels inside. They were dressed in white and were sitting where Jesus' body had been. One was at the head and the other was at the foot. The angels asked Mary, “Why are you crying?” She answered, “They have taken away my Lord’s body! I don’t know where they have put him.”  (CEV)

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

Child: Why was Mary Magdalene crying? What do you think was going through her mind as she stood outside the tomb?

Child: What do you do when you are sad? How does your faith help you face upsetting things?

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

Heavenly Father, sometimes we go through hard times and are filled with sadness. You understand this, and you work to help us through it. Thank you for comforting us when we face sorrow, and for loving us enough to send your Son into the world. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May God comfort you when you are sad. 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 begin this new week, remind us that you are in control, and that we can trust you with everything. Be with us now as we learn more about Jesus and the amazing story of his resurrection. In his holy name we pray. Amen.

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

John 20:11-18
Mary Magdalene stood crying outside the tomb. She was still weeping, when she stooped down and saw two angels inside. They were dressed in white and were sitting where Jesus' body had been. One was at the head and the other was at the foot. The angels asked Mary, “Why are you crying?” She answered, “They have taken away my Lord’s body! I don’t know where they have put him.”

As soon as Mary said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there. But she did not know who he was. Jesus asked her, “Why are you crying? Who are you looking for?” She thought he was the gardener and said, “Sir, if you have taken his body away, please tell me, so I can go and get him.” Then Jesus said to her, “Mary!”

She turned and said to him, “Rabboni.” The Aramaic word “Rabboni” means “Teacher.” Jesus told her, “Don’t hold on to me! I have not yet gone to the Father. But tell my disciples that I am going to the one who is my Father and my God, as well as your Father and your God.” Mary Magdalene then went and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord. She also told them what he had said to her. (CEV)

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

Child: How would you feel if you were with Mary and saw angels in the tomb? What would you do?

Child: Mary was very upset and didn’t recognize Jesus. Have you ever been so overwhelmed that you could not think clearly? When?

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

Heavenly Father, when all hope seemed lost you raised Jesus from the dead. Even in that darkest hour, you were working for good — and you continue to do so today. Thank you for never giving up on your people! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust that God is working for good, even now! 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, on this beautiful Easter day, we praise and worship you! Thank you for each person here, and for this time that we can spend studying your Word together. Help us to learn all that you would have us know. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 94:17-22
Who will stand up for me against those cruel people? If you had not helped me, Lord, I would soon have gone to the land of silence. When I felt my feet slipping, you came with your love and kept me steady. And when I was burdened with worries, you comforted me and made me feel secure. You are opposed to dishonest lawmakers who gang up to murder innocent victims. You, Lord God, are my fortress, that mighty rock where I am safe. (CEV)

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

Child: What is a fortress? How is God like a fortress for us?

Child: In what ways has God protected you or kept you safe at different times in your life?

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

Lord God, on this day, over two thousand years ago, you raised Jesus from the dead! We are so thankful that you did not allow death and evil to have the last word. Help us to appreciate the true meaning of Easter as we celebrate it today. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May God protect you and keep 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.

Mighty Lord, giver of all good things, we thank you for this day. In the midst of Easter preparations, help us to take time to be still. Be with us now as we study your Word, and teach us, so that we may grow deeper in faith. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 22:22-25
Pilate spoke to them a third time, “But what crime has he done? I have not found him guilty of anything for which he should be put to death. I will have him beaten with a whip and set free.” The people kept on shouting as loud as they could for Jesus to be put to death. Finally, Pilate gave in. He freed the man who was in jail for rioting and murder, because he was the one the crowd wanted to be set free. Then Pilate handed Jesus over for them to do what they wanted with him. (CEV)

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

Child: Pilate was pressured by the crowd, and made a bad decision. Have you ever made a bad decision and realized your mistake later? What happened?

Child: How can our faith help us be strong, even when we are under pressure? How can we also help each other do what is right.

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

Dear Lord, despite all that you faced during your time on earth, you still were willing to give your life for us. What an amazing and generous thing to do! Thank you for loving us, even when we least deserved it. In your holy name we pray. Amen.

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

May God make you strong on the inside! 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, on this Good Friday of Holy Week, may we realize our need for Jesus. Please be with us as we study our Small Catechism, and teach us to trust you more each day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, and has freed me from sin, death, and the power of the devil, not with silver and gold, but with his holy and precious blood and his innocent suffering and death. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: To “redeem” something means to buy it back. If Jesus redeemed you and me by giving his life for us, how must he feel about us?

Child: Jesus has freed us from the power of sin, death and the devil. How can knowing this affect how we live our lives?

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

Heavenly Father, you have done so much for us. You loved us even when we were lost in sin, and sent your Son to save us. We can never repay you for this incredible gift, but can only offer our heartfelt thanks. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust the Lord who gave everything 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.

Dear God, today as we discuss our Bible story, please help us to understand it better. Teach us what you would have us know, and make us into kind and compassionate people. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Ol’ Pilate was the man in charge;
His Roman army was quite large!
They brought him Jesus to be tried;
The people wanted Christ to die.

So Pilate sentenced him to death;
And ordered whips to beat him with;
Upon a cross they nailed him, too,
And hailed him as, “The King of Jews.”

Above his head, that name they wrote;
They even gambled for his coat!
His closest friends all turned aside
On that sad day when Jesus died.

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

Child: Why do you think Jesus’ friends turned away from him? Do you imagine they regretted that later?

Child: Have you ever had friends turn away from you? How did you cope with that?

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

Holy God, despite the fact that people did not show compassion for your Son, you still care for us. How can that be? Perhaps it is because you are God—and we are not. Help us to see this more clearly each day, and to grow in love for you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you know that God is always there for you!  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, and we love you! Stir up your Holy Spirit in us today as we read our Bible story. Help us to learn, and grow, and know more of you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 22:18-21
But the whole crowd shouted, “Kill Jesus! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was in jail because he had started a riot in the city and had murdered someone. Pilate wanted to set Jesus free, so he spoke again to the crowds. But they kept shouting, “Nail him to a cross! Nail him to a cross!” (CEV)

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

Child: Why do you think the crowd wanted to free a murderer instead of Jesus? Were they showing mercy to Jesus?

Child: Have you ever been in a group of people and felt pressured to go along with something? When?

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

God of grace, we sin every day, yet when we turn to you, you show your mercy forgive us. Help us to show mercy by treat people kindly, even if that means going against the crowd. 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 look to God for strength and guidance! Amen.