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, today as we come together to read your Word, help us to see the many ways that you show mercy and kindness to your people. Thank you for meeting our needs — from the biggest ones to the smallest. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

John 2:6-10
At the feast there were six stone water jars that were used by the people for washing themselves in the way that their religion said they must. Each jar held about twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants to fill them to the top with water. Then after the jars had been filled, he said, “Now take some water and give it to the man in charge of the feast.” The servants did as Jesus told them, and the man in charge drank some of the water that had now turned into wine. He did not know where the wine had come from, but the servants did. He called the bridegroom over and said, “The best wine is always served first. Then after the guests have had plenty, the other wine is served. But you have kept the best until last!” (CEV)

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

Child: If you were one of the servants, what might you have thought when Jesus told you to fill the jars with water? What would you have thought after you realized that the water had turned into wine?

Child: How did Jesus show mercy at the wedding? When has God shown mercy and kindness to you?

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

God of grace, you can do anything! Please help those who don’t have enough, whether they are lacking in food, friends, or faith. Bless them abundantly, as you blessed those at the wedding at Cana. 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 notice the many ways God shows mercy! 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, today as we study our Bible story, teach us to trust Jesus like Mary did. Be with us now, and inspire us as we learn. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

John 2:1-5
Three days later Mary, the mother of Jesus, was at a wedding feast in the village of Cana in Galilee.  Jesus and his disciples had also been invited and were there. When the wine was all gone, Mary said to Jesus, “They don’t have any more wine.” Jesus replied, “Mother, my time hasn’t yet come: You must not tell me what to do.” Mary then said to the servants, “Do whatever Jesus tells you to do.” (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever hosted a big event and run short on food or drinks? How would you solve a problem like that?

Child: Mary was telling Jesus what to do and when to do it. Have you ever prayed and expected God to fix a situation immediately? How did you learn to trust God’s timing?

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

Heavenly Father, when things don’t go our way, we can get impatient and upset. Help us to recognize that you are in control, that you are kind, and that your timing is perfect. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust in God’s perfect timing! 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, thank you for this day, and for this time when we can be together and learn about those who came before us. Be with us while we hear our Bible story. As we listen, help us to grow in faith and understanding. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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

John 2:1-12
Three days later Mary, the mother of Jesus, was at a wedding feast in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited and were there. When the wine was all gone, Mary said to Jesus, “They don’t have any more wine.” Jesus replied, “Mother, my time hasn’t yet come: You must not tell me what to do.” Mary then said to the servants, “Do whatever Jesus tells you to do.”

At the feast there were six stone water jars that were used by the people for washing themselves in the way that their religion said they must. Each jar held about twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants to fill them to the top with water. Then after the jars had been filled, he said, “Now take some water and give it to the man in charge of the feast.” The servants did as Jesus told them, and the man in charge drank some of the water that had now turned into wine. He did not know where the wine had come from, but the servants did. He called the bridegroom over and said, “The best wine is always served first. Then after the guests have had plenty, the other wine is served. But you have kept the best until last!”

This was Jesus' first miracle, and he did it in the village of Cana in Galilee. There Jesus showed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him. After this, he went with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples to the town of Capernaum, where they stayed for a few days. (CEV)

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

Child: What is a “miracle?” Why was it a miracle when Jesus turned water into wine?

Child: What was the most memorable wedding you ever attended? Tell us about it.

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

Heavenly Father, Jesus did amazing things during his time on earth. As we learn more about him each week through our Bible stories, help us to see that he is truly the Son of God. In his holy name we pray. Amen.

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

May you put your faith in Jesus! 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, thank you for this beautiful day, and for the gift of life, itself! As we study our Psalm today, be with us and help us to learn its lessons. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 62:10-12
Don’t trust in violence or depend on dishonesty or rely on great wealth. I heard God say two things: “I am powerful, and I am very kind.” The Lord rewards each of us according to what we do. (CEV)

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

Child: What does it mean to rely on great wealth? Why doesn’t God want us to do that?

Child: If God is both powerful and very kind, what does that mean for us?

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

Lord God, we want to do good, and to live good lives, yet we cannot do this on our own. Please help us, and guide us, for you are indeed both powerful and kind. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you remember that God is kind! 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, stir up your Holy Spirit in us and open our hearts and minds as we read more from our Bible story today. Help us to learn from Zacchaeus, and to realize that we can always turn to you and start again. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 19:8-9
Later that day Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “I will give half of my property to the poor. And I will now pay back four times as much to everyone I have ever cheated.” Jesus said to Zacchaeus, “Today you and your family have been saved, because you are a true son of Abraham.”  (CEV)

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

Child: Do you think it was hard for Zacchaeus to change his ways? Why or why not?

Child: Jesus compared Zacchaeus to Abraham, partly because Abraham trusted God and acted on that trust. How did Zacchaeus show his trust in God?

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

Dear Lord, teach us to be generous people, as you are generous. When we fall short and make mistakes, please turn us around and show us the way forward. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you trust God with everything! 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, we want to trust you more, and to follow where you lead. Be present as we study the Small Catechism today, and help us to grow in our understanding of how you would like us to live. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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

We should fear and love God so that we do not plot to take our neighbors’ possessions, inheritance, or home, or obtain them through deceptive means, but assist and serve our neighbors in keeping what is theirs. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: Why shouldn’t we take things that don’t belong to us?

Child: God wants us to look out for our neighbors and treat them well. What is one nice or helpful thing that we could do for the other people in our lives?

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

Heavenly Father, you want us to be good neighbors and to treat those around us with kindness and respect. Help us to do this each day, so that we may serve you as we serve them. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you treat others fairly and well! 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, we are blessed because of your great kindness to us. As we read our lesson today, stir up your Holy Spirit, and help us to see the many ways you show compassion for your people. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Zacchaeus was a tiny man
And yet he had a giant plan
For he was certain he would see
the Lord, by climbing up a tree!

Up there, he overlooked the crowd
And grinned when Jesus said out loud,
“Zacchaeus, you come down, okay?
I’m visiting your home today!”

So, feeling eager as could be,
Zacchaeus shimmied down that tree.
And from that day, a change began;
Zacchaeus was a better man.

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

Child: Why do you think Zacchaeus became a better man after meeting Jesus? What changed for him?

Child: If Jesus announced that he was visiting our home today, what would we do to get ready for him? What foods would we serve him?

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

Holy God, you care about every person, big or small. May we welcome you into our lives, as Zacchaeus did so long ago, and may we, too, be changed for the better! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May Jesus make a difference in your life!  Amen.