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.

Holy God, make us aware of the struggles that others are going through. Just as you have provided for our needs, help us to provide for the needs of others. Show us how we can serve you in the everyday moments of our lives, in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

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

As he went from town to town,
Paul would preach to those he found.
In the meetings of the Jews
He told them all of the Good News.

But some among them didn’t listen,
rejecting Paul with boos and hissin.’
Paul was sad that his own people
didn’t want to hear the Gospel.

To the Gentiles then he went,
the ones to whom he had been sent.
They believed and understood
the news of Christ indeed was good.

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

Child: Was there ever a time when you felt bad for someone because you knew that things weren’t going well for them? Was there anything you could do to help?

Child: Who is someone that needs our prayers today? Can we pray for them right now?

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

Holy God, we know that you hear us when we pray. Today, we would like to pray especially for __________. Give us all the faith to put our cares and concerns in your hands, trusting that you care for us. In name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May the Holy Spirit give you the heart to serve others in Jesus’ name. 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.

Lord God, we know that there are people in the world who have never heard about you. Thank you for using us to spread your message.  Make us free to speak and tell others of the good things you have done for us, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

Acts 13:47-49
For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’” 48  And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed. 49  And the word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region. (CEV)

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

Child: Do you know someone who doesn’t really believe in God? Why do you think that is?

Child: How can we show God’s love to a person who does not believe?

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

Almighty God, we thank you for using us to show your love to others. Help us to remember those that are in need, especially those who do not believe in you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

The Lord promises that you belong to him. Share that promise with others. 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.

Holy Father, you are with us in whatever we face. When we feel alone and rejected, may you keep our spirits strong. Help us not to give up in the face of discouragement, and keep us faithful to your Word. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 13:43-46
Many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who, as they spoke with them, urged them to continue in the grace of God. 44  The next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. 45  But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began to contradict what was spoken by Paul, reviling him.  46  And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles.

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

Child: Have you ever tried to tell someone something important and they didn’t believe you? What happened?

Child: How did the apostles handle rejection? Did they let it stop their work?

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

Lord God, sometimes we face rejection. But we know that your servants faced the same kind of rejection. Give us boldness and confidence in you, that we would not be discouraged. Help us to serve for your sake, not for the the response we receive. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be bold in faith and trust in Jesus’ power. 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.

Merciful Father, open our ears to hear your promises and to trust in your grace. Turn our hearts and minds toward you, for you are the source of life and truth. By your Holy Spirit speak to us now as we listen to your Word, through Jesus our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 13:43-53
Many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who, as they spoke with them, urged them to continue in the grace of God. 44  The next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. 45  But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began to contradict what was spoken by Paul, reviling him.  46  And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles. 47  For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’” 48  And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed. 49  And the word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region.

50  But the Jews incited the devout women of high standing and the leading men of the city, stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their district. 51  But they shook off the dust from their feet against them and went to Iconium. 52  And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. (CEV)

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

Child: The Jews were people who knew about God; the Gentiles did not.  Why was it important for Paul and Barnabus to tell both groups about Jesus?

Child: On this day, which group listened to the message and which did not? Why do you think that was?

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

Lord God, you are the ruler of all the nations, and your message is for all people. Give us your Holy Spirit so that we would be able to tell others about you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Holy Spirit open your heart to share your faith with others. Amen.