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, give us courage when we are faced with trials. Help us to learn from you today, and to lean on you always. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 20:8-9
In the upstairs room where we were meeting, there were a lot of lamps. A young man by the name of Eutychus was sitting on a window sill. While Paul was speaking, the young man got very sleepy. Finally, he went to sleep and fell three floors all the way down to the ground. When they picked him up, he was dead. (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever seen an accident? What happened? Who were the helpers that God sent to the scene, and what did they do?

Child: It’s hard to see someone suffer, especially when their fate is out of our control. What can we do in these situations? How can that make a difference for them—and for us?

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

Heavenly Father, when we are shaken, remind us to look to you for strength and support. Help us to trust you in all circumstances. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you turn to God for comfort. 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 read our Bible story today, show us the many ways you work in our world. Inspire us by your Word, and help us to trust you more each day. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 20:7-12
On the first day of the week we met to break bread together. Paul spoke to the people until midnight because he was leaving the next morning. In the upstairs room where we were meeting, there were a lot of lamps. A young man by the name of Eutychus was sitting on a window sill. While Paul was speaking, the young man got very sleepy. Finally, he went to sleep and fell three floors all the way down to the ground. When they picked him up, he was dead.

Paul went down and bent over Eutychus. He took him in his arms and said, “Don’t worry! He’s alive.”  After Paul had gone back upstairs, he broke bread, and ate with us. He then spoke until dawn and left. Then the followers took the young man home alive and were very happy. (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever done anything that you later realized was dangerous, like Eutychus did? How did God help you?

Child: Some people are afraid of heights. Some are scared of other things. What frightens you? How do you trust God with this fear?

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

Lord God, sometimes bad things happen, and we don’t understand why. Be with us in such times, and help us to remember that you can bring good out of everything, even if we can’t see it at first. 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 working for good. 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 God, we bow down before you. Thank you for giving us a Sabbath day, when we can rest and worship you. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 97:6-7
The heavens announce, “The Lord brings justice!” Everyone sees God’s glory. Those who brag about the useless idols they worship are terribly ashamed, and all the false gods bow down to the Lord. (CEV)

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

Child: The psalm tells us that the Lord brings justice. What does that mean? How can knowing that God makes things right give us hope?

Child: Have you ever had a “false god” in your life – i.e. something that you trusted more than God? What was it? How did you come to realize that?

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

Lord God, we look at all that is going on in the world, and sometimes we feel worried. Help us to trust you and your timing, above all else. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you place your hope in God above all else. 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, you shower us with kindness! Thank you for your love, and for surrounding us with people who keep us safe. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 19:30-31
Paul wanted to go out and speak to the people, but the Lord’s followers would not let him. A few of the local officials were friendly to Paul, and they sent someone to warn him not to go. (CEV)

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

Child: That day, why did the Lord’s followers stop Paul from going out to speak to the people? What were they concerned about? How do you think Paul felt about what his friends did?

Child: Do you think God ever stops us from doing things we want to do? Why would God do that? Why might we do that for each other?

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

Dear Lord, you watch over us every day. Sometimes we don’t know why certain things happen, but you do. Help us to trust that you know what is best, even when we don’t get what we want. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you learn to be patient. 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, be with us now, as we study and learn from the Small Catechism. Help us to remember the many wise teachings within it. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully to this reminder from Luther’s Small Catechism.

We should fear and love God so that we do not use his name superstitiously or to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, but call upon him in every time of need, and worship him with prayer, praise, and thanksgiving. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: Many people use God’s name to curse or swear, and don’t even realize it. How does that show dishonor to God? What can we do to try to avoid this?

Child: Why do you think God wants us to call upon him in every time of need? When have you done that?

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

Heavenly Father, we want to trust you, and to live in a way that is pleasing to you. Teach us how to do that, and help us to be good examples to those around us, as well. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you use God’s name in good ways. 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.

Holy God, teach us to worship you alone, and to show compassion to those around us who do not yet know you. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, we pray. Amen.

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

Paul taught about the one true God,
But many people thought him odd.
He said, “Those idols that you make,
They are not real; they’re just a fake.”

This made the craftsmen very mad,
Their business started going bad.
“Our god is Artemis,” they called,
“It’s time to put a stop to Paul!”

The people there began to riot,
Others told them to be quiet:
“You must quickly stop this fuss,
Or it will all be blamed on us!”

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

Child: Paul was visiting a place where people worshipped many gods. What would you do if you were in his shoes? Would you be able to teach others about the one, true God? Why or why not?

Child: When people don’t believe us when we speak the truth, should we just tell them what they want to hear to get along? Why or why not?

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

Holy God, we want to point others to you, but it can be hard to speak up. Show us how to do this. Lead us, as you did for Paul. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

May you reach out to those who don’t know God. 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 always working to bring people into relationship with you. Help us to see your goodness as we study your holy Word. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 19:25-26
Demetrius brought together everyone who was in the same business and said: “Friends, you know that we make a good living at this. But you have surely seen and heard how this man Paul is upsetting a lot of people, not only in Ephesus, but almost everywhere in Asia. He claims that the gods we humans make are not really gods at all.”  (CEV)

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

Child: Why did Paul tell the people that their gods were not real? Was this a mean thing or a kind and merciful thing that he did? Why?

Child: To be “merciful” means to treat someone well, even though they may deserve to be punished. When have you been merciful to someone else? What happened?

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

God of grace, when we make bad choices and go down the wrong path, you send people into our lives to help us turn around. This is a kindness, even when it doesn’t feel like that. Thank you for your mercy, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

May you see how God is kind and merciful. Amen.