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, you want the best for us, and you bless us every day. Be with us now, and help us to understand more about your Word. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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

Revelation 21:1-6
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. (CEV)

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

Child: The Bible tells us that there will be a new heaven and a new earth one day. What do you imagine these places will be like? Describe that for us.

Child: Where is Jerusalem? Why do you think it’s called a holy city? What would you most like to see if you visited there?

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

Lord God, thank you for caring for your people. We look forward to the day when you make all things new! Please help us to be patient until that time. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust in God’s good plans! 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, thank you for this day we have together. Bless each person here, and help us to be open to your Word. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 27:2-3
Brutal people may attack and try to kill me, but they will stumble. Fierce enemies may attack, but they will fall. Armies may surround me, but I won’t be afraid; war may break out, but I will trust you. (CEV)

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

Child: What does it mean to trust God? Have you ever been worried about something, and finally decided to leave it in God’s hands? What happened?

Child: When we hear about sad events, we can always “look for the helpers,” and know that God is with them. Who are some of God’s helpers that you have seen at work in the world? Tell us about them.

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

Lord God, no matter what happens around us, you can use it for good in some way. Knowing this, we find peace and rest. Thank you for your love and protection. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you always look for the helpers! 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, bless all who study your Word today. Be with us, and with people across the world, who want to know you better. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Revelation 12:11
Our people defeated Satan because of the blood of the Lamb and the message of God. They were willing to give up their lives. The heavens should rejoice, together with everyone who lives there.” (CEV)

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

Child: Why don’t we have to be afraid, even when we hear about scary things? Who fights for us? What’s a short phrase we can say to remind ourselves of this?

Child: When someone you know is going through hard times, how might you help them with the message of God? What could you say to encourage them?

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

Dear Lord, the heavens rejoice because you defeat evil, and fight for all that’s good. Watch over us here on earth, and help us to trust in you. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you tell others that Jesus loves them! 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 the Small Catechism together. Help us learn what you would have us know, and remember it long after today. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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

God's will is done when he hinders and destroys every evil design and purpose of the devil, the world, and our sinful nature that would keep us from hallowing his name and prevent the coming of his kingdom. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: Is it always easy to do the things God wants us to do? What are some of the things that make it hard to be good?

Child: How does God help us resist sin and evil in our lives? Why is it important to remember that God is stronger than any bad things we will face?

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

Heavenly Father, we thank you for loving us, and for watching over us each day. Help us to keep your name holy, so that we might bring honor to you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust the Lord your God. 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, you want us to rely on you, above all. Stir up your Spirit in us now, so that our faith may grow ever stronger. 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.

Up in heaven was a war.
Who was fighting, and what for?
It was angels, sure enough,
And a dragon, mean and tough!

Satan, that old dragon, stood,
Michael fought for God and good;
Then a voice boomed from above,
“Christ has won with truth and love!”

Satan and his angels fell
Down from heaven, towards hell;
He may pester, but won’t win
For our Lord defeated him!

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

Child: Are there ever times when God’s people have to stand up against evil here on earth? When?

Child: Tell about a time when you tried to protect someone else from being hurt?  Why is it important to fight for what is right?

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

Holy God, thank you for sending your Son into the world to save us from sin, death and the devil! May we never take this gift for granted. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you remember that you are God’s beloved child!  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, open our ears to hear your Word today, and our minds to understand it. Help us to see your mercy as we learn how you fight for us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Revelation 12: 10
Then I heard a voice from heaven shout, “Our God has shown his saving power, and his kingdom has come! God’s own Chosen One has shown his authority. Satan accused our people in the presence of God day and night. Now he has been thrown out!  (CEV)

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

Child: The Bible calls Jesus “God’s own Chosen One.” What does it mean to say that Jesus has shown God’s saving power and authority? How does that help us trust in Jesus?

Child: The Bible tells us that Satan accused God’s people, day and night. What does it mean to “accuse” someone? What do you think Jesus says when the devil accuses us?

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

God of grace, you do not want us to worry when people say bad things about us. Help us to remember that Jesus has already won the battle for us, and that we need only trust him to be saved. 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 know how much God loves you! 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, you are in control of all that happens on earth and in heaven. Help us to learn more about your power and might as we read your Word today. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

Revelation 12: 7-9
A war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels were fighting against the dragon and its angels. But the dragon lost the battle. It and its angels were forced out of their places in heaven and were thrown down to the earth. Yes, that old snake and his angels were thrown out of heaven! That snake, who fools everyone on earth, is known as the devil and Satan. (CEV)

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

Child: Michael is one of God’s good angels. From these Bible verses, can you tell what job Michael has? Which army won the war in heaven?

Child: Have you ever stood up against someone who was lying or being mean? What happened?

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

Heavenly Father, we know that even when things look bleak and scary, you are watching over us. Thank you for your heavenly angels, and for all who fight on the side of good. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you stand up for what’s right and good! Amen.