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.

Almighty Father, by your Word, open our eyes to the world around. Help us to see the place where our neighbors need our help. By your Holy Spirit, give us compassion to serve those in need, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

“We saw Jesus! Did you know? He showed up not long ago.”
     Thomas wondered, deep in thought, Could his friends be right? Or not?
Doubting, Thomas rubbed his beard. That’s when Jesus just…appeared!
     Thomas stared, and then he cried,“But I thought that you had died!”
“Touch my hand and you will see, That it’s really, truly me.”
    Jesus said, “Have faith, my friend, God will bless you in the end.”

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

Child: How do you think Thomas felt when he saw Jesus for himself?

Child: Who could we pray for right now who needs some faith and hope?

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

Lord God we give you thanks for the gift of Jesus who brings us peace and light. Fill us with your Holy Spirit and bless us so that we can be a blessing to others. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the peace of Christ fill you with hope and love. 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.

Holy Father, you know what we need even before we do. Bless us with your Holy Spirit, that we may trust in what we have not seen, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” (Luke 20:26-27 ESV)

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

Child: What do you think Jesus meant when he said to the disciples, "Peace be with you?" How does knowing Jesus give us peace?

Child: When was a time that you needed to see something to believe it? Can we believe without seeing?

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

Lord God, you gave Thomas what he needed to believe that Jesus had been raised from the dead. Help us to believe even though we cannot see Jesus with our eyes. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Holy Spirit fill you with all joy and faith. 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.

Almighty God, we ask that you would help us to trust that you are with us in our lives, so we would know that with you right beside us we have nothing to fear, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

24 Although Thomas the Twin was one of the twelve disciples, he wasn’t with the others when Jesus appeared to them. 25 So they told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But Thomas said, “First, I must see the nail scars in his hands and touch them with my finger. I must put my hand where the spear went into his side. I won’t believe unless I do this!”

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

Child: Why do you think Thomas didn't believe his friends when they told him they had seen Jesus?

Child: When was a time someone told you something and you didn't believe them ... but later you found out they were telling the truth?

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

Lord, we don't always believe the things we hear even though there are times when we really should. Help us to believe in Jesus and the truth of your Word for our lives. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord give you understanding and guidance each day. 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.

Heavenly Father, we come to you to hear your Word and learn more about you. Speak to us now, as we read from your Holy Scriptures, that by the power of your Holy Spirit we may learn and grow in faith, trusting in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

From the book of John, Chapter 20, Verses 24-29

24 Although Thomas the Twin was one of the twelve disciples, he wasn’t with the others when Jesus appeared to them. 25 So they told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But Thomas said, “First, I must see the nail scars in his hands and touch them with my finger. I must put my hand where the spear went into his side. I won’t believe unless I do this!”

26 A week later the disciples were together again. This time, Thomas was with them. Jesus came in while the doors were still locked and stood in the middle of the group. He greeted his disciples 27 and said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at my hands! Put your hand into my side. Stop doubting and have faith!”

28 Thomas replied, “You are my Lord and my God!”  29 Jesus said, “Thomas, do you have faith because you have seen me? The people who have faith in me without seeing me are the ones who are really blessed!” (John 20:24-29 CEV)

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

Child: Were you ever gone when something important happened and you missed out? How did it make you feel?

Child: How do you think Jesus got into the room where the disciples were if all the doors were locked?

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

Holy God, help us to trust in Jesus though we cannot see him. Open our hearts to your holy Word so we may come to know Jesus better. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord give you faith so that you will trust in him for all things. Amen.