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, open our eyes and heart to be moved to protect and care for those in need this day. May the words of our mouths and actions of our life reveal your loving compassion and give glory to you alone, 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.

In a prison cell one night,
Peter saw a wondrous sight.
For an angel suddenly
Did appear to set him free!

Standing on the prison floor,
Peter followed to the door.
Chains released, the gate flung wide,
Peter grinned and stepped outside!

Still in shock, he went to find
Friends he knew who would be kind.
Seeing him, they were amazed
And the Lord their God they praised!

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

Child: Was there ever a time when you saw someone was stuck, and you helped them get going again?

Child: What does it mean to say that God has the power to set us free from all the things that bind us?

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

Holy God, we thank you that by your mercy and forgiveness you make us clean. Help us not to look down on others because of who they are or where they come from, but help us to reach out with love and compassion, especially for those in need. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Holy Spirit give you the compassion to serve 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, when we are weak, you are strong. When we feel helpless, you are our helper. By your Holy Spirit, give us confidence to know that you are at work in our lives every day, and remind us that even in the darkest time, we have nothing to fear, because you are with us. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 12:9-12
9 Peter left with the angel, but he thought everything was only a dream. 10 They went past the two groups of soldiers, and when they came to the iron gate to the city, it opened by itself. They went out and were going along the street, when all at once the angel disappeared. 11 Peter now realized what had happened, and he said, “I am certain that the Lord sent his angel to rescue me from Herod and from everything the Jewish leaders planned to do to me.” 12 Then Peter went to the house of Mary the mother of John whose other name was Mark. Many of the Lord’s followers had come together there and were praying. (CEV)

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

Child: Why is it important to remember that God is the source of the good things that happen to us?

Child: What is something that God has done for you recently, for which you are thankful?

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

Almighty God, we thank you for all the good things you do for us everyday. Like Peter, help us to give you the credit for what you have done, that we may be reminded every day of your goodness. 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. He will never forsake 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.

Eternal Father, you promise to be with us in the midst of life’s struggles. When we think things are hopeless, remind us that you are there to guide and protect us. Open our ears, that we may hear your promise and obey your commands, as you lead us every day. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 12:6-9
6 The night before Peter was to be put on trial, he was asleep and bound by two chains. A soldier was guarding him on each side, and two other soldiers were guarding the entrance to the jail. 7 Suddenly an angel from the Lord appeared, and light flashed around in the cell. The angel poked Peter in the side and woke him up. Then he said, “Quick! Get up!”  The chains fell off his hands, 8 and the angel said, “Get dressed and put on your sandals.” Peter did what he was told. Then the angel said, “Now put on your coat and follow me.” 9 Peter left with the angel, but he thought everything was only a dream.

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

Child: What do you think Peter was feeling when he was locked up in jail?

Child: Have you ever been in a scary situation where you did not know what was going to happen to you?  Did you know that God was with you?

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

Lord, sometimes we find ourselves in scary situations. Help us to trust that you are with us always, and that, no matter what we face, we can put our hope in you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

May you hear God’s Word and trust that he is with you always. Amen.