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 where our neighbors need our help. By your Holy Spirit, give us compassion to serve in 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.

One morning, Peter and his friends
Were tired as they could be;
They’d fished all night, but had not caught
One fish, nor two, nor three!
But then a stranger on the shore
Told them to cast their net
Back out again, where sure enough,
They found some seafood yet!
Who was this stranger on the shore?
Lord Jesus, it was he!
And after feeding all his friends,
He told them, “Follow me!”

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

Child: What is your favorite thing to eat? How do you feel when you don’t have any food?

Child: How can we help people who don’t have enough to eat?

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

Loving God, there are so many that are hungry in this world. Help us to be like Jesus and to feed and nurture those in need. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be thankful for all the God has given, so that you would be generous to others. 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 God, you provide for in all of our needs. You feed us, comfort us, encourage us, and grant us faith. For all you do for us and for all that you are, we thank you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

John 21:9-14

6 Jesus told them, “Let your net down on the right side of your boat, and you will catch some fish.” They did, and the net was so full of fish that they could not drag it up into the boat.  7 Jesus' favorite disciple told Peter, “It’s the Lord!” When Simon heard that it was the Lord, he put on the clothes that he had taken off while he was working. Then he jumped into the water. 8 The boat was only about a hundred yards from shore. So the other disciples stayed in the boat and dragged in the net full of fish. (CEV)

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

Child: How would you have felt if you were the disciples when you saw all the fish?

Child: If he couldn’t see that far, how did Peter recognize that this was Jesus on the shore? Had Jesus ever done something like this before?

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

Holy and Mighty Lord, you show yourself to us in your Son in the most unexpected ways and circumstances. Each time we see him we grow in faith and grace, and for that we are grateful. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the love and mercy of Christ bless you today and always. 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 always with us and that, with you, 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.

John 21:1-8

Jesus later appeared to his disciples along the shore of Lake Tiberias. 2 Simon Peter, Thomas the Twin, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, and the brothers James and John,[a] were there, together with two other disciples. 3 Simon Peter said, “I’m going fishing!” The others said, “We will go with you.” They went out in their boat. But they didn’t catch a thing that night.
4 Early the next morning Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize who he was. 5 Jesus shouted, “Friends, have you caught anything?” “No!” they answered. 6 So he told them, “Let your net down on the right side of your boat, and you will catch some fish.” (CEV)
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Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: Can you tell me about a time when you tried to do something and it was a terrible failure? How did you feel?

Child: Do you think it is harder to obey Jesus when thing aren’t going well?

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

Lord Jesus, sometimes we struggle to make things go our way. Even though it may not seem like it, obeying you is always the right thing. Help us to call on you and rely on you in our trials. In your holy name we pray. Amen.

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

When you feel like giving up, may you always remember that Jesus is with you. Amen.