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, by ourselves we have no power over life, death, healing or suffering. Give us faith in your Son that we would trust in his power over our lives. We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 3:1-10
The time of prayer was about three o’clock in the afternoon, and Peter and John were going into the temple. A man who had been born lame was being carried to the temple door. Each day he was placed beside this door, known as the Beautiful Gate. He sat there and begged from the people who were going in. The man saw Peter and John entering the temple, and he asked them for money. But they looked straight at him and said, “Look up at us!” The man stared at them and thought he was going to get something. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold! But I will give you what I do have. In the name of Jesus Christ from Nazareth, get up and start walking.” Peter then took him by the right hand and helped him up. At once the man’s feet and ankles became strong, and he jumped up and started walking. He went with Peter and John into the temple, walking and jumping and praising God. Everyone saw him walking around and praising God. They knew that he was the beggar who had been lying beside the Beautiful Gate, and they were completely surprised. They could not imagine what had happened to the man.

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

Child: Which would you think was a greater gift: receiving some coins or being healed?

Child: Who really healed the man?

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

Holy God, you are the source of all wonders in this world and in our lives, may we always look to you for what we need, trusting that you know better than we do in all things. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord of light and love bless you with a deep abiding faith this day and always. 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.

Lord God, you help us to grow through your holy Word. You nurture us and feed us so that we will be strong in our faith toward you. We praise your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Psalm 52:8-9
I am like an olive tree growing in God’s house, and I can count on his love forever and ever. I will always thank God for what he has done; I will praise his good name when his people meet. (CEV)

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

Child: What does the writer of this psalm mean when he says, “I am like an olive tree growing in God’s house?”

Child: How have you experienced God’s love and goodness helping you grow?

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

Lord God, help us to be firmly rooted in your grace and mercy that we would bear the fruit of your love to the world. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust in the care and protection of God, and know that he loves you. 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.

Almighty God, you have given us more blessings than we can ever count. Help us to hear your love through your Word this day, that we would trust you in all our joys and struggles, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 2:44-45
All the Lord’s followers often met together, and they shared everything they had. They would sell their property and possessions and give the money to whoever needed it. (CEV)

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

Child: Do you ever find it hard to share what you have with other? Why or why not?

Child: What do you think was the reason the first Christians were able to share what they had with one another?

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

Holy God, you are so generous to us. All that we have comes from you. Encourage us to be generous to all whom we meet so that they might know your goodness and mercy. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

Go about your day being kind and generous to every one you meet. In the name of the Father and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit. 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.

Giving God, you are the source of all good gifts and you see to our every need. Remind us each day of all you do for us, that we would be truly thankful to you. Through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen.

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

Every day God provides abundantly for all the needs of my life. He protects me from all danger and guards and keeps me from every evil. He does this purely out of fatherly and divine goodness and mercy, though I do not deserve it. Therefore I ought to thank, praise, serve, and obey him. This is most certainly true!  (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: What does it mean to say that God “provides abundantly” for us?

Child: Does God only care for us because we have earned his love?

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

Loving Father, we know that we do not deserve all that you do for us, so we thank you for your love and goodness in our lives. Help us to see that, in you, we have all that we need. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

Trust that God is with you and will provide for all your needs. Amen.