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.

Mighty God, you are the source of all good things. Help us to trust that you will provide what we need to live from day to day, and help us not to worry about what we have or don’t have. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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

Daily bread includes everything required to meet our earthly needs, such as food, drink, clothing, home, property, employment, necessities; devout parents, children, and communities; honest and faithful authorities, good government, seasonable weather, peace, health, an orderly society, a good reputation, true friends and neighbors, and the like. (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 gives us “daily bread”?

Child: Jesus taught us to pray for daily bread in the Lord’s Prayer. Do you know the Lord’s Prayer? Can we pray it together? (below)

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

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

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

May you trust that God will always provide for you. 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, the world is filled with people who are longing to hear your world. We ask that you open our eyes to the needs of those around us. Give the compassion to reach out and bless the lives of others, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

Paul was preaching one fine day
By the river, by the bay,
When a woman heard his words,
And was changed by what she heard.

“Lydia,” that was her name,
A merchant there of local fame,
She sold lovely, purple things:
Cloth and garments fit for kings.

“Baptize me,” she said, “Please do,
And baptize all my household, too!”
When they were baptized that day,
She asked them to her home to stay!

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

Child: Why do you think Lydia was listening to Paul?  Why do we listen to our pastors’ preaching?

Child: Was Lydia just concerned about herself and her own faith? What shows you that she cared about others, too?

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

Holy God, we thank you for coming into our lives. Help us to be like your servant Paul. Use us to speak your promise and bring hope into the lives of others, by showing the love of Jesus to those we meet. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord open your eyes to see how you can serve 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.

God of grace, you often surprise us with the way the Holy Spirit is at work to bring about faith. Use us as your instruments, to share the good news of Jesus with those we meet, trusting that you are the one who creates faith in us. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 16:12-14
We spent several days in Philippi. Then on the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to a place by the river, where we thought there would be a Jewish meeting place for prayer. We sat down and talked with the women who came. One of them was Lydia, who was from the city of Thyatira and sold expensive purple cloth. She was a worshiper of the Lord God, and he made her willing to accept what Paul was saying. (CEV)

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

Child: Is there a special place you go to pray? Why is it important to gather together to pray with others?

Child: Did Lydia come to believe in Jesus on her own? According to the Bible, who made Lydia believe in what Paul was saying?

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

Almighty God, on our own, we could never come to believe. Thank you for putting people in our lives who are willing to speak your promise. Thank you even more for the power of the Holy Spirit for allowing us to trust and believe. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord use you to share the promise of Jesus. Amen.