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.

O God, you want us to trust you, and you are completely trust-worthy. As we study today, help us to believe this in our heart. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Listen: Pay close attention to this reminder from Luther’s Small Catechism.

What is the significance of baptizing with water? It signifies that the old Adam in us, together with all sins and evil desires, should be drowned by daily sorrow for sin and repentance and be put to death, and that the new person should come forth every day and rise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: Luther’s Small Catechism tells us that after baptism, a “new person should come forth every day to live before God… in purity.” What do you think that means?

Child: Do you remember when I was baptized? What can you tell me about that day?

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

Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of baptism, and for making us your daughters and sons. We love you, and are so happy that you love us, too! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you remember that you are God’s beloved child. 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.

O God, the world is full of temptations. Be with us, guard us, and make us strong, inside and out. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Listen: Pay close attention to this reminder from Luther’s Small Catechism.

God indeed tempts no one to sin, but we pray in this petition that God would guard and protect us from this, that the devil, the world, and our sinful nature may not deceive us or lead us into false belief, despair, and other great and shameful sins, but pray that when we are tempted in these ways, we may finally prevail and gain the victory. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: Have you ever been tempted to do something wrong, but felt God leading you away from that? What happened? How did God help you?

Child: Luther’s Small Catechism tells us that “God tempts no one to sin.” What does that tell us about God? Why can knowing this help us to trust God more fully?

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

Heavenly Father, you are good, all the time, and we can trust you with everything. Thank you for guiding us, and for helping us to say “no” when we are tempted to sin. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you look to God for help and guidance. 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.

O God, thank you for the gift of Baptism. Help us to live this day and every day in faith, trusting you. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Listen: Pay close attention to this reminder from Luther’s Small Catechism.

What gifts or benefits does Baptism bring? It brings about forgiveness of sins, delivers from death and the devil, and gives everlasting salvation to all who believe, as the Word and promise of God declare. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: Luther’s Small Catechism tells us that Baptism brings about the forgiveness of sins. Have you ever asked God for forgiveness? How did this help you?

Child: As baptized children of God, we can trust that no matter what happens in life, God will never let us go. Why can this knowledge give us comfort?

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

Heavenly Father, you know that on our own, we would be lost. Thank you for reaching out to us and making us your dear children. May we always be thankful for this gift. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust that God will never let you go. 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.

O God, help us to understand your Word. Open our minds, so that we want to learn all that you have to teach us. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Listen: Pay close attention to this reminder from Luther’s Small Catechism.

Saint Paul says in Romans, “We were buried therefore with him by Baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4 ESV – quoted in Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: Why is it important to be baptized? How can the promise of baptism give us comfort all throughout our lives?

Child: Paul says that we can “walk in newness of life” after we are baptized. Does this mean that we never sin again or make a mistake? Why not? What do you think it does mean?

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

Heavenly Father, we are so thankful that you reach out to us, and that we may become your children through baptism. May we never take this gift for granted. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you remember that you are a beloved child of God. 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.

O God, be with us now, as we study and learn from the Small Catechism. Help us to remember the many wise teachings within it. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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

We should fear and love God so that we do not use his name superstitiously or to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, but call upon him in every time of need, and worship him with prayer, praise, and thanksgiving. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: Many people use God’s name to curse or swear, and don’t even realize it. How does that show dishonor to God? What can we do to try to avoid this?

Child: Why do you think God wants us to call upon him in every time of need? When have you done that?

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

Heavenly Father, we want to trust you, and to live in a way that is pleasing to you. Teach us how to do that, and help us to be good examples to those around us, as well. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you use God’s name in good ways. 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.

O God, teach us to be honest and good. Help us to become the people you would have us be. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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

We should fear and love God so that we do not show contempt for our parents and others in authority, nor provoke them to anger, but respect, obey, serve, love, and honor them. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: What does it mean to “show contempt?” Why doesn’t God want us to show contempt to the good adults in our lives?

Child: What are some ways we can serve the people around us each day?

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

Heavenly Father, thank you for our parents, our teachers, and for other leaders in our community, as well. Help us to treat them with honor and respect. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be thankful for good and trustworthy leaders. 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.

O God, you want us to believe in you, and to look to you above all others. Give us trusting hearts and willing hands to serve you each day. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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

“You shall have no other gods before me.” What does this mean? We should fear, love, and trust God above all things. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: Why doesn’t God want his people to worship other gods? What are some of these false gods?

Child: Have you ever had trouble trusting God? What helped you?

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

Heavenly Father, thank you for Luther’s Small Catechism, which helps us understand the Bible better. Teach us all that you would have us know about you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you turn from anything that leads you away from God. Amen.