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.

Mighty Lord, we are so thankful for all you have done for us! As we talk about our Bible lesson today, help us to understand more about your son, Jesus, and about his miraculous work. In his holy name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Matthew 4: 23
Jesus went all over Galilee, teaching in the Jewish meeting places and preaching the good news about God’s kingdom. He also healed every kind of disease and sickness. (CEV)

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

Child: Jesus healed many people during his earthly ministry. What are some sicknesses that you would like to see healed in our day? Who is ill and in need of our prayers today?

Child: How are we already a part of God’s kingdom right now in faith? Why is that “good news” to know?

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

Dear Lord, we long for your kingdom. Inspire faith in us, so that we may believe your Word and live good and holy lives here on earth. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you live a life of faith! 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.

Mighty Lord, speak to us today as we continue to study our Bible story. Help us learn and understand more about you, and about Jesus, your beloved Son. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Matthew 3:16-17
So Jesus was baptized. And as soon as he came out of the water, the sky opened, and he saw the Spirit of God coming down on him like a dove. Then a voice from heaven said, “This is my own dear Son, and I am pleased with him.” (CEV)

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

Child: Imagine that you were sitting on the shore when Jesus was baptized. What would have been the most amazing part of that experience for you?

Child: Why were God’s words at Jesus’ baptism so important? Do you think John knew who Jesus was before he heard God speak?

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

Dear Lord, we can only imagine how wonderful Jesus’ baptism must have been! Thank you for inviting us to be your children through baptism, too. Help us to never take it for granted. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you be amazed by the wonder around 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.

Mighty Lord, thank you for watching over us and guiding us every day! Open our ears, and help us to listen to you as the wise men did. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Matthew 2:11-12
When the men went into the house and saw the child with Mary, his mother, they knelt down and worshiped him. They took out their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh and gave them to him. Later they were warned in a dream not to return to Herod, and they went back home by another road.  (CEV)

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

Child: What do you think was going through Mary’s mind when the wise men appeared at her door? Do you think they looked like regular people, or not?

Child: The wise men were warned in a dream not to return to Herod. Have you ever had a dream that helped you think wisely about your real life? What was it?

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

Dear Lord, you work in mysterious ways, and give us all that we need for our journey through life. Help us to trust you and follow you, even when we don’t know where we are going. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you trust in God’s goodness! 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.

Mighty Lord, as we continue to study our Bible story, we ask that you would be present with us. Let your Holy Spirit lead us, and help us learn all that you would have us know. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Luke 2:16-20
They hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and they saw the baby lying on a bed of hay. When the shepherds saw Jesus, they told his parents what the angel had said about him. Everyone listened and was surprised. But Mary kept thinking about all this and wondering what it meant. As the shepherds returned to their sheep, they were praising God and saying wonderful things about him. Everything they had seen and heard was just as the angel had said. (CEV)

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

Child: Do you think Mary was surprised by all that the shepherds told her about Jesus? What do you imagine she thought of it all?

Child: Artists throughout history have painted little Jesus in many different ways. What do you imagine Jesus looked like as a baby?

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

Dear Lord, please bless new mothers like Mary, who are so full of hopes and dreams for their babies. Give them strength, and help them trust you as they raise their little ones. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you be thankful for the gift of life! 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.

Mighty Lord, on this most exciting of nights, help us to be calm and patient. Be with us as we settle down now, and fill our hearts with your peace. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Luke 2:6-7
[Mary] was soon going to have a baby, and while they were there, she gave birth to her first-born son. She dressed him in baby clothes and laid him on a bed of hay, because there was no room for them in the inn. (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever lied down on a pile of hay, like baby Jesus did? What does hay feel like? Would it make a comfortable bed, in your opinion?

Child: In Jesus’ time, having no room at an inn meant you had to sleep outside. What would we do, in our time, if we went to an inn and it was full?

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

Dear Lord, please watch over babies today, no matter where in the world they are born. Let them be cherished and loved for the miracle that they are. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you sleep well tonight and have good dreams! 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.

Mighty Lord, stir up your Holy Spirit in us, as you did for Elizabeth so long ago. Help us to follow where you lead, today and always. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Luke 1:43-45
[Elizabeth said,] “Why should the mother of my Lord come to me? As soon as I heard your greeting, my baby became happy and moved within me. The Lord has blessed you because you believed that he will keep his promise.”  (CEV)

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

Child: Why do you think Elizabeth’s baby became happy and started to move around? Have you ever seen a happy baby? How does a baby show joy?

Child: According to Elizabeth, why was God pleased with Mary? Do you believe that God keeps his promises?

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

Dear Lord, we want to have faith like Mary did. Help us with this, and make us into the people that you would have us be. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you believe God’s promises! 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.

Mighty Lord, you bless us, day after day, with family, friends, food, and so many other things. Thank you for all of it, and for being with us now. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Luke 1:36-38
[The angel said to Mary,] “Your relative Elizabeth is also going to have a son, even though she is old. No one thought she could ever have a baby, but in three months she will have a son. Nothing is impossible for God!” Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant! Let it happen as you have said.” And the angel left her. (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever received very surprising news, and not known what to do? Was it hard for you to trust God with the outcome? Why or why not?

Child: Mary said she was the Lord’s servant. What do you think she meant by that? How can we be God’s servants even today?

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

Dear Lord, thank you for this day, and for these good people here. Help us to notice all that you do for us, and to serve you trustingly, in return. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you serve God today! Amen.