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.

Heavenly Father, you have given us the most precious gift of your Son, Jesus. Help us to be truly grateful for the life he has given us, both now and in eternity. May we be bold to share with others all that we have been given. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

From the Second Article of the Apostles' Creed: "On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead."

What Does this Mean?
He has done all this in order that I might be his own, live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, even as he is risen from the dead and lives and reigns for all eternity. This is most certainly true!  
(Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: Is Jesus a king? What does that mean?

Child: What does it mean that we should live under Jesus in his kingdom and serve him? How do we do that in everyday life?

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

Holy God, help us to see that Jesus won the victory over death, and that he now lives and rules as king over heaven and earth. Help us to be his faithful servants. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May God inspire you to serve others with what he has given 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.

Heavenly Father, you sent Jesus into this world to find and bring back those who are lost. We trust in all he has done for us. Give us faith and cast out our doubts, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

"I believe in Jesus Christ...  On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead."

What does this mean?
He has done all this in order that I might be his own, live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, even as he is risen from the dead and lives and reigns for all eternity. This is most certainly true! (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: What are righteousness, innocence, and blessedness?

Child: Why does Jesus want me to with him forever?

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

Holy God, we thank you that you love us so much that you will never let us go. Help us to remember that even death is not the end for us, because of what Jesus has promised. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May God watch over you and keep you close to him, today, tomorrow, and forever. 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.

Heavenly Father, you have provided us with everything we need, including a trusting faith in your Son Jesus. Fill us with your Holy Spirit, so that we may be generous in sharing with others the good news of his life, death, and resurrection, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

What is Holy Communion?
Communion is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, given to us Christians to eat and drink, as it was instituted by Christ himself. (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: What happens to us when you receive Communion? How does it make you feel?

Child: When will I begin to receive Holy Communion? Why is it important for me to be taught and prepared?

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

Lord God, you promise come to us in the breaking of the bread whenever we gather in your name. Pour out your Holy Spirit, so that we would be given a deeper faith and be strengthened to share the promise of Jesus with others. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord be with you and give you the strength to help others. 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.

Heavenly Father, you have provided us with all good gifts, including the gift of faith. Fill us with your Holy Spirit, so that we may be generous in sharing with others the gifts that you have given us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

"I believe in Jesus Christ...  On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead."

What does this mean?
He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, and has freed me from sin, death, and the power of the devil, not with silver and gold, but with his holy and precious blood and his innocent suffering and death. (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: To be "redeemed" means to be "bought back." How did Jesus buy us back?

Child: What does it mean to say that we belong to Jesus (and not to ourselves)?

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

Holy God, help us to know the depths of your mercy and grace that have been given to us through Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May God grant you forgiveness of your sin and bring you to a new life in Christ. Amen.