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.

Gracious Lord, just as you led your people through the desert, lead us now as we come to learn from your Word. Guide us, teach us, and help us to become the people you want us to be. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 136:16-17
The Lord led his people through the desert. God’s love never fails. Our God defeated mighty kings. God’s love never fails. (CEV)

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

Child: What does it mean that “God’s love never fails?” How might knowing that affect how you live your life?

Child: God led his people through a desert, and God helped Jesus in the desert, too. When has God helped you get through something really hard? What good came from that experience?

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

Lord God, we love you, and we are grateful to be together on this day of rest and worship. Thank you for loving us, even when we are most unloveable. Help us to believe your promises, for you are completely trustworthy. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you love the Lord your God! 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.

Gracious Lord, thank you for this day of rest and worship. Bless each person here, and give us understanding as we come together to read your Word. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 80:14-15, 17
God All-Powerful, please do something! Look down from heaven and see what’s happening to this vine. With your own hands you planted its roots, and you raised it as your very own. But help the one who is at your right side, the one you raised to be your own. (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever been upset by something, and prayed a desperate prayer to God? How did God answer that prayer?

Child: Why does God want us to turn to him in times of trouble? How can remembering our baptism help us with that?

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

Lord God, sometimes we feel upset, because everything seems wrong. But we know that you hear our prayers, and do not turn away. Thank you for listening, and for answering us, even when your answers are not what we expect. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you always turn to God in times of need! 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.

Gracious Lord God, thank you for this day of rest, and for being with each person here. Bless us, and help us to become wise like the wise men from long ago. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 2:10-11
Be smart, all you rulers, and pay close attention. Serve and honor the Lord; be glad and tremble. (CEV)

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

Child: Why is it important for rulers to serve and honor the Lord?

Child: If you could describe your ideal ruler or leader, what would that person be like? How might faith in God make a difference in how they treated people?

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

Lord God, we want to serve and honor you each day of our lives. Help us to do this, and to do it gladly. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you serve the Lord! 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.

Gracious Lord God, as the year draws to a close, bless each person here. Walk beside us in the New Year, and guide us, so that we may lead lives that are pleasing to you. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 40:5
You, Lord God, have done many wonderful things, and you have planned marvelous things for us. No one is like you! I would never be able to tell all you have done. (CEV)

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

Child: Why is it so helpful to know that we can trust and rely on God?

Child: God has planned marvelous things for us, even though we do not yet know what they are! What are some of your hopes and dreams for the New Year?

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

Lord God, thank you for being involved in our lives, and for watching over us. We praise you, and love you! Help us to serve you today, and in the year to come. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be blessed in the New Year! 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.

Gracious Lord God, we are so happy that Christmas is finally here! Thank you for bringing us together to study your Word on this most special day. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 22:9-10
You, Lord, brought me safely through birth, and you protected me when I was a baby at my mother’s breast. From the day I was born, I have been in your care, and from the time of my birth, you have been my God. (CEV)

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

Child: Babies are so small and fragile when they are first born. What are they able to do, and what can’t they do, when they newly born? How can we keep babies safe?

Child: What are some of the ways God cares for babies? What special things did you do for me when I was tiny and helpless?

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

Lord God, thank you for the best gift of all—your son, Jesus Christ. May we not forget that he is the reason we celebrate on this wonderful, exciting day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be filled with joy this Christmas! 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.

Gracious Lord God, thank you for this special day of rest. May we be thankful for it, and use it to grow closer to you. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 113:7-9
God lifts the poor and needy from dust and ashes, and he lets them take part in ruling his people. When a wife has no children, he blesses her with some, and she is happy. Shout praises to the Lord! (CEV)

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

Child: Not all women give birth to children. What are some of the different ways God can bless those childless women with children? Do you know anyone who adopted a child? Tell us about that.

Child: The writer of Psalm 113 tells us to, “Shout praises to the Lord.” What are some of the things you can praise God for, right now? Let’s go around the room and list them.

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

Lord God, thank you for blessing us with this family. May we never take these dear people for granted. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you praise God today! 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.

Gracious Lord God, stir up your Holy Spirit in us now, as we settle in to study your Word. Teach us, and help us to follow you. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 119:57-58
The LORD is my portion; I promise to keep your words. I entreat your favor with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise. (ESV)

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

Child: When we say that we will obey God, what does that mean? Are there times when it is easier to obey than other times?

Child: God has promised to be kind to us. Do you think God ever uses a hard time in our lives to bring about something good? How might that actually be kind?

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

Lord God, we want to obey you, but sometimes that is hard to do. Please help us. Make us into the people you would have us be. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you follow Jesus! Amen.