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.

Almighty God, you always have a plan for us, and it is a good one. Thank you for being with us now, and for showing love and mercy even when we don’t deserve it. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Matthew 3:15
Jesus answered, “For now this is how it should be, because we must do all that God wants us to do.” Then John agreed. (CEV)

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

Child: John agreed to baptize Jesus, because it was what God wanted him to do. How can we know what God wants us to do, in our own lives?

Child: Throughout his whole life, Jesus was obedient to God’s will, even when that was difficult. Why can it be hard to obey someone else? Tell us about a time when you struggled with being obedient.

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

God of grace, we want to obey you and live the way you’d have us live. Help us to learn more as we study the Bible, go to church, and talk to caring Christian people. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

May you obey God, and follow him! 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.

Almighty God, we know that you are wise and merciful. Stir up your Holy Spirit in us now, as we learn about the wonderful things you have done. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Matthew 2:9-10
The wise men listened to what the king said and then left. And the star they had seen in the east went on ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. They were thrilled and excited to see the star. (CEV)

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

Child: Why do we all need something to guide us in life? How did God guide the wise men? How does God guide us?

Child: How does God give us the strength to keep going, even when we don’t know what the future will bring? How has God helped you in this way?

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

God of grace, you use everything to glorify Jesus—even natural things like stars in the sky. Help us to be as dedicated to him as the wise men were, who travelled so far from home to meet him. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

May God guide you forward in faith! 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.

Almighty God, you are merciful and kind. Thank you for caring for us, and for watching over our world. Be with us now, as we hear your Word, and teach us how to better care for each other. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 2:13-15
Suddenly many other angels came down from heaven and joined in praising God. They said: “Praise God in heaven! Peace on earth to everyone who pleases God.” After the angels had left and gone back to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see what the Lord has told us about.” (CEV)

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

Child: How does a happy song make you feel? Why do you think believers often sing to express what they feel about God?

Child: The angels talked about peace coming to those who please God. How do you think we can please God today?

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

God of grace, we pray for your peace to come into our struggling world. Help each of us to act in peaceful and good ways, so that we may make a difference and please you. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

May you be a peacemaker today! 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.

Almighty God, as we listen and talk about our Bible story today, may we grow ever closer to you. Thank you for your care and mercy in our lives. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 2:4-5
So Joseph had to leave Nazareth in Galilee and go to Bethlehem in Judea. Long ago Bethlehem had been King David’s hometown, and Joseph went there because he was from David’s family. Mary was engaged to Joseph and traveled with him to Bethlehem.  (CEV)

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

Child: King David was one of Joseph’s ancestors. Who are some of our ancestors? Can you tell us a story about any of them?

Child: What do you think Joseph was most nervous about for the journey to Bethlehem? What do you think was the scariest part of it for Mary?

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

God of grace, bless those who are engaged to be married. Give them all that they need for their life’s journey, so they can be strong like Mary and Joseph. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

May God bless you in all that you do today! 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.

Almighty God, thank you for showing us mercy, and for caring for us each and every day. Help us to grow closer to you as we study your Word now. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 1:42
The Holy Spirit came upon Elizabeth. Then in a loud voice she said to Mary: “God has blessed you more than any other woman! He has also blessed the child you will have.” (CEV)

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

Child: Elizabeth said that Mary was “blessed.” What does it mean to be blessed by God? In what ways has God blessed you with good things?

Child: Do you think God can use people like us to be a blessing to others? How might that happen?

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

God of grace, thank you for good friends and relatives, who give us courage and strength. May we lift up the people around us, and help them see the blessings in their lives. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

May you be a blessing to 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.

Almighty God, be with each person here today, and inspire faith in us as we study the amazing things that happened before Jesus’ birth. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 1:30-35
Then the angel told Mary, “Don’t be afraid! God is pleased with you, and you will have a son. His name will be Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of God Most High. The Lord God will make him king, as his ancestor David was. He will rule the people of Israel forever, and his kingdom will never end.” Mary asked the angel, “How can this happen? I am not married!”  The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come down to you, and God’s power will come over you. So your child will be called the holy Son of God. (CEV)

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

Child: What do you think was the scariest thing for Mary in this story? What was the most exciting? Have you ever felt scared and excited at the same time?

Child: Some people may have talked behind Mary’s back when they heard her story. How do you think she handled this? What’s the best way to deal with gossip?

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

God of grace, you have a plan for each of our lives, and it is good. Just as Mary trusted that plan, may we do the same! We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

May you trust your future to God! 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.

Almighty God, thank you for showing us kindness and mercy every day. May we learn even more about your love as we study your Word today! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

John 1:6-10
God sent a man named John, who came to tell about the light and to lead all people to have faith. John wasn’t that light. He came only to tell about the light. The true light that shines on everyone was coming into the world. The Word was in the world, but no one knew him, though God had made the world with his Word. (CEV)

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

Child: John the Baptist told people about Jesus, who was coming soon. Why is it important that we tell people about Jesus, too? Do you find this easy or hard to do?

Child: The Bible tells us that John wasn’t the light. Do you think it was hard for him to know that someone more important was coming after him? Why or why not?

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

God of grace, thank you for John the Baptist, who pointed the way to Jesus. May we point the way to Jesus, too, in both our words and deeds. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

May you tell others about Jesus! Amen.