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, today as we read our Bible story together, open our minds so that we may understand it better. Thank you for this time of prayer and study, and for your mercy in our lives. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

John 20:14-15
As soon as Mary said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there. But she did not know who he was. Jesus asked her, “Why are you crying? Who are you looking for?” She thought he was the gardener and said, “Sir, if you have taken his body away, please tell me, so I can go and get him.” Then Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him, “Rabboni! [Teacher].” (CEV)

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

Child: Mary thought Jesus was the gardener when she first saw him. What do you imagine he looked like?

Child: How would you feel if you thought someone very special was gone forever, and then that person came back into your life again? What would you do?

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

God of grace, you often surprise us when we least expect it. But all of your surprises are for our good! May we always look for the ways you are at work in the world, and be thankful for them. 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 realize that God is with you! 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, and we love you! Stir up your Holy Spirit in us today as we read our Bible story. Help us to learn, and grow, and know more of you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 22:18-21
But the whole crowd shouted, “Kill Jesus! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was in jail because he had started a riot in the city and had murdered someone. Pilate wanted to set Jesus free, so he spoke again to the crowds. But they kept shouting, “Nail him to a cross! Nail him to a cross!” (CEV)

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

Child: Why do you think the crowd wanted to free a murderer instead of Jesus? Were they showing mercy to Jesus?

Child: Have you ever been in a group of people and felt pressured to go along with something? When?

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

God of grace, we sin every day, yet when we turn to you, you show your mercy forgive us. Help us to show mercy by treat people kindly, even if that means going against the crowd. 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 look to God for strength and guidance! 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 your mercy, which is new every morning. As we study our Bible story now, be with us, and help us come to love Jesus all the more! In his holy name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 22:17-19
Jesus took a cup of wine in his hands and gave thanks to God. Then he told the apostles, “Take this wine and share it with each other. I tell you that I will not drink any more wine until God’s kingdom comes.” Jesus took some bread in his hands and gave thanks for it. He broke the bread and handed it to his apostles. Then he said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Eat this as a way of remembering me!” (CEV)

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

Child: Even as Jesus was facing death, he gave thanks to God. How can it be helpful to give thanks during hard times?

Child: Have you ever stopped to give thanks while you were worried or suffering? Did that change how you felt in any way?

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

God of grace, thank you for the gift of Holy Communion, where Jesus is present in, with, and under the bread and wine. We are so thankful that we can worship freely and receive the Sacraments together. May we never take this gift for granted! 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 always find a reason to thank 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 this day, and for the many ways you show mercy to your people. As we read our Bible story now, be with us, and help us to learn more about what it means to follow Jesus. In his holy name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 19:36-38
As Jesus rode along, the people spread clothes on the road in front of him. When Jesus was starting down the Mount of Olives, his large crowd of disciples was happy and praised God because of all the miracles they had seen. They shouted, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory to God.”  (CEV)

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

Child: The people called Jesus, “the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” How was Jesus different from an ordinary, earthly king?

Child: Do you think it was unusual that Jesus, the King of kings, rode into Jerusalem on a lowly donkey? Does that tell you something about the kind of king that Jesus is?

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

God of grace, thank you for sending your Son into the world to be our King, and for showing us what it means to be humble. Help us to listen to Jesus and faithfully follow him each day. 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 glad to follow Jesus! 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 study your Word today, may we learn to have mercy on others, as you do for us. Please be with us now, and teach us 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.

John 12:4-6
A disciple named Judas Iscariot was there. He was the one who was going to betray Jesus, and he asked, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold for three hundred silver coins and the money given to the poor?” Judas did not really care about the poor. He asked this because he carried the moneybag and sometimes would steal from it. (CEV)

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

Child: The Bible tells us that Judas stole from the moneybag. Why is it wrong to take something that doesn’t belong to you?

Child: Judas didn’t care about the poor, even though he said he did. Who are the poor in our area? What are some ways we might help them?

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

God of grace, you have given us so much. Help us to use what we have for good purposes, so that we can make a positive difference in this world. 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 spend money on the important things in life! 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 kind and merciful. As we read and discuss our Bible story today, be present with us. Please draw us closer to you and to one another while we learn together. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 15:15-19
He went to work for a man in that country, and the man sent him out to take care of his pigs. He would have been glad to eat what the pigs were eating, but no one gave him a thing. Finally, he came to his senses and said, “My father’s workers have plenty to eat, and here I am, starving to death!  I will go to my father and say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against God in heaven and against you.  I am no longer good enough to be called your son. Treat me like one of your workers.’” (CEV)

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

Child: What do pigs eat? How would their food have been different from what the younger son was used to eating?

Child: Why do you think the younger son felt he had sinned against both God and his father? How can confessing our sins actually bring us closer to God?

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

God of grace, it is hard to face our weaknesses, and to admit when we’ve done wrong. Yet you are a God of forgiveness! Help us to turn to you when we have made bad decisions, and to trust you with everything. 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 look to God for mercy and help! 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 us now, as we read and discuss our Bible story. Show us what it means to be merciful to others, and teach us how to graciously accept mercy, as well. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 10:33-35
A man from Samaria then came traveling along that road. When he saw the man, he felt sorry for him and went over to him. He treated his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put him on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next morning he gave the innkeeper two silver coins and said, “Please take care of the man. If you spend more than this on him, I will pay you when I return.” (CEV)

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

Child: The Samaritan felt sorry for the hurt man. When has someone shown mercy to you at a time when you least expected it?

Child: How was the Good Samaritan like Jesus? What has Jesus done for us?

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

God of grace, you use all kinds of people to do your work in the world. Sometimes, those people may even help us! May we be open to others, and not be too proud to accept help when we need it. 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 accept help when you need it! Amen.