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.
Lord God, we are so thankful that we can worship you freely, and speak your name openly, in our own homes and churches. Help us to never take that for granted. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Listen: Listen carefully as the Bible story for the week is read aloud.
The crowd joined in the attack on Paul and Silas. Then the officials tore the clothes off the two men and ordered them to be beaten with a whip. After they had been badly beaten, they were put in jail, and the jailer was told to guard them carefully. The jailer did as he was told. He put them deep inside the jail and chained their feet to heavy blocks of wood.
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing praises to God, while the other prisoners listened. Suddenly a strong earthquake shook the jail to its foundations. The doors opened, and the chains fell from all the prisoners. When the jailer woke up and saw that the doors were open, he thought that the prisoners had escaped. He pulled out his sword and was about to kill himself. But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! No one has escaped.” The jailer asked for a torch and went into the jail. He was shaking all over as he knelt down in front of Paul and Silas. After he had led them out of the jail, he asked, “What must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Have faith in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved! This is also true for everyone who lives in your home.” Then Paul and Silas told him and everyone else in his house about the Lord. While it was still night, the jailer took them to a place where he could wash their cuts and bruises. Then he and everyone in his home were baptized. They were very glad that they had put their faith in God. After this, the jailer took Paul and Silas to his home and gave them something to eat. (CEV)
Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.
Child: What happened when the earthquake shook the land? Why do you think Paul and Silas stayed where they were?
Child: Have you ever been in a scary storm? What did you do?
Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.
Lord God, you care about every person you created, including prisoners and jailers. Help us share the good news of your love with anyone who needs to hear it. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Have each person in the family bless one another with these words:
May your ears always be open to hearing God’s Word. Amen.