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.

Mighty Lord, as we continue to study our Bible story, we ask that you would be present with us. Let your Holy Spirit lead us, and help us learn 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.

Luke 2:16-20
They hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and they saw the baby lying on a bed of hay. When the shepherds saw Jesus, they told his parents what the angel had said about him. Everyone listened and was surprised. But Mary kept thinking about all this and wondering what it meant. As the shepherds returned to their sheep, they were praising God and saying wonderful things about him. Everything they had seen and heard was just as the angel had said. (CEV)

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

Child: Do you think Mary was surprised by all that the shepherds told her about Jesus? What do you imagine she thought of it all?

Child: Artists throughout history have painted little Jesus in many different ways. What do you imagine Jesus looked like as a baby?

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

Dear Lord, please bless new mothers like Mary, who are so full of hopes and dreams for their babies. Give them strength, and help them trust you as they raise their little ones. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you be thankful for the gift of life! 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.

Mighty Lord, on this most exciting of nights, help us to be calm and patient. Be with us as we settle down now, and fill our hearts with your peace. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 2:6-7
[Mary] was soon going to have a baby, and while they were there, she gave birth to her first-born son. She dressed him in baby clothes and laid him on a bed of hay, because there was no room for them in the inn. (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever lied down on a pile of hay, like baby Jesus did? What does hay feel like? Would it make a comfortable bed, in your opinion?

Child: In Jesus’ time, having no room at an inn meant you had to sleep outside. What would we do, in our time, if we went to an inn and it was full?

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

Dear Lord, please watch over babies today, no matter where in the world they are born. Let them be cherished and loved for the miracle that they are. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you sleep well tonight and have good dreams! 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.

Mighty Lord, stir up your Holy Spirit in us, as you did for Elizabeth so long ago. Help us to follow where you lead, today and always. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 1:43-45
[Elizabeth said,] “Why should the mother of my Lord come to me? As soon as I heard your greeting, my baby became happy and moved within me. The Lord has blessed you because you believed that he will keep his promise.”  (CEV)

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

Child: Why do you think Elizabeth’s baby became happy and started to move around? Have you ever seen a happy baby? How does a baby show joy?

Child: According to Elizabeth, why was God pleased with Mary? Do you believe that God keeps his promises?

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

Dear Lord, we want to have faith like Mary did. Help us with this, and make us into the people that you would have us be. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you believe God’s promises! 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.

Mighty Lord, you bless us, day after day, with family, friends, food, and so many other things. Thank you for all of it, and for being with us now. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 1:36-38
[The angel said to Mary,] “Your relative Elizabeth is also going to have a son, even though she is old. No one thought she could ever have a baby, but in three months she will have a son. Nothing is impossible for God!” Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant! Let it happen as you have said.” And the angel left her. (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever received very surprising news, and not known what to do? Was it hard for you to trust God with the outcome? Why or why not?

Child: Mary said she was the Lord’s servant. What do you think she meant by that? How can we be God’s servants even today?

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

Dear Lord, thank you for this day, and for these good people here. Help us to notice all that you do for us, and to serve you trustingly, in return. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you serve God today! 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.

Mighty Lord, we welcome you into our lives, today and always. Please lead us now, and help us to understand your Word. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

John 1:11-14
He came into his own world, but his own nation did not welcome him. Yet some people accepted him and put their faith in him. So he gave them the right to be the children of God. They were not God’s children by nature or because of any human desires. God himself was the one who made them his children. The Word became a human being and lived here with us. We saw his true glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father. From him all the kindness and all the truth of God have come down to us. (CEV)

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

Child: The Bible tells us that Jesus wasn’t welcomed by his own people. Have you ever had trouble welcoming someone? Why? Did you learn anything from that experience?

Child: What does it mean to be a child of God, in your opinion? Do you think old people can be children of God? Why or why not?

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

Dear Lord, you understand what it feels like to be unwelcome. Help us reach out to those who need care and kindness, remembering that in doing so, we are welcoming you. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you never forget that you are God’s child! 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.

Mighty Lord, thank you for being with us now, as we pray and study together! Bless each person in this room. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Revelation 21:5-6
He who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. (CEV)

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

Child: Why does God say that he is the beginning and the end? What do you think that means?

Child: Saying that people are “thirsty” is another way to say that they are looking for something. What do you think people are thirsty for today? What do you think the “water of life” is, and how can it help?

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

Dear Lord, you have given us so much, and you continue to bless us each day. Help us to always look to you for living water. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you never lose hope in God! 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.

Mighty Lord, bless all who study your Word today. Be with us, and with people across the world, who want to know you better. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Revelation 12:11
Our people defeated Satan because of the blood of the Lamb and the message of God. They were willing to give up their lives. The heavens should rejoice, together with everyone who lives there.” (CEV)

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

Child: Why don’t we have to be afraid, even when we hear about scary things? Who fights for us? What’s a short phrase we can say to remind ourselves of this?

Child: When someone you know is going through hard times, how might you help them with the message of God? What could you say to encourage them?

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

Dear Lord, the heavens rejoice because you defeat evil, and fight for all that’s good. Watch over us here on earth, and help us to trust in you. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you tell others that Jesus loves them! Amen.