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.

God of grace, you often surprise us with the way the Holy Spirit is at work to bring about faith. Use us as your instruments, to share the good news of Jesus with those we meet, trusting that you are the one who creates faith in us. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 16:12-14
We spent several days in Philippi. Then on the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to a place by the river, where we thought there would be a Jewish meeting place for prayer. We sat down and talked with the women who came. One of them was Lydia, who was from the city of Thyatira and sold expensive purple cloth. She was a worshiper of the Lord God, and he made her willing to accept what Paul was saying. (CEV)

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

Child: Is there a special place you go to pray? Why is it important to gather together to pray with others?

Child: Did Lydia come to believe in Jesus on her own? According to the Bible, who made Lydia believe in what Paul was saying?

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

Almighty God, on our own, we could never come to believe. Thank you for putting people in our lives who are willing to speak your promise. Thank you even more for the power of the Holy Spirit for allowing us to trust and believe. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord use you to share the promise of 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.

God of grace, your mercy is great and your generosity toward your people is never-ending. Thank you for all the good things you do for us, especially for speaking to us through your Word, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 14:15-17
Paul told the people: “Turn to the living God, who made the sky, the earth, the sea, and everything in them. In times past, God let each nation go its own way. But he showed that he was there by the good things he did. God sends rain from heaven and makes your crops grow. He gives food to you and makes your hearts glad.”  (CEV)

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

Child: In what ways does God take care of all people – even people who do not know or believe in him?

Child: How do I know that I can trust in God? What good things has God done for me?

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

Almighty God, every day you give us what we need to live. We thank you for this world and for the people who share our lives. Make us good, as you are good. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you recognize the many blessings God has given 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.

Lord God, we know that there are people in the world who have never heard about you. Thank you for using us to spread your message.  Make us free to speak and tell others of the good things you have done for us, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 13:47-49
For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’” 48  And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed. 49  And the word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region. (CEV)

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

Child: Do you know someone who doesn’t really believe in God? Why do you think that is?

Child: How can we show God’s love to a person who does not believe?

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

Almighty God, we thank you for using us to show your love to others. Help us to remember those that are in need, especially those who do not believe in you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

The Lord promises that you belong to him. Share that promise with others. Amen.