Friday: Trust

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.

Heavenly Father, you have given us everything we need – even our faith! Fill us with your Holy Spirit, so that we may be generous in sharing with others the good news of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention to this reminder from Luther’s Small Catechism.

What is Holy Communion? Communion is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, given to us Christians to eat and drink, as it was instituted by Christ himself. (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: What happens when you receive Communion? How does it make you feel?

Child: When will I begin to receive Holy Communion? Why is it important for me to be taught and prepared?

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

Lord God, your promise comes to us in the breaking of the bread whenever we gather in your name. Pour out your Holy Spirit, so that we would be given a deeper faith, and be strengthened to share the promise of Jesus with others. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord be with you and give you the strength to help others. Amen.

Friday: Trust

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.

O God, as we study our Small Catechism today, may your Holy Spirit inspire us. Teach us what we need to know, and help us to develop a deeper trust in you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention to this reminder from Luther’s Small Catechism.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: The words we just read are part of the Apostles’ Creed. Why do you think we say the Creed out loud in church so often? What does the Creed teach us?

Child: Thinking of all that Jesus endured (including pain, death, and seeing hell, itself), is there anything we go through in our lives that he cannot understand? How can this help us to feel less alone when we suffer?

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

Heavenly Father, your Son, Jesus, went through terrible things on our behalf. He is our truest and most faithful friend. As we learn more about what he did for us, help us to trust him more each day. In his holy name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust the Lord with your heart, soul, and mind! Amen.

Friday: Trust

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.

O God, on this Good Friday of Holy Week, may we realize our need for Jesus. Please be with us as we study our Small Catechism, and teach us to trust you more each day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention to this reminder from Luther’s Small Catechism.

He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, and has freed me from sin, death, and the power of the devil, not with silver and gold, but with his holy and precious blood and his innocent suffering and death. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: To “redeem” something means to buy it back. If Jesus redeemed you and me by giving his life for us, how must he feel about us?

Child: Jesus has freed us from the power of sin, death and the devil. How can knowing this affect how we live our lives?

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

Heavenly Father, you have done so much for us. You loved us even when we were lost in sin, and sent your Son to save us. We can never repay you for this incredible gift, but can only offer our heartfelt thanks. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust the Lord who gave everything for you! Amen.

Friday: Trust

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.

O God, today as we study our Small Catechism, may we come to love and trust you more. Teach us all that you would have us know, so that we can become the people you want us to be. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention to this reminder from Luther’s Small Catechism.

[The benefit of Holy Communion] is pointed out in these words: “Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.” Through these words the forgiveness of sin, life, and salvation are given to us in the Sacrament, for where there is forgiveness of sin, there is also life and salvation. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: Why do you think Jesus would choose to be present with us through something as simple and basic as bread and wine?

Child: Why does Jesus come to us again and again to give us his forgiveness? Why is that something we need on a regular basis?

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

Heavenly Father, you look at your people and see how much we need you in our lives. In worship, you meet us where we are and give us hope. We are so thankful that we can trust you with everything! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you feel the grace and forgiveness of God! Amen.

Friday: Trust

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.

O God, please be with us today as we study Luther’s Small Catechism. Help us to understand it better, and by so doing, to understand the Bible more fully, as well. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention to this reminder from Luther’s Small Catechism.

The kingdom of God comes indeed by itself, without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that it may also come to us. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: God is our king when he rules our heart and we trust in him. Why do we want the kingdom of God to come to us? What does it mean to trust in King Jesus?

Child:  In God’s kingdom of faith, who is in charge: us or Jesus?  Why is that a good thing?

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

Heavenly Father, we want to believe and have a strong faith in Jesus. May your Holy Spirit stir up this faith in us, and help us to live good lives that are pleasing to you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you have faith in Jesus! Amen.

Friday: Trust

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.

O God, thank you for this day. As we study the Small Catechism now, teach us how to live in a way that is faithful and good, and to treat our neighbors fairly. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention to this reminder from Luther’s Small Catechism.

We should fear and love God so that we do not betray, slander, lie, or gossip about our neighbors, but defend them, speak well of them, and put the most charitable construction on all that they do. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: To “slander” means to say mean, untrue things about someone else. Why is it important that we not do this?

Child: Why would our love for God affect how we treat people? How can this guide our actions, even if we don’t like someone?

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

Heavenly Father, getting along with other people can be hard at times. But if we look to you, you will help us with this, and with all things. Guide us each day, so that we make good decisions. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you treat your neighbor well! Amen.

Friday: Trust

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.

O God, thank you for being with us as we study the Small Catechism today. Please help us to understand it better, and to use it as a guide in our daily lives. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention to this reminder from Luther’s Small Catechism.

We know we have not earned, nor do we deserve, those things for which we pray. But we ask that he would grant us all things through grace, even though we sin every day and deserve nothing but punishment. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: What do you pray for regularly? Have your prayers changed much as you have grown older?

Child: “Grace” refers to a gift from God, freely given and undeserved. What are some of the gifts God has given us that we have not earned?

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

Heavenly Father, you know and meet our every need. Thank you for providing for us, and for blessing us with family and friends who love us, as well. We love you! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you thank God for your blessings! Amen.