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, stir up your Holy Spirit and inspire us to look to you for everything. As we study the prayer that Jesus taught us today, help us to realize how important and meaningful it is. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: Why do we call God our “Father?” How is God like (and unlike) an earthly father?

Child: Why is it a good thing for God’s will to be done on earth? What does that mean?

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

Heavenly Father, we love you! Every day you watch over us, protect us, and guide us. We want to worship you, and to live in a way that is pleasing to you. Help us to do so. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you live each day according to God’s will! 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 settle in and read from the Small Catechism today, help us to understand it better. Open our minds, so that we may learn all that you want us to know. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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

What is Holy Communion? It 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: When and where did you first receive Holy Communion? Tell us about that.

Child: How does receiving Communion make you feel? What is happening?

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

Heavenly Father, you give us many gifts, including Holy Communion. Thank you for forgiving our sins when we receive Communion, and for welcoming us into the family of faith. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May your sins be forgiven—in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit! 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, we want to trust you more, and to follow where you lead. Be present as we study the Small Catechism today, and help us to grow in our understanding of how you would like us to live. 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 plot to take our neighbors’ possessions, inheritance, or home, or obtain them through deceptive means, but assist and serve our neighbors in keeping what is theirs. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: Why shouldn’t we take things that don’t belong to us?

Child: God wants us to look out for our neighbors and treat them well. What is one nice or helpful thing that we could do for the other people in our lives?

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

Heavenly Father, you want us to be good neighbors and to treat those around us with kindness and respect. Help us to do this each day, so that we may serve you as we serve them. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you treat others fairly and 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, today as we study Luther’s Small Catechism, please help us to learn all that you would have us know. Stir up your Holy Spirit in us, so that we may grow ever closer to you. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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

The Holy Spirit has called me through the Gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, and sanctified and preserved me in the true faith. In the same way, he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and preserves it in unity with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.  (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: Who is the Holy Spirit? Why do you think the Bible calls the Holy Spirit our “Helper?”

Child: The Holy Spirit leads us to Jesus, and always points the way to him. When have you felt the Holy Spirit guiding you or strengthening your faith?

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

Heavenly Father, as we live and make decisions each day, we need help and guidance. May your Holy Spirit be with us, leading us ever closer to you! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Holy Spirit always be your help and guide! 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, teach us what you would like us to know as we study the Small Catechism today. Be with us now, and open our ears and our hearts. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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

God indeed tempts no one to sin, but we pray in this petition that God would guard and protect us from this, that the devil, the world, and our sinful nature may not deceive us or lead us into false belief, despair, and other great and shameful sins. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: What does the word “despair” mean? Why would giving up all hope be a sin?

Child: The catechism reminds us that God tempts no one to sin. Knowing that, how might prayer help us when we are struggling to make a good decision?

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

Heavenly Father, we are so thankful that we can turn to you, and that you watch over us and keep us safe. Guide us each day, and lead us down the paths that you would have us go. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May God guard and protect 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, as we read from the Small Catechism today, may we come to trust you more. Be with us, and lead us as we study today. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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

What gifts or benefits does Baptism bring? It brings about forgiveness of sins, delivers from death and the devil, and gives everlasting salvation to all who believe, as the Word and promise of God declare.  (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: How can knowing that we belong to God give us comfort when we have done something wrong and need forgiveness?

Child: People baptize their children because they know that baptism brings good things into their lives. Let’s name all the people in our family (and in the generations before) who have been baptized!

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

Heavenly Father, it helps so much to know that when we do something wrong, we can go to you for forgiveness and love. Thank you for never giving up on us, and for the wonderful gift of baptism. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you remember that you belong to 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, help us to understand the meaning in the Catechism today. Teach us, so that we may trust you more and treat our neighbors well. 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: What are some ways that people use lies to hurt other people? Has anyone ever lied about you? How did it make you feel?

Child: Who is Luther talking about when he mentions our “neighbors?” Why should we speak well of our neighbors?

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

Heavenly Father, it can be hard to keep from saying mean things about people, especially when we’re angry. Please help us to treat our neighbors as you would, and to be kind in word and deed. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you speak well of others! Amen.