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, you give us a direct line to you through prayer and your Word. Help us to make use of these good gifts, today and always. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully to this reminder from Luther’s Small Catechism.

We should fear and love God so that we do not despise his Word and the preaching of it, but acknowledge it as holy, and gladly hear and learn it. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: Why is it important to pay attention to God’s Word?

Child: Has it ever been hard for you to trust God? How has the Bible helped you?

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

Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us churches, as well as pastors who preach and teach from the Bible. Help us to listen with open ears, so that we may learn to trust you more, every day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you learn to love God’s Word, and find true comfort in it. 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.

Mighty Lord, you want us to believe. We want to have faith. Keep us close to you, and never let us fall away. Make us stronger, inside and out, so that we may serve you better. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully to this reminder from Luther’s Small Catechism.

God’s will is done when he strengthens us and keeps us steadfast in his Word and in faith to the end of our earthly lives. This is his good and gracious will. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: What does it mean to be “steadfast” in God’s Word? Why is this important?

Child: How has God strengthened you in your life? Has that been easy or hard for you? Why?

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

Merciful Lord, on our own, we can do nothing. But when we look to you, and trust you to guide us, anything is possible! Help us to learn the stories and teachings in the Bible, so that they may strengthen us all of our days. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be strong and of good courage. 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.

Mighty God, you are the source of all good things. Help us to trust that you will provide what we need to live from day to day, and help us not to worry about what we have or don’t have. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully to this reminder from Luther’s Small Catechism.

Daily bread includes everything required to meet our earthly needs, such as food, drink, clothing, home, property, employment, necessities; devout parents, children, and communities; honest and faithful authorities, good government, seasonable weather, peace, health, an orderly society, a good reputation, true friends and neighbors, and the like. (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: What does it mean to say that God gives us “daily bread”?

Child: Jesus taught us to pray for daily bread in the Lord’s Prayer. Do you know the Lord’s Prayer? Can we pray it together? (below)

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

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

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

May you trust that God will always provide 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, you are our refuge and strength and your love for your people is never ending. Guide me in your holy will and fill my mind with thoughts that please you. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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

Acts 14:11-15
When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they yelled out in the language of Lycaonia, “The gods have turned into humans and have come down to us!” The people then gave Barnabas the name Zeus, and they gave Paul the name Hermes, because he did the talking. The temple of Zeus was near the entrance to the city. Its priest and the crowds wanted to offer a sacrifice to Barnabas and Paul. So the priest brought some bulls and flowers to the city gates. When the two apostles found out about this, they tore their clothes in horror and ran to the crowd, shouting: “Why are you doing this? We are humans just like you. Please give up all this foolishness. Turn to the living God!” (CEV)

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

Child: When they saw the miracle of the man who was healed, what mistake did the people make?

Child: Why did Paul and Barnabus not want to take credit for this miracle? What did they tell the people to do?

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

Heavenly Father, we thank you for using us to do your work in the world. Help us not to put ourselves forward, as if the power belongs to us. Instead, help us to give you the glory, and point people to you as the one true God. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you give glory to God by your words and deeds. 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, you are our refuge and strength and your love for your people is never ending. Guide me in your holy will and fill my mind with thoughts that please you. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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

Acts 13:50-52
The Jews incited the devout women of high standing and the leading men of the city, stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their district. 51  But they shook off the dust from their feet against them and went to Iconium. 52  And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. (CEV)

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

Child: Has anybody ever tried to get others to turn against you? What does that feel like?

Child: When people treat us badly, how can we try not to act badly in return? What would Jesus want us to do?

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

Heavenly Father, we thank you for your grace and mercy. Help us not to let the bad things that other people do make us do bad things to them. Teach us how to forgive, and not give up our faith in you. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May the mercy and forgiveness of Jesus be at work in 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.

In you, O Lord, we take refuge; in you alone is where we put our trust. Be close to us this day and speak to us your Word, that in each moment of our day our thoughts would be filled with your grace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 12:12-16
12 Then Peter went to the house of Mary the mother of John whose other name was Mark. Many of the Lord’s followers had come together there and were praying. 13 Peter knocked on the gate, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer. 14 When she heard Peter’s voice, she was too excited to open the gate. She ran back into the house and said that Peter was standing there. 15 “You are crazy!” everyone told her. But she kept saying that it was Peter. Then they said, “It must be his angel.” 16 But Peter kept on knocking, until finally they opened the gate. They saw him and were completely amazed. (CEV)

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

Child: Why do you think Rhoda was so excited to see her friend Peter? Did she expect to see him at the door?

Child: Has God ever surprised you with something good that you did not expect?

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

Heavenly Father, we thank you for your grace and mercy. Because you have claimed us and made us your own, we have nothing to fear, because we know that you will never let us go. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May the hope of God our Father grant you peace and joy all your days. 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.

Lord God, you teach us in the Bible that all people need Jesus. We thank you that you have given us this promise, so that we can believe. Lead us by your Holy Spirit to share this message with others, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 10:42-45
Peter said: “God told us to announce clearly to the people that Jesus is the one he has chosen to judge the living and the dead. 43 Every one of the prophets has said that all who have faith in Jesus will have their sins forgiven in his name.” While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit took control of everyone who was listening. 45 Some Jewish followers of the Lord had come with Peter, and they were surprised that the Holy Spirit had been given to Gentiles. (CEV)

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

Child: Peter said that Jesus is the one who will judge all people in the end. Why is it a good thing that Jesus is our friend and we belong to him?

Child: What does it mean that Jesus forgives our sins?

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

Heavenly Father, we thank you for your grace and mercy. Because you have claimed us and made us your own, we have nothing to fear, because we know that you will never let us go. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May God give you the faith to trust in him in all things. Amen