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.

Loving Lord, you have given us all that we have. We thank you for providing for us each day. Help us to use your gifts wisely, so that we would be of service to you. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

God's name is hallowed when his Word is taught in its truth and purity and we, as God's children, lead holy lives in accordance with it. Grant this to us, dear Father in heaven.  (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: God has given us his Word in the Bible. What does he want us to do with it?

Child: As a family, how can we help each other live according to God’s Word?

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

Holy God, we know that you are an awesome God!  Help us to trust and believe, so that we may keep your name holy in our lives by the things we say and do. Help us to share the Good News that we have in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you give glory to God by the way you speak and act. 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.

Loving Lord, you have given us all that we have. We thank you for providing for us each day. Help us to use your gifts wisely, so that we would be of service to you. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

God's name is hallowed when his Word is taught in its truth and purity and we, as God's children, lead holy lives in accordance with it. Grant this to us, dear Father in heaven.  (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: God has given us his Word in the Bible. What does he want us to do with it?

Child: As a family, how can we help each other live according to God’s Word?

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

Holy God, we know that you are an awesome God!  Help us to trust and believe, so that we may keep your name holy in our lives by the things we say and do. Help us to share the Good News that we have in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you give glory to God by the way you speak and act. 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.

Loving Lord, you are generous with your gifts in our lives, especially the gift of forgiveness and mercy. Help us to be merciful to others and hold fast to your light and life. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

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, but pray that when we are tempted in these ways, we may finally prevail and gain the victory.  (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: Why does it often seem that, in this world, evil is more powerful than good? Does that ever make you feel discouraged?

Child: How does God’s promise give you encouragement to face the struggles of life?

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

Holy God, we trust and believe that you are in control, and that evil will not win in the end. Help us to trust in your promise, so that we can live with confidence and hope. Help us to share that hope with others, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May God’s generosity make you a source of hope for others. 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.

Lord God you have given us all that we have, including our bodies, minds, and possessions. Help us in return to be generous to others so they may also know the source of all good gifts. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

I believe that God has created me and all that exists, that he has given me and still preserves my body and soul, my eyes and ears, my reason and all my senses, together with food and clothing, home and family, and all my property.  (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: What good things has God done for us as a family?

Child: If God gives us all we have, how should we take care of those things?

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

Holy God, all that we have has been given to us by your gracious hands. Help us to use these good things to serve you and our neighbors. In all our actions, may we give you thanks in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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

May the Lord bless and keep you in his loving care. 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.

Almighty God, you have given us more blessings than we can ever count. Help us to hear your love through your Word this day, that we would trust you in all our joys and struggles, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 2:44-45
All the Lord’s followers often met together, and they shared everything they had. They would sell their property and possessions and give the money to whoever needed it. (CEV)

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

Child: Do you ever find it hard to share what you have with other? Why or why not?

Child: What do you think was the reason the first Christians were able to share what they had with one another?

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

Holy God, you are so generous to us. All that we have comes from you. Encourage us to be generous to all whom we meet so that they might know your goodness and mercy. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

Go about your day being kind and generous to every one you meet. In the name of the Father and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit. 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.

Holy God, help us see that you are at work in us. Make us generous with all that we have, knowing you have given us all we need for the day. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ my Lord or come to him; but 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: What does it mean that “the Holy Spirit has called me through the Gospel”? What is God calling on us to do?

Child: If God is the one who gives us faith, how can we help pass that gift of faith to others?

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

Holy God, by the power of your Holy Spirit you give us faith. Remind us that there is nothing we do to earn your love or gain salvation but you are the one who makes us your own. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

Go now in faith, trusting that God will give you all you need. 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.

Loving God, through the power of your Spirit you call us to new life in Christ. You generously shower us with your love and forgiveness so that we may rest assured of our place with you forever. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

In this Christian church, [the Holy Spirit] daily forgives abundantly all my sins and the sins of all believers. At the last day, he will raise me and all the dead and will grant everlasting life to me and to all who believe in Christ. This is most certainly true! (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: Do you believe that God has given us life?

Child: Do you believe that God will raise us back to life again someday, even after we are dead?

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

Holy God, you have created us and given us birth. In the resurrection of Jesus, you have given us the promise of eternal life. Help us to remember that because we belong to Jesus, we never have to fear death. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

Because of God’s great love for you, he sent Jesus to save you from the power of sin, death, and the devil. Amen.