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.

Mighty Lord, you reach out to us, just as Paul reached out to the people of Berea. Thank you for caring about us, and for giving us families and friends who care for us, too. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 17:13-15
When the Jewish leaders in Thessalonica heard that Paul had been preaching God’s message in Berea, they went there and caused trouble by turning the crowds against Paul. Right away the followers sent Paul down to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed in Berea. Some men went with Paul as far as Athens, and then returned with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible. (CEV)

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

Child: Why did some Christians travel to Athens with Paul? Do you think that was dangerous for them?

Child: Think of someone who helped you at some point in your life. What did they do for you?

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

Merciful Lord, we have received so much from you. Now let us share your gifts with others. Show us where we are needed, and give us the strength to serve. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you find good friends, and be a good friend, as well. 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.

O God, out of darkness, you bring light. Out of sadness, you bring joy. Out of confusion, you bring peace. Help us to share that good news with others, in both word and deed. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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

Acts 16:32-34
Then Paul and Silas told him and everyone else in his house about the Lord. While it was still night, the jailer took them to a place where he could wash their cuts and bruises. Then he and everyone in his home were baptized. They were very glad that they had put their faith in God. After this, the jailer took Paul and Silas to his home and gave them something to eat. (CEV)

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

Child: Why do you think the jailer wanted to be baptized? How was God already at work in him?

Child: What did Paul and Silas have to share with the jailer? What did the jailer share with Paul and Silas?

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

Heavenly Father, you give us everything we need for life – not only the physical things we need, but the spiritual gifts of your grace. Thank you for sharing with us the promise of new life in Christ, and help us to speak that promise to others. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be generous in sharing the message of Jesus. 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.

Mighty Lord, you have created the heavens and the earth, and have given us all good things. Create in us a thankful heart and generous spirit, so that we would share with others the blessings you have given to us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 16:9-15
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. Then after she and her family were baptized, she kept on begging us, “If you think I really do have faith in the Lord, come stay in my home.” Finally, we accepted her invitation. (CEV)

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

Child: What good things had Lydia been blessed with? Do you think she was thankful?

Child: What did Lydia do to share the good things God had given her?

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

Bountiful Lord, you provide for the needs of our lives so that we can help provide for the needs of others.  Help us to show the kind of hospitality that Lydia showed, and be generous in sharing what we have. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May God give you a kind and generous heart. 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.

Mighty Lord, you have created the heavens and the earth, and have given us all good things. Create in us a thankful heart and generous spirit, so that we would share with others the blessings you have given to us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

We pray in this petition that our heavenly Father would not hold our sins against us and deny our prayers because of them. We know we have not earned, nor do we deserve, those things for which we pray. (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: Why is it such a good thing to know that God listens to our prayers, even when we don’t deserve it?

Child: How does the way God acts toward us, show us the way we should act toward others?

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

Merciful Lord, you continue to do good for us, not because we have earned it, but simply because you love us.  Help us to do good and forgive others, as you have forgiven and done good to us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May the light of Jesus shine in you. 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.

Mighty Lord, you have created the heavens and the earth, and have given us all good things. Create in us a thankful heart and generous spirit, so that we would share with others the blessings you have given to us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Baptism is not merely water; it is water used according to God's command and connected with God's Word ... as recorded in the last chapter of Matthew, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).  (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: When was the last time you saw someone being baptized? What happened?

Child: Have you ever written your name on something so that people would know it belongs to you? How does God put his name on us at baptism?

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

Holy God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – you call us by name and make us your own. We thank you for the gift of baptism. Help us to make your name known to all the world. Amen.

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

May you never forget that you belong to Jesus. 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 Father, you have given us all we need. You protect us from danger and watch over us with a shepherd’s care. Give us hearts to care for others in the same way, that we would work to keep others safe and be the friends they need. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

We pray in this petition, as in a summary, that our heavenly Father would deliver us from every type of evil — whether it affects our bodies or souls, property or reputation — and at last, when our hour of death comes, would grant us a blessed end to our earthly lives and graciously take us from this world of sorrow to himself in heaven.  (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: What are some things that make you feel afraid?  How does God help you face those fears?

Child: What can we do to help keep each other safe and take care of each other?

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

Holy God, you work through us to bring help and hope to others. Make us into people who work to do good for others, that all people would experience your love and care, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May God be with you, and let you know that you are never alone. 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.

Heavenly Father, we thank you that you have made us your children, and that we can call upon you in good times and bad.  We pray that you would give us generous hearts, and use us to answer the prayers of others who are in need. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

God encourages us to believe that he is truly our Father, and that we are truly his children, so that we may boldly and confidently pray to him, just as beloved children speak to their dear father.  (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: God is our loving Father in heaven. Why is it important to know that we can always talk with God in prayer?

Child: As a family, why is it important that we pray together?  Is there anyone in need that we can pray for right now?

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

Holy God, you have given us so many good gifts, including the gift of prayer. Thank you for hearing us when we call on you. Help us to entrust all our cares and concerns into your hands. Amen.

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

May God be with you, and let you know that you are never alone. Amen.