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 bless us, day after day, with family, friends, food, and so many other things. Thank you for all of it, and for being with us now. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Luke 1:36-38
[The angel said to Mary,] “Your relative Elizabeth is also going to have a son, even though she is old. No one thought she could ever have a baby, but in three months she will have a son. Nothing is impossible for God!” Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant! Let it happen as you have said.” And the angel left her. (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever received very surprising news, and not known what to do? Was it hard for you to trust God with the outcome? Why or why not?

Child: Mary said she was the Lord’s servant. What do you think she meant by that? How can we be God’s servants even today?

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

Dear Lord, thank you for this day, and for these good people here. Help us to notice all that you do for us, and to serve you trustingly, in return. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you serve God today! 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, we welcome you into our lives, today and always. Please lead us now, and help us to understand your Word. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

John 1:11-14
He came into his own world, but his own nation did not welcome him. Yet some people accepted him and put their faith in him. So he gave them the right to be the children of God. They were not God’s children by nature or because of any human desires. God himself was the one who made them his children. The Word became a human being and lived here with us. We saw his true glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father. From him all the kindness and all the truth of God have come down to us. (CEV)

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

Child: The Bible tells us that Jesus wasn’t welcomed by his own people. Have you ever had trouble welcoming someone? Why? Did you learn anything from that experience?

Child: What does it mean to be a child of God, in your opinion? Do you think old people can be children of God? Why or why not?

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

Dear Lord, you understand what it feels like to be unwelcome. Help us reach out to those who need care and kindness, remembering that in doing so, we are welcoming you. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you never forget that you are God’s child! 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, thank you for being with us now, as we pray and study together! Bless each person in this room. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Revelation 21:5-6
He who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. (CEV)

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

Child: Why does God say that he is the beginning and the end? What do you think that means?

Child: Saying that people are “thirsty” is another way to say that they are looking for something. What do you think people are thirsty for today? What do you think the “water of life” is, and how can it help?

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

Dear Lord, you have given us so much, and you continue to bless us each day. Help us to always look to you for living water. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you never lose hope in God! 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, bless all who study your Word today. Be with us, and with people across the world, who want to know you better. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Revelation 12:11
Our people defeated Satan because of the blood of the Lamb and the message of God. They were willing to give up their lives. The heavens should rejoice, together with everyone who lives there.” (CEV)

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

Child: Why don’t we have to be afraid, even when we hear about scary things? Who fights for us? What’s a short phrase we can say to remind ourselves of this?

Child: When someone you know is going through hard times, how might you help them with the message of God? What could you say to encourage them?

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

Dear Lord, the heavens rejoice because you defeat evil, and fight for all that’s good. Watch over us here on earth, and help us to trust in you. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you tell others that Jesus loves them! 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, we praise you. Open our ears now to hear your Word, and our hearts to understand it. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Revelation 5:13-14
Then I heard all beings in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and in the sea offer praise. Together, all of them were saying, “Praise, honor, glory, and strength forever and ever to the one who sits on the throne and to the Lamb!” The four living creatures said “Amen,” while the elders knelt down and worshiped. (CEV)

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

Child: What does it mean to “praise” someone? Do you have a favorite way of praising God? What is it?

Child: God created more than just human beings. Why would all the animals, birds, and fish have reason to praise God?

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

Dear Lord, we join our voices with all of creation in praising you. May we always be mindful of your kindness to us, and thankful for all that you give us each day. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you see God at work in the world! 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, another weekend is upon us, and we are grateful for it! Help us to rest and appreciate this time together, and guide us as we read your Word now. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

James 2:17-18
Faith that doesn’t lead us to do good deeds is all alone and dead! Suppose someone disagrees and says, “It is possible to have faith without doing kind deeds.” I would answer, “Prove that you have faith without doing kind deeds, and I will prove that I have faith by doing them.” (CEV)

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

Child: When has someone treated you with kindness? Do you see how God might have used that person to reach out to you?

Child: What is one kind deed that you can remember doing? What led you to do it?

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

Heavenly Father, thank you for all that you do for us, and for giving us faith. Stir up your Holy Spirit in us so that we will see the needs around us. Show us how to best serve others, and strengthen our faith in the process. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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

May you show and receive kindness today. 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, thank you for this beautiful day. No matter the weather, every day you give us is a gift and every moment spent with you is a blessing. Help us to see the many ways you care for us as we study your Word today. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

2 Timothy 1:7-8
God’s Spirit doesn’t make cowards out of us. The Spirit gives us power, love, and self-control. Don’t be ashamed to speak for our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, just because I am in jail for serving him. Use the power that comes from God and join with me in suffering for telling the good news. (CEV)

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

Child: A “coward” is someone who is very afraid to stand up for what is right. What does Paul mean when he says that “God’s Spirit doesn’t make cowards out of us?”

Child: Tell us about a time when you were afraid to do something. How did God help you face your fear?

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

Heavenly Father, all of us feel afraid at times. Yet you don’t want us to be controlled by our fears. Give us strength to do your work in the world with a peaceful heart. Thank you for loving us no matter how anxious we may be. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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

May you turn to God when you feel afraid. Amen.