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.

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 watch over us every day and protect us from harm.  Give us courage and strength that we may serve to help and protect all those you have entrusted to our care. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

God's will is done when he hinders and destroys every evil design and purpose of the devil, the world, and our sinful nature that would keep us from hallowing his name and prevent the coming of his kingdom.  (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 does God want to keep us away from things that would hurt us?

Child: As a family, how can we help protect each other and help each other be safe?

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

Holy God, you have given us so many good gifts. One of the most special gifts you have given us is other people with whom we share our lives. Help us to look out for one another, so that we would experience your love through each other. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May God watch over you and keep you safe. 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.