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 give us what we need every day. Help us to learn more about you now, as we study our Bible story. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 28: 7-9
The governor of the island was named Publius, and he owned some of the land around there. Publius was very friendly and welcomed us into his home for three days. His father was in bed, sick with fever and stomach trouble, and Paul went to visit him. Paul healed the man by praying and placing his hands on him. After this happened, everyone on the island brought their sick people to Paul, and they were all healed (CEV)

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

Child: When have you visited someone who was sick, like Paul did? Were you able to do anything to help?

Child: Has anyone ever prayed for you when you were sick? Who was it? Tell us about that.

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

Dear Lord, thank you for sending people into our lives who help us when we are ill. Bless the nurses, doctors, pastors and others who care for us. Keep them well as they go about their important work. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you be healthy and strong! 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, make us brave as we hear stories of courage from the Bible. Teach us what it means to lean on you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 27: 43-44
But Captain Julius wanted to save Paul’s life, and he did not let the soldiers do what they had planned. Instead, he ordered everyone who could swim to dive into the water and head for shore. Then he told the others to hold on to planks of wood or parts of the ship. At last, everyone safely reached shore. (CEV)

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

Child: Do you think Paul and the others were relieved to dive into the water and swim to shore, or just scared? What would you have wanted to do if you were in their shoes?

Child: The Bible tells us that everyone safely reached the shore after the shipwreck. Do you think this experience brought the sailors and prisoners closer together? Why or why not?

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

Dear Lord, you provided planks for the shipwrecked people to use as they floated to shore, and you give us what we need, too. Please watch over us each day, in good times and in bad. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you know that God is with 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, make us firm in faith, and brave in sharing it. Help us to learn what it means to be courageous as we read more about Paul today. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 24:14-16
[Paul said,] “I admit that their leaders think that the Lord’s Way, which I follow, is based on wrong beliefs. But I still worship the same God that my ancestors worshiped. And I believe everything written in the Law of Moses and in the Prophets. I am just as sure as these people are that God will raise from death everyone who is good or evil. And because I am sure, I try my best to have a clear conscience in whatever I do for God or for people.”  (CEV)

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

Child: Paul spoke about believing in Jesus as “the Lord’s Way”? Why is trusting and believing in Him the “way” that God wants us to live each day?

Child: When we trust in Jesus, why does that make us want to help others trust in Jesus, too? How does God use us to give his promise to others?

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

Dear Lord, people learn about you from what they see in us, your followers. Help us to be generous and good, so that our lives would give you glory. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you give the promise of God to 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.

Mighty Lord, as we read today’s story, teach us to see all of life through the eyes of faith. Help us to trust in your goodness always. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 21:32-33
[The Roman army commander] quickly took some soldiers and officers and ran to where the crowd had gathered. As soon as the mob saw the commander and soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. The army commander went over and arrested him and had him bound with two chains. Then he tried to find out who Paul was and what he had done.  (CEV)

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

Child: Do you think the Roman commander realized that by arresting Paul and putting him in chains, he was saving him? Why or why not?

Child: When we are being honest and good, we have nothing to fear and nothing to hide. Knowing that, do you think it was a relief for Paul when the Roman commander tried to find out what he had done? Why or why not?

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

Dear Lord, you are always working for good. Thank you for those who work honorably to keep order in our world. Protect them, and protect all your people. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you see God’s hand 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.

Mighty Lord, you can do amazing things! Thank you for watching over us, and for helping us each day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 20:10-2
Paul went down and bent over Eutychus. He took him in his arms and said, “Don’t worry! He’s alive.”  After Paul had gone back upstairs, he broke bread, and ate with us. He then spoke until dawn and left. Then the followers took the young man home alive and were very happy. (CEV)

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

Child: Paul was able to go back to speaking after he knew Eutychus was okay. How do you think he could stay so calm? What calms you after you’ve had a scare?

Child: Everyone assumed Eutychus was dead after he fell from that window, but God healed him! When has God done something unexpected and wonderful in your life?

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

Dear Lord, we thank you for your unexpected blessings. Thank you for healing the sick and the injured. Be with all those who suffer today. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you trust God and be calm. 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 shower us with kindness! Thank you for your love, and for surrounding us with people who keep us safe. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 19:30-31
Paul wanted to go out and speak to the people, but the Lord’s followers would not let him. A few of the local officials were friendly to Paul, and they sent someone to warn him not to go. (CEV)

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

Child: That day, why did the Lord’s followers stop Paul from going out to speak to the people? What were they concerned about? How do you think Paul felt about what his friends did?

Child: Do you think God ever stops us from doing things we want to do? Why would God do that? Why might we do that for each other?

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

Dear Lord, you watch over us every day. Sometimes we don’t know why certain things happen, but you do. Help us to trust that you know what is best, even when we don’t get what we want. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you learn to be patient. 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, when we are weak, you are strong. When we are wavering, you are steady. Thank you for giving us all that we need each day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 18:9-11
One night, Paul had a vision, and in it the Lord said, “Don’t be afraid to keep on preaching. Don’t stop! I am with you, and you won’t be harmed. Many people in this city belong to me.” Paul stayed on in Corinth for a year and a half, teaching God’s message to the people. (CEV)

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

Child: Why might Paul have been comforted to know that God was with him?  Would that message have made a difference to you? Why or why not?

Child: Even though some people in the city didn’t listen to Paul, God said that “many in the city belong to me.” Why is it helpful to know that others share our faith?

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

Merciful Lord, even when many people turn away, you still notice those who belong to you. Help us to reach out to those who do not believe in you. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you notice those around you who share your faith. Amen.