Sunday: Worship

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, as we gather together today, we praise and thanks you for all you have done for us. Speak to us through the words of the Bible, so that your Holy Spirit may be at work in our hearts. 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.

Psalm 5:11
Let all who run to you for protection always sing joyful songs. Provide shelter for those who truly love you and let them rejoice. (CEV)

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

Child: What does it mean to "take shelter" in God? In what ways does God protect us in our everyday lives?

Child: What's your favorite hymn to sing? Why do we sing to God?

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

Lord God, in our times of need, we ask that you would help us know and trust that you are always there for us. Remind us of your love and protection throughout every day of our lives. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord bless you and keep you in all that you do. Amen.

Sunday: Worship

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.

Gracious Lord, on this Sabbath Day, may we take this time to rest and learn from you. Thank you for giving us the Bible, with all of its many lessons and teachings. Help us to understand it better each time we read it. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 30
I will praise you, Lord! You saved me from the grave and kept my enemies from celebrating my death. I prayed to you, Lord God, and you healed me, saving me from death and the grave. (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever been really sick, and then got better? What did you appreciate more after you had recovered?

Child: Sometimes people who are ill do not recover, but God heals them in other ways. How might that happen? What promise do we have, even in death?

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

Lord God, it is so hard to be sick, and to feel discouraged. But we know that you are there, giving comfort and peace. Please be with those who struggle with illness today, and bring them healing in body, mind and spirit. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

May you be well in body, mind and spirit! Amen.

Sunday: Worship

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.

Gracious Lord, on this beautiful Easter day, we praise and worship you! Thank you for each person here, and for this time that we can spend studying your Word together. Help us to learn all that you would have us know. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 94:17-22
Who will stand up for me against those cruel people? If you had not helped me, Lord, I would soon have gone to the land of silence. When I felt my feet slipping, you came with your love and kept me steady. And when I was burdened with worries, you comforted me and made me feel secure. You are opposed to dishonest lawmakers who gang up to murder innocent victims. You, Lord God, are my fortress, that mighty rock where I am safe. (CEV)

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

Child: What is a fortress? How is God like a fortress for us?

Child: In what ways has God protected you or kept you safe at different times in your life?

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

Lord God, on this day, over two thousand years ago, you raised Jesus from the dead! We are so thankful that you did not allow death and evil to have the last word. Help us to appreciate the true meaning of Easter as we celebrate it today. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May God protect you and keep you! Amen.

Sunday: Worship

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.

Gracious Lord, thank you for this day of rest and worship. Help us to turn to you now, and to leave the worries of the week behind as we study your Word. Be with us, and teach us all that you would have us learn. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 23:5-6
You treat me to a feast, while my enemies watch. You honor me as your guest, and you fill my cup until it overflows. Your kindness and love will always be with me each day of my life, and I will live forever
in your house, Lord. (CEV)

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

Child: Think back over your life, from when you were little to now. What are some ways God has shown kindness to you at each point in your life?

Child: What do you think God’s house is like? What would it be like to live there forever?

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

Lord God, we love you! Since our earliest days, you have been there, sometimes in ways we did not even notice at the time. Thank you for always caring for us, and for being our true resting place. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you see that God has always been there for you! Amen.

Sunday: Worship

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.

Gracious Lord, we are so blessed to be alive, and to have people in our lives who love us. Thank you for all that you do for us. As we study our psalm now, please be with us and help us to grow deeper in faith. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 98:4-6
Tell everyone on this earth to sing happy songs in praise of the Lord. Make music for him on harps. Play beautiful melodies! Sound the trumpets and horns and celebrate with joyful songs for our Lord and King! (CEV)

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

Child: If you could praise God with any instrument, which one would you choose? Why?

Child: What is your favorite hymn or praise song? Why is it special to you?

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

Lord God, thank you for the beginning of this new week. Help us to think of you and to praise you as the psalm writer describes, for you deserve all of our gratitude and love. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you tell someone about God today! Amen.

Sunday: Worship

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.

Gracious Lord, we are so thankful for this time that we can spend together! Be with us now, and as we learn, help us to see and appreciate all that you do for us. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 23:5b-6
You honor me as your guest, and you fill my cup until it overflows. Your kindness and love will always be with me each day of my life, and I will live forever in your house, Lord. (CEV)

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

Child: How can knowing that God’s kindness and love will always be with you help you to face hard times?

Child: What do you think it would be like to live forever in God’s house? How might God’s house be different from an earthly home?

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

Lord God, you bless us so much each day, in ways both seen and unseen. Thank you for the many ways you care for us. Help us to keep from taking this for granted, and to find ways to share your love with others. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May God’s love fill your heart to overflowing! Amen.

Sunday: Worship

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.

Gracious Lord, thank you for this Sabbath day, and for everyone in our family, both near and far. Be with us as we study our psalm now. Help us to learn from it and turn to you. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 25:6-18
I am lonely and troubled. Show that you care and have pity on me. My awful worries keep growing. Rescue me from sadness. See my troubles and misery and forgive my sins. (CEV)

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

Child: What are some of the things that you worry about? How does your faith help you deal with your fears?

Child: When you feel sad, what do you do to cheer yourself up? How can helping others make you feel better, yourself?

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

Lord God, no matter how lonely or troubled we feel, we are never truly alone. Help us to trust you with all our worries, big and small, for you care for us and love us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you pray—and let God worry! Amen.