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 God, pour out on us the gift of your Holy Spirit. Speak to us through your Word and lead us in your ways, so that we may trust in you always, no matter where we go, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Psalm 10:16-18
Our Lord, you will always rule, but nations will vanish from the earth. You listen to the longings of those who suffer. You offer them hope, and you pay attention to their cries for help. You defend orphans and everyone else in need, so that no one on earth can terrify others again. (CEV)

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

Child: What does it mean to “defend” someone? Has someone ever defended you?

Child: Why is it important for us to know that God is our greatest Defender? How does trusting God help us to face the things we are afraid of?

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

Lord God, you are strong and mighty. We trust that you defend and care for us, especially when we are weak and afraid. In times of worry and fear, may our first thought be to turn to you in prayer, and call upon your help. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you always trust in the Lord as your sure defense. 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 God, pour out on us the gift of your Holy Spirit, so that we would experience your power and strength. Speak to us through your Word and in the teachings of the Bible, so that we would trust and believe in you every moment of the day, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Psalm 33:11-12
But what the Lord has planned will stand forever. His thoughts never change. 12 The Lord blesses each nation that worships only him. He blesses his chosen ones. (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever been “chosen” to do or be something special?  How does it feel to be chosen?

Child: Why is it important for us to know and remember that we are chosen by God?

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

Holy Lord, you are great and mighty, and you alone are Eternal. Thank you for choosing us to be a part of your plans, and promising that we will be with you forever. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust in the promise of Jesus, now and always. 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 God, you give us the gift of your Holy Spirit in the reading and hearing of your Word. Open our ears to hear your will for us, that Christ would be revealed to us this day and our faith would be strengthened, in the name of Christ. Amen.

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

Psalm 31:14-16
I trust you, Lord, and I claim you as my God. 15 My life is in your hands.  Save me from enemies who hunt me down. 16 Smile on me, your servant. Have pity and rescue me. (CEV)

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

Child: What does it mean to say that our life is “in God’s hands”?

Child: What does it mean to “trust” in God?  Why does God want us to trust in him?

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

Holy Lord, you are great and mighty. We trust our lives to your care and keeping. Take from us our worries and fears, and lead us to lives of hope and purpose. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May you worship the Lord with joy and gladness. Amen.

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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, we praise and thank you for all the blessings you give us. We especially thank you for the gift of forgiveness, by which you change our lives in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

Psalm 86:8-10
No other gods are like you; only you work miracles. 9 You created each nation, and they will all bow down to worship and honor you. 10 You perform great wonders, because you alone are God. (CEV)

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

Child: What are some amazing things that you know God is doing in the world?

Child: What does it mean to bow down to worship and honor the Lord?

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

Holy Lord, you are great and mighty, and you rule over all things. Help us to live our lives in a way that honors you and gives you glory. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May you worship the Lord with gladness and peace. 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.

Lord God, we praise and thank you for all the blessings you give us. We especially thank you for the gift of forgiveness, by which you change our lives in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

Psalm 51:9-11
Turn your eyes from my sin and cover my guilt. 10 Create pure thoughts in me and make me faithful again. 11 Don’t chase me away from you or take your Holy Spirit away from me. (CEV)

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

Child: When we do wrong, why does God choose to forgive us, instead of just turning away from us?

Child: Where do we get to hear the promise of God’s forgiveness spoken to us? Why is this something we need again and again?

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

Merciful God, just as you came to Saul and forgave his sin, we thank you for coming into our lives to forgive us. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we ask that you would change and renew our hearts each day, so that we would be the people that you want us to be. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Holy Spirit be at work every day in your heart and mind. 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.

Lord God, we praise and thank you for all the blessings you give us. Teach us by the Scriptures to trust in you and follow your ways, through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Amen.

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

Psalm 53:1-2
Only a fool would say, “There is no God!” People like that are worthless! They are heartless and cruel and never do right. From heaven God looks down to see if anyone is wise enough to search for him. (CEV)

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

Child: Why do you think some people don’t want to listen to God?

Child: What do we need when we sin and disobey? How does God change our hearts?

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

Merciful God, you come to us to lift us up when we fall and put us back on our feet. We are sorry for those times when we ignore you and act like you don’t exist. Forgive us our sins. By your Holy Spirit, renew our hearts, so that we would trust in your promise and follow your ways. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Holy Spirit create in you a clean heart. 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.

Lord God, we praise and glorify your name because you are faithful to your people throughout all generations. Teach us by the Scriptures to trust in you and follow your ways, through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Amen.

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

Psalm 117
All of you nations, come praise the Lord! Let everyone praise him. His love for us is wonderful; his faithfulness never ends. Shout praises to the Lord!  (CEV)

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

Child: What are some particular times when God has shown his faithfulness to you?

Child: Is God faithful to us even when we fall short of being faithful? How do you know?

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

Lord God, your love for us is incredible and never ending. You have promised to never let us go, Pour out your Spirit upon us so that we might be faithful to you in all that we say and do. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May the steadfast love of God be with you always. Amen.