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, stir up your Holy Spirit in us now, as we settle in to study your Word. Teach us, and help us to follow you. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 119:57-58
The LORD is my portion; I promise to keep your words. I entreat your favor with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise. (ESV)

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

Child: When we say that we will obey God, what does that mean? Are there times when it is easier to obey than other times?

Child: God has promised to be kind to us. Do you think God ever uses a hard time in our lives to bring about something good? How might that actually be kind?

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

Lord God, we want to obey you, but sometimes that is hard to do. Please help us. Make us into the people you would have us be. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you follow Jesus! 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, we praise and thank you for giving us this day. Be with us, and turn our hearts to you as we study. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 148:3-5
Sun and moon, and all of you bright stars, come and offer praise. Highest heavens, and the water above the highest heavens, come and offer praise. Let all things praise the name of the Lord, because they were created at his command. (CEV)

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

Child: How do you think the sun, moon, and stars can offer praise to God? How about things like animals or plants? What are some different ways that people can praise God?

Child: What is your favorite plant, tree or flower in the natural world? Why do you think God might have created it?

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

Lord God, thank you so much for this beautiful world that you have created. Help us to take good care of it, and to appreciate all that you have given us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you take care of God’s good earth! 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, we are so thankful to have this time together to rest and study your Word. Be with us now, and inspire us as we learn. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 145:10-13
All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your saints shall bless you! They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power, to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. The LORD is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works. (CEV)

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

Child: What are some of the mighty deeds of God? What is the most amazing thing that God has made, in your opinion? How can we make sure that others know about God’s love and power?

Child: What do you feel most thankful to God for? What has God done in your life to bless you?

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

Lord God, help us to tell others about your great deeds. Thank you for all that you do for your people, each and every day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you tell others about God’s love! 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, thank you for this day we have together. Bless each person here, and help us to be open to your Word. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 27:2-3
Brutal people may attack and try to kill me, but they will stumble. Fierce enemies may attack, but they will fall. Armies may surround me, but I won’t be afraid; war may break out, but I will trust you. (CEV)

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

Child: What does it mean to trust God? Have you ever been worried about something, and finally decided to leave it in God’s hands? What happened?

Child: When we hear about sad events, we can always “look for the helpers,” and know that God is with them. Who are some of God’s helpers that you have seen at work in the world? Tell us about them.

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

Lord God, no matter what happens around us, you can use it for good in some way. Knowing this, we find peace and rest. Thank you for your love and protection. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you always look for the helpers! 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, we come before you today with open hearts. Help us to grow closer to you and to one another as we study and learn. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 103:19-20
God has set up his kingdom in heaven, and he rules the whole creation. All of you mighty angels, who obey God’s commands, come and praise your Lord! (CEV)

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

Child: What does it mean that God rules the whole creation? How can that knowledge help us to be calm, even when things are hard?

Child: The psalm tells us that even the angels obey God’s commands. Where can we learn about God’s commands? Are there any of God’s commands that you find hard to follow?

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

Lord God, we are so thankful that you are in control, and that we can trust you with this day. Help us to follow your commands, and to become the people you would have us be. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you obey God’s commands. 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, thank you for this time of rest. Be with us now and help us to know you better. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 91:13-14
You will overpower the strongest lions and the most deadly snakes. The Lord says, “If you love me and truly know who I am, I will rescue you and keep you safe.” (CEV)

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

Child: God wants us to know him. How can we do that? Who has God put into our lives to help keep us safe?

Child: Have you ever felt that God rescued you from something? When? What happened?

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

Lord God, we love you. Thank you for watching over us. May we always trust and depend on you, even (and especially) when times are tough. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you love the Lord with all your heart, mind and strength. 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, thank you for this day of rest in our busy week. As we seek to worship you today, may we be refreshed by your life-giving Word. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 18:15a, 16-17
You roared at the sea, and its deepest channels could be seen...You reached down from heaven, and you lifted me from deep in the ocean. You rescued me from enemies, who were hateful and too powerful for me. (CEV)

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

Child: In Psalm 18, we see that God is more powerful than the ocean or anything on earth. How can knowing that comfort us?

Child: God rescued the psalm writer from his enemies. How might God do that for us in our own lives today?

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

Lord God, you are mighty and powerful. We praise you and thank you for caring for us, small though we are. Help us to look to you for all that we need. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you look to God for help whenever you need it. Amen.