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, this is the day that you have made! We will rejoice and be glad in it. As we study and talk about our Bible lesson, let your Holy Spirit draw us ever closer 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 4:6-7
There are some who ask, “Who will be good to us?” Let your kindness, Lord, shine brightly on us. You brought me more happiness than a rich harvest of grain and wine. (CEV)

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

Child: How does having a relationship with God bring true happiness?

Child: In what ways does God’s kindness shine on our family? How can we share that kindness with others?

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

Lord God, you are so good to us! Sometimes we get busy and forget that all good things come from you. Thank you for your many blessings. May we be more aware of them every day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the joy of the Lord be your 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, thank you for this beautiful day, and for the gift of life, itself! As we study our Psalm today, be with us and help us to learn its lessons. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 62:10-12
Don’t trust in violence or depend on dishonesty or rely on great wealth. I heard God say two things: “I am powerful, and I am very kind.” The Lord rewards each of us according to what we do. (CEV)

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

Child: What does it mean to rely on great wealth? Why doesn’t God want us to do that?

Child: If God is both powerful and very kind, what does that mean for us?

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

Lord God, we want to do good, and to live good lives, yet we cannot do this on our own. Please help us, and guide us, for you are indeed both powerful and kind. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you remember that God is kind! 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, it is good to have this time together. Turn our hearts to you now, as we settle in to hear your Word. Bless each person here, and bless the week ahead. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 123: 1-2
Our Lord and our God, I turn my eyes to you, on your throne in heaven. Servants look to their master, but we will look to you, until you have mercy on us. (CEV)

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

Child: How is God like a king? How can we best serve God, our heavenly ruler?

Child: What does the word “mercy” mean? What are some of the ways that God has mercy on us?

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

Lord God, thank you for watching over us and caring for us each day. Please forgive us when we go astray, and lead us back onto your path. Have mercy on us, always. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you serve God in all 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, just as you led your people through the desert, lead us now as we come to learn from your Word. Guide us, teach us, and help us to become the people you want us to be. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 136:16-17
The Lord led his people through the desert. God’s love never fails. Our God defeated mighty kings. God’s love never fails. (CEV)

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

Child: What does it mean that “God’s love never fails?” How might knowing that affect how you live your life?

Child: God led his people through a desert, and God helped Jesus in the desert, too. When has God helped you get through something really hard? What good came from that experience?

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

Lord God, we love you, and we are grateful to be together on this day of rest and worship. Thank you for loving us, even when we are most unloveable. Help us to believe your promises, for you are completely trustworthy. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you love the Lord your God! 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. Bless each person here, and give us understanding as we come together to read 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 80:14-15, 17
God All-Powerful, please do something! Look down from heaven and see what’s happening to this vine. With your own hands you planted its roots, and you raised it as your very own. But help the one who is at your right side, the one you raised to be your own. (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever been upset by something, and prayed a desperate prayer to God? How did God answer that prayer?

Child: Why does God want us to turn to him in times of trouble? How can remembering our baptism help us with that?

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

Lord God, sometimes we feel upset, because everything seems wrong. But we know that you hear our prayers, and do not turn away. Thank you for listening, and for answering us, even when your answers are not what we expect. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you always turn to God in times of need! 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, and for being with each person here. Bless us, and help us to become wise like the wise men from long ago. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 2:10-11
Be smart, all you rulers, and pay close attention. Serve and honor the Lord; be glad and tremble. (CEV)

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

Child: Why is it important for rulers to serve and honor the Lord?

Child: If you could describe your ideal ruler or leader, what would that person be like? How might faith in God make a difference in how they treated people?

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

Lord God, we want to serve and honor you each day of our lives. Help us to do this, and to do it gladly. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you serve the Lord! 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, as the year draws to a close, bless each person here. Walk beside us in the New Year, and guide us, so that we may lead lives that are pleasing 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 40:5
You, Lord God, have done many wonderful things, and you have planned marvelous things for us. No one is like you! I would never be able to tell all you have done. (CEV)

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

Child: Why is it so helpful to know that we can trust and rely on God?

Child: God has planned marvelous things for us, even though we do not yet know what they are! What are some of your hopes and dreams for the New Year?

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

Lord God, thank you for being involved in our lives, and for watching over us. We praise you, and love you! Help us to serve you today, and in the year to come. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be blessed in the New Year! Amen.