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 be together. As we settle in to read our psalm for today, please give us a sense of peace and calm. Thank you for this beautiful Sabbath day! In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.
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: Have you ever gotten stuck in a cycle where your worries kept growing? How can trusting in God put a stop to that?
Child: When have you felt lonely? How can we as a family reach out to a lonely person in our church, school, or community?
Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.
Lord God, when we feel lonely, sad, or worried, you are there for us. Help us to remember this, and to turn to you for comfort. Show us how we might make a difference for others who are going through hard times, as well. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.
May you give your worries to God! Amen.