Thursday: Compassion

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.

Dear God, thank you for this day, and for the many ways you show kindness to us. Be with us now as we read and study together, and help us to learn all that you would have us know. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

Mary walked to Jesus’ tomb
In the morning, full of gloom,
When she got there, he was gone
On that early Easter dawn.

Crying sadly, Mary stayed
By the place where Christ had laid
That was when the Lord appeared
He was living—it was clear!

Christ had risen from the dead;
That is what the angels said.
She told others, then, who came;
Running there, they saw the same!

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

Child: If you were with Mary and saw Jesus’ empty tomb, what would you think had happened?

Child: Mary told her friends that Jesus had risen from the dead, and every generation since then has shared that news! When did you first hear that message of Jesus’ resurrection? How can we keep this message at the center of our celebration of Easter?

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

Holy God, we cannot imagine how Mary must have felt when she discovered that Jesus was not in the tomb. Yet you knew all along that death would not have the last word! Help us to trust in your greater plan, for you are good and full of compassion. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you believe the good news: Christ is risen, indeed!  Amen.

Thursday: Compassion

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.

Dear God, today as we discuss our Bible story, please help us to understand it better. Teach us what you would have us know, and make us into kind and compassionate people. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

Ol’ Pilate was the man in charge;
His Roman army was quite large!
They brought him Jesus to be tried;
The people wanted Christ to die.

So Pilate sentenced him to death;
And ordered whips to beat him with;
Upon a cross they nailed him, too,
And hailed him as, “The King of Jews.”

Above his head, that name they wrote;
They even gambled for his coat!
His closest friends all turned aside
On that sad day when Jesus died.

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

Child: Why do you think Jesus’ friends turned away from him? Do you imagine they regretted that later?

Child: Have you ever had friends turn away from you? How did you cope with that?

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

Holy God, despite the fact that people did not show compassion for your Son, you still care for us. How can that be? Perhaps it is because you are God—and we are not. Help us to see this more clearly each day, and to grow in love for you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you know that God is always there for you!  Amen.

Thursday: Compassion

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.

Dear God, stir up your Holy Spirit in us and draw us closer to you. As we read and learn, help us to see the many ways you show compassion for your people. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

Jesus and his friends sat down
At a table, gathered ‘round
And as he divided bread
Jesus thanked our God and said:

“Take and eat, this is for you.
Take the wine, and share it, too.
Do this to remember me
And with you I’ll always be.”

So his friends did as he said,
Passing wine and sharing bread;
Judas ate, but did not smile
(He would leave in just a while).

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

Child: Who helps distribute Communion in your church? What do you think it would be like to give Holy Communion to others?

Child: When you receive Holy Communion, Jesus is with you and forgives your sins. How does knowing that affect your feelings about Communion?

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

Holy God, thank you so much for caring for us, and for reaching out to us every time we receive Communion! Give us the courage to invite others to church, so that they may receive your love and forgiveness in this special way, as well. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you invite a friend to church!  Amen.

Thursday: Compassion

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.

Dear God, please send your Holy Spirit to inspire us as we study today. Teach us all that you would have us know, and draw us ever closer to you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

Jesus smiled and rode along
On a donkey, young and strong,
As a joyful, happy crowd
Called to him in voices loud.

Waving branches in the air,
No one seemed to have a care.
For they knew that Christ had come
And he was God’s Holy One.

But some others were not glad.
They were even rather mad
As they heard the people shout.
These men wanted Jesus out!

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

Child: What happened on Palm Sunday was like a parade! Have you ever seen a parade? Why do you think the crowds were so excited that Jesus was coming?

Child: Why do you think there were some people that day who were upset when they saw how much the crowds liked Jesus? Have you ever felt jealous when someone received praise instead of you?

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

Holy God, like the crowds from long ago, we are so glad to have Jesus in our lives! Help us to remain faithful, and to stay true to him no matter what challenges we face. Give us joy in praising our Lord and honoring him as our hero. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

May Jesus fill you with joy!  Amen.

Thursday: Compassion

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.

Dear God, open our minds and our hearts today, so that we may learn more about Jesus. Thank you for sending your Son into our world as your ultimate act of compassion. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

For supper, Jesus went to see
His three good friends in Bethany;
While Lazarus sat down to eat,
His sister, Martha, kept things neat.

Then Mary came into the room
With costly nard, a sweet perfume.
She gave her Lord this gift most rare
And wiped his feet with her long hair!

Then Judas yelled, “Why waste that stuff
When some poor folks don’t have enough?”
But Jesus said, “Leave her alone;
For in a while I’ll soon be gone.”

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

Child: Two times in the Bible, a woman wiped Jesus’ feet with her hair. Why do you think someone might do that?

Child: In this poem, Jesus said, “I’ll soon be gone.” What do you think Jesus meant by that? Where was he going?

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

Holy God, Mary, Martha and Lazarus knew that Jesus was special—and in fact, he was the Savior of the world! Help us to understand how much Jesus loves all of us, and to live good, faithful lives in return. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you serve the Lord!  Amen.

Thursday: Compassion

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.

Dear God, stir up your Holy Spirit in us today, and turn our hearts to you. Help us to see the many ways you care for us, even when we least deserve it. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

There was a tale that Jesus told
About a son who was quite bold,
And in this tale, the foolish son
Just took dad’s money on the run!

The young man wasted every cent,
And soon his money all was spent.
He wished that he could go back home
Since he was hungry and alone.

But when the father saw his boy,
He hugged and welcomed him with joy.
The father said to those around:
“My son was lost and now he’s found!”

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

Child: Have you ever felt homesick and alone? When?

Child: If you were the young man in the story, would you have been surprised by your father’s welcome? Why or why not?

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

Holy God, sometimes we get homesick, and feel very alone. But we know that you are always there for us, as close as a prayer. Thank you for loving us, no matter what. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you realize that you are never alone!  Amen.

Thursday: Compassion

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.

Dear God, fill us with love and compassion, so that we may see others as you see them. Open our hearts now, as we talk and pray together, and make us into the people you want us to be. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

There once was a Samaritan
(Who was a fair and decent man),
And as he walked along the road
He saw an injured man, and slowed.

Then taking bandages and oil
He washed his cuts; cleaned out the soil.
He helped the man, and carried him
Along the road and to an inn.

While usually they would not meet
One helped the other on that street.
And in that act, the hurt man knew
He had a neighbor, good and true.

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

Child: Are there groups of people that we usually would not meet in our neighborhood? Who are they?

Child: What do all people have in common, even if their skin color, beliefs, or backgrounds are different?

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

Holy God, sometimes we let differences keep us apart from other people. Teach us how to reach out and treat people lovingly even if they have other traditions or ways of life. Show us how to share our faith with them. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you see your neighbors as fellow children of God!  Amen.