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, we want to grow closer to you. Be with us as we study our Bible story together, and help us to notice how you care for and reach out to your people. 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.

After climbing up, up, up
On a mountain to the top
Peter, James, as well as John,
Found a rock to sit upon.

There, they saw an awesome sight:
Jesus’ clothes turned white as light,
And his face began to glow
Like the sun and bright as snow!

Soon some prophets did appear,
And God’s voice spoke loud and clear:
“Listen to my Holy One,”
“He is my beloved Son.”

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

Child: What do you think Peter, James and John expected to see on the top of the mountain? Have you ever seen something so awesome, you didn’t quite know what to say?

Child: God told the disciples to listen to Jesus. What are some ways we can do that, today?

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

Holy God, sometimes we have “mountain top” experiences, where we feel so close to you. Other times, we feel like we are in a valley, lost and alone. Turn our hearts to you, so that we might listen to Jesus and be changed for the better. In his holy name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust the Lord with all your heart!  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, you are compassionate and good, and we are so thankful that you care for us! As we read our Bible rhyme today, strengthen our faith, and inspire us to trust you more. 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.

Jesus was a wedding guest
But his hosts were very stressed.
They were filled with nervous doubt
For the wine had all run out!

Mary turned to Jesus, who
Surely would know what to do.
“Pour some water there,” he said,
“It will turn to wine, instead.”

Sure enough, his words were right,
And in Cana on that night,
Jesus had performed a sign:
Turning water into wine!

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

Child: What does it mean to be “stressed?” Do you think Jesus knew how the wedding hosts were feeling? Why or why not?

Child: Tell us about a time when you felt stressed and overwhelmed. How did God help you through that experience?

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

Holy God, when we are worried or overwhelmed, we know that we can turn to you for help. Thank you for listening to our prayers and helping us overcome challenges. We love you! 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.

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, we are blessed because of your great kindness to us. As we read our lesson today, stir up your Holy Spirit, and help us to see the many ways you show compassion for your people. 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.

Zacchaeus was a tiny man
And yet he had a giant plan
For he was certain he would see
the Lord, by climbing up a tree!

Up there, he overlooked the crowd
And grinned when Jesus said out loud,
“Zacchaeus, you come down, okay?
I’m visiting your home today!”

So, feeling eager as could be,
Zacchaeus shimmied down that tree.
And from that day, a change began;
Zacchaeus was a better man.

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

Child: Why do you think Zacchaeus became a better man after meeting Jesus? What changed for him?

Child: If Jesus announced that he was visiting our home today, what would we do to get ready for him? What foods would we serve him?

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

Holy God, you care about every person, big or small. May we welcome you into our lives, as Zacchaeus did so long ago, and may we, too, be changed for the better! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May Jesus make a difference in your life!  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, you are our loving Father. Thank you for making us your children, and for caring for us as you do. Be with us today, and help us to learn all that we can as we study and talk. 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.

As Jesus walked along the Sea
He called out, “Come and follow me!”
Two fishermen who heard his voice
Dropped all their nets and made a choice.

Soon Andrew, Peter, James and John
Decided they’d be counted on
To talk and pray with people, too,
For that’s what they’d been called to do.

They did not ask where they would go.
They trusted Jesus; he would know.
They fished for people now, instead,
And followed Jesus where he led.

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

Child: Do you think it would be harder to fish for fish, or for people? Why?

Child: What does it mean to follow Jesus, in our own time? How can each of us do that in our daily lives?

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

Holy God, we want to be followers of Jesus, but sometimes it’s hard to know how best to do that. Show us the way. Help us to do the things you want us to do, so that we may make a difference in this world. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May God lead you, and help you make good choices!  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, every day, you watch over us. We may not see you, but you are there, caring for us. Be with us now as we talk and study and help us to learn all that you would have us know. 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.

While in the desert Jesus prayed;
He ate no food for forty days.
That’s when the devil came and tried
To tempt the Lord with pleasant lies.

The devil promised lots of things:
Like food and safety, wealth of kings,
But Jesus would not go along.
With all the things he knew were wrong.

“Be gone!” yelled Jesus, “Let me be.
Your tempting will not work with me!”
The devil could not beat the Lord
For Jesus stood upon God’s Word.

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

Child: The devil offered Jesus things he wanted or needed—food, safety, money. Do you think it might have been hard for Jesus to say “no” to these things? Would it have been hard for you?

Child: Do you think the devil was surprised that Jesus turned him away? Have you ever surprised anyone by going against something bad that you were being pressured to do?

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

Holy God, it can be hard to turn away from things that tempt us. Jesus understands this, as he had to do that, himself. Help us to make good decisions, and to look to you for guidance. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you look to God for guidance!  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, we are blessed by your kindness and compassion for us! Stir up your Holy Spirit in us now, so that we might learn more about you as we listen to our Bible story. 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.

John the Baptist lived outside
Wearing skins and camel hides;
Many people knew his name
For his ways had brought him fame!

But he was a faithful guy
And when Jesus Christ stopped by
John said, “You have come here, too?
I should be baptized by you!”

But John baptized Christ instead;
Pouring water on his head,
God’s voice spoke: “This is my Son,
My beloved Chosen One.”

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

Child: What do you think it would be like to live outside all the time, like John the Baptist? What would be your favorite (and least favorite) part of that?

Child: How do you imagine John felt when he heard God’s voice boom down from heaven?

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

Holy God, it is amazing that you sent your own Son to us! Thank you for caring about our world, and for reaching out to us through Jesus, our Savior. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you listen to God’s Word!  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, thank you for loving us, and for giving us Bible stories so we can learn from those who went before us in faith. Help us to understand more each day. 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.

Mean King Herod had a plan,
For he was a sneaky man.
Hearing of a newborn king,
He thought up a trap to spring.

“Can you find this child for me?”
Herod asked the wise men three.
Searching, then, they found the boy
And were overcome with joy!

Frankincense and gold and myrrh
Were three gifts they did confer.
When they left another way;
Herod did not win that day!

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

Child: Why do you think that Herod wanted the wise men to find Jesus? What was his plan?

Child: What are frankincense, gold and myrrh? Why do you think the wise men gave gifts like this to a young child?

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

Holy God, the wise men knew that little Jesus was a king. May we, also, realize how special he is, and worship him as they did. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you love Jesus as he loves you!  Amen.