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 so thankful that you lovingly watch over us. Help us to care for others who may be struggling with heavy burdens this season. 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.

Mary, who was young and sweet,
Was, indeed, surprised to meet
Someone who appeared at night;
‘Twas an angel, filled with light!

“Do not be afraid, Dear One,
For in time you’ll have a son!
God is happy with you, too,
That’s why he sent me to you.”

“How can this all be?” She said.
“I’m not married; I’m not wed.”
“God will make a way, somehow,”
Said the angel, “Trust him now.”

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

Child: Why do you think the angel told Mary not to be afraid? Do you think the angel’s words helped Mary feel better? Why or why not?

Child: Mary was going to have to trust God with her future. Why? How does trusting God with the future help us deal with all the uncertain things in life?

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

Holy God, thank you for sending your Son into our world, which so needed a Savior. And thank you for Mary and Joseph, who received him in true faith. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you know how much God cares 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.

Holy God, thank you for watching over us each day! Help us to understand how much you love us as we settle down now to study your Word. 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.

At the start of everything
There weren’t any birds to sing
And there were no flowers, or
Animals to growl and roar.

But, our loving God was there
For he’s always everywhere;
And The Word was with him, too,
Speaking life, so pure and true.

Even though the world was dark,
With the Word of God, a spark
Of such blazing, shining light
Broke into the deepest night!

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

Child: Would you have liked to be there at the beginning of time, when all was dark, and there were no birds or flowers? Why or why not? What would you most like to see God create?

Child: How did God make so many things out of nothing? Of all the animals God made, which one is your favorite? Why?

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

Holy God, it is amazing to us that you created this whole beautiful world. You spoke, and life began! May we never forget this, or take our lives for granted. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be thankful for all you have!  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.

Holy God, we love you! Be with us now, and open our hearts to understand your Word as we study 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.

Because God loves both me and you,
He will, in time, make all things new.
Our God will live with us, you know,
And many blessings he’ll bestow.

This earth and heaven, sky and sea,
Will fade into eternity.
With tears and trouble wiped away,
The Lord will make a brand new day!

So now be patient and be strong,
Bad things can only last so long,
As it began so shall it end,
The Lord will make all new again!

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

Child: Why do you think God wants to make all things new? If you could make something new, what would it be?

Child: What blessings would you most like to receive from God? How can you best share your blessings with others?

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

Holy God, thank you for the gifts of earth, sky and sea! We look forward to the day when you will make them, and all things, new. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May God bless you today and always!  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.

Holy God, you want us to rely on you, above all. Stir up your Spirit in us now, so that our faith may grow ever stronger. 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.

Up in heaven was a war.
Who was fighting, and what for?
It was angels, sure enough,
And a dragon, mean and tough!

Satan, that old dragon, stood,
Michael fought for God and good;
Then a voice boomed from above,
“Christ has won with truth and love!”

Satan and his angels fell
Down from heaven, towards hell;
He may pester, but won’t win
For our Lord defeated him!

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

Child: Are there ever times when God’s people have to stand up against evil here on earth? When?

Child: Tell about a time when you tried to protect someone else from being hurt?  Why is it important to fight for what is right?

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

Holy God, thank you for sending your Son into the world to save us from sin, death and the devil! May we never take this gift for granted. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you remember that you are God’s beloved child!  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.

Holy God, make us kind, as you are kind. Be with us now, and transform us from the inside out. 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.

In a dream, John had a vision,
Most amazing, and most rare,
Where he saw the throne of heaven
And a Lamb was standing there.

Angels singing in loud voices
Praised the Lord of heaven above;
“Worthy is the Lamb!” they shouted,
“He brings mercy, peace, and love!”

John was even more surprised when,
All the creatures of the sea,
Joined with those of earth and heaven
Praising God eternally.

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

Child: How do you imagine John might have felt about the vision he had? Why do you think he wrote it down?

Child: What is a throne?  Describe what you picture the throne of heaven to look like.

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

Holy God, you give us glimpses of heaven as we read your Word. May we always remember that with you in control, we have nothing to fear in this world or the next. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May your faith grow stronger, day by day! 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.

Holy God, open our ears to hear your word, our minds to understand it, and our mouths to share it with others. 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 traveling by sea
Paul and friends did all agree
Malta was an island where
They could rest and breathe fresh air.

Then a viper bit Paul’s hand
As he gathered sticks on land;
Local people there were sure
Paul would die; there was no cure.

But the Lord protected Paul
And he made it, after all.
More than that, he healed the ill,
Curing them as was God’s will.

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

Child: What good came of Paul’s scary experience with the snake bite? When have you gone through something difficult, and later saw something good in it?

Child: Have you ever been healed of a bad sickness? How did God help you through that time?

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

Holy God, you shower us with compassion, and bring good out of even the most difficult things. Use us to lead others to you, so they might experience your love as we do. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you share God’s love with others. 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.

Holy God, you love us, and because of this, you sent your Holy Spirit into our world to be our helper. Thank you for this, and for all of the ways you bless us. 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 sailing on a choppy sea,
With cold winds blowing gustily,
A ship was battered in the squall.
But on this ship rode faithful Paul.

Although he was a captive, too,
Paul prayed while stormy gale winds blew.
And to the frightened men on board
He said, “Take heart and trust the Lord!”

Then after fourteen days and nights
Of raging winds and scary sights,
The ship was wrecked against a reef.
But all were saved, with great relief!

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

Child: Have you ever been on a ship at sea, or even a boat on a big lake? What did you like the most—and the least—about that?

Child: The poem tells us that Paul prayed while stormy gale winds blew. Have you ever prayed during a storm? When?

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

Holy God, you are bigger than the ocean, and more powerful than the most frightening storm. Help us to remember that with you, we have nothing to fear. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust God to guide you. Amen.