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 guiding us when we don’t know what to do. Hold us by the hand and lead us, today and always. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, we pray. Amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

Paul and Silas left a town
Where they had been chased around.
Then they came to somewhere new;
Both were welcomed warmly, too.

In Berea (this new place),
They were listened to with grace.
All their words were well received;
Many heard, and then believed!

Some were angry and with shouts
Ordered Paul and Silas out!
So these two, with Timothy,
Went to Athens by the sea.

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

Child: What happened after the people in Berea heard God’s Word? Did this affect how they behaved?

Child: If you lived in Berea, what would you have done to make Paul and Silas feel at home?

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

Holy God, we know that you have a plan for the world, and that it is good. Help us to share your Word with others, fearlessly. Make us kind and compassionate people. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord go with you, and give you peace today. 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, when we are treated unfairly, give us patience. Let us look to Jesus as our example of how to treat our enemies. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

Paul and Silas came to town;
A slave girl followed them around.
She kept yelling — all could hear it.
Paul drove out the evil spirit.

Her masters took and had them beat,
Held and locked up by the feet.
God then sent a huge earthquake,
Making bars and doors to shake.

The jailer thought they all escaped,
His life, he was about to take,
When Paul said, “No! We all are here!”
The jailer did not have to fear.

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

Child: Why did Paul and Silas treat their jailer well? Do you think this was easy or hard for them?

Child:  When have you been kind to someone who didn’t expect it? What happened?

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

Holy God, help us to be kind to the people around us, even if we are on opposite sides. Give us wisdom, so we can act out of love rather than fear, like Paul and Silas did. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

May you see each person you meet as a child of 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.

Holy God, the world is filled with people who are longing to hear your world. We ask that you open our eyes to the needs of those around us. Give the compassion to reach out and bless the lives of others, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

Paul was preaching one fine day
By the river, by the bay,
When a woman heard his words,
And was changed by what she heard.

“Lydia,” that was her name,
A merchant there of local fame,
She sold lovely, purple things:
Cloth and garments fit for kings.

“Baptize me,” she said, “Please do,
And baptize all my household, too!”
When they were baptized that day,
She asked them to her home to stay!

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

Child: Why do you think Lydia was listening to Paul?  Why do we listen to our pastors’ preaching?

Child: Was Lydia just concerned about herself and her own faith? What shows you that she cared about others, too?

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

Holy God, we thank you for coming into our lives. Help us to be like your servant Paul. Use us to speak your promise and bring hope into the lives of others, by showing the love of Jesus to those we meet. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord open your eyes to see how you can serve 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, make us aware of the struggles that others are going through. Just as you have provided for our needs, help us to provide for the needs of others. Show us how we can serve you in the everyday moments of our lives, in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

A man who couldn’t use his feet
was sitting there along the street
When Paul spoke up to him and said,
“Stand up and walk. Lift up your head.”

The man stood up and grinned a grin;
a miracle had come to him!
And all who saw what had occurred
assumed that Paul, himself, was Lord!

But Paul said, “You must understand;
I’m not a god! I’m just a man.
I did not make the earth and sea,
It’s God we praise — not you or me.”

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

Child: Why do you think Paul didn’t just walk past the crippled man? Why did he stop?

Child:  What is an example of something we could do to help someone in need?

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

Holy God, we thank you for coming into our lives. Help us to be like your servant Paul, and help those who are in need, by showing the love of Jesus to those we meet. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord pour out his love upon 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, make us aware of the struggles that others are going through. Just as you have provided for our needs, help us to provide for the needs of others. Show us how we can serve you in the everyday moments of our lives, in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

As he went from town to town,
Paul would preach to those he found.
In the meetings of the Jews
He told them all of the Good News.

But some among them didn’t listen,
rejecting Paul with boos and hissin.’
Paul was sad that his own people
didn’t want to hear the Gospel.

To the Gentiles then he went,
the ones to whom he had been sent.
They believed and understood
the news of Christ indeed was good.

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

Child: Was there ever a time when you felt bad for someone because you knew that things weren’t going well for them? Was there anything you could do to help?

Child: Who is someone that needs our prayers today? Can we pray for them right now?

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

Holy God, we know that you hear us when we pray. Today, we would like to pray especially for __________. Give us all the faith to put our cares and concerns in your hands, trusting that you care for us. In name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May the Holy Spirit give you the heart to serve others in Jesus’ name. 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 eyes and heart to be moved to protect and care for those in need this day. May the words of our mouths and actions of our life reveal your loving compassion and give glory to you alone, in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

In a prison cell one night,
Peter saw a wondrous sight.
For an angel suddenly
Did appear to set him free!

Standing on the prison floor,
Peter followed to the door.
Chains released, the gate flung wide,
Peter grinned and stepped outside!

Still in shock, he went to find
Friends he knew who would be kind.
Seeing him, they were amazed
And the Lord their God they praised!

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

Child: Was there ever a time when you saw someone was stuck, and you helped them get going again?

Child: What does it mean to say that God has the power to set us free from all the things that bind us?

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

Holy God, we thank you that by your mercy and forgiveness you make us clean. Help us not to look down on others because of who they are or where they come from, but help us to reach out with love and compassion, especially for those in need. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Holy Spirit give you the compassion to serve in Jesus’ name. 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 live in a world of people who are struggling and hurting. Let us be people who do not hurt others, but help them in all their needs, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

Praying, Peter closed his eyes
And he had a big surprise!
God sent him a vision sweet,
Showing foods that he could eat.

Then a voice said, “These are clean.”
Peter thought, “What could this mean?”
But just then there came some men,
Who opened Peter’s eyes again.

These three men, they were not Jews,
But they were ones the Lord did choose.
They were clean in God’s own eyes,
when that day they were baptized!

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

Child: Was there ever a time when you felt icky because you were not clean? What was that like?

Child: Why do you think that God wants us to be clean inside and out? How does God do that for us?

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

Holy God, we thank you that by your mercy and forgiveness you make us clean. Help us not to look down on others because of who they are or where they come from, but help us to reach out with love and compassion, especially for those in need. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Holy Spirit give you the compassion to serve in Jesus’ name. Amen.