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, stir up your Holy Spirit in us today. Make us into compassionate followers who love your Word and who care 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.

Paul was brought before a judge
By some folks who held a grudge;
They believed that Paul was bad
And his actions made them mad.

What on earth could Paul have done?
Worshipped Jesus Christ, God’s Son!
This was more than they could take.
(They thought Jesus was a fake).

Paul explained he broke no rules,
And the judge was not a fool:
Seeing Paul had done no crime
He delayed the case in time.

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

Child: A group was pressuring the judge to turn against Paul. Have you ever been pressured by a group, but said “no” to them? What happened? What role did your faith play in that?

Child: After hearing Paul’s argument, the judge showed compassion and put off making a decision. Have you ever changed your mind about a big decision? When? How did God help you?

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

Holy God, sometimes people try to turn us against others. Help us to be strong, to think for ourselves, and to treat everyone fairly. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be fair to all you meet. 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 never stop showing us your love. Thank you for your kindness and compassion. Teach us all that you would have us know today. 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 the temple, Paul did pray,
With the people there one day,
But a group got quite upset
And they yelled at Paul with threats.

“Help!” They hollered, “Get him out!”
And they pushed him with a shout.
Why did they not let him speak?
They believed he’d welcomed Greeks!

Thinking Paul had brought disgrace
They all dragged him from that place.
Then some soldiers stopped the brawl
By arresting faithful Paul.

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

Child: People got upset because they believed all sorts of rumors and false stories about Paul. What should we do when we hear bad rumors about other people? Why?

Child: Has anyone ever told a false story about you? How did you handle it? What did you learn from that situation?

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

Holy God, lead us today. When we hear rumors about people, keep us from passing those on or assuming they are true. Help us to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you stand up for those who have no voice. 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 giving us your Word, where we learn about people from other times and places. As we hear their stories, may we grow stronger in faith, ourselves. 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.

Paul was speaking late one night
When he had an awful fright:
One man, on a window sill,
Leaned too far and took a spill.

Tumbling backwards to the ground
With a shout, and then no sound,
He was gone. They thought him dead.
“He will live—don’t fear,” Paul said.

All were comforted to see
The young man breathing easily;
After this, they shared some bread,
Praising God, who raised the dead!

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

Child: It must have been so scary to see someone fall from a building! What would you have done if you were there when that happened?

Child: Why do you think the people praised God at the end of the story? When have you praised God after a frightening experience?

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

Holy God, you protect us from so much in this world. And even when hard things happen, you help us through them. Thank you for your love and compassion. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you praise God at all times. 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, teach us to worship you alone, and to show compassion to those around us who do not yet know you. 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 taught about the one true God,
But many people thought him odd.
He said, “Those idols that you make,
They are not real; they’re just a fake.”

This made the craftsmen very mad,
Their business started going bad.
“Our god is Artemis,” they called,
“It’s time to put a stop to Paul!”

The people there began to riot,
Others told them to be quiet:
“You must quickly stop this fuss,
Or it will all be blamed on us!”

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

Child: Paul was visiting a place where people worshipped many gods. What would you do if you were in his shoes? Would you be able to teach others about the one, true God? Why or why not?

Child: When people don’t believe us when we speak the truth, should we just tell them what they want to hear to get along? Why or why not?

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

Holy God, we want to point others to you, but it can be hard to speak up. Show us how to do this. Lead us, as you did for Paul. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

May you reach out to those who don’t know 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, be with us now, as we seek to grow closer to you. Remind us that you never leave us on our own. 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.

In his travels, Paul did meet
Many people, good and sweet
One such person was Acquila,
And his lovely wife, Priscilla.

There in Corinth, Paul would speak
To the Jews and to the Greeks
Some would listen, but not all;
Others yelled at faithful Paul.

Then the Lord appeared one night
In a vision, bringing light:
“Don’t give up, dear Paul, my friend,
I am with you ‘till the end.”

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

Child: When you have been trying to do good, but were resisted by others? Why is it easy to feel like giving up?

Child: How does God speak to us through the Word of Scripture? Has something you read in the Bible ever given you encouragement to keep going?

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

Holy God, just as you did for Paul, you comfort us when we face dark times. We are so thankful that we can always count on you! We love you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

May you depend on God, above all else. 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 never give up on us. Even when we turn away from you, you send people to reach out to us. Thank you for your care and loving concern. 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.

In Athens, Paul had this to say:
“I see how faithfully you pray.
For even to a ‘god unknown,’
You’ve made an altar out of stone.

That’s why I’m here to speak to you,
To teach you something good and true:
My God is real! He made each star!
He loves all people, near and far.

God simply wants us to repent,
To turn to Christ, the One he sent.”
Some laughed at Paul, but others said,
“It’s true, for Christ rose from the dead.”

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

Child: Why might people make an altar to an unknown god? What do you think it looked like?

Child: If you had never heard before, what would it be like to come to know the real God?

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

Holy God, while some laughed at Paul, others listened and turned to you. Help us to do as Paul did, and share the Good News of your love with a world that desperately needs to hear it. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord give you the words you need 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, 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.