Wednesday: Mercy

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 Father, it’s the middle of the week, full of activities and things to be done. Let this time of prayer and Bible study give us strength and energy as we are reminded that you are with us, leading and guiding us every day. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Luke 6:32-34
If you love only someone who loves you, will God praise you for that? Even sinners love people who love them. If you are kind only to someone who is kind to you, will God be pleased with you for that? Even sinners are kind to people who are kind to them. If you lend money only to someone you think will pay you back, will God be pleased with you for that? Even sinners lend to sinners because they think they will get it all back. (CEV)

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

Child: What is Jesus asking us to do? Does it sound easy or hard to you? Why?

Child: Has someone ever treated you kindly after you were mean to them? How did that make you feel?

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

Lord God, so often we don’t do what you want us to do. Please forgive us for this, and help us to live better lives. Inspire us to treat enemies with mercy rather than to punish them. Show us the way forward. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be merciful to others. Amen.

Wednesday: Mercy

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.

Almighty God, today as we come together to read your Word, help us to see the many ways that you show mercy and kindness to your people. Thank you for meeting our needs — from the biggest ones to the smallest. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

John 2:6-10
At the feast there were six stone water jars that were used by the people for washing themselves in the way that their religion said they must. Each jar held about twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants to fill them to the top with water. Then after the jars had been filled, he said, “Now take some water and give it to the man in charge of the feast.” The servants did as Jesus told them, and the man in charge drank some of the water that had now turned into wine. He did not know where the wine had come from, but the servants did. He called the bridegroom over and said, “The best wine is always served first. Then after the guests have had plenty, the other wine is served. But you have kept the best until last!” (CEV)

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

Child: If you were one of the servants, what might you have thought when Jesus told you to fill the jars with water? What would you have thought after you realized that the water had turned into wine?

Child: How did Jesus show mercy at the wedding? When has God shown mercy and kindness to you?

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

God of grace, you can do anything! Please help those who don’t have enough, whether they are lacking in food, friends, or faith. Bless them abundantly, as you blessed those at the wedding at Cana. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

May you notice the many ways God shows mercy! Amen.

Wednesday: Mercy

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.

Almighty God, be with us as we discuss our Bible story today. Open our minds and our hearts, so that we might see the many ways you show mercy and kindness to those who need it most. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Luke 9:5-7
When Jesus got there, he looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, hurry down! I want to stay with you today.” Zacchaeus hurried down and gladly welcomed Jesus. Everyone who saw this started grumbling, “This man Zacchaeus is a sinner! And Jesus is going home to eat with him.” (CEV)

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

Child: People judged Zacchaeus and thought they knew what was in his heart. Have you ever felt judged by others? When?

Child: Tell us about a time when you judged someone else unfairly. What did you learn about the person that later made you think differently?

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

God of grace, we have done nothing to deserve your mercy, yet you come to us anyway. Thank you for your love! Help us to reach out to those who need to know about you. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

May you see others as God sees them! Amen.

Wednesday: Mercy

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.

Almighty God, every day, you reach out to us and show us mercy and kindness. As we study our Bible lesson now and learn more about Jesus and his disciples, help us to grow deeper in our own faith. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Matthew 4: 21-22
Jesus walked on until he saw James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were in a boat with their father, mending their nets. Jesus asked them to come with him too. Right away they left the boat and their father and went with Jesus. (CEV)

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

Child: Jesus invited James and John to follow him. What are some ways that we can reach out to people, in our time, and invite them to follow Jesus?

Child: If Jesus called you to be one of his early disciples, what would be the most exciting part of that for you?

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

God of grace, we want the whole world to know about Jesus! Please help us as we look for ways to share our faith with others. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

May you tell someone about Jesus today! Amen.

Wednesday: Mercy

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.

Almighty God, thank you for the many ways you show us mercy. When we are weak, you make us strong! Stir up the Holy Spirit in us now, and inspire us to turn away from evil, as Jesus did. In his holy name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Matthew 4: 5-7
Next, the devil took Jesus to the holy city and had him stand on the highest part of the temple. The devil said, “If you are God’s Son, jump off. The Scriptures say: ‘God will give his angels orders about you. They will catch you in their arms, and you won’t hurt your feet on the stones.’” Jesus answered, “The Scriptures also say, ‘Don’t try to test the Lord your God!’” (CEV)

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

Child: How can knowing our Bible help us when we feel tempted to do something wrong? How did it help Jesus?

Child: Jesus had to stand on the highest part of the temple, which would have been very far up. Where is the highest place that you have ever been? Was that scary for you? Why or why not?

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

God of grace, when he was tempted in the desert, Jesus looked to you and to the words of the Bible. Help us to learn from the Bible, too, so that we may rely on its teachings to guide us. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

May you lean on and love the Bible! Amen.

Wednesday: Mercy

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.

Almighty God, you always have a plan for us, and it is a good one. Thank you for being with us now, and for showing love and mercy even when we don’t deserve it. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Matthew 3:15
Jesus answered, “For now this is how it should be, because we must do all that God wants us to do.” Then John agreed. (CEV)

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

Child: John agreed to baptize Jesus, because it was what God wanted him to do. How can we know what God wants us to do, in our own lives?

Child: Throughout his whole life, Jesus was obedient to God’s will, even when that was difficult. Why can it be hard to obey someone else? Tell us about a time when you struggled with being obedient.

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

God of grace, we want to obey you and live the way you’d have us live. Help us to learn more as we study the Bible, go to church, and talk to caring Christian people. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

May you obey God, and follow him! Amen.

Wednesday: Mercy

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.

Almighty God, we know that you are wise and merciful. Stir up your Holy Spirit in us now, as we learn about the wonderful things you have done. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Matthew 2:9-10
The wise men listened to what the king said and then left. And the star they had seen in the east went on ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. They were thrilled and excited to see the star. (CEV)

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

Child: Why do we all need something to guide us in life? How did God guide the wise men? How does God guide us?

Child: How does God give us the strength to keep going, even when we don’t know what the future will bring? How has God helped you in this way?

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

God of grace, you use everything to glorify Jesus—even natural things like stars in the sky. Help us to be as dedicated to him as the wise men were, who travelled so far from home to meet him. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

May God guide you forward in faith! Amen.