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.

God of grace, your mercy is great and your generosity toward your people is never-ending. Thank you for all the good things you do for us, especially for speaking to us through your Word, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 14:15-17
Paul told the people: “Turn to the living God, who made the sky, the earth, the sea, and everything in them. In times past, God let each nation go its own way. But he showed that he was there by the good things he did. God sends rain from heaven and makes your crops grow. He gives food to you and makes your hearts glad.”  (CEV)

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

Child: In what ways does God take care of all people – even people who do not know or believe in him?

Child: How do I know that I can trust in God? What good things has God done for me?

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

Almighty God, every day you give us what we need to live. We thank you for this world and for the people who share our lives. Make us good, as you are good. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you recognize the many blessings God has given you. 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.

Lord God, we know that there are people in the world who have never heard about you. Thank you for using us to spread your message.  Make us free to speak and tell others of the good things you have done for us, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 13:47-49
For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’” 48  And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed. 49  And the word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region. (CEV)

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

Child: Do you know someone who doesn’t really believe in God? Why do you think that is?

Child: How can we show God’s love to a person who does not believe?

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

Almighty God, we thank you for using us to show your love to others. Help us to remember those that are in need, especially those who do not believe in you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

The Lord promises that you belong to him. Share that promise with 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.

Lord God, when we are weak, you are strong. When we feel helpless, you are our helper. By your Holy Spirit, give us confidence to know that you are at work in our lives every day, and remind us that even in the darkest time, we have nothing to fear, because you are with us. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 12:9-12
9 Peter left with the angel, but he thought everything was only a dream. 10 They went past the two groups of soldiers, and when they came to the iron gate to the city, it opened by itself. They went out and were going along the street, when all at once the angel disappeared. 11 Peter now realized what had happened, and he said, “I am certain that the Lord sent his angel to rescue me from Herod and from everything the Jewish leaders planned to do to me.” 12 Then Peter went to the house of Mary the mother of John whose other name was Mark. Many of the Lord’s followers had come together there and were praying. (CEV)

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

Child: Why is it important to remember that God is the source of the good things that happen to us?

Child: What is something that God has done for you recently, for which you are thankful?

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

Almighty God, we thank you for all the good things you do for us everyday. Like Peter, help us to give you the credit for what you have done, that we may be reminded every day of your goodness. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

The Lord promises that you belong to him. He will never forsake you. 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.

Heavenly Father, you want all people to believe in you and walk in your ways. Help us to see that your mercy is for all people, and that by your power, you are able to turn strangers into friends. We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 10: 34-36
34 Peter then said: “Now I am certain that God treats all people alike. 35 God is pleased with everyone who worships him and does right, no matter what nation they come from. 36 This is the same message that God gave to the people of Israel, when he sent Jesus Christ, the Lord of all, to offer peace to them … Peter said, 47 “These Gentiles have been given the Holy Spirit, just as we have! I am certain that no one would dare stop us from baptizing them.” 48 Peter ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, and they asked him to stay on for a few days. (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever met someone from another country, or someone who spoke a different language? How does God want us to treat people who are different from us?

Child: Why does God want all people to know about Jesus and believe in him?

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

Almighty God, we ask that you would help us to respect all people, no matter how different they may be from us. Help us not let differences stand in the way of us doing what is right, and letting others know about the promise of Jesus. In his name we pray. Amen.

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

May God open your heart to share the Good News of Jesus. 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.

Heavenly Father, you call us to be faithful and follow you. Lift us up when we fall and lead us in the way that you would have us go. We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 9:6-9
6 “Who are you?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus,” the Lord answered. “I am the one you are so cruel to. 6 Now get up and go into the city, where you will be told what to do.” 7 The men with Saul stood there speechless. They had heard the voice, but they had not seen anyone. 8 Saul got up from the ground, and when he opened his eyes, he could not see a thing. Someone then led him by the hand to Damascus, 9 and for three days he was blind and did not eat or drink. (CEV)

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

Child: How do you think Saul felt when he heard Jesus speaking to him?

Child: Where or when in our lives does God speak to us?

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

Almighty God, you speak to us through your Word in the Bible and in the promise of Jesus that we speak to one another. As you changed the heart of Saul, we pray that you would change our hearts as well. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May God forgive you all your sins, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. 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.

Heavenly Father, you call us to be faithful in sharing your Word with others. Give us courage to speak the truth about Christ so that all people might come to believe in him. We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 8:31-35
He then invited Philip to come up and sit beside him. 32 The man was reading the passage that said, “He was led like a sheep on its way to be killed. He was silent as a lamb whose wool is being cut off, and he did not say a word. 33 He was treated like a nobody and did not receive a fair trial. How can he have children, if his life is snatched away?” 34 The official said to Philip, “Tell me, was the prophet talking about himself or about someone else?” 35 So Philip began at this place in the Scriptures and explained the good news about Jesus. (CEV)

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

Child: The Bible describes a sheep that was sacrificed. How is this like what happened to Jesus?

Child:  Why is it “good news” that Jesus died for us? What good did Jesus do for us?

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

Lord Jesus, you are the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. We thank you that you loved us so much that you were willing to give your life for us, to forgive our sins and win the victory over death for us, so that we may live forever with you. Amen.

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

May God forgive you all your sins, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. 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.

Lord God, speak to us through the stories of the Bible. Let your Holy Spirit be at work in us, so that we would learn from the example of the people who came before us in faith, that we would trust and believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 6:8-10
God gave Stephen the power to work great miracles and wonders among the people. But some Jews from Cyrene and Alexandria were members of a group who called themselves “Free Men.” They started arguing with Stephen. Some others from Cilicia and Asia also argued with him. But they were no match for Stephen, who spoke with the great wisdom that the Spirit gave him. (CEV)

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

Child: Was there ever a time when you were afraid to stand up for what you believe?

Child:  What gave Stephen the strength to be bold and faithful?

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

Holy God, it is not always easy to stand up for our faith in you. Many people like to argue and tell us we are wrong. Give us the bravery to speak the truth, even when other people don’t want to hear it. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

May God give you the strength to remain faithful, no matter what. Amen.