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 showing us mercy, and for caring for us each and every day. Help us to grow closer to you as we study your Word now. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 1:42
The Holy Spirit came upon Elizabeth. Then in a loud voice she said to Mary: “God has blessed you more than any other woman! He has also blessed the child you will have.” (CEV)

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

Child: Elizabeth said that Mary was “blessed.” What does it mean to be blessed by God? In what ways has God blessed you with good things?

Child: Do you think God can use people like us to be a blessing to others? How might that happen?

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

God of grace, thank you for good friends and relatives, who give us courage and strength. May we lift up the people around us, and help them see the blessings in their lives. 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 be a blessing 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, be with each person here today, and inspire faith in us as we study the amazing things that happened before Jesus’ birth. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 1:30-35
Then the angel told Mary, “Don’t be afraid! God is pleased with you, and you will have a son. His name will be Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of God Most High. The Lord God will make him king, as his ancestor David was. He will rule the people of Israel forever, and his kingdom will never end.” Mary asked the angel, “How can this happen? I am not married!”  The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come down to you, and God’s power will come over you. So your child will be called the holy Son of God. (CEV)

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

Child: What do you think was the scariest thing for Mary in this story? What was the most exciting? Have you ever felt scared and excited at the same time?

Child: Some people may have talked behind Mary’s back when they heard her story. How do you think she handled this? What’s the best way to deal with gossip?

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

God of grace, you have a plan for each of our lives, and it is good. Just as Mary trusted that plan, may we do the same! 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 trust your future to God! 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 showing us kindness and mercy every day. May we learn even more about your love as we study your Word today! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

John 1:6-10
God sent a man named John, who came to tell about the light and to lead all people to have faith. John wasn’t that light. He came only to tell about the light. The true light that shines on everyone was coming into the world. The Word was in the world, but no one knew him, though God had made the world with his Word. (CEV)

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

Child: John the Baptist told people about Jesus, who was coming soon. Why is it important that we tell people about Jesus, too? Do you find this easy or hard to do?

Child: The Bible tells us that John wasn’t the light. Do you think it was hard for him to know that someone more important was coming after him? Why or why not?

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

God of grace, thank you for John the Baptist, who pointed the way to Jesus. May we point the way to Jesus, too, in both our words and deeds. 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 others about 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.

Almighty God, you are merciful and kind. Help us to see this again and again, as we learn more about your love for us today. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Revelation 21:3-4
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”  (CEV)

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

Child: The Bible tells us that God will wipe every tear from our eyes. Have you ever gone through a sad time?  How did trusting in God comfort you?

Child: What are some sad things you would like to see go away? How does it help you to know that God will someday make it so there will be no more sadness?

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

God of grace, you choose to live among us, and to be our God. Thank you for loving us even when we aren’t very loveable. Help us to be merciful and kind to others, in return. 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 wipe every tear from your eyes! 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, open our ears to hear your Word today, and our minds to understand it. Help us to see your mercy as we learn how you fight for us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Revelation 12: 10
Then I heard a voice from heaven shout, “Our God has shown his saving power, and his kingdom has come! God’s own Chosen One has shown his authority. Satan accused our people in the presence of God day and night. Now he has been thrown out!  (CEV)

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

Child: The Bible calls Jesus “God’s own Chosen One.” What does it mean to say that Jesus has shown God’s saving power and authority? How does that help us trust in Jesus?

Child: The Bible tells us that Satan accused God’s people, day and night. What does it mean to “accuse” someone? What do you think Jesus says when the devil accuses us?

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

God of grace, you do not want us to worry when people say bad things about us. Help us to remember that Jesus has already won the battle for us, and that we need only trust him to be saved. 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 know how much God loves 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.

Almighty God, thank you for being with us as we read your Word. Teach us more about your mercy each time we study together. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Revelation 5:5
Then one of the elders said to me, “Stop crying and look! The one who is called both the ‘Lion from the Tribe of Judah’ and ‘King David’s Great Descendant’ has won the victory. He will open the book and its seven seals.” (CEV)

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

Child: John was told to “stop crying and look.” Have you ever been so upset about something that you couldn’t see the good things around you? Tell us about that.

Child: The Bible said that Jesus “won the victory.” Why is it important to know that we are on Jesus’ team and he is with us?

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

God of grace, you sent your Son into the world to save us, because we could not save ourselves. May we never forget what this cost, or what it means for our lives. 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 be grateful for all God has done for 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.

Almighty God, you care for us and watch over us, wherever we are. Be with us now, and help us to see the importance of faith as we study your Word. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 28:5-6
Paul shook the snake off into the fire and wasn’t harmed. The people kept thinking that Paul would either swell up or suddenly drop dead. They watched him for a long time, and when nothing happened to him, they changed their minds and said, “This man is a god.” (CEV)

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

Child: It’s easy to get upset when people think badly of us. But it can be just as easy to get puffed up when people think too well of us. Why would Paul not want the people to call him a god?

Child: Do you think the people would have thought Paul was a god  if they knew about the true God?

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

God of grace, you have been called “The Great Physician.” Just as you protected Paul from danger, help those who are sick or in danger now. 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 be humble and merciful. Amen.