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, as we read from The Small Catechism today, be with us. Help us to learn from Luther’s study of your Word, so that we might understand it ever better. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Listen: Pay close attention to this reminder from Luther’s Small Catechism.
“We are to fear and love God so that we do not hurt our neighbor in any way, but help him in all his physical needs.” (Luther's Small Catechism)
Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.
Child: When Luther talks about our neighbor, who do you think he means?
Child: Is it ever hard to “love our neighbor” as Jesus wants us to do? How can our love for God help us with this?
Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.
Holy God, we try to obey your Word and to treat others well, but sometimes we fail. Help us to see other people as you do. Open our hearts, so that we may be filled with your love and share that love with those around us. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.
May you share God’s love with others today. Amen.