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Monday: Understanding

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 begin this new week at work and school, we ask that you would lead us and guide us. Stir up your Holy Spirit. Help us to understand the Scriptures, so that we might live in a way that is pleasing to you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

2 Timothy 1:2-8
Paul wrote to his friend, Timothy:
Timothy, you are like a dear child to me. I pray that God our Father and our Lord Christ Jesus will be kind and merciful to you and will bless you with peace!

Night and day I mention you in my prayers. I am always grateful for you, as I pray to the God my ancestors and I have served with a clear conscience. I remember how you cried, and I want to see you, because that will make me truly happy. I also remember the genuine faith of your mother Eunice. Your grandmother Lois had the same sort of faith, and I am sure that you have it as well. So I ask you to make full use of the gift that God gave you when I placed my hands on you. Use it well. God’s Spirit doesn’t make cowards out of us. The Spirit gives us power, love, and self-control.

Don’t be ashamed to speak for our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, just because I am in jail for serving him. Use the power that comes from God and join with me in suffering for telling the good news. (CEV)

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

Child: Why is it important to pray for people? Who do you mention in your prayers regularly?

Child: Was there a family member or friend who passed on the Christian faith to you? How did they do this?

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

Holy God, thank you for this day and for each person here. Bless our family members, and help us remember to pray for each other. Strengthen us, so that we might never be ashamed to share our faith. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May your faith grow stronger day by day! Amen.

Sunday: Worship

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, on this first day of a new week, give us hope for all that is to come. Help us to be strengthened by your Word, and to share it with others who need to hear it. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Psalm 69:6
Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, O Lord GOD of hosts; let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me, O God of Israel. (CEV)

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

Child: What do you think it means to hope in God? Tell about a time when you did this, yourself.

Child: What are some of the ways that you seek God in your life? When do you feel closest to God?

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

Almighty God, we have every reason to place our hope in you! You are absolutely trust-worthy and kind and good. Keep us faithful, and lead us every day of our lives. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May you love the Lord your God with all your heart! Amen.

Monday: Understanding

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, we ask you to settle our minds now. Help us to focus on your Word and learn all that you would have us know. We pray that your Holy Spirit would draw us together, so that we might serve you and one another. In Jesus’ name we ask these things. Amen.

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

1 Corinthians 1:10-17
Paul wrote to the Christians in Corinth: My dear friends, as a follower of our Lord Jesus Christ, I beg you to get along with each other. Don’t take sides. Always try to agree in what you think. Several people from Chloe’s family have already reported to me that you keep arguing with each other. They have said that some of you claim to follow me, while others claim to follow Apollos or Peter or Christ.

Has Christ been divided up? Was I nailed to a cross for you? Were you baptized in my name? I thank God that I didn’t baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius. Not one of you can say that you were baptized in my name. I did baptize the family of Stephanas, but I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else. Christ did not send me to baptize. He sent me to tell the good news without using big words that would make the cross of Christ lose its power. (CEV)

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

Child: Why is it important for people in the church to get along with each other?

Child: Did you get into many arguments when you were young? Tell us about one of those, and share what you learned from it.

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

Holy God, sometimes it is hard to get along with others. Please teach us to forgive. Help us treat those around us with kindness and understanding. In Jesus’ name we ask these things. Amen.

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

May the peace of Christ be with you! Amen.

Sunday: Worship

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.

Gracious Lord God, thank you for this time of rest. Be with us now and help us to know you better. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 91:13-14
You will overpower the strongest lions and the most deadly snakes. The Lord says, “If you love me and truly know who I am, I will rescue you and keep you safe.” (CEV)

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

Child: God wants us to know him. How can we do that? Who has God put into our lives to help keep us safe?

Child: Have you ever felt that God rescued you from something? When? What happened?

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

Lord God, we love you. Thank you for watching over us. May we always trust and depend on you, even (and especially) when times are tough. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you love the Lord with all your heart, mind and strength. Amen.

Saturday: Generosity

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.

Mighty Lord, you give us what we need every day. Help us to learn more about you now, as we study our Bible story. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 28: 7-9
The governor of the island was named Publius, and he owned some of the land around there. Publius was very friendly and welcomed us into his home for three days. His father was in bed, sick with fever and stomach trouble, and Paul went to visit him. Paul healed the man by praying and placing his hands on him. After this happened, everyone on the island brought their sick people to Paul, and they were all healed (CEV)

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

Child: When have you visited someone who was sick, like Paul did? Were you able to do anything to help?

Child: Has anyone ever prayed for you when you were sick? Who was it? Tell us about that.

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

Dear Lord, thank you for sending people into our lives who help us when we are ill. Bless the nurses, doctors, pastors and others who care for us. Keep them well as they go about their important work. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you be healthy and strong! Amen.

Friday: Trust

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.

O God, we thank you for this time together. May we always stay close to you and to one another. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Listen: Pay close attention to this reminder from Luther’s Small Catechism.

God protects me from all danger and guards and keeps me from every evil. He does this purely out of fatherly and divine goodness and mercy, though I do not deserve it. Therefore I ought to thank, praise, serve, and obey him. This is most certainly true! (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: What does it mean that God “keeps us from evil?” How can that help us when we feel frightened by stories we hear on the news?

Child: Have you ever faced something scary and later realized that God kept you safe? When?

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

Heavenly Father, you give us more than we deserve. We are so blessed to have you as our loving Father! Thank you for protecting us, and for leading us down good paths. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you realize that God has always been with you. 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, open our ears to hear your word, our minds to understand it, and our mouths to share it with others. 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.

After traveling by sea
Paul and friends did all agree
Malta was an island where
They could rest and breathe fresh air.

Then a viper bit Paul’s hand
As he gathered sticks on land;
Local people there were sure
Paul would die; there was no cure.

But the Lord protected Paul
And he made it, after all.
More than that, he healed the ill,
Curing them as was God’s will.

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

Child: What good came of Paul’s scary experience with the snake bite? When have you gone through something difficult, and later saw something good in it?

Child: Have you ever been healed of a bad sickness? How did God help you through that time?

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

Holy God, you shower us with compassion, and bring good out of even the most difficult things. Use us to lead others to you, so they might experience your love as we do. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you share God’s love with others. Amen.