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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, and we love you! Stir up your Holy Spirit in us today as we read our Bible story. Help us to learn, and grow, and know more of you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 22:18-21
But the whole crowd shouted, “Kill Jesus! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was in jail because he had started a riot in the city and had murdered someone. Pilate wanted to set Jesus free, so he spoke again to the crowds. But they kept shouting, “Nail him to a cross! Nail him to a cross!” (CEV)

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

Child: Why do you think the crowd wanted to free a murderer instead of Jesus? Were they showing mercy to Jesus?

Child: Have you ever been in a group of people and felt pressured to go along with something? When?

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

God of grace, we sin every day, yet when we turn to you, you show your mercy forgive us. Help us to show mercy by treat people kindly, even if that means going against the crowd. 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 look to God for strength and guidance! Amen.

Tuesday: Struggle

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, life can be hard at times. But you never leave us on our own. Thank you for guiding us and helping us when we face challenges. Open our hearts and minds today, so that we may learn from our Bible story as we study it. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 22:13-17
Pilate called together the chief priests, the leaders, and the people. He told them, “You brought Jesus to me and said he was a troublemaker. But I have questioned him here in front of you, and I have not found him guilty of anything that you say he has done. Herod didn’t find him guilty either and sent him back. This man doesn’t deserve to be put to death! I will just have him beaten with a whip and set free.” (CEV)

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

Child: Pilate and Herod found Jesus innocent, but the people demanded that he be put to death. If you were one of the rulers, what would you have done in this situation?

Child: Have you ever been accused of something you didn’t do? How did you handle that?

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

Heavenly Father, it must have been so hard to see your Son judged unfairly. But Jesus knew who he was, and so he was able to face his trials bravely. Help us to have courage in our own struggles, and to remember that we belong to you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you remember that you are God’s beloved child! 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.

O God, as Holy Week begins, we ask you to be with us. Help us to understand all that Jesus did for us, even to giving his very life. Thank you for your love, and for never giving up on us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 22:13-25
Pilate called together the chief priests, the leaders, and the people. He told them, “You brought Jesus to me and said he was a troublemaker. But I have questioned him here in front of you, and I have not found him guilty of anything that you say he has done. Herod didn’t find him guilty either and sent him back. This man doesn’t deserve to be put to death! I will just have him beaten with a whip and set free.”

But the whole crowd shouted, “Kill Jesus! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was in jail because he had started a riot in the city and had murdered someone. Pilate wanted to set Jesus free, so he spoke again to the crowds. But they kept shouting, “Nail him to a cross! Nail him to a cross!”

Pilate spoke to them a third time, “But what crime has he done? I have not found him guilty of anything for which he should be put to death. I will have him beaten with a whip and set free.” The people kept on shouting as loud as they could for Jesus to be put to death. Finally, Pilate gave in. He freed the man who was in jail for rioting and murder, because he was the one the crowd wanted to be set free. Then Pilate handed Jesus over for them to do what they wanted with him. (CEV)

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

Child: What is a “troublemaker?” Does that word describe Jesus? Why or why not?

Child: Have you or someone you love ever been labeled unfairly? How can it help to know that the same thing happened to Jesus?

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

Heavenly Father, you sent your Son to save us from our sin. May we never take this for granted, and may we turn to him when we face our own trials and griefs. For no one understands suffering more than he does. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you remember that God is with you always! 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, thank you for this day of rest and worship. Help us to turn to you now, and to leave the worries of the week behind as we study your Word. Be with us, and teach us all that you would have us learn. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 23:5-6
You treat me to a feast, while my enemies watch. You honor me as your guest, and you fill my cup until it overflows. Your kindness and love will always be with me each day of my life, and I will live forever
in your house, Lord. (CEV)

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

Child: Think back over your life, from when you were little to now. What are some ways God has shown kindness to you at each point in your life?

Child: What do you think God’s house is like? What would it be like to live there forever?

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

Lord God, we love you! Since our earliest days, you have been there, sometimes in ways we did not even notice at the time. Thank you for always caring for us, and for being our true resting place. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you see that God has always been there for you! 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, even though we don’t deserve it, you reach out to us and offer hope and healing each day. As we read our Bible story now, be present, and help us to see the many ways you love your people. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 22:20-22
After the meal he took another cup of wine in his hands. Then he said, “This is my blood. It is poured out for you, and with it God makes his new agreement. The one who will betray me is here at the table with me! The Son of Man will die in the way that has been decided for him, but it will be terrible for the one who betrays him!”  (CEV)

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

Child: To “betray” means to turn against someone and treat that person badly. Who betrayed Jesus? Have you ever felt betrayed? How did you handle this?

Child: Jesus knows what it feels like to have a friend turn against you, as he went through that, himself. How can this comfort us when we are deeply disappointed in someone?

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

Dear Lord, sometimes people treat us poorly, and we don’t know where to turn. But we can always look to you, as you understand our feelings and love us no matter what. Thank you for never turning your back on us. In your holy name we pray. Amen.

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

May you know that Jesus will never turn his back on you! 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, today as we study our Small Catechism, may we come to love and trust you more. Teach us all that you would have us know, so that we can become the people you want us to be. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

[The benefit of Holy Communion] is pointed out in these words: “Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.” Through these words the forgiveness of sin, life, and salvation are given to us in the Sacrament, for where there is forgiveness of sin, there is also life and salvation. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: Why do you think Jesus would choose to be present with us through something as simple and basic as bread and wine?

Child: Why does Jesus come to us again and again to give us his forgiveness? Why is that something we need on a regular basis?

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

Heavenly Father, you look at your people and see how much we need you in our lives. In worship, you meet us where we are and give us hope. We are so thankful that we can trust you with everything! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you feel the grace and forgiveness of God! 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.

Dear God, stir up your Holy Spirit in us and draw us closer to you. As we read and learn, help us to see the many ways you show compassion for your people. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

Jesus and his friends sat down
At a table, gathered ‘round
And as he divided bread
Jesus thanked our God and said:

“Take and eat, this is for you.
Take the wine, and share it, too.
Do this to remember me
And with you I’ll always be.”

So his friends did as he said,
Passing wine and sharing bread;
Judas ate, but did not smile
(He would leave in just a while).

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

Child: Who helps distribute Communion in your church? What do you think it would be like to give Holy Communion to others?

Child: When you receive Holy Communion, Jesus is with you and forgives your sins. How does knowing that affect your feelings about Communion?

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

Holy God, thank you so much for caring for us, and for reaching out to us every time we receive Communion! Give us the courage to invite others to church, so that they may receive your love and forgiveness in this special way, as well. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you invite a friend to church!  Amen.