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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, we want to grow closer to you. Be with us as we study our Bible story together, and help us to notice how you care for and reach out to your people. 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 climbing up, up, up
On a mountain to the top
Peter, James, as well as John,
Found a rock to sit upon.

There, they saw an awesome sight:
Jesus’ clothes turned white as light,
And his face began to glow
Like the sun and bright as snow!

Soon some prophets did appear,
And God’s voice spoke loud and clear:
“Listen to my Holy One,”
“He is my beloved Son.”

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

Child: What do you think Peter, James and John expected to see on the top of the mountain? Have you ever seen something so awesome, you didn’t quite know what to say?

Child: God told the disciples to listen to Jesus. What are some ways we can do that, today?

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

Holy God, sometimes we have “mountain top” experiences, where we feel so close to you. Other times, we feel like we are in a valley, lost and alone. Turn our hearts to you, so that we might listen to Jesus and be changed for the better. In his holy name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust the Lord with all your heart!  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, as we focus on today’s Bible story, open our minds to understand it better. Teach us all that you would have us know, and show us how to share the Good News of your love with others. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Matthew 17:5-8
While Peter was still speaking, the shadow of a bright cloud passed over them. From the cloud a voice said, “This is my own dear Son, and I am pleased with him. Listen to what he says!” When the disciples heard the voice, they were so afraid that they fell flat on the ground. But Jesus came over and touched them. He said, “Get up and don’t be afraid!” When they opened their eyes, they saw only Jesus. (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever been so afraid that you lost your strength, like the disciples did? What happened?

Child: Jesus calmed the disciples’ fear. Why does having a relationship with Jesus mean that we need not be afraid?

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

Gracious Father in Heaven, not only did you announce that Jesus is your own dear Son, you have now made us your beloved children as well.  On this Valentine’s Day, help us to feel and see the many ways you love us. Help us to share that same love with others, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

May you show God’s love to others each day! 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, inspire us as we read our Bible story now, and give us true faith in Jesus, your Son. We know that every good thing comes from you, and are thankful that we can learn more about Jesus today. In his holy name we pray. Amen.

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

Matthew 17:1-4
Six days later Jesus took Peter and the brothers James and John with him. They went up on a very high mountain where they could be alone. There in front of the disciples, Jesus was completely changed. His face was shining like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. All at once Moses and Elijah were there talking with Jesus. So Peter said to him, “Lord, it is good for us to be here! Let us make three shelters, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” (CEV)

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

Child: Who is Moses? Who is Elijah? Where have we heard those names before?

Child: Peter was probably amazed and confused by all that was happening. Why do you think he said what he did?

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

Heavenly Father, you are a God of surprises. We can only imagine what it must have been like for the disciples to see Jesus transfigured so long ago. But we are glad that they described what they saw, so that we might know how powerful Jesus really is. Thank you for sending your Son to us! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you believe that Jesus is God’s Son! 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 the new school week begins, we thank you for guiding us forward. Be with us now, as we study our Bible story, and help us to understand it more fully. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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

Matthew 17:1-8
Six days later Jesus took Peter and the brothers James and John with him. They went up on a very high mountain where they could be alone. There in front of the disciples, Jesus was completely changed. His face was shining like the sun, and his clothes became white as light.

All at once Moses and Elijah were there talking with Jesus. So Peter said to him, “Lord, it is good for us to be here! Let us make three shelters, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

While Peter was still speaking, the shadow of a bright cloud passed over them. From the cloud a voice said, “This is my own dear Son, and I am pleased with him. Listen to what he says!” When the disciples heard the voice, they were so afraid that they fell flat on the ground. But Jesus came over and touched them. He said, “Get up and don’t be afraid!” When they opened their eyes, they saw only Jesus. (CEV)

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

Child: This Bible story is called the Transfiguration – which means “to change appearance.” In what ways did Jesus’ appearance change when he was up on the mountain?

Child: Have you ever been to the top of a high mountain before? When? What might be different on a mountain top, compared to the ground below?

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

Heavenly Father, you have every reason to be pleased with your Son, Jesus. Like the disciples, we want to listen to what he says, and to follow him, too. Please help us to do this each day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you listen to Jesus! 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, this is the day that you have made! We will rejoice and be glad in it! Be with us now as we study our Psalm, and help us to focus and learn what it is teaching us. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 115:9-11
O Israel, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield. O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield. You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield. (CEV)

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

Child: How can trusting in God help us deal with hard situations or difficult people?

Child: What is a shield? How does God act as our help and our shield?

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

Almighty God, we want to trust you, but that can be hard to do when our minds are filled with worries. Remind us of the many ways you have helped us in the past, so that we realize how truly trustworthy you are. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust God and live faithfully. 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.

Lord God, thank you for this day, and for each person here. Let your Holy Spirit inspire us as we read and discuss our Bible story. Help us to understand it more with each reading. 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.

Luke 6:35-36
But love your enemies and be good to them. Lend without expecting to be paid back. Then you will get a great reward, and you will be the true children of God in heaven. He is good even to people who are unthankful and cruel. Have pity on others, just as your Father has pity on you.  (CEV)

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

Child: Luke says that God is good even to those who are unthankful. Are there any blessings that you sometimes take for granted? What are they?

Child: What does it mean to have pity on someone? When have you felt pity?

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

Heavenly Father, you are good to us even when we treat you badly. Thank you for never giving up on us. Help us to remember how merciful you have been, so that we can loving rather than bitter towards those who upset us. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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

May you notice the many ways God is good to 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.

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.