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, today as we come together to read your Word, help us to see the many ways that you show mercy and kindness to your people. Thank you for meeting our needs — from the biggest ones to the smallest. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.
At the feast there were six stone water jars that were used by the people for washing themselves in the way that their religion said they must. Each jar held about twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants to fill them to the top with water. Then after the jars had been filled, he said, “Now take some water and give it to the man in charge of the feast.” The servants did as Jesus told them, and the man in charge drank some of the water that had now turned into wine. He did not know where the wine had come from, but the servants did. He called the bridegroom over and said, “The best wine is always served first. Then after the guests have had plenty, the other wine is served. But you have kept the best until last!” (CEV)
Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.
Child: If you were one of the servants, what might you have thought when Jesus told you to fill the jars with water? What would you have thought after you realized that the water had turned into wine?
Child: How did Jesus show mercy at the wedding? When has God shown mercy and kindness to you?
Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.
God of grace, you can do anything! Please help those who don’t have enough, whether they are lacking in food, friends, or faith. Bless them abundantly, as you blessed those at the wedding at Cana. 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 notice the many ways God shows mercy! Amen.