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, every day, you reach out to us and show us mercy and kindness. As we study our Bible lesson now and learn more about Jesus and his disciples, help us to grow deeper in our own faith. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.
Matthew 4: 21-22
Jesus walked on until he saw James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were in a boat with their father, mending their nets. Jesus asked them to come with him too. Right away they left the boat and their father and went with Jesus. (CEV)
Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.
Child: Jesus invited James and John to follow him. What are some ways that we can reach out to people, in our time, and invite them to follow Jesus?
Child: If Jesus called you to be one of his early disciples, what would be the most exciting part of that for you?
Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.
God of grace, we want the whole world to know about Jesus! Please help us as we look for ways to share our faith with others. 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 tell someone about Jesus today! Amen.