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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.

Holy Father, it’s the middle of the week, full of activities and things to be done. Let this time of prayer and Bible study give us strength and energy as we are reminded that you are with us, leading and guiding us every day. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

Luke 6:32-34
If you love only someone who loves you, will God praise you for that? Even sinners love people who love them. If you are kind only to someone who is kind to you, will God be pleased with you for that? Even sinners are kind to people who are kind to them. If you lend money only to someone you think will pay you back, will God be pleased with you for that? Even sinners lend to sinners because they think they will get it all back. (CEV)

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

Child: What is Jesus asking us to do? Does it sound easy or hard to you? Why?

Child: Has someone ever treated you kindly after you were mean to them? How did that make you feel?

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

Lord God, so often we don’t do what you want us to do. Please forgive us for this, and help us to live better lives. Inspire us to treat enemies with mercy rather than to punish them. Show us the way forward. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be merciful to others. 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.

Almighty God, thank you for this quiet time together. As we study our Bible story now, be present with us. Help us to learn from your Word and to become the kind of people you want us to be. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

Luke 6: 27-31
[Jesus said] This is what I say to all who will listen to me: Love your enemies, and be good to everyone who hates you. Ask God to bless anyone who curses you, and pray for everyone who is cruel to you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, don’t stop that person from slapping you on the other cheek. If someone wants to take your coat, don’t try to keep back your shirt. Give to everyone who asks and don’t ask people to return what they have taken from you. Treat others just as you want to be treated. (CEV)

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

Child: How would you like people to treat you? Why?

Child: How does Jesus want us to treat others? When might this be hard to do?

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

Lord, life can be hard sometimes. When people are mean to us, it’s not easy to be kind in return. Give us patience, and help us to treat others the way we would want them to treat us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May God bless you and give you strength. 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, be with us now as we settle in and prepare to read our Bible story. Quiet our minds and our hearts, so that we might learn what you want to teach us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 6:27-38
[Jesus said] This is what I say to all who will listen to me: Love your enemies, and be good to everyone who hates you. Ask God to bless anyone who curses you, and pray for everyone who is cruel to you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, don’t stop that person from slapping you on the other cheek. If someone wants to take your coat, don’t try to keep back your shirt. Give to everyone who asks and don’t ask people to return what they have taken from you. Treat others just as you want to be treated.

If you love only someone who loves you, will God praise you for that? Even sinners love people who love them. If you are kind only to someone who is kind to you, will God be pleased with you for that? Even sinners are kind to people who are kind to them. If you lend money only to someone you think will pay you back, will God be pleased with you for that? Even sinners lend to sinners because they think they will get it all back.

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: What is an “enemy?” Have you ever felt like someone was your enemy?

Child: When have you been kind to someone who was mean to you? What did you do?

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

Holy God, no one likes to have enemies. When people treat us badly, we feel angry and sad. Help us to see where our enemies are suffering, so that we might understand them better. Guide our actions, so that we can treat them with love as you would do. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you show kindness even to your enemies. 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, this is the day that you have made! We will rejoice and be glad in it. As we study and talk about our Bible lesson, let your Holy Spirit draw us ever closer to you. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 4:6-7
There are some who ask, “Who will be good to us?” Let your kindness, Lord, shine brightly on us. You brought me more happiness than a rich harvest of grain and wine. (CEV)

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

Child: How does having a relationship with God bring true happiness?

Child: In what ways does God’s kindness shine on our family? How can we share that kindness with others?

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

Lord God, you are so good to us! Sometimes we get busy and forget that all good things come from you. Thank you for your many blessings. May we be more aware of them every day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the joy of the Lord be your 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, thank you for all that you give us. We are blessed to have a relationship with you! Be with us as we discuss our Bible story today, and help us to understand it more deeply. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

John 2:11-12
This was Jesus' first miracle, and he did it in the village of Cana in Galilee. There Jesus showed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him. After this, he went with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples to the town of Capernaum, where they stayed for a few days.  (CEV)

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

Child: If you were one of Jesus’ disciples, would you have needed to see a miracle in order to believe that he was God’s Son? Why or why not?

Child: What has helped you put your faith in Jesus?

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

Dear Lord, on our own, our faith can be shaky at times. But we know that all good things come from you. Strengthen our faith, and lead us along the path you would have us go. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you put your faith in Jesus! 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, as we settle in and read from the Small Catechism today, help us to understand it better. Open our minds, so that we may learn all that you want us to know. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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

What is Holy Communion? It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, given to us Christians to eat and drink, as it was instituted by Christ himself. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: When and where did you first receive Holy Communion? Tell us about that.

Child: How does receiving Communion make you feel? What is happening?

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

Heavenly Father, you give us many gifts, including Holy Communion. Thank you for forgiving our sins when we receive Communion, and for welcoming us into the family of faith. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May your sins be forgiven—in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit! 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, you are compassionate and good, and we are so thankful that you care for us! As we read our Bible rhyme today, strengthen our faith, and inspire us to trust you more. 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.

Jesus was a wedding guest
But his hosts were very stressed.
They were filled with nervous doubt
For the wine had all run out!

Mary turned to Jesus, who
Surely would know what to do.
“Pour some water there,” he said,
“It will turn to wine, instead.”

Sure enough, his words were right,
And in Cana on that night,
Jesus had performed a sign:
Turning water into wine!

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

Child: What does it mean to be “stressed?” Do you think Jesus knew how the wedding hosts were feeling? Why or why not?

Child: Tell us about a time when you felt stressed and overwhelmed. How did God help you through that experience?

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

Holy God, when we are worried or overwhelmed, we know that we can turn to you for help. Thank you for listening to our prayers and helping us overcome challenges. We love you! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you give your worries to God!  Amen.