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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, as we work through our Bible story today help us to see how much Jesus gave for us. Draw us closer to you as we study, and strengthen our faith every day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 22:14-16
When the time came for Jesus and the apostles to eat, he said to them, “I have very much wanted to eat this Passover meal with you before I suffer. I tell you that I will not eat another Passover meal until it is finally eaten in God’s kingdom.” (CEV)

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

Child: Jesus wanted to eat with his friends before he faced a very hard time. How can being with other people bring us comfort when we are struggling or afraid?

Child: If you knew that a meal might be your last, how would you feel as you ate it? What do you think helped Jesus stay calm during his last supper?

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

Heavenly Father, we can hardly imagine what Jesus must have felt during his last days on earth. But we know that he looked to you for strength, and that he faced his trials bravely. Help us to remember to do the same, no matter what challenges come our way. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you look to God for 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.

O God, as we start another week of work and school, lead us forward. Help us to learn from Jesus as we read our Bible story. Open our minds and hearts so that we may come to understand how very much he loved us — and loves us still. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 22:14-22
When the time came for Jesus and the apostles to eat, he said to them, “I have very much wanted to eat this Passover meal with you before I suffer. I tell you that I will not eat another Passover meal until it is finally eaten in God’s kingdom.”

Jesus took a cup of wine in his hands and gave thanks to God. Then he told the apostles, “Take this wine and share it with each other. I tell you that I will not drink any more wine until God’s kingdom comes.”
Jesus took some bread in his hands and gave thanks for it. He broke the bread and handed it to his apostles. Then he said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Eat this as a way of remembering me!”

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: Jewish people have a Passover meal to remember when God “passed over” their homes and saved their first-born sons. What do Christians remember when we have the Holy Communion meal?

Child: How old were you when you first had Holy Communion? What did you think about it back then? What do you understand about it now? (If you haven’t yet begun receiving Communion, what do you think it is about?)

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

Heavenly Father, you loved us even when were most un-loveable. When we receive Holy Communion, help us to remember this, and to thankfully receive the forgiveness you so feely offer. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you remember how much Jesus loves you! 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, we are so blessed to be alive, and to have people in our lives who love us. Thank you for all that you do for us. As we study our psalm now, please be with us and help us to grow deeper in faith. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 98:4-6
Tell everyone on this earth to sing happy songs in praise of the Lord. Make music for him on harps. Play beautiful melodies! Sound the trumpets and horns and celebrate with joyful songs for our Lord and King! (CEV)

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

Child: If you could praise God with any instrument, which one would you choose? Why?

Child: What is your favorite hymn or praise song? Why is it special to you?

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

Lord God, thank you for the beginning of this new week. Help us to think of you and to praise you as the psalm writer describes, for you deserve all of our gratitude and love. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you tell someone about God today! 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 this day! As we continue our Bible study now, please help us to learn more about Jesus and his life here on earth. Strengthen our faith, and guide us always. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 19:36-38
As Jesus rode along, the people spread clothes on the road in front of him. When Jesus was starting down the Mount of Olives, his large crowd of disciples was happy and praised God because of all the miracles they had seen. They shouted, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory to God.”  (CEV)

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

Child: Why do you think people wanted to spread clothes on the road in front of Jesus? How is that an example of giving as well as an example of honoring the Lord?

Child: The disciples were excited after seeing so many wonderful miracles. If you could watch Jesus perform a miracle, what would you like to see?

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

Dear Lord, while your miracles must have been wonderful to witness, our faith is based on more than that. Thank you for all the things you do for in love, and help us be generous in showing that love to others. In your holy name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be generous in all that you do! 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, please be with us today as we study Luther’s Small Catechism. Help us to understand it better, and by so doing, to understand the Bible more fully, as well. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

The kingdom of God comes indeed by itself, without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that it may also come to us. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: God is our king when he rules our heart and we trust in him. Why do we want the kingdom of God to come to us? What does it mean to trust in King Jesus?

Child:  In God’s kingdom of faith, who is in charge: us or Jesus?  Why is that a good thing?

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

Heavenly Father, we want to believe and have a strong faith in Jesus. May your Holy Spirit stir up this faith in us, and help us to live good lives that are pleasing to you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you have faith in Jesus! 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, please send your Holy Spirit to inspire us as we study today. Teach us all that you would have us know, and draw us ever closer to you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Jesus smiled and rode along
On a donkey, young and strong,
As a joyful, happy crowd
Called to him in voices loud.

Waving branches in the air,
No one seemed to have a care.
For they knew that Christ had come
And he was God’s Holy One.

But some others were not glad.
They were even rather mad
As they heard the people shout.
These men wanted Jesus out!

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

Child: What happened on Palm Sunday was like a parade! Have you ever seen a parade? Why do you think the crowds were so excited that Jesus was coming?

Child: Why do you think there were some people that day who were upset when they saw how much the crowds liked Jesus? Have you ever felt jealous when someone received praise instead of you?

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

Holy God, like the crowds from long ago, we are so glad to have Jesus in our lives! Help us to remain faithful, and to stay true to him no matter what challenges we face. Give us joy in praising our Lord and honoring him as our hero. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

May Jesus fill you with joy!  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, thank you for this day, and for the many ways you show mercy to your people. As we read our Bible story now, be with us, and help us to learn more about what it means to follow Jesus. In his holy name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 19:36-38
As Jesus rode along, the people spread clothes on the road in front of him. When Jesus was starting down the Mount of Olives, his large crowd of disciples was happy and praised God because of all the miracles they had seen. They shouted, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory to God.”  (CEV)

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

Child: The people called Jesus, “the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” How was Jesus different from an ordinary, earthly king?

Child: Do you think it was unusual that Jesus, the King of kings, rode into Jerusalem on a lowly donkey? Does that tell you something about the kind of king that Jesus is?

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

God of grace, thank you for sending your Son into the world to be our King, and for showing us what it means to be humble. Help us to listen to Jesus and faithfully follow him each day. 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 be glad to follow Jesus! Amen.