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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, the Bible continually speaks to us of your loving protection. May our voices be lifted up to praise your name for all the goodness you have shown to us, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Psalm 19:14-16
The Lord says, “If you love me and truly know who I am, I will rescue you and keep you safe. When you are in trouble, call out to me. I will answer and be there to protect and honor you. You will live a long life and see my saving power.” (CEV)

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

Child: Can you tell me a time when God protected you from danger or harm?

Child: Does God hear me when I call out to him in prayer?  How do I know?

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

Lord God, even though bad things happen in our lives, we trust that you love us and will always be with us, even in times of trial. Help us see the ways in which you shelter and protect us so that we would not be afraid when trouble comes. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord watch over you and protect you this day and always. 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.

Loving God, through the power of your Spirit you call us to new life in Christ. You generously shower us with your love and forgiveness so that we may rest assured of our place with you forever. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully to this reminder from Luther’s Small Catechism.

In this Christian church, [the Holy Spirit] daily forgives abundantly all my sins and the sins of all believers. At the last day, he will raise me and all the dead and will grant everlasting life to me and to all who believe in Christ. This is most certainly true! (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: Do you believe that God has given us life?

Child: Do you believe that God will raise us back to life again someday, even after we are dead?

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

Holy God, you have created us and given us birth. In the resurrection of Jesus, you have given us the promise of eternal life. Help us to remember that because we belong to Jesus, we never have to fear death. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

Because of God’s great love for you, he sent Jesus to save you from the power of sin, death, and the devil. 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.

Lord God, grant us your Holy Spirit so that we might hear your word and trust in your promises for your whole creation. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 1:9-11
After Jesus had said this and while they were watching, he was taken up into a cloud. They could not see him, but as he went up, they kept looking up into the sky. Suddenly two men dressed in white clothes were standing there beside them. They said, “Why are you men from Galilee standing here and looking up into the sky? Jesus has been taken to heaven. But he will come back in the same way that you have seen him go.” (CEV)

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

Child: If you had been there with the apostles when Jesus ascended into heaven, do you think you would have kept looking up into the sky for him? Why or why not?

Child: What does this Scripture tell us about how Jesus will return?

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

God, you are the God of the past, present, and future. All things are in your hands. Give us the faith to trust in your promises, even when we cannot see. Amen.

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

May God almighty watch over you and keep in you in his grace. 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.

Almighty Father, Jesus promised his followers that he would return to earth again someday. Encourage us in our faith as we live in the here and now, patiently waiting for your Son’s return. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

When Jesus died and rose to life
   his friends still feared there'd be more strife.
They wanted to know the where and how:
   Will you fix all things right now?

But Jesus told them they must wait;
   The Spirit was coming, and would not be late.
Christ then surprised his closest friends

   When with the clouds he did ascend!

As up to heaven, Jesus rose,
   two angels came in snow-white clothes.
They told them all, “Christ will someday
   Come back to earth in this same way!”

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

Child: Jesus promised that he would return again. Does anyone know when this will happen?

Child: What does it mean for us to wait for his return? How should we act in the meantime?

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

Loving God, as we wait for the last day when Jesus will return, help us to be hard at work. Grant us patience in our waiting, and the boldness to tell others about his love. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord our God give you grace and peace as we await Jesus’ return. 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.

Gracious God, you give us the knowledge and faith we need to do your will. Empower us by your Holy Spirit that we may follow Jesus in faith. In his name we pray. Amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 1:7-8
Jesus said to them, “You don’t need to know the time of those events that only the Father controls. But the Holy Spirit will come upon you and give you power. Then you will tell everyone about me in Jerusalem, in all Judea, in Samaria, and everywhere in the world.” (CEV)

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

Child: Why did the apostles need the power of God’s Holy Spirit to be able to share Jesus with the world?

Child: Can you tell me a time when you felt the power of the Holy Spirit? How did it help you?

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

Loving God, you give us the gift of your Holy Spirit so that we will have the words we need to share Christ’s love with the world. Grant us the confidence to share this life-giving Word with all we meet. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Holy Spirit empower you to speak boldly on behalf of Christ today and always. 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, you know that we struggle at times to understand your ways. Help us to see more clearly what Jesus’ ascension into heaven means for us as believers; in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 1 :4-8
While he was still with them, Jesus said: “Don’t leave Jerusalem yet. Wait here for the Father to give you the Holy Spirit, just as I told you he has promised to do. 5 John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” 6 While the apostles were still with Jesus, they asked him, “Lord, are you now going to give Israel its own king again?” 7 Jesus said to them, “You don’t need to know the time of those events that only the Father controls. 8 But the Holy Spirit will come upon you and give you power. (CEV)

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

Child: Why did Jesus tell them they needed to wait for the Holy Spirit? Why weren’t they able to be faithful on their own?

Child: Why is it hard to trust that God in in charge of things? How can we learn to be patient?

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

Lord Almighty, help us in times when we want to be in control. Help us to be patient and trust that you will do everything according to your plan. In Jesus’ holy name we pray. Amen.

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

May our Lord Jesus give you patience, especially when you are waiting for things to happen. 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 as we read your holy Word. Show us your grace and mercy and bring us a deeper faith. We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as the Bible story for the week is read aloud.

Acts 1:3-11
For forty days after Jesus had suffered and died, he proved in many ways that he had been raised from death. He appeared to his apostles and spoke to them about God’s kingdom. 4 While he was still with them, he said: “Don’t leave Jerusalem yet. Wait here for the Father to give you the Holy Spirit, just as I told you he has promised to do. 5 John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” 6 While the apostles were still with Jesus, they asked him, “Lord, are you now going to give Israel its own king again?” 7 Jesus said to them, “You don’t need to know the time of those events that only the Father controls. 8 But the Holy Spirit will come upon you and give you power. Then you will tell everyone about me in Jerusalem, in all Judea, in Samaria, and everywhere in the world.” 9 After Jesus had said this and while they were watching, he was taken up into a cloud. They could not see him, 10 but as he went up, they kept looking up into the sky. Suddenly two men dressed in white clothes were standing there beside them. 11 They said, “Why are you men from Galilee standing here and looking up into the sky? Jesus has been taken to heaven. But he will come back in the same way that you have seen him go.” (CEV)

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

Child: Why did Jesus have to prove to his friends so many times that he was raised from the dead?

Child: Can you tell me a time when you struggled to believe in something or someone and you had to hear it or see it over and over again before you believed?

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

Holy God, you are the Lord. Help us to share your live-giving Word with those we meet, so they would know your promises too. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord remind you each day of his promise of eternal life in Christ. Amen.