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, you help us to grow through your holy Word. You nurture us and feed us so that we will be strong in our faith toward you. We praise your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.
I am like an olive tree growing in God’s house, and I can count on his love forever and ever. I will always thank God for what he has done; I will praise his good name when his people meet. (CEV)
Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.
Child: What does the writer of this psalm mean when he says, “I am like an olive tree growing in God’s house?”
Child: How have you experienced God’s love and goodness helping you grow?
Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.
Lord God, help us to be firmly rooted in your grace and mercy that we would bear the fruit of your love to the world. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.
May you trust in the care and protection of God, and know that he loves you. Amen.