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.
In you, O Lord, we take refuge; in you alone is where we put our trust. Be close to us this day and speak to us your Word, that in each moment of our day our thoughts would be filled with your grace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.
12 Then Peter went to the house of Mary the mother of John whose other name was Mark. Many of the Lord’s followers had come together there and were praying. 13 Peter knocked on the gate, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer. 14 When she heard Peter’s voice, she was too excited to open the gate. She ran back into the house and said that Peter was standing there. 15 “You are crazy!” everyone told her. But she kept saying that it was Peter. Then they said, “It must be his angel.” 16 But Peter kept on knocking, until finally they opened the gate. They saw him and were completely amazed. (CEV)
Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.
Child: Why do you think Rhoda was so excited to see her friend Peter? Did she expect to see him at the door?
Child: Has God ever surprised you with something good that you did not expect?
Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.
Heavenly Father, we thank you for your grace and mercy. Because you have claimed us and made us your own, we have nothing to fear, because we know that you will never let us go. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.
May the hope of God our Father grant you peace and joy all your days. Amen.