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, you reach out to us, just as Paul reached out to the people of Berea. Thank you for caring about us, and for giving us families and friends who care for us, too. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.
When the Jewish leaders in Thessalonica heard that Paul had been preaching God’s message in Berea, they went there and caused trouble by turning the crowds against Paul. Right away the followers sent Paul down to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed in Berea. Some men went with Paul as far as Athens, and then returned with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible. (CEV)
Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.
Child: Why did some Christians travel to Athens with Paul? Do you think that was dangerous for them?
Child: Think of someone who helped you at some point in your life. What did they do for you?
Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.
Merciful Lord, we have received so much from you. Now let us share your gifts with others. Show us where we are needed, and give us the strength to serve. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.
May you find good friends, and be a good friend, as well. Amen.