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, it is good to have this time together. Turn our hearts to you now, as we settle in to hear your Word. Bless each person here, and bless the week ahead. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.
Psalm 123: 1-2
Our Lord and our God, I turn my eyes to you, on your throne in heaven. Servants look to their master, but we will look to you, until you have mercy on us. (CEV)
Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.
Child: How is God like a king? How can we best serve God, our heavenly ruler?
Child: What does the word “mercy” mean? What are some of the ways that God has mercy on us?
Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.
Lord God, thank you for watching over us and caring for us each day. Please forgive us when we go astray, and lead us back onto your path. Have mercy on us, always. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.
May you serve God in all you do! Amen.