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 Father, you have given us all we need. You protect us from danger and watch over us with a shepherd’s care. Give us hearts to care for others in the same way, that we would work to keep others safe and be the friends they need. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Listen: Listen carefully to this reminder from Luther’s Small Catechism.
We pray in this petition, as in a summary, that our heavenly Father would deliver us from every type of evil — whether it affects our bodies or souls, property or reputation — and at last, when our hour of death comes, would grant us a blessed end to our earthly lives and graciously take us from this world of sorrow to himself in heaven. (Luther's Small Catechism)
Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.
Child: What are some things that make you feel afraid? How does God help you face those fears?
Child: What can we do to help keep each other safe and take care of each other?
Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.
Holy God, you work through us to bring help and hope to others. Make us into people who work to do good for others, that all people would experience your love and care, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.
May God be with you, and let you know that you are never alone. Amen.