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Wednesday: Mercy

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.

Almighty God, we want to know more about you. Help us to listen well to your Word, just as the people in Berea did so long ago. Strengthen our faith, day by day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 17:11-12
That same night the Lord’s followers sent Paul and Silas on to Berea, and after they arrived, they went to the Jewish meeting place. The people in Berea were much nicer than those in Thessalonica, and they gladly accepted the message. Day after day they studied the Scriptures to see if these things were true. Many of them put their faith in the Lord, including some important Greek women and several men. (CEV)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: What do you think Paul and Silas liked best about Berea? Why?

Child: When have you felt really welcomed somewhere? What happened?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

God of grace, teach us to welcome people with kindness. Open our hearts, so that we may see others as you see them. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May you share your faith with others, even if they are very different from you. Amen.