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 God, thank you for this day of rest, and for being with each person here. Bless us, and help us to become wise like the wise men from long ago. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.
Be smart, all you rulers, and pay close attention. Serve and honor the Lord; be glad and tremble. (CEV)
Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.
Child: Why is it important for rulers to serve and honor the Lord?
Child: If you could describe your ideal ruler or leader, what would that person be like? How might faith in God make a difference in how they treated people?
Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.
Lord God, we want to serve and honor you each day of our lives. Help us to do this, and to do it gladly. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.
May you serve the Lord! Amen.