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, you work in mysterious ways. As we study our Bible story today, help us to see your hand in every good thing. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.
The front of the ship stuck firmly in the sand, and the rear was being smashed by the force of the waves. The soldiers decided to kill the prisoners to keep them from swimming away and escaping. But Captain Julius wanted to save Paul’s life, and he did not let the soldiers do what they had planned. (CEV)
Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.
Child: The captain showed mercy, and protected Paul from those who would have harmed him. If we see someone who is being bullied, what can we do to help?
Child: Why were the soldiers going to kill the prisoners? Do you think the soldiers were making bad decisions because they were panicking?
Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.
God of grace, you watch over us all the time. Thank you for your mercy and care. Please be with those who are in danger on the sea, or anywhere. 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 be a friend to someone who needs it. Amen.