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Saturday: Generosity

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.

Mighty Lord, we welcome you into our lives, today and always. Please lead us now, and help us to understand your Word. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

John 1:11-14
He came into his own world, but his own nation did not welcome him. Yet some people accepted him and put their faith in him. So he gave them the right to be the children of God. They were not God’s children by nature or because of any human desires. God himself was the one who made them his children. The Word became a human being and lived here with us. We saw his true glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father. From him all the kindness and all the truth of God have come down to us. (CEV)

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

Child: The Bible tells us that Jesus wasn’t welcomed by his own people. Have you ever had trouble welcoming someone? Why? Did you learn anything from that experience?

Child: What does it mean to be a child of God, in your opinion? Do you think old people can be children of God? Why or why not?

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

Dear Lord, you understand what it feels like to be unwelcome. Help us reach out to those who need care and kindness, remembering that in doing so, we are welcoming you. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you never forget that you are God’s child! Amen.

Friday: Trust

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.

O God, thank you for great teachers, like Martin Luther, who wrote the Small Catechism for us. Be with us now as we study it, and teach us what you’d have us know. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Listen: Pay close attention to this reminder from Luther’s Small Catechism.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again.  (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: What’s your favorite part of the Christmas story? Do you remember where you first heard about Jesus’ birth? Tell us about that.

Child: What’s your favorite part of the Easter story? What are some memories that you have of Easter from when you were a child?

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

Heavenly Father, we are so thankful that you sent Jesus into our world! Help us to live every day in faith, trusting in your love. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you put your trust in Jesus! Amen.

Thursday: Compassion

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.

Holy God, thank you for watching over us each day! Help us to understand how much you love us as we settle down now to study your Word. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

At the start of everything
There weren’t any birds to sing
And there were no flowers, or
Animals to growl and roar.

But, our loving God was there
For he’s always everywhere;
And The Word was with him, too,
Speaking life, so pure and true.

Even though the world was dark,
With the Word of God, a spark
Of such blazing, shining light
Broke into the deepest night!

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

Child: Would you have liked to be there at the beginning of time, when all was dark, and there were no birds or flowers? Why or why not? What would you most like to see God create?

Child: How did God make so many things out of nothing? Of all the animals God made, which one is your favorite? Why?

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

Holy God, it is amazing to us that you created this whole beautiful world. You spoke, and life began! May we never forget this, or take our lives for granted. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be thankful for all you have!  Amen.

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, thank you for showing us kindness and mercy every day. May we learn even more about your love as we study your Word today! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

John 1:6-10
God sent a man named John, who came to tell about the light and to lead all people to have faith. John wasn’t that light. He came only to tell about the light. The true light that shines on everyone was coming into the world. The Word was in the world, but no one knew him, though God had made the world with his Word. (CEV)

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

Child: John the Baptist told people about Jesus, who was coming soon. Why is it important that we tell people about Jesus, too? Do you find this easy or hard to do?

Child: The Bible tells us that John wasn’t the light. Do you think it was hard for him to know that someone more important was coming after him? Why or why not?

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

God of grace, thank you for John the Baptist, who pointed the way to Jesus. May we point the way to Jesus, too, in both our words and deeds. 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 tell others about Jesus! Amen.

Tuesday: Struggle

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.

Lord God, thank you for coming into our world, and for being present with us, even now. Guide us through your Word, and help us to remember what we learn. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

John 1:1-5
In the beginning was the one who is called the Word. The Word was with God and was truly God. From the very beginning the Word was with God. And with this Word, God created all things. Nothing was made without the Word. Everything that was created received its life from him, and his life gave light to everyone. The light keeps shining in the dark, and darkness has never put it out. (CEV)

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

Child: How do you think Jesus’ life “gave light to everyone?” In what ways has Jesus made a difference in your life, or given you hope in hard times?

Child: Name as many kinds of light as you can. How do you put each one out? The light of Jesus can never be put out, not even by the darkness! How does knowing this give you courage?

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

Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your Son to bring light into our world! Lead us through any dark times that we face, and help us to be brave. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you face any darkness with courage! Amen.

Monday: Understanding

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.

O God, as we start this week of study and prayer, thank you for being with us and inspiring us. Please help us to better understand your Word. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

John 1:-14
In the beginning was the one who is called the Word. The Word was with God and was truly God. From the very beginning the Word was with God. And with this Word, God created all things. Nothing was made without the Word. Everything that was created received its life from him, and his life gave light to everyone. The light keeps shining in the dark, and darkness has never put it out.

God sent a man named John, who came to tell about the light and to lead all people to have faith. John wasn’t that light. He came only to tell about the light. The true light that shines on everyone was coming into the world. The Word was in the world, but no one knew him, though God had made the world with his Word.

He came into his own world, but his own nation did not welcome him. Yet some people accepted him and put their faith in him. So he gave them the right to be the children of God. They were not God’s children by nature or because of any human desires. God himself was the one who made them his children. The Word became a human being and lived here with us. We saw his true glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father. From him all the kindness and all the truth of God have come down to us. (CEV)

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

Child: Why does a light shining in the dark help people feel better? Tell about a time you were afraid of the dark and were comforted by the light.

Child: Jesus wasn’t welcomed by his own people. Have you ever felt like an outsider? When? Why does it help to know that Jesus understands that feeling?

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

Lord God, you know what it feels like to be misunderstood and rejected. Help us to remember that you love us, especially during those times when we feel like outsiders, ourselves. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you always follow the light! Amen.

Sunday: Worship

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.

Lord God, on this Sabbath day, we ask you to be with us and to guide us in our prayer and in our study. Help us to grow in faith and in love for one another as we reflect on what hear in the Bible. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Psalm 37:3-4
Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (CEV)

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

Child: Why can we confidently trust in the Lord? How can this help us to do good?

Child: Tell us about a time in your life when you struggled to trust God. How did God help you get through that hard time?

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

Almighty God, no matter what is going on around us, we need not fear, because you are in control. We know that you are a God of love and that you want what is best for us. Help us to trust you more each day. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust the Lord and do good today! Amen.