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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, you help us to grow through your holy Word. You nurture us and feed us so that we will be strong in our faith toward you. We praise your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Psalm 52:8-9
I am like an olive tree growing in God’s house, and I can count on his love forever and ever. I will always thank God for what he has done; I will praise his good name when his people meet. (CEV)

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

Child: What does the writer of this psalm mean when he says, “I am like an olive tree growing in God’s house?”

Child: How have you experienced God’s love and goodness helping you grow?

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

Lord God, help us to be firmly rooted in your grace and mercy that we would bear the fruit of your love to the world. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust in the care and protection of God, and know that he loves you. Amen.

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.

Almighty God, you have given us more blessings than we can ever count. Help us to hear your love through your Word this day, that we would trust you in all our joys and struggles, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 2:44-45
All the Lord’s followers often met together, and they shared everything they had. They would sell their property and possessions and give the money to whoever needed it. (CEV)

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

Child: Do you ever find it hard to share what you have with other? Why or why not?

Child: What do you think was the reason the first Christians were able to share what they had with one another?

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

Holy God, you are so generous to us. All that we have comes from you. Encourage us to be generous to all whom we meet so that they might know your goodness and mercy. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

Go about your day being kind and generous to every one you meet. In the name of the Father and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit. 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.

Giving God, you are the source of all good gifts and you see to our every need. Remind us each day of all you do for us, that we would be truly thankful to you. Through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully to this reminder from Luther’s Small Catechism.

Every day God provides abundantly for all the needs of my life. He protects me from all danger and guards and keeps me from every evil. He does this purely out of fatherly and divine goodness and mercy, though I do not deserve it. Therefore I ought to thank, praise, serve, and obey him. This is most certainly true!  (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: What does it mean to say that God “provides abundantly” for us?

Child: Does God only care for us because we have earned his love?

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

Loving Father, we know that we do not deserve all that you do for us, so we thank you for your love and goodness in our lives. Help us to see that, in you, we have all that we need. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

Trust that God is with you and will provide for all your needs. 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.

Almighty Father, your love and mercy have no bounds. As we read the story today, inspire in us compassionate hearts, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

Those who followed Jesus Christ
were quite generous and nice;
Every day, they tried to meet
in each other’s homes to eat.

Just to help the ministry,
they would sell their property!
Sharing everything they had
made them feel extremely glad.

Meeting in the temple, too,
they invited all they knew.
For they wanted all to know
that the Lord God loved them so!

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

Child: In what way do all Christians have a ministry to serve others?

Child: What are some of the ways that you like to show your love of God by helping your neighbors?

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

Loving God, you fill us with your love and compassion so that we might love one another as you have first loved us. Help us to treat others as we would like to be treated. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you always find ways to help and serve. 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.

Holy God, you make us a part of the Church so we can learn and grow in your Word. Fill us with your Spirit as we listen to the Bible, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 2:46-47
Day after day they met together in the temple. They broke bread together in different homes and shared their food happily and freely, while praising God. Everyone liked them, and each day the Lord added to their group others who were being saved. (CEV)

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

Child: What does it mean to “break bread” together? Why is that something we often do in church?

Child:  Who are some of the friends you have in Church? What do you like about them?

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

Loving God, you call us together as the Church, and give us other people to serve beside and worship with. Strengthen our community of believers that more and more people would come to know your son through us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

God made you to be a blessing to others. 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.

Almighty God, we come to you to hear your promise. Open our hearts, by the power of your Spirit, that we may trust and believe that you are at work among us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Acts 2:42-43
[The new believers] spent their time learning from the apostles, and they were like family to each other. They also broke bread and prayed together. Everyone was amazed by the many miracles and wonders that the apostles worked. (CEV)

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

Child: What are  the kind of amazing things that the apostles did by the power of God? Do you believe that God still does miracles?

Child: Do we need to see miracles in order to believe in God?

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

Holy God, we know that you have the power to do amazing things, but our faith rests in your Word. Open our eyes to see the big things and the small things you do for us each day, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you experience the amazing goodness of God at work in your life. 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.

Heavenly Father, you call us to trust and obey you. As we read your Word we pray that you would work in us through your Holy Spirit. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as the Bible story for the week is read aloud.

Acts 2:42-47
[The new believers] spent their time learning from the apostles, and they were like family to each other. They also broke bread and prayed together. Everyone was amazed by the many miracles and wonders that the apostles worked. All the Lord’s followers often met together, and they shared everything they had. They would sell their property and possessions and give the money to whoever needed it. Day after day they met together in the temple. They broke bread together in different homes and shared their food happily and freely, while praising God. Everyone liked them, and each day the Lord added to their group others who were being saved. (CEV)

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

Child: The Bible says that the first Christians were like a family to each other: What are things that family members are supposed to do for each other?

Child: When have you experienced the Church as a family of faith?

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

Holy God, just as the early Christians gathered together to learn and serve, guide us as we work alongside our fellow church members to learn more about you and to serve the world you love. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord God almighty watch over you in your going out and in your coming in. Amen.