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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.

Gracious Lord, on this beautiful Easter day, we praise and worship you! Thank you for each person here, and for this time that we can spend studying your Word together. Help us to learn all that you would have us know. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 94:17-22
Who will stand up for me against those cruel people? If you had not helped me, Lord, I would soon have gone to the land of silence. When I felt my feet slipping, you came with your love and kept me steady. And when I was burdened with worries, you comforted me and made me feel secure. You are opposed to dishonest lawmakers who gang up to murder innocent victims. You, Lord God, are my fortress, that mighty rock where I am safe. (CEV)

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

Child: What is a fortress? How is God like a fortress for us?

Child: In what ways has God protected you or kept you safe at different times in your life?

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

Lord God, on this day, over two thousand years ago, you raised Jesus from the dead! We are so thankful that you did not allow death and evil to have the last word. Help us to appreciate the true meaning of Easter as we celebrate it today. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May God protect you and keep you! 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.

Gracious Lord, thank you for this day of rest and worship. Help us to turn to you now, and to leave the worries of the week behind as we study your Word. Be with us, and teach us all that you would have us learn. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 23:5-6
You treat me to a feast, while my enemies watch. You honor me as your guest, and you fill my cup until it overflows. Your kindness and love will always be with me each day of my life, and I will live forever
in your house, Lord. (CEV)

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

Child: Think back over your life, from when you were little to now. What are some ways God has shown kindness to you at each point in your life?

Child: What do you think God’s house is like? What would it be like to live there forever?

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

Lord God, we love you! Since our earliest days, you have been there, sometimes in ways we did not even notice at the time. Thank you for always caring for us, and for being our true resting place. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you see that God has always been there for you! 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.

Gracious Lord, thank you for this Sabbath day, and for everyone in our family, both near and far. Be with us as we study our psalm now. Help us to learn from it and turn to you. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 25:6-18
I am lonely and troubled. Show that you care and have pity on me. My awful worries keep growing. Rescue me from sadness. See my troubles and misery and forgive my sins. (CEV)

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

Child: What are some of the things that you worry about? How does your faith help you deal with your fears?

Child: When you feel sad, what do you do to cheer yourself up? How can helping others make you feel better, yourself?

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

Lord God, no matter how lonely or troubled we feel, we are never truly alone. Help us to trust you with all our worries, big and small, for you care for us and love us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you pray—and let God worry! 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.

Gracious Lord, on this beautiful Sunday, we thank you for bringing us together to praise and worship you! Lead us now, as we study our Psalm, and draw us ever closer to you. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 40:16-17
Our Lord, let your worshipers rejoice and be glad. They love you for saving them, so let them always say, “The Lord is wonderful!” I am poor and needy, but, Lord God, you care about me, and you come to my rescue. Please hurry and help. (CEV)

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

Child: God is indeed wonderful! What are some of the amazing things that God is doing right now, even as we speak?

Child: Can you remember a time when you felt that God came to your rescue—maybe by using other people or events to help you? What happened?

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

Lord God, we all go through times when we feel needy or overwhelmed. Thank you for caring for us, and for helping us through those experiences. May we remember your compassion and be grateful for it not only when times are tough, but when they are good, as well. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you thank God for all your blessings! 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.

Gracious Lord, it is good to be together. As we settle in to read our psalm for today, please give us a sense of peace and calm. Thank you for this beautiful Sabbath day! In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 63:2-4
I have seen your power and your glory in the place of worship. Your love means more than life to me, and I praise you. As long as I live, I will pray to you. (CEV)

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

Child: When do you most sense God’s presence in worship—during Holy Communion, the sermon, the hymns, or at another time?

Child: Where have you seen God’s power in the world? Tell us about that.

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

Lord God, we are so thankful for you, and for all that you do in our world! Help us to tell others about you, so that they, too, may experience your love and power in their lives. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you praise the Lord! 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, this is the day that you have made! We will rejoice and be glad in it! Be with us now as we study our Psalm, and help us to focus and learn what it is teaching us. 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 115:9-11
O Israel, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield. O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield. You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield. (CEV)

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

Child: How can trusting in God help us deal with hard situations or difficult people?

Child: What is a shield? How does God act as our help and our shield?

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

Almighty God, we want to trust you, but that can be hard to do when our minds are filled with worries. Remind us of the many ways you have helped us in the past, so that we realize how truly trustworthy you are. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust God and live faithfully. 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.

Gracious Lord, this is the day that you have made! We will rejoice and be glad in it. As we study and talk about our Bible lesson, let your Holy Spirit draw us ever closer to you. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 4:6-7
There are some who ask, “Who will be good to us?” Let your kindness, Lord, shine brightly on us. You brought me more happiness than a rich harvest of grain and wine. (CEV)

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

Child: How does having a relationship with God bring true happiness?

Child: In what ways does God’s kindness shine on our family? How can we share that kindness with others?

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

Lord God, you are so good to us! Sometimes we get busy and forget that all good things come from you. Thank you for your many blessings. May we be more aware of them every day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the joy of the Lord be your strength! Amen.