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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, teach us to worship you alone, and to show compassion to those around us who do not yet know you. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, we pray. Amen.

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

Paul taught about the one true God,
But many people thought him odd.
He said, “Those idols that you make,
They are not real; they’re just a fake.”

This made the craftsmen very mad,
Their business started going bad.
“Our god is Artemis,” they called,
“It’s time to put a stop to Paul!”

The people there began to riot,
Others told them to be quiet:
“You must quickly stop this fuss,
Or it will all be blamed on us!”

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

Child: Paul was visiting a place where people worshipped many gods. What would you do if you were in his shoes? Would you be able to teach others about the one, true God? Why or why not?

Child: When people don’t believe us when we speak the truth, should we just tell them what they want to hear to get along? Why or why not?

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

Holy God, we want to point others to you, but it can be hard to speak up. Show us how to do this. Lead us, as you did for Paul. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

May you reach out to those who don’t know God. 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, you are always working to bring people into relationship with you. Help us to see your goodness as we study your holy Word. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 19:25-26
Demetrius brought together everyone who was in the same business and said: “Friends, you know that we make a good living at this. But you have surely seen and heard how this man Paul is upsetting a lot of people, not only in Ephesus, but almost everywhere in Asia. He claims that the gods we humans make are not really gods at all.”  (CEV)

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

Child: Why did Paul tell the people that their gods were not real? Was this a mean thing or a kind and merciful thing that he did? Why?

Child: To be “merciful” means to treat someone well, even though they may deserve to be punished. When have you been merciful to someone else? What happened?

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

God of grace, when we make bad choices and go down the wrong path, you send people into our lives to help us turn around. This is a kindness, even when it doesn’t feel like that. Thank you for your mercy, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

May you see how God is kind and merciful. Amen.