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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 Father, we are so thankful that you love us and watch over us each day. Stir up your Holy Spirit in us now, so that we might grow in faith as we study and learn from our Bible story. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

Acts 1:16, 20-22
Judas was one of us and had worked with us, but he brought the mob to arrest Jesus. In the book of Psalms it says, “Leave his house empty, and don’t let anyone live there.” It also says, “Let someone else have his job.” So we need someone else to help us tell others that Jesus has been raised from death. He must also be one of the men who was with us from the very beginning. He must have been with us from the time the Lord Jesus was baptized by John until the day he was taken to heaven. (CEV)

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

Child: By letting someone else have Judas’ job, the disciples were moving on and choosing to trust again. Why might this have been hard for them?

Child: If you had to choose someone to replace Judas, what traits would you look for in that person? Why?

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

Lord God, thank you for our family, and for surrounding us with people who want to follow you. Help us to be wise in choosing friends, just as the disciples were. Make us into the people you want us to be. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you make wise choices! 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, be with us today as we read and pray and study your Word. Please help us in any area where we struggle, and inspire us to face our challenges in a faithful and healthy way. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

Acts 1:14-16
The apostles often met together and prayed with a single purpose in mind. The women and Mary the mother of Jesus would meet with them, and so would his brothers. One day there were about one hundred twenty of the Lord’s followers meeting together, and Peter stood up to speak to them. He said: My friends, long ago by the power of the Holy Spirit, David said something about Judas, and what he said has now happened. Judas was one of us and had worked with us, but he brought the mob to arrest Jesus. (CEV)

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

Child: What does it mean to pray with a single purpose in mind? When have you done this, yourself?

Child: Why is it helpful to meet with others and pray together?

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

Lord, when there is a big decision to make or a problem to overcome, we can feel alone and frightened. Thank you for giving us friends who are willing to pray with us and for us. Thank you for our family of faith all around the world. Please bless and guide us always. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you turn to God when you are struggling. 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, as this new week begins, open our hearts and minds. Help us to understand our Bible story so that we, too, may be faithful followers of Jesus. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

Acts 1:14-16, 20-26
The apostles often met together and prayed with a single purpose in mind. The women and Mary the mother of Jesus would meet with them, and so would his brothers. One day there were about one hundred twenty of the Lord’s followers meeting together, and Peter stood up to speak to them. He said: My friends, long ago by the power of the Holy Spirit, David said something about Judas, and what he said has now happened. Judas was one of us and had worked with us, but he brought the mob to arrest Jesus.

In the book of Psalms it says, “Leave his house empty, and don’t let anyone live there.” It also says, “Let someone else have his job.” So we need someone else to help us tell others that Jesus has been raised from death. He must also be one of the men who was with us from the very beginning. He must have been with us from the time the Lord Jesus was baptized by John until the day he was taken to heaven.

Two men were suggested: One of them was Joseph Barsabbas, known as Justus, and the other was Matthias. Then they all prayed, “Lord, you know what everyone is like! Show us the one you have chosen to be an apostle and to serve in place of Judas, who got what he deserved.” They drew names, and Matthias was chosen to join the group of the eleven apostles. (CEV)

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

Child: Judas was one of Jesus’ disciples, but then he brought a mob to arrest Jesus. How did Jesus’ followers handle being betrayed by Judas?

Child: Has someone ever betrayed you or really let you down? How did you move on from that disappointment?

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

Dear Jesus, you understand what it feels like to be betrayed by a friend, as that’s what happened to you with Judas. Help us to forgive those who hurt us, too. Show us how to let go and move forward in faith like the disciples did in today’s story. In your holy name we pray. Amen.

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

May let go of grudges, and move forward in faith. 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.

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, thank you for all that you give us. We are blessed to have a relationship with you! Be with us as we discuss our Bible story today, and help us to understand it more deeply. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

John 2:11-12
This was Jesus' first miracle, and he did it in the village of Cana in Galilee. There Jesus showed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him. After this, he went with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples to the town of Capernaum, where they stayed for a few days.  (CEV)

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

Child: If you were one of Jesus’ disciples, would you have needed to see a miracle in order to believe that he was God’s Son? Why or why not?

Child: What has helped you put your faith in Jesus?

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

Dear Lord, on our own, our faith can be shaky at times. But we know that all good things come from you. Strengthen our faith, and lead us along the path you would have us go. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you put your faith in Jesus! 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, as we settle in and read from the Small Catechism today, help us to understand it better. Open our minds, so that we may learn all that you want us to know. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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

What is Holy Communion? It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, given to us Christians to eat and drink, as it was instituted by Christ himself. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: When and where did you first receive Holy Communion? Tell us about that.

Child: How does receiving Communion make you feel? What is happening?

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

Heavenly Father, you give us many gifts, including Holy Communion. Thank you for forgiving our sins when we receive Communion, and for welcoming us into the family of faith. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May your sins be forgiven—in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit! 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.

Dear God, you are compassionate and good, and we are so thankful that you care for us! As we read our Bible rhyme today, strengthen our faith, and inspire us to trust you more. 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.

Jesus was a wedding guest
But his hosts were very stressed.
They were filled with nervous doubt
For the wine had all run out!

Mary turned to Jesus, who
Surely would know what to do.
“Pour some water there,” he said,
“It will turn to wine, instead.”

Sure enough, his words were right,
And in Cana on that night,
Jesus had performed a sign:
Turning water into wine!

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

Child: What does it mean to be “stressed?” Do you think Jesus knew how the wedding hosts were feeling? Why or why not?

Child: Tell us about a time when you felt stressed and overwhelmed. How did God help you through that experience?

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

Holy God, when we are worried or overwhelmed, we know that we can turn to you for help. Thank you for listening to our prayers and helping us overcome challenges. We love you! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you give your worries to God!  Amen.