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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 being with us as we study the Small Catechism today. Please help us to understand it better, and to use it as a guide in our daily lives. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

We know we have not earned, nor do we deserve, those things for which we pray. But we ask that he would grant us all things through grace, even though we sin every day and deserve nothing but punishment. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: What do you pray for regularly? Have your prayers changed much as you have grown older?

Child: “Grace” refers to a gift from God, freely given and undeserved. What are some of the gifts God has given us that we have not earned?

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

Heavenly Father, you know and meet our every need. Thank you for providing for us, and for blessing us with family and friends who love us, as well. We love you! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you thank God for your blessings! 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 the school week draws to a close, may we be thankful for what we have learned. Teach us even more now, as we settle in to study the Small Catechism together. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

We should fear and love God so that we do our neighbors no bodily harm nor cause them any suffering, but help and befriend them in every need. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: Who is our neighbor? Does this only mean people who live next door to us? Why or why not?

Child: Why does showing kindness to our neighbor also show love for God?

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

Heavenly Father, we trust you and love you! We know that you want us to treat our neighbors well, but sometimes this is hard for us. Show us the way. Help us to notice and befriend those who are in need of a friend. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you reach out to someone who needs a friend today! 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, stir up your Holy Spirit and inspire us to look to you for everything. As we study the prayer that Jesus taught us today, help us to realize how important and meaningful it is. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: Why do we call God our “Father?” How is God like (and unlike) an earthly father?

Child: Why is it a good thing for God’s will to be done on earth? What does that mean?

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

Heavenly Father, we love you! Every day you watch over us, protect us, and guide us. We want to worship you, and to live in a way that is pleasing to you. Help us to do so. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you live each day according to God’s will! 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.

Heavenly Father, as we read from The Small Catechism today, be with us. Help us to learn from Luther’s study of your Word, so that we might understand it ever better. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

“We are to fear and love God so that we do not hurt our neighbor in any way, but help him in all his physical needs.” (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: When Luther talks about our neighbor, who do you think he means?

Child: Is it ever hard to “love our neighbor” as Jesus wants us to do? How can our love for God help us with this?

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

Holy God, we try to obey your Word and to treat others well, but sometimes we fail. Help us to see other people as you do. Open our hearts, so that we may be filled with your love and share that love with those around us. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

May you share God’s love with others today. 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, we want to trust you more, and to follow where you lead. Be present as we study the Small Catechism today, and help us to grow in our understanding of how you would like us to live. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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

We should fear and love God so that we do not plot to take our neighbors’ possessions, inheritance, or home, or obtain them through deceptive means, but assist and serve our neighbors in keeping what is theirs. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: Why shouldn’t we take things that don’t belong to us?

Child: God wants us to look out for our neighbors and treat them well. What is one nice or helpful thing that we could do for the other people in our lives?

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

Heavenly Father, you want us to be good neighbors and to treat those around us with kindness and respect. Help us to do this each day, so that we may serve you as we serve them. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you treat others fairly and well! 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, today as we study Luther’s Small Catechism, please help us to learn all that you would have us know. Stir up your Holy Spirit in us, so that we may grow ever closer to you. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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

The Holy Spirit has called me through the Gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, and sanctified and preserved me in the true faith. In the same way, he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and preserves it in unity with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.  (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: Who is the Holy Spirit? Why do you think the Bible calls the Holy Spirit our “Helper?”

Child: The Holy Spirit leads us to Jesus, and always points the way to him. When have you felt the Holy Spirit guiding you or strengthening your faith?

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

Heavenly Father, as we live and make decisions each day, we need help and guidance. May your Holy Spirit be with us, leading us ever closer to you! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Holy Spirit always be your help and guide! 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, teach us what you would like us to know as we study the Small Catechism today. Be with us now, and open our ears and our hearts. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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

God indeed tempts no one to sin, but we pray in this petition that God would guard and protect us from this, that the devil, the world, and our sinful nature may not deceive us or lead us into false belief, despair, and other great and shameful sins. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: What does the word “despair” mean? Why would giving up all hope be a sin?

Child: The catechism reminds us that God tempts no one to sin. Knowing that, how might prayer help us when we are struggling to make a good decision?

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

Heavenly Father, we are so thankful that we can turn to you, and that you watch over us and keep us safe. Guide us each day, and lead us down the paths that you would have us go. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May God guard and protect you! Amen.