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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 great teachers, like Martin Luther, who wrote the Small Catechism for us. Be with us now as we study it, and teach us what you’d have us know. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again.  (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: What’s your favorite part of the Christmas story? Do you remember where you first heard about Jesus’ birth? Tell us about that.

Child: What’s your favorite part of the Easter story? What are some memories that you have of Easter from when you were a child?

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

Heavenly Father, we are so thankful that you sent Jesus into our world! Help us to live every day in faith, trusting in your love. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you put your trust 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.

Heavenly Father, you are good and loving and worthy of our trust. Be with us today as we study the Small Catechism, and help us learn how to trust you even more! We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

God indeed gives daily bread to all, even unbelievers, without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that he would help us to recognize this so that we would receive our daily bread with thanksgiving. (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: When Luther talks about “daily bread,” what does he mean? Is he only speaking about bread or other things, too?

Child: Why is it good to realize that everything we have comes from God? How can that help us to live with more thankfulness?

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

Holy God, we have so much to be thankful for! Yet it can be easy for us to overlook this, and to focus only on what we lack. Help us to see the many ways that you bless us each day. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

May you see the many ways God has blessed you. 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, we want to grow closer to you and deeper in our Christian faith. As we read and discuss Luther’s Catechism today, help us come to trust you ever more. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

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, but pray that when we are tempted in these ways, we may finally prevail and gain the victory. (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: What is a “false belief?” What are some false beliefs that people hold today?

Child: To be in despair means to lose hope. How can our faith in God keep us from giving up or losing hope?

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

Holy God, there are many things in this world that can lead us astray or steal our joy. Yet you want a better life for us. Help us to trust you with all our hearts, and to turn to you when we are confused or struggling. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust the Lord your God with all your heart. 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, this is the day that you have made! We will rejoice and be glad in it! Thank you for all that you have given us, including this time together. Help us to appreciate it, and to use it wisely. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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 [God] would grant us all things through grace, even though we sin every day and deserve nothing but punishment. And so we, too, will heartily forgive, and gladly do good to those who sin against us. (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: Luther says that we don’t deserve the things for which we pray. Do you agree? Why or why not?

Child: Do you find it hard to forgive? What helps you do good to those who sin against you?

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

Holy God, it can be so hard to let go of our anger when others are unkind to us. Yet you forgive us every day. Help us to remember this, and to pray for those who sin against us rather than seeking revenge. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

May you forgive and let go of resentments. 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, you have given us all that we have. Thank you for reaching out to us, and for being with us even now as we gather together in your name. As we study your Word, teach us to trust you more. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

[The Holy Spirit] calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and preserves it in unity with Jesus Christ in the one true faith. In this Christian church, he daily forgives abundantly all my sins and the sins of all believers. (Luther's Small Catechism)

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

Child: Have you ever done something wrong and felt bad about it later? When? What happened?

Child: Luther’s Small Catechism reminds us that the Holy Spirit forgives us of our sins. How does this make you feel? How can this help you forgive others more easily?

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

Holy God, we can trust you with everything, because you care for us and are always working for our good. Please forgive us when we go astray and lead us always back to you. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

May you never be afraid to ask for forgiveness. 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 thank you for this time together. May we always stay close to you and to one another. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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

God 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 that God “keeps us from evil?” How can that help us when we feel frightened by stories we hear on the news?

Child: Have you ever faced something scary and later realized that God kept you safe? When?

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

Heavenly Father, you give us more than we deserve. We are so blessed to have you as our loving Father! Thank you for protecting us, and for leading us down good paths. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you realize that God has always been with you. 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, you want us to trust you, and you are completely trust-worthy. As we study today, help us to believe this in our heart. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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

What is the significance of baptizing with water? It signifies that the old Adam in us, together with all sins and evil desires, should be drowned by daily sorrow for sin and repentance and be put to death, and that the new person should come forth every day and rise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: Luther’s Small Catechism tells us that after baptism, a “new person should come forth every day to live before God… in purity.” What do you think that means?

Child: Do you remember when I was baptized? What can you tell me about that day?

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

Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of baptism, and for making us your daughters and sons. We love you, and are so happy that you love us, too! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you remember that you are God’s beloved child. Amen.