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, you are so good to us! Be with us now, as we finish our study of the Prodigal Son, and help us learn to trust you more. You are our true, heavenly Father, and we are so grateful for you! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 15:20-24
The younger son got up and started back to his father. But when he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt sorry for him. He ran to his son and hugged and kissed him. The son said, “Father, I have sinned against God in heaven and against you. I am no longer good enough to be called your son.”

But his father said to the servants, “Hurry and bring the best clothes and put them on him. Give him a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. Get the best calf and prepare it, so we can eat and celebrate. This son of mine was dead, but has now come back to life. He was lost and has now been found.” And they began to celebrate. (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever expected to be punished, and been forgiven, instead? Have you ever forgiven someone else when you could have punished them?

Child: How is the father in this story like God, our Heavenly Father?

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

Dear Lord, no matter how far we go astray, you are always waiting for us with open arms like the loving father in today’s story. Thank you for never giving up on us. Help us to reach out to others who need to hear this good news. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you never forget that God is a loving Father! 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, we want to follow you and live good lives. Increase our faith as we dig into our Bible story today, so that we may please you and serve you better every day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 10:36-37
Then Jesus asked, “Which one of these three people was a real neighbor to the man who was beaten up by robbers?” The teacher answered, “The one who showed pity.” Jesus said, “Go and do the same!” (CEV)

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

Child: What does the word “pity” mean? Have you ever felt pity for someone, and tried to help? When?

Child: How can we be good neighbors to the people in our neighborhood, school, or work place?

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

Dear Lord, we want to be like the Good Samaritan, but sometimes people’s problems seem too big for us. Show us how we can make a difference, whether it’s by giving to a charity, volunteering in a soup kitchen, or simply praying for those in need. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you find a way to make a difference! 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, we are so blessed to be able to study your Word and pray to you directly! Thank you for giving us the Bible, and for those who recorded its stories and teachings for us. Help us to understand it better each time we read it. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Matthew 17:7-8
When the disciples heard the voice, they were so afraid that they fell flat on the ground. But Jesus came over and touched them. He said, “Get up and don’t be afraid!” When they opened their eyes, they saw only Jesus. (CEV)

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

Child: When everything was over, the disciples saw only Jesus. Why does God want us to put our faith and trust only in him?

Child: When you are afraid, why is it important to remember that you can always turn to Jesus? Who do you know that needs Jesus’ help right now?

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

Dear Lord, you know that all of us face times of struggle, worry, and fear. We pray for all those that need your help (especially _________). We ask that you will hear our prayers when we call out to you, and show us that you are always with us. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you trust Jesus, and not be frightened! 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.

Lord God, thank you for this day, and for each person here. Let your Holy Spirit inspire us as we read and discuss our Bible story. Help us to understand it more with each reading. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Luke 6:35-36
But love your enemies and be good to them. Lend without expecting to be paid back. Then you will get a great reward, and you will be the true children of God in heaven. He is good even to people who are unthankful and cruel. Have pity on others, just as your Father has pity on you.  (CEV)

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

Child: Luke says that God is good even to those who are unthankful. Are there any blessings that you sometimes take for granted? What are they?

Child: What does it mean to have pity on someone? When have you felt pity?

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

Heavenly Father, you are good to us even when we treat you badly. Thank you for never giving up on us. Help us to remember how merciful you have been, so that we can loving rather than bitter towards those who upset us. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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

May you notice the many ways God is good to you. 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.

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, stir up your Holy Spirit in us and open our hearts and minds as we read more from our Bible story today. Help us to learn from Zacchaeus, and to realize that we can always turn to you and start again. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 19:8-9
Later that day Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “I will give half of my property to the poor. And I will now pay back four times as much to everyone I have ever cheated.” Jesus said to Zacchaeus, “Today you and your family have been saved, because you are a true son of Abraham.”  (CEV)

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

Child: Do you think it was hard for Zacchaeus to change his ways? Why or why not?

Child: Jesus compared Zacchaeus to Abraham, partly because Abraham trusted God and acted on that trust. How did Zacchaeus show his trust in God?

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

Dear Lord, teach us to be generous people, as you are generous. When we fall short and make mistakes, please turn us around and show us the way forward. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you trust God with everything! 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, we are so thankful for all you have done for us! As we talk about our Bible lesson today, help us to understand more about your son, Jesus, and about his miraculous work. In his holy name we pray. Amen.

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

Matthew 4: 23
Jesus went all over Galilee, teaching in the Jewish meeting places and preaching the good news about God’s kingdom. He also healed every kind of disease and sickness. (CEV)

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

Child: Jesus healed many people during his earthly ministry. What are some sicknesses that you would like to see healed in our day? Who is ill and in need of our prayers today?

Child: How are we already a part of God’s kingdom right now in faith? Why is that “good news” to know?

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

Dear Lord, we long for your kingdom. Inspire faith in us, so that we may believe your Word and live good and holy lives here on earth. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you live a life of faith! Amen.