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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.

Heavenly Father, you have given us the most precious gift of your Son, Jesus. Help us to be truly grateful for the life he has given us, both now and in eternity. May we be bold to share with others all that we have been given. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully to this reminder from Luther’s Small Catechism.

I believe that God has created me and all that exists, that he has given me and still preserves my body and soul, my eyes and ears, my reason and all my senses, together with food and clothing, home and family, and all my property. (Small Catechism)

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

Child: What does it mean to be generous? Is God generous to us?

Child: Can you think of a time when you came to realize that it is God who gives us all we have?

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

Holy God, you provide us with everything we need. We know we can trust you to provide for us. Help us to share what you have given us with others who are in need. Amen.

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

May God inspire you to serve others with what he has given 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.

Lord God, you have promised that you’re always with us, even when it's hard for us to see you or know you are there. In your Word, help us to listen for the promise of your never failing love for us. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 24:46-49
Jesus told them: “The Scriptures say that the Messiah must suffer, and then three days later he will rise from death. They also say that all people of every nation must be told in my name to turn to God, in order to be forgiven. So beginning in Jerusalem, you must tell everything that has happened. I will send you the one my Father has promised, but you must stay in the city until you are given power from heaven.” (CEV)

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

Child: Why did Jesus want the disciples to know that he died for them?

Child: Why does Jesus want us to tell other people about his forgiveness?

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

Thank you Holy Father, that on the cross you forgave us of all our sins. When others hurt us or make us feel bad, help us to be forgiving people.  Help us to be kind instead of getting even.  In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord forgive you, and help you to forgive others. 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.

Dear Lord, in you alone we put our trust. In you alone can we live! Grant us your love, and help us to trust in your Word, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

John 20:27-29
He greeted his disciples and said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at my hands! Put your hand into my side. Stop doubting and have faith!” Thomas replied, “You are my Lord and my God!” Jesus said, “Thomas, do you have faith because you have seen me? The people who have faith in me without seeing me are the ones who are really blessed!”  (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever gone through a time in your life when you struggled with doubts? How did God help you through that?

Child: When Jesus spoke of those “who have faith without seeing me,” he was talking about people like us!  Why do you think our faith matters to God?

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

Thank you dear God, for showing us that you are always near. Pour out your Holy Spirit on us so that we never doubt your love for us. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May God remove your doubts and give you faith! 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, you have promised that you’re always with us, even in the most difficult times. With the courage of your Holy Spirit, help us to share this same promise with others that we meet, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Luke 24:33-35
And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread. (CEV)

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

Child: Why did the men go all the way back to Jerusalem? Who did they go to tell about what had happened?

Child: How or when could I use this Bible story to help someone understand more about Jesus?

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

Thank you dear God, for the gifts you have given us that fill us and sustain us with your love. With your Spirit living in us, use our gifts for the sake of the world you love.  In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord be with you and inspire you to let your faith shine. 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, you are so good to us! Thank you for this time together, and for each person in this room. Bless us, and draw us closer to you and to one another as we study our Bible story now. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

John 20:16-18
Then Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him, “Rabboni.” The Aramaic word “Rabboni” means “Teacher.”

Jesus told her, “Don’t hold on to me! I have not yet gone to the Father. But tell my disciples that I am going to the one who is my Father and my God, as well as your Father and your God.” Mary Magdalene then went and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord. She also told them what he had said to her. (CEV)

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

Child: Why did Mary call Jesus, “Teacher?” What kinds of things did Jesus teach his followers while he was on earth?

Child: If Jesus were standing here now, and you could ask him any question at all, what would it be?

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

Dear Lord, we are always learning from you. Every time we read our Bibles, we see more of who you are and what you did while you were on earth. Help us to follow you, and to live lives that are pleasing in your sight. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you see God’s goodness all around 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, giver of all good things, we thank you for this day. In the midst of Easter preparations, help us to take time to be still. Be with us now as we study your Word, and teach us, so that we may grow deeper in faith. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 22:22-25
Pilate spoke to them a third time, “But what crime has he done? I have not found him guilty of anything for which he should be put to death. I will have him beaten with a whip and set free.” The people kept on shouting as loud as they could for Jesus to be put to death. Finally, Pilate gave in. He freed the man who was in jail for rioting and murder, because he was the one the crowd wanted to be set free. Then Pilate handed Jesus over for them to do what they wanted with him. (CEV)

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

Child: Pilate was pressured by the crowd, and made a bad decision. Have you ever made a bad decision and realized your mistake later? What happened?

Child: How can our faith help us be strong, even when we are under pressure? How can we also help each other do what is right.

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

Dear Lord, despite all that you faced during your time on earth, you still were willing to give your life for us. What an amazing and generous thing to do! Thank you for loving us, even when we least deserved it. In your holy name we pray. Amen.

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

May God make you strong on the inside! 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, even though we don’t deserve it, you reach out to us and offer hope and healing each day. As we read our Bible story now, be present, and help us to see the many ways you love your people. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 22:20-22
After the meal he took another cup of wine in his hands. Then he said, “This is my blood. It is poured out for you, and with it God makes his new agreement. The one who will betray me is here at the table with me! The Son of Man will die in the way that has been decided for him, but it will be terrible for the one who betrays him!”  (CEV)

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

Child: To “betray” means to turn against someone and treat that person badly. Who betrayed Jesus? Have you ever felt betrayed? How did you handle this?

Child: Jesus knows what it feels like to have a friend turn against you, as he went through that, himself. How can this comfort us when we are deeply disappointed in someone?

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

Dear Lord, sometimes people treat us poorly, and we don’t know where to turn. But we can always look to you, as you understand our feelings and love us no matter what. Thank you for never turning your back on us. In your holy name we pray. Amen.

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

May you know that Jesus will never turn his back on you! Amen.