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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.

Mighty Lord, we welcome you into our lives, today and always. Please lead us now, and help us to understand your Word. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

John 1:11-14
He came into his own world, but his own nation did not welcome him. Yet some people accepted him and put their faith in him. So he gave them the right to be the children of God. They were not God’s children by nature or because of any human desires. God himself was the one who made them his children. The Word became a human being and lived here with us. We saw his true glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father. From him all the kindness and all the truth of God have come down to us. (CEV)

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

Child: The Bible tells us that Jesus wasn’t welcomed by his own people. Have you ever had trouble welcoming someone? Why? Did you learn anything from that experience?

Child: What does it mean to be a child of God, in your opinion? Do you think old people can be children of God? Why or why not?

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

Dear Lord, you understand what it feels like to be unwelcome. Help us reach out to those who need care and kindness, remembering that in doing so, we are welcoming you. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you never forget that you are God’s child! 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, another weekend is upon us, and we are grateful for it! Help us to rest and appreciate this time together, and guide us as we read your Word now. 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.

James 2:17-18
Faith that doesn’t lead us to do good deeds is all alone and dead! Suppose someone disagrees and says, “It is possible to have faith without doing kind deeds.” I would answer, “Prove that you have faith without doing kind deeds, and I will prove that I have faith by doing them.” (CEV)

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

Child: When has someone treated you with kindness? Do you see how God might have used that person to reach out to you?

Child: What is one kind deed that you can remember doing? What led you to do it?

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

Heavenly Father, thank you for all that you do for us, and for giving us faith. Stir up your Holy Spirit in us so that we will see the needs around us. Show us how to best serve others, and strengthen our faith in the process. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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

May you show and receive kindness today. 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 beautiful day. No matter the weather, every day you give us is a gift and every moment spent with you is a blessing. Help us to see the many ways you care for us as we study your Word today. 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.

2 Timothy 1:7-8
God’s Spirit doesn’t make cowards out of us. The Spirit gives us power, love, and self-control. Don’t be ashamed to speak for our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, just because I am in jail for serving him. Use the power that comes from God and join with me in suffering for telling the good news. (CEV)

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

Child: A “coward” is someone who is very afraid to stand up for what is right. What does Paul mean when he says that “God’s Spirit doesn’t make cowards out of us?”

Child: Tell us about a time when you were afraid to do something. How did God help you face your fear?

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

Heavenly Father, all of us feel afraid at times. Yet you don’t want us to be controlled by our fears. Give us strength to do your work in the world with a peaceful heart. Thank you for loving us no matter how anxious we may be. 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 feel afraid. 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, as our week draws to a close, help us to notice and count our many blessings. Thank you for all that you have given us! Bless each person in this room, and be with us now as we study your Word. 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.

Galatians 2:14-16
But when I saw that they were not really obeying the truth that is in the good news, I corrected Peter in front of everyone and said: "Peter, you are a Jew, but you live like a Gentile. So how can you force Gentiles to live like Jews? We are Jews by birth and are not sinners like Gentiles. But we know that God accepts only those who have faith in Jesus Christ. No one can please God by simply obeying the Law. So we put our faith in Christ Jesus, and God accepted us because of our faith." (CEV)

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

Child: How have you tried to please God in your life? Why do you think faith pleases God the most?

Child: How did you first learn about Jesus? What helped you put your faith in him?

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

Heavenly Father, we want to please you, yet so often we fall short. Give us true faith in Jesus, your Son. Help us to realize all that he has done for us, and to share the good news of his saving love with others. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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

May you realize how blessed you are! 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 gave us the gift of baptism, and because of that, we are always your beloved children. Be present with us now as we read and study, and help us to understand your Word better each day. 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.

1 Corinthians 1:15-17
Paul wrote: Not one of you can say that you were baptized in my name. I did baptize the family of Stephanas, but I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else. Christ did not send me to baptize. He sent me to tell the good news without using big words that would make the cross of Christ lose its power.  (CEV)

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

Child: Like Paul, all Christians have important work to do here on earth. What do you think Christ has sent you to do?

Child: Do you think it is helpful to tell the good news in a simple way, without using a lot of big words? Why or why not?

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

Heavenly Father, you have called each of us to serve you using our own unique talents. Give us the courage to tell others about Jesus, and the wisdom to know what to say and when to speak.  In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

May you use your gifts to serve God each day. 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 give us what we need every day. Help us to learn more about you now, as we study our Bible story. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 28: 7-9
The governor of the island was named Publius, and he owned some of the land around there. Publius was very friendly and welcomed us into his home for three days. His father was in bed, sick with fever and stomach trouble, and Paul went to visit him. Paul healed the man by praying and placing his hands on him. After this happened, everyone on the island brought their sick people to Paul, and they were all healed (CEV)

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

Child: When have you visited someone who was sick, like Paul did? Were you able to do anything to help?

Child: Has anyone ever prayed for you when you were sick? Who was it? Tell us about that.

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

Dear Lord, thank you for sending people into our lives who help us when we are ill. Bless the nurses, doctors, pastors and others who care for us. Keep them well as they go about their important work. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you be healthy and strong! 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, make us brave as we hear stories of courage from the Bible. Teach us what it means to lean on you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 27: 43-44
But Captain Julius wanted to save Paul’s life, and he did not let the soldiers do what they had planned. Instead, he ordered everyone who could swim to dive into the water and head for shore. Then he told the others to hold on to planks of wood or parts of the ship. At last, everyone safely reached shore. (CEV)

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

Child: Do you think Paul and the others were relieved to dive into the water and swim to shore, or just scared? What would you have wanted to do if you were in their shoes?

Child: The Bible tells us that everyone safely reached the shore after the shipwreck. Do you think this experience brought the sailors and prisoners closer together? Why or why not?

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

Dear Lord, you provided planks for the shipwrecked people to use as they floated to shore, and you give us what we need, too. Please watch over us each day, in good times and in bad. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you know that God is with you. Amen.