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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.

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.

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 firm in faith, and brave in sharing it. Help us to learn what it means to be courageous as we read more about Paul today. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 24:14-16
[Paul said,] “I admit that their leaders think that the Lord’s Way, which I follow, is based on wrong beliefs. But I still worship the same God that my ancestors worshiped. And I believe everything written in the Law of Moses and in the Prophets. I am just as sure as these people are that God will raise from death everyone who is good or evil. And because I am sure, I try my best to have a clear conscience in whatever I do for God or for people.”  (CEV)

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

Child: Paul spoke about believing in Jesus as “the Lord’s Way”? Why is trusting and believing in Him the “way” that God wants us to live each day?

Child: When we trust in Jesus, why does that make us want to help others trust in Jesus, too? How does God use us to give his promise to others?

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

Dear Lord, people learn about you from what they see in us, your followers. Help us to be generous and good, so that our lives would give you glory. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you give the promise of God to 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.

Mighty Lord, as we read today’s story, teach us to see all of life through the eyes of faith. Help us to trust in your goodness always. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 21:32-33
[The Roman army commander] quickly took some soldiers and officers and ran to where the crowd had gathered. As soon as the mob saw the commander and soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. The army commander went over and arrested him and had him bound with two chains. Then he tried to find out who Paul was and what he had done.  (CEV)

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

Child: Do you think the Roman commander realized that by arresting Paul and putting him in chains, he was saving him? Why or why not?

Child: When we are being honest and good, we have nothing to fear and nothing to hide. Knowing that, do you think it was a relief for Paul when the Roman commander tried to find out what he had done? Why or why not?

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

Dear Lord, you are always working for good. Thank you for those who work honorably to keep order in our world. Protect them, and protect all your people. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you see God’s hand at work in the world. 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 can do amazing things! Thank you for watching over us, and for helping us each day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 20:10-2
Paul went down and bent over Eutychus. He took him in his arms and said, “Don’t worry! He’s alive.”  After Paul had gone back upstairs, he broke bread, and ate with us. He then spoke until dawn and left. Then the followers took the young man home alive and were very happy. (CEV)

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

Child: Paul was able to go back to speaking after he knew Eutychus was okay. How do you think he could stay so calm? What calms you after you’ve had a scare?

Child: Everyone assumed Eutychus was dead after he fell from that window, but God healed him! When has God done something unexpected and wonderful in your life?

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

Dear Lord, we thank you for your unexpected blessings. Thank you for healing the sick and the injured. Be with all those who suffer today. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

May you trust God and be calm. Amen.