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Sunday: Worship

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.

Gracious Lord God, we bow down before you. Thank you for giving us a Sabbath day, when we can rest and worship you. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 97:6-7
The heavens announce, “The Lord brings justice!” Everyone sees God’s glory. Those who brag about the useless idols they worship are terribly ashamed, and all the false gods bow down to the Lord. (CEV)

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

Child: The psalm tells us that the Lord brings justice. What does that mean? How can knowing that God makes things right give us hope?

Child: Have you ever had a “false god” in your life – i.e. something that you trusted more than God? What was it? How did you come to realize that?

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

Lord God, we look at all that is going on in the world, and sometimes we feel worried. Help us to trust you and your timing, above all else. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you place your hope in God above all else. Amen.

Sunday: Worship

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.

Gracious Lord God, you do so much for us each day. Thank you for this special time, when we can join together as a family and come to know you better. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Psalm 107:31-32
You should praise the Lord for his love and for the wonderful things he does for all of us. Honor the Lord when you and your leaders meet to worship. (CEV)

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

Child: What are some of the wonderful things that God has done for you? Let’s each list five right now!

Child: What do you think it means to “honor” God when we meet to worship? How can we do that?

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

Lord God, we praise you for the many blessings you have given us. Thank you for our church family, and for the many teachers and leaders who care for us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be thankful for your church today. Amen.

Sunday: Worship

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.

Gracious Lord God, you made us, and you made everything that we see around us. We love you! Help us to remember to put you first in our lives. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Psalm 96:4-5
The Lord is great and deserves our greatest praise! He is the only God worthy of our worship. Other nations worship idols, but the Lord created the heavens.

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

Child: Why do you think the psalmist says that God deserves our greatest praise? What are some ways we can praise God?

Child: Can you list some of the ways that God has blessed you?

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

Lord God, open our eyes, so that we can see you at work in the world. Help us to never take for granted our freedom to publicly worship you and give you praise. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you truly count your blessings today. Amen.

Sunday: Worship

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.

Gracious Lord God, as we attend worship, may we understand more about you. Teach us, lead us, and draw us closer to you and our fellow believers. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Psalm 119:124-125
Show your love for me, your servant, and teach me your laws. I serve you, so let me understand your teachings.

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

Child: Does God have laws? What are they? Can you give some examples?

Child: What do you do if you break one of God’s laws? Where can you turn?

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

Lord God, we want to live good and godly lives, but we fall short every day. Help us. Please forgive us when we go astray, and help us to do better in the future. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you live according to the commands and promises of God. Amen.

Sunday: Worship

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.

Gracious Lord God, you are so good to us. Everything we have comes from you alone. Help us to be thankful, and to share our gifts with others. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Psalm 13:5-6
I trust your love, and I feel like celebrating because you rescued me.  You have been good to me, Lord, and I will sing about you. (CEV)

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

Child: Why can we say that God has “rescued” us? How did God do that?

Child: How has God been good to you? Can you give some examples of God’s goodness in your life?

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

Lord God, you sent your Son, Jesus, into our world to save us from sin, death, and the devil. Thank you for loving us enough to rescue us! Help us to focus on the many good things you give us, every day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you have eyes to see the blessings around you today. Amen.

Sunday: Worship

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.

Gracious Lord God, we give you thanks and praise. Speak to us through your Word, so that we would trust in your promise, and live our lives according to your will, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Psalm 145:10-12
All creation will thank you, and your loyal people will praise you. They will tell about your marvelous kingdom and your power. Then everyone will know about the mighty things you do and your glorious kingdom. (CEV)

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

Child: What are you thankful for today?

Child: Why is it important to remember that everything good we have comes from God?

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

Lord God, our Father, you are worthy to be praised. Use our lives to show your glory to others, that the whole world may know your greatness. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the glory of the Lord shine through you. Amen.

Sunday: Worship

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.

Gracious Lord God, pour out on us the gift of your Holy Spirit. Speak to us through your Word and lead us in your ways, so that we may trust in you always, no matter where we go, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Psalm 10:16-18
Our Lord, you will always rule, but nations will vanish from the earth. You listen to the longings of those who suffer. You offer them hope, and you pay attention to their cries for help. You defend orphans and everyone else in need, so that no one on earth can terrify others again. (CEV)

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

Child: What does it mean to “defend” someone? Has someone ever defended you?

Child: Why is it important for us to know that God is our greatest Defender? How does trusting God help us to face the things we are afraid of?

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

Lord God, you are strong and mighty. We trust that you defend and care for us, especially when we are weak and afraid. In times of worry and fear, may our first thought be to turn to you in prayer, and call upon your help. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you always trust in the Lord as your sure defense. Amen.