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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 praise and thank you for giving us this day. Be with us, and turn our hearts to you as we study. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 148:3-5
Sun and moon, and all of you bright stars, come and offer praise. Highest heavens, and the water above the highest heavens, come and offer praise. Let all things praise the name of the Lord, because they were created at his command. (CEV)

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

Child: How do you think the sun, moon, and stars can offer praise to God? How about things like animals or plants? What are some different ways that people can praise God?

Child: What is your favorite plant, tree or flower in the natural world? Why do you think God might have created it?

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

Lord God, thank you so much for this beautiful world that you have created. Help us to take good care of it, and to appreciate all that you have given us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you take care of God’s good earth! 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.

Lord God, on this Sabbath day, we ask you to be with us and to guide us in our prayer and in our study. Help us to grow in faith and in love for one another as we reflect on what hear in the Bible. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 37:3-4
Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (CEV)

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

Child: Why can we confidently trust in the Lord? How can this help us to do good?

Child: Tell us about a time in your life when you struggled to trust God. How did God help you get through that hard time?

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

Almighty God, no matter what is going on around us, we need not fear, because you are in control. We know that you are a God of love and that you want what is best for us. Help us to trust you more each day. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust the Lord and do good 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.

Lord God, it is good to spend this time together! We ask that you would be with us as we study. Let your Holy Spirit guide our thinking, and open our minds to truly understand your Word. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 25:20-21
Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me! Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you. (CEV)

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

Child: A “refuge” is a shelter or safe place. What does it mean for us to find our refuge in God? How might doing that give us courage?

Child: The writer of this psalm talks about waiting for God. When have you waited for God to act? What happened?

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

Almighty God, we praise you, for you are mighty and powerful, and you look upon us with kindness. Thank you for being our shelter in the storm. Please continue help and guide us all our days. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May God give you true and lasting peace. 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.

Lord God, on this first day of a new week, give us hope for all that is to come. Help us to be strengthened by your Word, and to share it with others who need to hear it. 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.

Psalm 69:6
Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, O Lord GOD of hosts; let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me, O God of Israel. (CEV)

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

Child: What do you think it means to hope in God? Tell about a time when you did this, yourself.

Child: What are some of the ways that you seek God in your life? When do you feel closest to God?

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

Almighty God, we have every reason to place our hope in you! You are absolutely trust-worthy and kind and good. Keep us faithful, and lead us every day of our lives. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May you love the Lord your God with all your heart! 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.

Lord God, at the beginning of this new week, open our eyes to see the many ways you are present in our lives. Quiet our hearts now, so that we may learn all that you would have us know. 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.

Psalm 133:1
Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!  (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever been in a house where there was constant fighting? How did this make you feel while you were there?

Child: What does it mean to “dwell in unity?” Why is this a good thing? What can you do to help make this happen?

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

Almighty God, we worship you and praise your name! Thank you for bringing us together for this time of study and discussion. Help us all get along, and give us a sense of peace as we go about our week. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be a blessing to those around 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, thank you for this time of rest. Be with us now and help us to know you better. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 91:13-14
You will overpower the strongest lions and the most deadly snakes. The Lord says, “If you love me and truly know who I am, I will rescue you and keep you safe.” (CEV)

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

Child: God wants us to know him. How can we do that? Who has God put into our lives to help keep us safe?

Child: Have you ever felt that God rescued you from something? When? What happened?

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

Lord God, we love you. Thank you for watching over us. May we always trust and depend on you, even (and especially) when times are tough. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you love the Lord with all your heart, mind and strength. 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, thank you for this day of rest in our busy week. As we seek to worship you today, may we be refreshed by your life-giving Word. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Psalm 18:15a, 16-17
You roared at the sea, and its deepest channels could be seen...You reached down from heaven, and you lifted me from deep in the ocean. You rescued me from enemies, who were hateful and too powerful for me. (CEV)

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

Child: In Psalm 18, we see that God is more powerful than the ocean or anything on earth. How can knowing that comfort us?

Child: God rescued the psalm writer from his enemies. How might God do that for us in our own lives today?

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

Lord God, you are mighty and powerful. We praise you and thank you for caring for us, small though we are. Help us to look to you for all that we need. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you look to God for help whenever you need it. Amen.