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.
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.