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Thursday: Compassion

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.

Holy God, we live in a world of people who are struggling and hurting. Let us be people who do not hurt others, but help them in all their needs, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

Praying, Peter closed his eyes
And he had a big surprise!
God sent him a vision sweet,
Showing foods that he could eat.

Then a voice said, “These are clean.”
Peter thought, “What could this mean?”
But just then there came some men,
Who opened Peter’s eyes again.

These three men, they were not Jews,
But they were ones the Lord did choose.
They were clean in God’s own eyes,
when that day they were baptized!

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

Child: Was there ever a time when you felt icky because you were not clean? What was that like?

Child: Why do you think that God wants us to be clean inside and out? How does God do that for us?

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

Holy God, we thank you that by your mercy and forgiveness you make us clean. Help us not to look down on others because of who they are or where they come from, but help us to reach out with love and compassion, especially for those in need. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Holy Spirit give you the compassion to serve in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Thursday: Compassion

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.

Holy God, we live in a world of people who are struggling and hurting. Let us be people who do not hurt others, but help them in all their needs, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

Saul was quite an angry man
He had a very rotten plan:
Find the Christians, make them wail,
Throw them, one and all, in jail!

But the Lord had other plans.
Jesus came to change the man.
“Saul,” he said, “Now that’s enough!
You have simply been too rough!”

Saul was shaken, but he knew,
Just what he should start to do:
Help the Christians, after all!
And from that day his name was “Paul.”

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

Child: Was there a time when God changed your heart, and you started to act differently?

Child: Why do you think God chose a man who was his enemy, to become one of his most faithful apostles?

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

Holy God, we thank you for the love and compassion that you have shown to us, even though we don’t deserve it. Thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to change our hearts so that we would trust and believe in you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Holy Spirit give you the compassion to serve in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Thursday: Compassion

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.

Holy God, we live in a world of people who are struggling. But we thank you that, with you by our side, we have the power to keep going. We ask that you would open our eyes to see the needs of others, and bring us to places where we can be of help, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

As he traveled one fine day
Philip stopped along the way.
For he saw a Eunuch there
Reading something in Isaiah.

“See this book here in my hand?
Can you help me understand?”
Together reading from the Word,
Philip told him of the Lord.

After this, the Eunuch said,
“There’s some water up ahead.
Baptize me, for I believe!
And God’s Spirit I’ll receive!”

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

Child: Was there a time recently when you saw someone who needed help? What did you do?

Child: Is there someone or something I could do to help you?

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

Holy God, thank you for the opportunities we have to live out our faith. We ask that you would put us in the right place and the right time so that we could serve you. Give us the compassion to help those in need. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Holy Spirit give you the compassion to serve in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Thursday: Compassion

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.

Holy God, we live in a world where people often do bad things. Sometimes it is others, and sometimes it is us. We pray that when we sin against others, you would forgive us. When someone sins against us, we ask that you would give us the ability to forgive them, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

Stephen, full of strength and grace,
With a smile on his face,
Healed and did amazing signs
In the name of Christ, divine.

Some who heard what Stephen said,
Twisted all his words, instead.
And they stirred up others, who
Planned to capture Stephen, too!

Soon they stoned this godly man
(as was in their evil plan),
But despite their shouts and calls,
Stephen still forgave them all.

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

Child: How is what happened in this story to Stephen similar to what happened to Jesus at the end of his life?

Child: When the mean people threw rocks at Stephen, why did Stephen forgive them?

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

Holy God, we know that Jesus himself suffered to do what was right, and he calls us to do the same. Help us to be brave as you are brave, and help us to forgive as you forgive us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Holy Spirit give you the strength to forgive in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Thursday: Compassion

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.

Almighty Father, just as Peter and John had compassion on a man born lame, help us to be compassionate to all we meet so that they might know your healing power, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

Acts 3:1-10

John and Peter went to pray
At the temple late one day.
There they saw a crippled man
Sitting, begging, in the sand.

“Gold and silver we have not
But we’ll share what we have got:
“In Jesus’ name rise up and stand!
You can do it; take my hand!”

Peter, then, reached out his hand,
Helping the poor man to stand,
His legs were strong now, like a boy.
He could run and jump for joy!

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

Child: Do you think that God needs our help to make miracles happen? Why or why not?

Child: Has God ever used you to help another person? How do you know?

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

Holy God, you fill us with your love so that we would see others in need, and offer them help and a blessing in your name. Use us for your purpose, in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.

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

May the Lord God use your hands, eyes, ears, and mouth to share the good news of Christ with others. Amen.

Thursday: Compassion

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.

Almighty Father, your love and mercy have no bounds. As we read the story today, inspire in us compassionate hearts, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

Those who followed Jesus Christ
were quite generous and nice;
Every day, they tried to meet
in each other’s homes to eat.

Just to help the ministry,
they would sell their property!
Sharing everything they had
made them feel extremely glad.

Meeting in the temple, too,
they invited all they knew.
For they wanted all to know
that the Lord God loved them so!

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

Child: In what way do all Christians have a ministry to serve others?

Child: What are some of the ways that you like to show your love of God by helping your neighbors?

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

Loving God, you fill us with your love and compassion so that we might love one another as you have first loved us. Help us to treat others as we would like to be treated. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you always find ways to help and serve. Amen.

Thursday: Compassion

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.

Almighty Father, thank you for this day, and for this quiet time with you. Be with us as we study and pray, and show us how you want us to live. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

Long ago, one quiet day,
Christ’s apostles met to pray.
Mary and some others there
Joined them in their common prayer.

Judas had betrayed them all
Bringing sorrow, shock and gall.
Now they prayed that God would send
One on whom they could depend.

Good Matthias was the man
Chosen by God’s sovereign plan.
He knew Jesus, and he knew
How to share the gospel, too.

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

Child: The apostles used to meet as a group to pray. Who are some people that you pray with regularly? Are there others that you could invite to join you?

Child: Matthias was someone the disciples could trust. Why is it important to have people you can trust in your life? How can you tell if someone is trustworthy?

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

Lord Jesus, thank you for your love and kindness. We are so grateful for the many good people in our lives who point the way to you. Be with us always, and make us into trustworthy people like Matthias. In your holy name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be someone that others can trust. Amen.