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.

Dear God, open our minds and our hearts today, so that we may learn more about Jesus. Thank you for sending your Son into our world as your ultimate act of compassion. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

For supper, Jesus went to see
His three good friends in Bethany;
While Lazarus sat down to eat,
His sister, Martha, kept things neat.

Then Mary came into the room
With costly nard, a sweet perfume.
She gave her Lord this gift most rare
And wiped his feet with her long hair!

Then Judas yelled, “Why waste that stuff
When some poor folks don’t have enough?”
But Jesus said, “Leave her alone;
For in a while I’ll soon be gone.”

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

Child: Two times in the Bible, a woman wiped Jesus’ feet with her hair. Why do you think someone might do that?

Child: In this poem, Jesus said, “I’ll soon be gone.” What do you think Jesus meant by that? Where was he going?

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

Holy God, Mary, Martha and Lazarus knew that Jesus was special—and in fact, he was the Savior of the world! Help us to understand how much Jesus loves all of us, and to live good, faithful lives in return. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you serve the Lord!  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.

Dear God, stir up your Holy Spirit in us today, and turn our hearts to you. Help us to see the many ways you care for us, even when we least deserve it. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

There was a tale that Jesus told
About a son who was quite bold,
And in this tale, the foolish son
Just took dad’s money on the run!

The young man wasted every cent,
And soon his money all was spent.
He wished that he could go back home
Since he was hungry and alone.

But when the father saw his boy,
He hugged and welcomed him with joy.
The father said to those around:
“My son was lost and now he’s found!”

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

Child: Have you ever felt homesick and alone? When?

Child: If you were the young man in the story, would you have been surprised by your father’s welcome? Why or why not?

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

Holy God, sometimes we get homesick, and feel very alone. But we know that you are always there for us, as close as a prayer. Thank you for loving us, no matter what. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you realize that you are never alone!  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.

Dear God, fill us with love and compassion, so that we may see others as you see them. Open our hearts now, as we talk and pray together, and make us into the people you want us to be. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

There once was a Samaritan
(Who was a fair and decent man),
And as he walked along the road
He saw an injured man, and slowed.

Then taking bandages and oil
He washed his cuts; cleaned out the soil.
He helped the man, and carried him
Along the road and to an inn.

While usually they would not meet
One helped the other on that street.
And in that act, the hurt man knew
He had a neighbor, good and true.

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

Child: Are there groups of people that we usually would not meet in our neighborhood? Who are they?

Child: What do all people have in common, even if their skin color, beliefs, or backgrounds are different?

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

Holy God, sometimes we let differences keep us apart from other people. Teach us how to reach out and treat people lovingly even if they have other traditions or ways of life. Show us how to share our faith with them. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you see your neighbors as fellow children of God!  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.

Dear God, we want to grow closer to you. Be with us as we study our Bible story together, and help us to notice how you care for and reach out to your people. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

After climbing up, up, up
On a mountain to the top
Peter, James, as well as John,
Found a rock to sit upon.

There, they saw an awesome sight:
Jesus’ clothes turned white as light,
And his face began to glow
Like the sun and bright as snow!

Soon some prophets did appear,
And God’s voice spoke loud and clear:
“Listen to my Holy One,”
“He is my beloved Son.”

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

Child: What do you think Peter, James and John expected to see on the top of the mountain? Have you ever seen something so awesome, you didn’t quite know what to say?

Child: God told the disciples to listen to Jesus. What are some ways we can do that, today?

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

Holy God, sometimes we have “mountain top” experiences, where we feel so close to you. Other times, we feel like we are in a valley, lost and alone. Turn our hearts to you, so that we might listen to Jesus and be changed for the better. In his holy name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust the Lord with all your heart!  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, you are loving and kind. Thank you for helping us every day in so many different ways. Be with us now as we talk about our Bible story, and teach us all that you would have us know. 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.

Jesus said to those who’d hear,
“Listen friends, my words are clear:
Love your enemies. Do good.
Do the things you know you should.”

“Pray for those who are unkind.
(Do not let them rule your mind!)
Rise above and find a way
To show mercy every day.”

“Treat all people that you meet
From your home or school or street
As you’d like them to treat you.
That’s what God wants us to do!”

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

Child: How has God shown kindness to you? In what way can God’s love help you be kind to others—even those you may not like?

Child: Have you ever prayed for someone who was mean to you? How did that affect you? Do you think you could give that a try?

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

Lord Jesus, you understand what it’s like to be treated badly, as you suffered at the hands of others, yourself. Help us be able to forgive people when we need to do that, and to find freedom by letting go of grudges. In your holy name we pray. Amen.

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

May you let go of past hurts and trust God with your future. 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.

Dear God, you are compassionate and good, and we are so thankful that you care for us! As we read our Bible rhyme today, strengthen our faith, and inspire us to trust you more. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Jesus was a wedding guest
But his hosts were very stressed.
They were filled with nervous doubt
For the wine had all run out!

Mary turned to Jesus, who
Surely would know what to do.
“Pour some water there,” he said,
“It will turn to wine, instead.”

Sure enough, his words were right,
And in Cana on that night,
Jesus had performed a sign:
Turning water into wine!

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

Child: What does it mean to be “stressed?” Do you think Jesus knew how the wedding hosts were feeling? Why or why not?

Child: Tell us about a time when you felt stressed and overwhelmed. How did God help you through that experience?

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

Holy God, when we are worried or overwhelmed, we know that we can turn to you for help. Thank you for listening to our prayers and helping us overcome challenges. We love you! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you give your worries to God!  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.

Dear God, we are blessed because of your great kindness to us. As we read our lesson today, stir up your Holy Spirit, and help us to see the many ways you show compassion for your people. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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

Zacchaeus was a tiny man
And yet he had a giant plan
For he was certain he would see
the Lord, by climbing up a tree!

Up there, he overlooked the crowd
And grinned when Jesus said out loud,
“Zacchaeus, you come down, okay?
I’m visiting your home today!”

So, feeling eager as could be,
Zacchaeus shimmied down that tree.
And from that day, a change began;
Zacchaeus was a better man.

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

Child: Why do you think Zacchaeus became a better man after meeting Jesus? What changed for him?

Child: If Jesus announced that he was visiting our home today, what would we do to get ready for him? What foods would we serve him?

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

Holy God, you care about every person, big or small. May we welcome you into our lives, as Zacchaeus did so long ago, and may we, too, be changed for the better! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May Jesus make a difference in your life!  Amen.