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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, thank you for watching over us each day! Help us to understand how much you love us as we settle down now to study your Word. 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.

At the start of everything
There weren’t any birds to sing
And there were no flowers, or
Animals to growl and roar.

But, our loving God was there
For he’s always everywhere;
And The Word was with him, too,
Speaking life, so pure and true.

Even though the world was dark,
With the Word of God, a spark
Of such blazing, shining light
Broke into the deepest night!

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

Child: Would you have liked to be there at the beginning of time, when all was dark, and there were no birds or flowers? Why or why not? What would you most like to see God create?

Child: How did God make so many things out of nothing? Of all the animals God made, which one is your favorite? Why?

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

Holy God, it is amazing to us that you created this whole beautiful world. You spoke, and life began! May we never forget this, or take our lives for granted. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be thankful for all you have!  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 time together. Please help us to focus so that we can learn from our discussion. May your Holy Spirit be with us, guiding and inspiring all that we say and do. 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.

A man named James had this to say
To those who lived the Christian way:
“You claim your faith is real to you
But does it impact what you do?

When have you fed the poor, the sick?
Or looked beyond your own small clique?
When have you clothed a child who’s cold?
Or brought a meal to someone old?

These good, kind acts show faith and love
And point to Jesus Christ above.
So don’t sit back and simply wait
Go out and serve! It’s not too late!

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

Child: Have you ever served in a soup kitchen, or done other work to help the poor? What was that like?

Child: Who is someone who seems lonely or in need of help? What is one thing we could do to make life a little better for that person?

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

Lord God, there is so much need in our world. Sometimes, it can seem almost overwhelming. Help us to see those areas where we can make a real difference in our community, and give us the strength and creativity to do just that. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you go in peace and 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.

Almighty Father, you give us all that we need each day. We are so grateful! As we turn our hearts and minds to our Bible story now, please help us to focus and listen well. Teach us what we need to 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.

“You are like a child to me,”
Paul declared to Timothy.
“Every day I pray for you,
Asking God to bless you, too.”

“Your grandmother and your mom
Had great faith—and passed it on!
Now you share that faith as well,
And with that, you will excel!”

“Don’t be frightened or afraid
For the Lord will give you aid.
Speak the truth in love each day;
God will help you all the way!”

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

Child: What does it mean to “speak the truth in love?” Do you think that is easy or hard to do? Why?

Child: In this Bible story, Paul is trying to encourage Timothy. When have you tried to help someone else be brave? What happened?

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

Lord God, you shower us with compassion, and invite us to share that kindness with others. Help us to be an encourager, as Paul was to Timothy. Give us the right words, so that we can make a difference in someone else’s life. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you lift up those around you. 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 time together. Be with as we study, talk and pray, and help us to learn the lessons you have for us. 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.

Writing to his friends, Paul said,
“My friend Peter’s been misled
For he thinks he cannot eat
With the sinners on the street."

“He’s forgotten one small fact;
He need not be so exact!
For, indeed, I have good news
Both for Gentiles and for Jews.”

“Jesus came to set us free
All of us, both you and me!
Put your faith in him today;
Not in deeds that fade away.”

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

Child: Why isn’t it a good idea to put our faith in our own deeds?

Child: What was Paul’s good news? How does this news make a difference in your own life?

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

Lord God, thank you for having compassion on us each day. You forgive us when we fall short, and you never give up on us. Help us to realize how very blessed we are. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust in Jesus above all else. 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, as we gather in your name, be with us. Help us to grow not only in faith but in compassion for others as well. 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.

Paul wrote a letter to his friends
And asked them all to make amends
For they’d been fighting day and night
It wasn’t good. It wasn’t right.

“Please don’t take sides. Don’t point. Don’t shout.
That’s not what faith is all about!
It matters not who taught you all,
Apollos, Peter—even Paul.”

“We’re on one team, let’s all agree,
We worship Jesus Christ, not me!”
Paul spoke these words, and then he said,
“Let’s share the gospel now, instead!”

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

Child: Has someone ever told you they were sorry for something they did? What happened, and what helped you be able to forgive?

Child: If you were writing a letter to your friends about Jesus, what would you tell them?

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

Lord God, you show us compassion every day. Yet it is easy for us to forget that, especially when we are fighting with others. Help us to remember your kindness, and to extend that to those around us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you receive God’s care today, and share it 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.

Holy God, open our ears to hear your word, our minds to understand it, and our mouths to share it with others. 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 traveling by sea
Paul and friends did all agree
Malta was an island where
They could rest and breathe fresh air.

Then a viper bit Paul’s hand
As he gathered sticks on land;
Local people there were sure
Paul would die; there was no cure.

But the Lord protected Paul
And he made it, after all.
More than that, he healed the ill,
Curing them as was God’s will.

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

Child: What good came of Paul’s scary experience with the snake bite? When have you gone through something difficult, and later saw something good in it?

Child: Have you ever been healed of a bad sickness? How did God help you through that time?

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

Holy God, you shower us with compassion, and bring good out of even the most difficult things. Use us to lead others to you, so they might experience your love as we do. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you share God’s love 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.

Holy God, you love us, and because of this, you sent your Holy Spirit into our world to be our helper. Thank you for this, and for all of the ways you bless us. 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.

While sailing on a choppy sea,
With cold winds blowing gustily,
A ship was battered in the squall.
But on this ship rode faithful Paul.

Although he was a captive, too,
Paul prayed while stormy gale winds blew.
And to the frightened men on board
He said, “Take heart and trust the Lord!”

Then after fourteen days and nights
Of raging winds and scary sights,
The ship was wrecked against a reef.
But all were saved, with great relief!

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

Child: Have you ever been on a ship at sea, or even a boat on a big lake? What did you like the most—and the least—about that?

Child: The poem tells us that Paul prayed while stormy gale winds blew. Have you ever prayed during a storm? When?

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

Holy God, you are bigger than the ocean, and more powerful than the most frightening storm. Help us to remember that with you, we have nothing to fear. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you trust God to guide you. Amen.