Wednesday: Mercy

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, fill us with the gift of your Spirit, that we would hear your Word and know your holy will for us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 2:2-4
Suddenly there was a noise from heaven like the sound of a mighty wind! It filled the house where they were meeting. Then they saw what looked like fiery tongues moving in all directions, and a tongue came and settled on each person there. The Holy Spirit took control of everyone, and they began speaking whatever languages the Spirit let them speak. (CEV)

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

Child: Do you think the disciples were afraid to talk in front of the crowds? What gave them the courage to do it?

Child: In what ways does God communicate with us?  How does that give us courage?

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

Holy God you come to us in your holy Word, and by the power of your Holy Spirit you help us to understand more than we could on our own. Grant that we would have open ears and hearts to listen. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord grant you grace, mercy, and peace this day and always. Amen.

Wednesday: Mercy

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 Father, we are so thankful that you love us and watch over us each day. Stir up your Holy Spirit in us now, so that we might grow in faith as we study and learn from our Bible story. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

Acts 1:16, 20-22
Judas was one of us and had worked with us, but he brought the mob to arrest Jesus. In the book of Psalms it says, “Leave his house empty, and don’t let anyone live there.” It also says, “Let someone else have his job.” So we need someone else to help us tell others that Jesus has been raised from death. He must also be one of the men who was with us from the very beginning. He must have been with us from the time the Lord Jesus was baptized by John until the day he was taken to heaven. (CEV)

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

Child: By letting someone else have Judas’ job, the disciples were moving on and choosing to trust again. Why might this have been hard for them?

Child: If you had to choose someone to replace Judas, what traits would you look for in that person? Why?

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

Lord God, thank you for our family, and for surrounding us with people who want to follow you. Help us to be wise in choosing friends, just as the disciples were. Make us into the people you want us to be. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you make wise choices! Amen.

Wednesday: Mercy

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 God, you give us the knowledge and faith we need to do your will. Empower us by your Holy Spirit that we may follow Jesus in faith. In his name we pray. Amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 1:7-8
Jesus said to them, “You don’t need to know the time of those events that only the Father controls. But the Holy Spirit will come upon you and give you power. Then you will tell everyone about me in Jerusalem, in all Judea, in Samaria, and everywhere in the world.” (CEV)

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

Child: Why did the apostles need the power of God’s Holy Spirit to be able to share Jesus with the world?

Child: Can you tell me a time when you felt the power of the Holy Spirit? How did it help you?

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

Loving God, you give us the gift of your Holy Spirit so that we will have the words we need to share Christ’s love with the world. Grant us the confidence to share this life-giving Word with all we meet. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Holy Spirit empower you to speak boldly on behalf of Christ today and always. Amen.

Wednesday: Mercy

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 Father, you know our every need even before we speak it aloud. Calm our fears and give us the faith we need for the day, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Matthew 28:18-20

Jesus came to them and said: "I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth!   … I will be with you always, even until the end of the world."

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

Child: What does Jesus mean when he talks about “authority” has been given to him? What is authority?

Child: Why is it important to remember that Jesus is always with us?

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

Lord God, you have given all the power heaven and earth to your Son Jesus. Help us to trust that your strength can see us through everything we face. Amen.

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

May you know that you are never alone; Jesus is with you. Amen.

Wednesday: Mercy

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 provide for in all of our needs. You feed us, comfort us, encourage us, and grant us faith. For all you do for us and for all that you are, we thank you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

John 21:9-14

6 Jesus told them, “Let your net down on the right side of your boat, and you will catch some fish.” They did, and the net was so full of fish that they could not drag it up into the boat.  7 Jesus' favorite disciple told Peter, “It’s the Lord!” When Simon heard that it was the Lord, he put on the clothes that he had taken off while he was working. Then he jumped into the water. 8 The boat was only about a hundred yards from shore. So the other disciples stayed in the boat and dragged in the net full of fish. (CEV)

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

Child: How would you have felt if you were the disciples when you saw all the fish?

Child: If he couldn’t see that far, how did Peter recognize that this was Jesus on the shore? Had Jesus ever done something like this before?

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

Holy and Mighty Lord, you show yourself to us in your Son in the most unexpected ways and circumstances. Each time we see him we grow in faith and grace, and for that we are grateful. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the love and mercy of Christ bless you today and always. Amen.

Wednesday: Mercy

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 Father, you know what we need even before we do. Bless us with your Holy Spirit, so that we may trust in what we have not seen. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Luke 24:40-46
After Jesus said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. The disciples were so glad and amazed that they could not believe it. Jesus then asked them, “Do you have something to eat?” They gave him a piece of baked fish. He took it and ate it as they watched. Jesus said to them, “While I was still with you, I told you that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the Books of the Prophets, and in the Psalms had to happen.” Then he helped them understand the Scriptures. He told them: “The Scriptures say that the Messiah must suffer, and then three days later he will rise from death.”  (CEV)

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

Child: What would you have thought if you were with the disciples, and saw that Jesus had risen from the dead and was even eating food?

Child: Why is it important to read and study the Bible?

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

Lord God, you opened the minds of your disciples to understand and believe. We ask you to use the Bible to teach us and remind us of all that you have done for us, so that we can trust and believe, too. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Holy Spirit fill you with all joy and faith! Amen.

Wednesday: Mercy

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 Father, you know what we need even before we do. Bless us with your Holy Spirit, so we may trust in what we have not seen. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

John 20:26-28
A week later the disciples were together again. This time, Thomas was with them. Jesus came in while the doors were still locked and stood in the middle of the group. He greeted his disciples and said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at my hands! Put your hand into my side. Stop doubting and have faith!” Thomas replied, “You are my Lord and my God!” (CEV)

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

Child: What do you think Jesus meant when he said to the disciples, "Peace be with you?" How does knowing Jesus give us peace?

Child: Has there ever been a time when you needed to see something to believe it? Tell us about that. Can we believe without seeing?

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

Lord God, you gave Thomas what he needed, so he could believe that Jesus had been raised from the dead. Help us to believe even though we cannot see Jesus with our eyes. In his holy name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Holy Spirit fill you with joy! Amen.