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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 are merciful and kind, and we love you! Be with us now as we read our Bible story, and teach us all that you want us to know. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

2 Timothy 1:5-7
I also remember the genuine faith of your mother Eunice. Your grandmother Lois had the same sort of faith, and I am sure that you have it as well. So I ask you to make full use of the gift that God gave you when I placed my hands on you. Use it well. God’s Spirit doesn’t make cowards out of us. The Spirit gives us power, love, and self-control. (CEV)

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

Child: Why do you think God gives each of us special gifts? What are some of the gifts that you see in me?

Child: How can having God’s Spirit in our lives give us courage? When have you needed to be brave?

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

Lord God, thank you for giving us people in our lives to teach us and pass on their faith. May we never take them for granted, and may we boldly share our faith with others as well. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you use the gifts God gave 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 Father, we ask that your Holy Spirit might fill our hearts and minds as we study today’s Bible story. Help us to realize that we are never alone and we need fear nothing when you are with us. We ask these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

Galatians 2:12-14
Peter was afraid of the Jews and soon stopped eating with Gentiles. He and the other Jews hid their true feelings so well that even Barnabas was fooled. But when I saw that they were not really obeying the truth that is in the good news, I corrected Peter in front of everyone… (CEV)

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

Child: When you were young, did you ever avoid someone because he or she did not fit in with your group? How might you have handled that differently?

Child: Why do you think Paul felt the need to correct Peter in public? Have you ever had to correct someone else? What happened?

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

Lord God, it can be hard when we see our friends doing something that isn’t right. Help us to speak up when we need to do that, and to do so kindly and with mercy. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be merciful to others. 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, open our ears to hear your Word, and our minds to understand it. Let your Holy Spirit work in our lives today and throughout this week. We ask this, and anything else you see that we need, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

1 Corinthians 1:13-16
Has Christ been divided up? Was I nailed to a cross for you? Were you baptized in my name? I thank God that I didn’t baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius. Not one of you can say that you were baptized in my name. I did baptize the family of Stephanas, but I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else. (CEV)

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

Child: Paul was a great preacher and teacher, and many people looked up to him. Who do you admire in your life?

Child: How would you feel if people started following you and thinking that you were as important as Jesus? What would you tell them?

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

Lord God, thank you for the many good people in our lives. As much as we admire them, they are only human, just as Paul was. Help us to remember this, and to look to Christ alone as our Savior.  In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you have many people to admire, but only one Lord! 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.

Almighty God, you care for us and watch over us, wherever we are. Be with us now, and help us to see the importance of faith as we study your Word. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 28:5-6
Paul shook the snake off into the fire and wasn’t harmed. The people kept thinking that Paul would either swell up or suddenly drop dead. They watched him for a long time, and when nothing happened to him, they changed their minds and said, “This man is a god.” (CEV)

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

Child: It’s easy to get upset when people think badly of us. But it can be just as easy to get puffed up when people think too well of us. Why would Paul not want the people to call him a god?

Child: Do you think the people would have thought Paul was a god  if they knew about the true God?

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

God of grace, you have been called “The Great Physician.” Just as you protected Paul from danger, help those who are sick or in danger now. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

May you be humble and merciful. 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.

Almighty God, you work in mysterious ways. As we study our Bible story today, help us to see your hand in every good thing. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 27:41-43
The front of the ship stuck firmly in the sand, and the rear was being smashed by the force of the waves. The soldiers decided to kill the prisoners to keep them from swimming away and escaping. But Captain Julius wanted to save Paul’s life, and he did not let the soldiers do what they had planned. (CEV)

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

Child: The captain showed mercy, and protected Paul from those who would have harmed him. If we see someone who is being bullied, what can we do to help?

Child: Why were the soldiers going to kill the prisoners? Do you think the soldiers were making bad decisions because they were panicking?

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

God of grace, you watch over us all the time. Thank you for your mercy and care. Please be with those who are in danger on the sea, or anywhere. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

May you be a friend to someone who needs it. 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.

Almighty God, you give us what we need when we face challenges. Be with us now, and help us to learn more about the quiet ways you shower us with mercy. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 24:10-12
The governor motioned for Paul to speak, and he began: “I know that you have judged the people of our nation for many years, and I am glad to defend myself in your court. It was no more than twelve days ago that I went to worship in Jerusalem. You can find this out easily enough. Never once did the Jews find me arguing with anyone in the temple. I didn’t cause trouble in the Jewish meeting places or in the city itself. (CEV)

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

Child: When Paul was ask to explain his actions, he was very respectful? Why is it important to show respect to others, even when they don’t show respect to us?

Child: Many people said Paul was guilty, but Paul had done nothing wrong. How does it feel to be accused of something you didn’t do? Does it help to know that Paul (and Jesus) experienced this same thing?

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

God of grace, you see all and know all. When people say bad things about us, help us to remain honest and respectful, so that by our words and actions, we will show the truth. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

May you be honest and respectful in all you do. 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.

Almighty God, sometimes you surprise us. You shower us with blessings, even when we least expect it. Be with us now, and teach us your ways. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 21:30-32
The whole city was in an uproar, and the people turned into a mob. They grabbed Paul and dragged him out of the temple. Then suddenly the doors were shut. The people were about to kill Paul when the Roman army commander heard that all Jerusalem was starting to riot. So he quickly took some soldiers and officers and ran to where the crowd had gathered. As soon as the mob saw the commander and soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. (CEV)

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

Child: When the mob grabbed Paul, a Roman commander came onto the scene to rescue him. Why is it important for us to stand up for people who are being hurt and defend those who are in danger?

Child: Why would we want to obey authorities, like the police? How does God use “first responders” to protect us and care for us?

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

God of grace, you are in control. Help us to trust this, and to believe it when we face scary situations. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

May you trust in God’s mercy. Amen.