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, as we study your Word today, may we learn to have mercy on others, as you do for us. Please be with us now, and teach us all that you would have us know. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

John 12:4-6
A disciple named Judas Iscariot was there. He was the one who was going to betray Jesus, and he asked, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold for three hundred silver coins and the money given to the poor?” Judas did not really care about the poor. He asked this because he carried the moneybag and sometimes would steal from it. (CEV)

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

Child: The Bible tells us that Judas stole from the moneybag. Why is it wrong to take something that doesn’t belong to you?

Child: Judas didn’t care about the poor, even though he said he did. Who are the poor in our area? What are some ways we might help them?

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

God of grace, you have given us so much. Help us to use what we have for good purposes, so that we can make a positive difference in this world. 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 spend money on the important things in life! 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 are kind and merciful. As we read and discuss our Bible story today, be present with us. Please draw us closer to you and to one another while we learn together. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 15:15-19
He went to work for a man in that country, and the man sent him out to take care of his pigs. He would have been glad to eat what the pigs were eating, but no one gave him a thing. Finally, he came to his senses and said, “My father’s workers have plenty to eat, and here I am, starving to death!  I will go to my father and say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against God in heaven and against you.  I am no longer good enough to be called your son. Treat me like one of your workers.’” (CEV)

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

Child: What do pigs eat? How would their food have been different from what the younger son was used to eating?

Child: Why do you think the younger son felt he had sinned against both God and his father? How can confessing our sins actually bring us closer to God?

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

God of grace, it is hard to face our weaknesses, and to admit when we’ve done wrong. Yet you are a God of forgiveness! Help us to turn to you when we have made bad decisions, and to trust you with everything. 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 look to God for mercy and help! 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, be with us now, as we read and discuss our Bible story. Show us what it means to be merciful to others, and teach us how to graciously accept mercy, as well. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 10:33-35
A man from Samaria then came traveling along that road. When he saw the man, he felt sorry for him and went over to him. He treated his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put him on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next morning he gave the innkeeper two silver coins and said, “Please take care of the man. If you spend more than this on him, I will pay you when I return.” (CEV)

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

Child: The Samaritan felt sorry for the hurt man. When has someone shown mercy to you at a time when you least expected it?

Child: How was the Good Samaritan like Jesus? What has Jesus done for us?

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

God of grace, you use all kinds of people to do your work in the world. Sometimes, those people may even help us! May we be open to others, and not be too proud to accept help when we need it. 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 accept help when you need 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, as we focus on today’s Bible story, open our minds to understand it better. Teach us all that you would have us know, and show us how to share the Good News of your love with others. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Matthew 17:5-8
While Peter was still speaking, the shadow of a bright cloud passed over them. From the cloud a voice said, “This is my own dear Son, and I am pleased with him. Listen to what he says!” When the disciples heard the voice, they were so afraid that they fell flat on the ground. But Jesus came over and touched them. He said, “Get up and don’t be afraid!” When they opened their eyes, they saw only Jesus. (CEV)

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

Child: Have you ever been so afraid that you lost your strength, like the disciples did? What happened?

Child: Jesus calmed the disciples’ fear. Why does having a relationship with Jesus mean that we need not be afraid?

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

Gracious Father in Heaven, not only did you announce that Jesus is your own dear Son, you have now made us your beloved children as well.  On this Valentine’s Day, help us to feel and see the many ways you love us. Help us to share that same love with others, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

May you show God’s love to others each day! 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, it’s the middle of the week, full of activities and things to be done. Let this time of prayer and Bible study give us strength and energy as we are reminded that you are with us, leading and guiding us every day. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

Luke 6:32-34
If you love only someone who loves you, will God praise you for that? Even sinners love people who love them. If you are kind only to someone who is kind to you, will God be pleased with you for that? Even sinners are kind to people who are kind to them. If you lend money only to someone you think will pay you back, will God be pleased with you for that? Even sinners lend to sinners because they think they will get it all back. (CEV)

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

Child: What is Jesus asking us to do? Does it sound easy or hard to you? Why?

Child: Has someone ever treated you kindly after you were mean to them? How did that make you feel?

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

Lord God, so often we don’t do what you want us to do. Please forgive us for this, and help us to live better lives. Inspire us to treat enemies with mercy rather than to punish them. Show us the way forward. 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.

Almighty God, today as we come together to read your Word, help us to see the many ways that you show mercy and kindness to your people. Thank you for meeting our needs — from the biggest ones to the smallest. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

John 2:6-10
At the feast there were six stone water jars that were used by the people for washing themselves in the way that their religion said they must. Each jar held about twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants to fill them to the top with water. Then after the jars had been filled, he said, “Now take some water and give it to the man in charge of the feast.” The servants did as Jesus told them, and the man in charge drank some of the water that had now turned into wine. He did not know where the wine had come from, but the servants did. He called the bridegroom over and said, “The best wine is always served first. Then after the guests have had plenty, the other wine is served. But you have kept the best until last!” (CEV)

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

Child: If you were one of the servants, what might you have thought when Jesus told you to fill the jars with water? What would you have thought after you realized that the water had turned into wine?

Child: How did Jesus show mercy at the wedding? When has God shown mercy and kindness to you?

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

God of grace, you can do anything! Please help those who don’t have enough, whether they are lacking in food, friends, or faith. Bless them abundantly, as you blessed those at the wedding at Cana. 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 notice the many ways God shows mercy! 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, be with us as we discuss our Bible story today. Open our minds and our hearts, so that we might see the many ways you show mercy and kindness to those who need it most. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Luke 9:5-7
When Jesus got there, he looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, hurry down! I want to stay with you today.” Zacchaeus hurried down and gladly welcomed Jesus. Everyone who saw this started grumbling, “This man Zacchaeus is a sinner! And Jesus is going home to eat with him.” (CEV)

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

Child: People judged Zacchaeus and thought they knew what was in his heart. Have you ever felt judged by others? When?

Child: Tell us about a time when you judged someone else unfairly. What did you learn about the person that later made you think differently?

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

God of grace, we have done nothing to deserve your mercy, yet you come to us anyway. Thank you for your love! Help us to reach out to those who need to know about you. 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 see others as God sees them! Amen.