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 guiding us when we don’t know what to do. Hold us by the hand and lead us, today and always. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, we pray. Amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

Paul and Silas left a town
Where they had been chased around.
Then they came to somewhere new;
Both were welcomed warmly, too.

In Berea (this new place),
They were listened to with grace.
All their words were well received;
Many heard, and then believed!

Some were angry and with shouts
Ordered Paul and Silas out!
So these two, with Timothy,
Went to Athens by the sea.

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

Child: What happened after the people in Berea heard God’s Word? Did this affect how they behaved?

Child: If you lived in Berea, what would you have done to make Paul and Silas feel at home?

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

Holy God, we know that you have a plan for the world, and that it is good. Help us to share your Word with others, fearlessly. Make us kind and compassionate people. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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

May the Lord go with you, and give you peace today. 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, we want to know more about you. Help us to listen well to your Word, just as the people in Berea did so long ago. Strengthen our faith, day by day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 17:11-12
That same night the Lord’s followers sent Paul and Silas on to Berea, and after they arrived, they went to the Jewish meeting place. The people in Berea were much nicer than those in Thessalonica, and they gladly accepted the message. Day after day they studied the Scriptures to see if these things were true. Many of them put their faith in the Lord, including some important Greek women and several men. (CEV)

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

Child: What do you think Paul and Silas liked best about Berea? Why?

Child: When have you felt really welcomed somewhere? What happened?

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

God of grace, teach us to welcome people with kindness. Open our hearts, so that we may see others as you see them. 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 share your faith with others, even if they are very different from you. Amen.

Tuesday: Struggle

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.

Lord God, you see everything. You know when we are being treated well, or when we are treated unfairly. Give us true faith, so that we may trust you even when everything seems against us. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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

Acts 17:13
When the Jewish leaders in Thessalonica heard that Paul had been preaching God’s message in Berea, they went there and caused trouble by turning the crowds against Paul.

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

Child: Have you ever had someone try to turn other people against you?  How did that make you feel?

Child: When people are mean to us, how do you think Jesus would like us to respond?

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

Lord God, when we are frightened, you give us courage. Help us to stand firm in our faith, no matter what anyone else says about us, and teach us not to let other people’s bad deeds make us act badly in return. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you stand up for those who are being treated unfairly. Amen.

Monday: Understanding

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.

Lord God, open our ears to hear your Word, so that as we hear, we may believe; and as we believe, we may grow ever closer to you. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as the Bible story for the week is read aloud.

Acts 17: 10 -15
That same night the Lord’s followers sent Paul and Silas on to Berea, and after they arrived, they went to the Jewish meeting place. The people in Berea were much nicer than those in Thessalonica, and they gladly accepted the message. Day after day they studied the Scriptures to see if these things were true. Many of them put their faith in the Lord, including some important Greek women and several men.
When the Jewish leaders in Thessalonica heard that Paul had been preaching God’s message in Berea, they went there and caused trouble by turning the crowds against Paul. Right away the followers sent Paul down to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed in Berea. Some men went with Paul as far as Athens, and then returned with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible. (CEV)

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

Child: Paul and Silas were traveling from town to town. Have you ever been on a long cross-country trip? What do you like, or not like, about traveling?

Child:  The word “hospitality” means “welcoming strangers.” Who showed hospitality to Paul and Silas in this story? How do you think that made them feel?

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

Lord God, we ask that you would watch over us, especially when we go to places we have never been before. Guide us like you did for Paul and Silas, so that we would be of service to you wherever we go.  In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you show hospitality by welcoming others in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Sunday: Worship

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 Lord God, you are so good to us. Everything we have comes from you alone. Help us to be thankful, and to share our gifts with others. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Psalm 13:5-6
I trust your love, and I feel like celebrating because you rescued me.  You have been good to me, Lord, and I will sing about you. (CEV)

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

Child: Why can we say that God has “rescued” us? How did God do that?

Child: How has God been good to you? Can you give some examples of God’s goodness in your life?

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

Lord God, you sent your Son, Jesus, into our world to save us from sin, death, and the devil. Thank you for loving us enough to rescue us! Help us to focus on the many good things you give us, every day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you have eyes to see the blessings around you today. Amen.

Saturday: Generosity

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.

O God, out of darkness, you bring light. Out of sadness, you bring joy. Out of confusion, you bring peace. Help us to share that good news with others, in both word and deed. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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

Acts 16:32-34
Then Paul and Silas told him and everyone else in his house about the Lord. While it was still night, the jailer took them to a place where he could wash their cuts and bruises. Then he and everyone in his home were baptized. They were very glad that they had put their faith in God. After this, the jailer took Paul and Silas to his home and gave them something to eat. (CEV)

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

Child: Why do you think the jailer wanted to be baptized? How was God already at work in him?

Child: What did Paul and Silas have to share with the jailer? What did the jailer share with Paul and Silas?

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

Heavenly Father, you give us everything we need for life – not only the physical things we need, but the spiritual gifts of your grace. Thank you for sharing with us the promise of new life in Christ, and help us to speak that promise to others. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be generous in sharing the message of Jesus. Amen.

Friday: Trust

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.

Mighty Lord, you want us to believe. We want to have faith. Keep us close to you, and never let us fall away. Make us stronger, inside and out, so that we may serve you better. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully to this reminder from Luther’s Small Catechism.

God’s will is done when he strengthens us and keeps us steadfast in his Word and in faith to the end of our earthly lives. This is his good and gracious will. (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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

Child: What does it mean to be “steadfast” in God’s Word? Why is this important?

Child: How has God strengthened you in your life? Has that been easy or hard for you? Why?

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

Merciful Lord, on our own, we can do nothing. But when we look to you, and trust you to guide us, anything is possible! Help us to learn the stories and teachings in the Bible, so that they may strengthen us all of our days. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

May you be strong and of good courage. Amen.