Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise him, all creatures here below; Praise him above, you heavenly hosts. Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
LUTHER’S MORNING PRAYER
I thank you, heavenly Father, through your dear Son, Jesus Christ, that you have protected me through the night from all harm and danger, I ask you to keep me this day, too, from all sin and evil, so that in all my thoughts, words and deeds I may please you. In your hands I place my body and soul and all that is mine. Let your holy angel be with me, so that the evil one may have no power over me. Amen.
LUTHER’S EVENING PRAYER
I thank you, heavenly Father, through your dear Son, Jesus Christ, that you have graciously protected me today. I ask you to forgive all my sins and the wrong which I have done. And graciously keep me this night. In your hands I place my body and soul and all that is mine. Let your holy angel be with me, so that the evil one may have no power over me. Amen.
TAKING FAITH HOME
SCRIPTURE VERSE FOR THIS WEEK: Jesus took the five loaves and the two fish. He looked up toward heaven and blessed the food. Then he broke the bread and handed it to his disciples, and they gave it to the people. Matthew 14:19b (CEV)
A Prayer for the Week:
Lord God, we depend on you to live. Please give us what we need most
of all - trust in you. Amen.
Jesus, bless the food upon our dishes, as you did the loaves and fishes.
By your grace we eat and live, hear our thanks for all you give. Amen.
A Blessing to Give:
May the Lord Jesus be kind to you. May he feed you in body and in spirit,
and meet all of your needs. Amen.
CARING CONVERSATION: Discuss in your household or small group:
Matthew 14:14 tells us that Jesus had “compassion” on the crowds. What is compassion? • Share about a time when someone showed compassion to you, or when you showed compassion to someone else. • Have you ever experienced God providing for your needs in a special way? Share your story.
DEVOTIONS: In the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus took what the disciples brought to him and used it to feed the whole crowd. Using paper and scissors, cut out a fish or breadloaf-shaped figure for each household member, and write their name upon it. As part of your home devotional times this week, share talents or gifts that you see in one another. Write these down on your “loaves” or “fish.” Talk about ways that we can bless others through these God-given gifts and talents, and pray for God’s guidance in using them.
SERVICE: God calls those who have been materially blessed to share with those who have less. Set aside some time this week to bake some bread or cookies together. Invite friends or neighbors to enjoy with you the fruits of your labor!
RITUALS AND TRADITIONS: Our household meals can be occasions where we experience Jesus “multiplying our blessings.” Here is some advice for making the most of your mealtimes: • Get rid of all distractions. Pledge to switch off the TV or the radio, allow your phone calls to go to your answering machine or message bank, and ban electronic games at the table. Reading of books or newspapers should also be discouraged. • Sit together around the table rather than sitting side-by-side at the kitchen counter or sitting in different parts of the house. This gives your family more opportunities for conversation. • Avoid turning your household mealtimes into “checking up” or “instructional” times. Share “highs” and “lows” and anecdotes from the day. Express thanks and appreciation to one another
© 2010 Vibrant Faith Ministries. All rights reserved. Written by Pr. Greg Priebbenow and edited by Vibrant Faith Ministries