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Taking Faith Home


 
Mealtime Prayer:  
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 7/25
.CARING CONVERSATION:  Discuss in your household or small group:
• Share about a time when you were in need.
 • Jesus performed a miracle to feed a large crowd (John 6:1-13).
 When have you experienced God providing for you in a special
 way?
 • One little boy’s lunch was used by God to meet the hunger of
 many people. In what ways might God be seeking to use you or
 what you have to help others?
DEVOTIONS:
God is able to do much more than we can even imagine through the power that is at work in us (see Ephesians 3.20). Share your future hopes and dreams, both as individuals and as a family. Then, consider what dreams God might have for you. Pray for God’s blessing on one another’s hopes and dreams.
SERVICE:
Set aside time as a household to bake bread or cookies. Wrap up what you bake into packages, and give it away to your neighbors.
RITUALS AND TRADITIONS:
Affirm one another as blessings from God. Focus on each member of the household in turn. Place a hand on that person’s shoulder while every other family member completes these statements: “One way that I see God using you is . . . ”
“A special quality that you bring to our family is . .
SCRIPTURE VERSE FOR THIS WEEK:
May you have power with all God’s people to understand Christ’s love. May you know how wide and long and high and deep it is. Ephesians 3:18 (NIRV)
A Prayer for the Week:
O God, I know you are near. When I call your name, you are there. Amen.
Mealtime Prayer:
Lord Jesus, bless the food upon our dishes, as you did the loaves and fishes. By your grace we breathe and live, accept our thanks for all you give. Amen.
A Blessing to Give:
May you have power to understand Christ’s love for you. May you know how wide and long and high and deep it is. Amen.
2011 Vibrant Faith Ministries. All rights reserved. Written by Pr. Greg Priebbenow and edited by Vibrant Faith Ministries

TAKING FAITH HOME 8/1
.CARING CONVERSATION:  Discuss in your household or small group:
• What are your favorite foods?
 • Jesus called himself the “bread of life.” He said that those who come to him will never go hungry. What do you think he meant?
 • In what ways does Jesus feed you?
DEVOTIONS:
August 5 is observed across the world as “Universal Peace Day.” This day marks the anniversary of the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki near the end of World War II. Many people suffered from radiation sickness and other diseases for years afterward. One such
victim was an 11-year-old girl named Sadako who developed leukemia in 1955. While she was in the hospital, her friends reminded her of the Japanese legend that if a person were to fold one thousand paper cranes, her wish of being healthy again might come true. She made well over a thousand cranes, but sadly died at the age of 12. Yet she never gave up hope, folding cranes until her death. Her work, and her life, was not in vane. The paper crane has since become a symbol of hope for peace in the world.
In your home devotional times this week, make paper cranes and dedicate yourselves to peace. For instructions, go to www.e22.com/peacecrane/fold.htm. As you make cranes, pray for peace in your home, community, nation and the world.
SERVICE:
As Jesus feeds us spiritually and physically, he invites us to feed others. Gather some grocery items to donate to a local food pantry that serves the needy in your community, or deliver them to a family in need. Pray for all those who do not get enough to eat.
RITUALS AND TRADITIONS:
Make bread together as a family. Try this simple recipe:
Ingredients: 1 cup milk (hot); ¼ cup sugar; 4 tbsp. margarine; 1 tsp. salt; 1
pkg. yeast; 1 egg; 4 cups all-purpose flour; ¼ cup warm water.
Instructions: To the hot milk, add sugar, margarine and salt, and let cool.
In a small bowl, mix the warm water and yeast. Set aside until bubbly
(about 5 min.) To the milk mixture, add 1 cup of flour and mix well. Add
one slightly beaten egg and yeast mixture. Use a wire whisk to mix this.
Next, add approximately 3 more cups of flour (use wooden spoon)
Knead, then place in greased bowl for first rise. Punch down or knead,
place in two greased bread pans, cover with a damp cloth and let rise
again. Bake at 350°F (180°C) for 20 minutes.
As you enjoy what you have baked, talk about how Jesus is the “bread of life” for you
 SCRIPTURE VERSE FOR THIS WEEK:
Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. No one who comes to me will ever go hungry. And no one who believes in me will ever be thirsty.” John 6:35 (NIRV)
A Prayer for the Week:
O God, just as you gave manna to the Israelites in the desert, help me to trust that you will give me all that I need this week. Amen.
Mealtime Prayer:
May Jesus, the bread of life, sustain us with the spiritual food that always abundant and available. Amen.
A Blessing to Give:
Jesus, bread of life, feed us, body and soul.  Jesus, bread from heaven, come and make us whole. Amen.
2011 Vibrant Faith Ministries. All rights reserved. Written by Pr. Greg Priebbenow and edited by Vibrant Faith 

TAKING FAITH HOME 8/8
.CARING CONVERSATION:  Discuss in your household or small group:
• Who is someone you respect or look up to? Why? What about them do you try to imitate or copy in your own life?
 • Saint Paul says that we imitate or copy God by living lives of love. How does God show his love to you?
 • Read Ephesians 4:25-5:2. In what ways, according to Saint Paul, can you show love to others?
DEVOTIONS:
Saint Paul writes, “Don’t let any evil talk come out of your mouths. Say only what will help to build others up and meet their needs. Then what you say will help those who listen” (Ephesians 4:29). In your home devotional gatherings this week, give each other compliments or words
of encouragement. Have each person give a compliment or affirmation in turn. Pray that God will help you become more encouraging to one another.
SERVICE:
Saint Paul reminds us that, as Christians, we work not only to provide for ourselves, but so that we “have something to share with those in need” (Ephesians 4:28). Collect a household offering to support an organization helping the poor or needy. Have children contribute from their allowances or do chores around the house to earn money to give.
RITUALS AND TRADITIONS:
On birthdays, we build one another up with special gifts and treats and kind words. But, what about the rest of the year? Consider choosing one day of every week to mark as Special Person Day. Each week, focus on a different family member by giving him or her a special plate or cup to use at mealtimes, preparing a favorite food or drink, and saying a special prayer for the person
SCRIPTURE VERSE FOR THIS WEEK:
Be kind and tender to one another. Forgive each other, just as God forgave you because of what Christ has done.  Ephesians 4:32 (NIRV)
A Prayer for the Week:
O God, may we taste and see your goodness each moment of the day. Amen.
Mealtime Prayer:
We thank you, God, for this our food; for life and health and every good. Amen.
A Blessing to Give:
May God bless you with forgiveness and love, and in turn may God help you to be forgiving and loving toward others. Amen
2011 Vibrant Faith Ministries. All rights reserved. Written by Pr. Greg Priebbenow and edited by Vibrant Faith Ministries

 
 
TAKING FAITH HOME 8/15
.CARING CONVERSATION:  Discuss in your household or small group:
• What was your “high” from the last day? What was your “low”?
 • Saint Paul encourages us to make the most of every chance we have to do God’s will. In what ways did you seek to do God’s will this past day?
 • Think about the upcoming week, what you will do and who you will see. What special opportunities may there be to serve God and point others toward Christ?
DEVOTIONS:
Ephesians 5:19-20 urges us to “speak to one another with psalms, hymns and songs from the Spirit, singing and making music from the heart to the Lord, and always giving thanks to God for everything.” In your family devotion times this week, read a favorite psalm and sing a favorite hymn or Christian song. Have each person complete this sentence: “Today, I thank God for . . .”
SERVICE:
Have you begun putting together a “Shoebox for Christmas” as part of Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child? This is a wonderful way of sharing the material blessings you have been given with needy children in other countries. Visit www.samaritanspurse.org for more information and begin gathering items for your shoebox of gifts.
RITUALS AND TRADITIONS:
Together, make a list of your ten favorite Christian hymns or songs. Then, make up your own songbook that you can use each week and take with you on holidays. Family members can decorate the songbook with drawings and other artwork
SCRIPTURE VERSE FOR THIS WEEK:
Always giving thanks to God the Creator for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:20 (NIV)
A Prayer for the Week:
O God, I hang on your every word. Teach me your ways so that I may live in the shadow of your wing.
Mealtime Prayer:
Thank you, God, for blue skies above us, green grass below us, good friends beside us, and fine food before us. Amen.
A Blessing to Give:
May God help you understand what you are called to do, and may the Holy Spirit give you the power to do it. Amen. (Ephesians 5:17-18)
2011 Vibrant Faith Ministries. All rights reserved. Written by Pr. Greg Priebbenow and edited by Vibrant Faith Ministries
 
 
TAKING FAITH HOME 8/22
.CARING CONVERSATION:  Discuss in your household or small group:
• What does it mean to struggle? What struggles have you experienced in your life?
 • Saint Paul describes the Christian life as a struggle (Ephesians  6:12). In what ways have you found this to be true?
 • Read Ephesians 6:14-18. What gifts does God give us to use when our faith is under attack?
DEVOTIONS:
Work together as a family to draw a suit of armor, including the following pieces: belt, breastplate, shoes, shield, helmet and sword (if you have younger children, you could play a game of “dress-up”). Read Saint Paul’s description of the “armor of God” in Ephesians 6:13-18 and discuss what each part means.
SERVICE:
The apostle Paul wrote, “At all times, pray by the power of the Spirit. Pray all kinds of prayers. Be watchful, so that you can pray. Always keep on praying for all of God’s people” (Ephesians 6:18). One important way to serve others is to pray for them! Make up a list of members of your
congregation to pray for this week. Post the list in a prominent place in your home, or give each family member a copy to carry with them throughout the week.
RITUALS AND TRADITIONS:
Read Joshua 24:1-2,14-18. Talk about what it means for your household to “serve the Lord.” Write a statement together that begins: “As a family we will serve the Lord by . . . ” Decorate your statement and display it prominently in your home.
SCRIPTURE VERSE FOR THIS WEEK:
“As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15 (NIV)
 
A Prayer for the Week:
Blessed are those who dwell in your house, O God, for they are ever pleasing to you (Psalm 84.4). Amen.
Mealtime Prayer:
You give us bread for living, O God. Save us from merely living for bread. Amen.
A Blessing to Give:
May the Lord listen to your prayers, comfort you when you are sad, and save you from your troubles (Psalm 34:15-18). Amen
2011 Vibrant Faith Ministries. All rights reserved. Written by Pr. Greg Priebbenow and edited by Vibrant Faith Ministries
 
 

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