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
Caring Conversations: Discuss in your household or small group:
• Share an experience you have had with wind or with fire. • When God gave the gift of the Holy Spirit to the first Christians on the day of Pentecost, a strong wind came from heaven and tongues of fire came to rest on them (Acts 2:1-21). How were the believers changed? • In what ways have you experienced the Holy Spirit’s power in your life?
One of the joys of Christian community is helping each other, especially our children, discover and grow into the gifts God has given them. Some of the spiritual gifts the New Testament describes are: Prophecy – sharing the Word of God with others. Helps – a willingness to help others with their needs. Teaching – an ability to help others understand God’s Word. Exhortation – the capacity to encourage and motivate others. Giving – a spirit of generosity. Leading – the ability to lead and direct others. Mercy – a sense of compassion for others and a willingness to act on these feelings. Which of these gifts do you see in the people around you?
DEVOTIONS: 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 tells us that the Holy Spirit gives special gifts to all believers to use in serving him. For each member of your household, draw a large dove figure on white card and cut out. In your home devotion times this week, take a few minutes to talk about the gifts you see in each other. Write these gifts onto the “doves.” Display them on your bedroom doors. Say prayers of thanks to God for the gifts he has given to each member of your household.
SERVICE: Have a discussion about how members of your household are using their God-given gifts for the sake of others. Brainstorm ways in which you could use them more effectively. Help children realize that God has a plan for them to serve others now, not just in adulthood.
RITUALS AND TRADITIONS: Plan an evening time when you can tell the Pentecost story around a bonfire or in front of a fireplace. Toast marshmallows to add to the experience!
SCRIPTURE VERSE FOR THIS WEEK:
Suddenly there was a noise from heaven like the sound of a mighty wind! It filled the house where they were meeting. Then they saw what looked like fiery tongues moving in all directions, and a tongue came and settled on each person there. Acts 2:2-3 (CEV)
A Prayer for the Week: Send your Spirit upon us, Lord. Give us new life, so that we may praise you forever. Amen.
Mealtime Prayer: Come Holy Spirit, come. Come and bless our food. Come and fill us with power to love and serve. Amen.
A Blessing to Give: May the Lord Jesus give you his peace, fill you with his joy, and breathe into you his Spirit. Amen.
© 2010 The Youth & Family Institute. All rights reserved. Written by Pastor Greg Priebbenow, Australia