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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 5/9
.CARING CONVERSATION:  Discuss in your household or small group:
• Share about someone who has been a good friend to you. What has made them a good friend?
 • Jesus calls us his “friends.” How has Jesus been a friend to us?
 • How do you show that you are one of Jesus’ friends? (See John 15:14-16).
DEVOTIONS:
As part of your household devotion time this week, sing together the classic hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” (Joseph Scriven, 1855). Below are the words for the first two verses. After singing, discuss how the lyrics of the hymn apply to you.
 
What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O, what peace we often forfeit, O, what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.
Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.
 
SERVICE:
Choose a family to pray for this week. Remember them at each meal. Send a card telling them that you have been praying for them.
RITUALS AND TRADITIONS:
Jesus says “Love each other as I have loved you” (John 15:12). Try some of these ways to say “I love you” to one another:
• Write “I love you” notes and place them in surprising places (e.g. in school lunchboxes, under pillows or plates, in purses or wallets).
• Place a favorite flower or a small treat on the seat of a car before someone leaves for school or work.
• Leave an “I love you” message on an answering machine or computer screen saver, or send an “I love you” text message.
• Make heart-shaped coupons to give to one another (e.g. for a  shoulder massage, an extra storybook reading, a walk or play together, a cuddle, an act of service).
SCRIPTURE VERSE FOR THIS WEEK:
This is my command: Love each other (John 15:17).
A Prayer for the Week: O God, help us to remember the command of your Son, Jesus, “I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13.35).
Mealtime Prayer: We gather to give thanks for all our blessings. Give us faith, O God, to live your way and always share your love. And we remember _________________, the family we are praying for this week. Amen.
A Blessing to Give: May God surround you with love, and fill your heart with compassion for others. Amen
 
© 2011 Vibrant Faith Ministries. All rights reserved. Written by Pr. Greg Priebben

TAKING FAITH HOME 5/16
.CARING CONVERSATION:  Discuss in your household or small group:
• What helps people become closer to each other? What pulls them apart?
 • Jesus prayed that his followers would be “one.” What do you think he meant by this?
 • Why is it important to stay connected to other Christians?
 
DEVOTIONS:
Light a single candle, hold hands, and say these words together (based on Ephesians 4:4-6).
We are one in Christ Jesus. In him we have . . .
one body and one Spirit;
one Lord and one hope;
one faith and one baptism;
one God who is Creator of all.
Lord God, keep us together as one. Amen.
 
SERVICE:
Talk together as a family about the ways you serve the fellow members of your congregation: families, elderly, singles, widowed, children, teens, adults, etc. What gifts and resources has God given you for this purpose? How can you put these gifts to better use?
 
RITUALS AND TRADITIONS:  Write a family/household creed, stating what you believe in and value.
You may wish to use the following structure:
We are the ________________ family or household.
As a family/household we believe ________________.
As a household we value ________________.
As a household we seek to _________________.
O God, help us to live our creed everyday and in every way. Amen
 
SCRIPTURE VERSE FOR THIS WEEK:
God has given us eternal life. That life is found in his Son.
Those who belong to the Son have life. 1 John 5:11-12a (NIRV)
A Prayer for the Week:
O God, we delight in your goodness that surrounds us, and we dwell on your everlasting love. Amen.
Mealtime Prayer:
God bless this food, God bless this day, God keep us safe in every way. Amen.
A Blessing to Give:
May God protect you and make you holy, now and always. Amen
© 2011 Vibrant Faith Ministries. All rights reserved. Written by Pr. Greg Priebbenow and edited by Vibrant Faith Ministries
 
 

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