Lead your heart and your household into next Sunday using these ideas and resources in one or all six areas as you worship at home together to fulfill God’s discipleship calling. Pick and choose what is most suitable for your home, using what will work best with the ages, stages, personalities, and interests you have present.
May your family be blessed by the time spent together, worshiping our Mighty God!
Kimber Walsh, Director of Family Life Ministry
Read the Bible texts using different translations or age-appropriate children’s Bibles, act it out, use puppets or visual aids.
- Acts 1:1-11
- Psalm 47:1-9
- Ephesians 1:15-23
- Luke 24:44-53
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
Listen to and sing the songs that will be a part of this week's worship service.
- Ascension Snack-Make blue jello and after it is set up, layer it alternating with cool whip in a clear cup to look like the sky. While you enjoy your snack, read Acts 1:1-11 and talk about what the disciples may have been thinking.
- Ascending and Descending-Meet near a staircase in your home, if you don’t have a staircase you can build a basic one out of blocks and use toy people. Walk up and talk about how you are ascending the stairs and walk down and talk about how you are descending. Talk about the Apostles’ Creed lines of Jesus descending into hell and ascending into heaven. Why did Jesus do these things?
- Needs of People-Jesus was a human person just like you and me (the only difference is that Jesus is ALSO God). List the needs He had as a person. Talk about Jesus becoming like us to save us.
Recitation: The Third Article Part 2 & Meaning [Luther’s Small Catechism, Blue p. 144, Maroon p. 147, Black-p. 205]
Q & A: Assign one person to be the catechizer to ask questions and allow others to answer. (Guide them/provide unknown answers.)
- Luther’s Small Catechism,2008 Questions 169-186 (Blue p. 153-164, Maroon p. 157-168)
- Luther’s Small Catechism,2017 Questions 201-218 (p. 206-220)
Need a catechism? Let us know!
- Share highs and lows of the day.
- How have you seen God at work lately?
- What does the Scripture reading teach about God?
- What does it teach about people?
- What is the key theme of the Scripture reading?
- What do you learn about the key theme? How can you apply it to your daily walk with the Lord? (Yourself, your relationship with God or your relationships with others?)
- Any cautions to heed? Any promises to anticipate?
- Adoration (Wow, God!): Proclaim at least three things that amaze you about God today.
- Confession (Sorry, God!): Confess, repent, and ask for forgiveness.
- Thanksgiving (Thanks, God!): Thank God for blessings, lessons, gifts, etc.
- Supplication (Please, God!): Ask God to intervene where you know of needs.
God has called us to lead our families in discipleship at home…
- to preach and teach the Bible to our family (Eph. 6:4)
- to be a discipleship center (Gen. 18:19)
- to impress the hearts of the next generation with a love for God (Deut. 6:5-7)
- to pass on faith (Ps. 78:1-8, Deut. 32:44-47; Eph. 6:4)
- to teach spiritual lessons to our children (Prov. 1:8, Prov. 7:1, Prov. 23:23-26)
and this resource is designed to equip you to do just that and help you lead into the following Sunday.
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