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Trinity 15 Family Devotions (09/18/23–09/23/23)

Parents, this is a basic outline of how you might do family devotions each day this week. Each devotion takes less than five minutes, though time will vary depending on your child’s participation and questions. When you do devotions, remember to pick a familiar spot each day, whether it’s at a family altar or bedside before going to sleep. Whatever the case, consistency is critical. Remember that “repetition is the mother of learning” (repetitio est mater studiorum). If you have any questions, please email, text, or call.

Divine Service Setting Three – Offertory (LSB 192)

Monday (09/18/2023)

  1. Say the Invocation – “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”
  2. Read “The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5–6)” in The Story Bible (only pg. 357). Ask your child: What does Jesus say about the birds? What does Jesus say about the flowers? What does Jesus say about worrying? Finally, ask what Jesus wants to be seeking (His righteousness and forgiveness, which we receive through faith in Jesus).
  3. Sing the Offertory. A recording is provided at the top of this page.
  4. Pray the Lord’s Prayer. Teach your children to fold their hands and close their eyes.

Tuesday (09/19/2023)

  1. Say the Invocation – “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”
  2. Say the First and Second Commandments – “You shall have no other gods,” “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God” (Teach your child to use their hands to count the Ten Commandments). Review that our God is “Father, Son (Jesus), and Holy Spirit.” Explain that in the Second Commandment, God is telling us that he wants to talk to us and for us to talk to him. Ask your child what are some ways that we talk to God (prayer, singing, confession of sins, thanksgiving, etc.). Point out that, when we sing the Offertory and pray the Lord’s Prayer, we are talking to God.
  3. Sing the Offertory. A recording is provided at the top of this page.
  4. Pray the Lord’s Prayer. Teach your children to fold their hands and close their eyes.

Wednesday (09/20/2023)

  1. Say the Invocation – “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”
  2. Read Jesus Teaches Us Not to Worry (Arch Book). Answer any questions your children may have.
  3. Say the First and Second Commandments – “You shall have no other gods,” “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God” (Teach your child to use their hands to count the Ten Commandments).
  4. Sing the Offertory. A recording is provided at the top of this page.
  5. Pray the Lord’s Prayer. Teach your children to fold their hands and close their eyes.

Thursday (09/21/2023) – The Feast of St. Matthew

  1. Say the Invocation – “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”
  2. Say the First and Second Commandments – “You shall have no other gods,” “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God” (Teach your child to use their hands to count the Ten Commandments).
  3. Show your child the Art Card of St. Matthew. Read Matthew 9:9–13 in your family Bible. Explain that people didn’t like tax collectors such as Matthew because they often took advantage of people (stealing). Explain that St. Matthew is an example of living a life of repentance (being sorry for sin, believing in Jesus Christ, and following him).
  4. Sing the Offertory. A recording is provided at the top of this page.
  5. Pray the Lord’s Prayer. Teach your children to fold their hands and close their eyes.

Friday (09/22/2023)

  1. Say the Invocation – “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”
  2. Review the First and Second Commandments – “You shall have no other gods,” “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God” (Teach your child to use their hands to count the Ten Commandments). Ask what God wants from us in the Second Commandment (Answers will vary). Explain one or two ways that we would break the Second Commandment (see pgs. 67–72 in the Small Catechism for ideas).
  3. Sing the Offertory. A recording is provided at the top of this page.
  4. Pray the Lord’s Prayer. Teach your children to fold their hands and close their eyes.

Saturday (09/23/2023)

  1. Say the Invocation – “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”
  2. Show the Art Card “Jesus Preaches the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1–7:29).” Ask your child what Jesus taught us this week about worrying. Ask what Jesus showed as an example of God’s love (providing for the flowers and the birds). Tell your child that God loves us much more than flowers and birds, so much, that he gave us Jesus. Explain that the twelve people around Jesus are the twelve disciples. Explain that a disciple is someone who learns from Jesus. Tell your child that tomorrow we go to Church to be Jesus’s disciples (learners).
  3. Sing the Offertory. A recording is provided at the top of this page.
  4. Pray the Lord’s Prayer. Teach your children to fold their hands and close their eyes.