Daily Devos: Jesus & the Sabbath


Dear Jesus, you want us to live life, and to have lots of it.  Help us to rest and heal, eat and save.   In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.



23 One sabbath [Jesus] was going through the grain fields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. 24 The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?” 25 And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food? 26 He entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions.” 27 Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; 28 so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.”
3:1 Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. 2 They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. 3 And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come forward.” 4 Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. 5 He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 6 The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.


What do you know about sabbath rest?  Why do you think that Jesus’ disciples were going against the rules?  What are some ways that you can help to heal others, no matter when they need it?

Daily Devos: Isaiah is Sent


We praise you, for you are holy.  We thank you, that you make us clean.  We ask you to give us the courage to say, “Here am I, send me!”  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.


Here I Am


1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. 2 Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew.

3 And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;

the whole earth is full of his glory.”

4 The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

6 Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. 7 The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” 8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”


What do you think it would have been like to be in the throne room of God?  Tell about a time when you said something out loud that you were later sorry about.  What is something that you think God is calling you to do, so that others can know how much God loves them?

Daily Devos: Confirmation Day


Stir up in us the gifts of your Holy Spirit, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, the spirit of joy in your presence, both now and forever, Amen.

COLORING PAGE OF THE WEEK: Avery E.’s Confirmation Verse (Proverbs 3:6)



On the day of your baptism, your parents and sponsors promised:

  • to faithfully bring you to the services of God’s house (Worship)
  • to teach you the Lord’s Prayer, the Apostles’ Creed, and the Ten Commandments (Luther’s Small Catechism)
  • to place in your hands the holy scriptures (Bible)
  • to provide for your instruction in the Christian faith (Sunday School & Confirmation Class)

so that you may lead a godly life until the day of Jesus Christ.  On Confirmation Day, we ask the person being confirmed to take these promises on for him/herself.


Why do you think we asked your parents to make promises to you on the day that you were baptized?  Which of these promises do you think is the most important?  Why?  Which one of these is your favorite?  Why?  Which one do you most need to work on?

©Pastor Breen Marie Sipes, Family God Time https://familygodtime.wordpress.com.  Please give credit where credit is due.

Children’s Devotion Time May 2018:  To the Ends of the Earth

One of the churches in our parish has begun having inter-generational Sunday School once per month.  We call it “Children’s Devotion Time” or “CDT.”  Each child in the class has an older adult who serves as an individual mentor during devotion time.  It includes an opening prayer, a large group Bible Story, an age-appropriate leaflet about the day that they work on in child/adult pairs, a closing prayer, and a simple craft.  It is based on Family God Time, but done at church and for a larger group.  Join us in this new faith formation experiment!

You can learn more about just how we have set this up here:  Children’s Devotion Time Instructions

When [Jesus] had said this, as [the disciples] were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. (1).png

Large Group Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)

Dear Jesus, we thank you for this time to learn more about the last thing that Jesus said to us.  Help us to learn to be your witnesses, all the way to the ends of the earth.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Large Group Bible Story:  Acts 1:1-11

Read about Jesus’ Ascension in a children’s Bible, your own Bible, or you can find the story here:

We used the Spark Story Bible for our resource.  It was the story called “Ascension.”  You can purchase your own copy here: https://www.augsburgfortress.org/store/product/8122/Spark-Story-Bible-Sunday-School-Edition

Work in Pairs:

Each child/adult pair has a four-page leaflet to work on which is developmentally appropriate for the child.  They work through the leaflet together, taking as much time as they need.  This month, I made a leaflet with a map activity.  Children identified where they lived on a state, country, and world map, and drew stars where they live and arrows to the ends of the earth.  I also found an Ascension Paint-By-Number Image here: http://www.biblewise.com/kids/fun/ascension-paint-by-num.php  You can also use the children’s bulletin from your church.

Large Group Closing Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)

Dear Jesus, we thank you that you that you went back home to heaven so that we will have a home there too.  Help us to spread your love to the ends of the earth.  In your name we pray, Amen.

Activity:  String Art Arrows


Supplies Needed
(1) 14” section of 2 x 4 per student
(1) arrow template, printed on cardstock and cut out
(1) ruler
(1) awl
(19) 16 x 1” wire nails with large heads per student
(1) hammer
(1) scissors
crochet thread in multiple colors


  1. Center the arrow template on the section of 2 x 4 and tape down, if desired. Mark the nail holes according to the dots on the arrow with an awl.  Remove template.
  2. Drive one nail into each marked spot. Once they are each in securely, adjust the height of the nails until they are fairly even (I left ½” sticking out).
  3. Let the children and youth use string to fill in the design. On the example, I used red to outline, cream to fill in the middle, and red to do a double outline at the end.  I secured the ends of each string around the bottom right nail.
  4. Put it on a shelf in an upright position to remind us that Ascension Day is when Jesus returns to heaven!


© 2018 by Pastor Breen Marie Sipes, Tri-Saints Lutheran Parish, Byron and Hardy, Nebraska.  https://familygodtime.wordpress.com Please give credit where credit is due!

Daily Devos: Jesus Returns to Heaven



We praise you, for you are at home in heaven.  Help us to spread the good news of your love, all the way to the ends of the earth.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.




6 So when [the apostles] had come together, they asked [Jesus], “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

9 When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 11 They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”


Are you a person who likes to know what’s coming up next, or you more go with the flow?  Which kind of people do you think the apostles were?  Was it important for Jesus to go back to his home in heaven after Easter?  Why or why not?  What are some ways that you can spread Jesus’ love, even to the ends of the earth?

Family God Time: Remembering Our Baptism

This week in our parish, we will be celebrating the baptism of an infant.  Since my girls were also baptized as infants, and they don’t remember the event, I thought it would be a good opportunity to remember our baptisms.


I plan to do this Family God Time outside, since we might get a little bit wet!

First, share the stories of your children’s baptisms with them, or ask them to tell the stories, if they know them.

Then, remind them that although baptism is a one time event, we can remember it any time!

bowl of water
small pine branches
youtube video (below)

I found this prayer by St. Osmund:
God be in my head, and in my understanding.
God be in my eyes, and in my looking.
God be in my mouth, and in my speaking.
God be in my heart, and in my thinking.
God be at my end, and at my departing.

First, we will dip our hands in the bowl of water and trace a small cross on each part of our bodies as we do the prayer repeat-after-me style.  For “end and departing,” we will trace copies on our feet.

Next, we will learn a little song that goes with the prayer.  You can learn it with actions here:

Once we know the song with actions, we will dip our pine branches in the bowl of water and fling God’s blessings everywhere as we continue to sing the song  (I fully expect this to become a holy water fight!).

End your time together by thanking God for the gift of baptism.  Thank you for taking some Family God Time together.  I hope it has been a holy time for you.

In Christ,  Breen Marie

Daily Devos: Friends of Jesus



We thank you that you are our friend, and that we abide in your love.  Help us to be worthy of your love, and a good friend to you.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.



The original coloring page can be found here:  https://www.ldslane.net/2016/01/love-one-another.html


[Jesus said:] 9“As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.
12“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. 16You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. 17I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.”


Who do you love?  Who do you count as your friends?  Who loves you?  Tell about a time when someone was a good friend to you.  What do you think it means that you are a friend of Jesus, and that Jesus is your friend?