God Works Through Joseph

Gather: God of dreams and hope, you spoke to Joseph in his dreams. You used the challenges in his life to save the lives of others. You work in us and through us, even when we are not aware of your presence. Help us to know that you are with us, and that only you are capable of turning all evil to good. We pray all these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. Amen.

OR

God, bless this food we are about to receive. Give bread to those who hunger, and hunger for charity and justice to us who have bread. Amen.

Support: Share the best and worst parts of your day.

Learn: Read Genesis 37: 3-8; 17b-22; 26-34; 50:15-21 OR “The Forgiving Prince” Pg. 76 in the Jesus Storybook Bible.

• Have you ever had an exciting dream? What did you dream and how did you feel? • Have you ever been really jealous of someone else? Why or why not? What did you do because of your jealousy? • Do you think Joseph knew God was with him through all of his troubles? Why or why not? • How would you respond to seeing your family again after a very long time like Joseph and Jacob?

Engage: Watch this clip from Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (or watch the entire movie – it’s GREAT!)or write a letter, send a card, or send an email to a family member you haven’t talked to in a long time.

Pray: God of dreams and hope, you spoke to Joseph in his dreams. You used the challenges in his life to save the lives of others. You work in us and through us, even when we are not aware of your presence. Help us to know that you are with us, and that only you are capable of turning all evil to good. We pray all these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. Amen.

OR

Gracious God, help us to remember: our help is in the name of the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. Our help is in you. Amen.

Bless:

Child of God, you are never alone. (Make the sign of the cross on your child’s forehead as you say this.)


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