First Congregational Church
(United Church of Christ)
Rev. Toby Jones, Pastor

101 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720

Family Devotional- Episode #12

  1. Begin by reminding everyone that we have been exploring the Holy Spirit, that piece of God that lives inside each of us. Remind them of the wind – the Ruach – that blows not only outside of us in the form of wind, but inside us in the form of breath.
  2. Introduce today’s reading by explaining that Jesus has now left the disciples to carry on his ministry of love, compassion, and healing. Listen to this passage and pay attention to how much Peter resembles Jesus in this moment. (Read Acts 3:1-10 from the N.I.V. or another family friendly version.)
  3. Ask everyone for specific things Peter says or does in this moment that remind them of Jesus. Ask what role they think God’s Holy Spirit played in this moment? Remind them that Peter wasn’t exactly the best disciple. He stumbled and messed up quite a bit, including turning his back on Jesus and denying him on the night Jesus was captured.
  4. Ask everyone this: If God’s Spirit can be inside Peter and work through him in ways like this that so resemble Jesus, what might God’s Spirit be able to do in and through us?
  5. Close with this prayer: “Dear God, thank you for being a Spirit that can be so many places at the same time. Thank you for being in Jesus and guiding him. Thank you for being in Peter and empowering him to be more like Jesus. Help your Spirit empower and guide us, so that we can be more like Jesus than we ever thought possible. Amen.