Lent Week 5: The Ministry…

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Happy and Holy Lent to you.  It’s been a bit of a crazy morning.  My daughter already got a time out for shoving her way into the bathroom when she was asked to wait.  The baby got a hold of Dad’s glasses, which he left by his bed, and mangled them thoroughly.  And the kids, tired of waiting for me to get breakfast, prepared their rye toast and raisin bran by themselves.

But Jesus is God of this morning.  And as many different ways and times that he healed people he will heal us today.

So we’ll go to church with the masses to worship our Lord and for a chance to touch the hem of his garment.

You can find the previous Lent activities here:

Ash Wednesday

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

And here is this week’s family Lent activity:

3/22 Lent Week 5: Jesus’ Ministry

Where to find it:
A Child’s First Bible: p.182, p.188, p.190
Jesus Storybook Bible: p.214 “A little girl and a poor frail lady”
Bible: Matthew 15:29-31, Mark 10:46-52

Reading:
Today is the fifth Sunday of Lent. Today we read about some of the good work Jesus did while he was alive on Earth. There are many stories of Jesus feeding hungry people, making blind men see, and lame men walk. Jesus healed many different people in many different ways. And he didn’t just fix their bodies, he fixed their hearts, too. Did you know that Jesus told his friends the apostles that they would do even greater things than these? John 14:12 says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.”

Lent box activity:
Have a family member place the token for week 5 in the sand. It can be a bandaid or a small square cut out of a gauze bandage, something to represent Jesus’ healing.

Beginning questions:
If Jesus were to heal you of one thing what would you like it to be?
If Jesus were to heal our whole family of one thing, what would it be?

More questions:
What are some examples of people now who heal others, feed others, and preach to others just like Jesus did?
In what ways can we do the same works of Jesus?

Family Question:
How do we as a family help to feed the hungry, heal the sick, and preach the good news of Jesus?

Family Activity:
This week pick a service project for your family to participate in. It can be this week or a month for now. It can be a new project or one you’ve done before. Decide as a family and commit to it.

Family Prayer:
“Healing Jesus, we thank you for not leaving us in our sickness. We thank you for how you have healed us and for healing us every day of our bad habits, bad thoughts, and all our sins. Thank you for using us to help people just like you did. Help us to know how to help others that are hungry, hurting, sick, and dying. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

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