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Christ is Risen…

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Christ is risen!

I spread the white tablecloth last night, a particular sacrifice when I know jam, strawberries, and chocolates are the order for breakfast. I made flaky orange scones studded with cranberries which are a tradition I’ve adopted from my husband’s childhood. There was a smattering of jelly beans across the tablecloth and in the middle I placed our lent box, cross upright, black cloth banished.

Happy Easter!

Easter Sunday: He is Risen Indeed!

Where to find it:
A Child’s First Bible: p.232
Jesus Storybook Bible: p.310 “God’s wonderful surprise”
Bible: Luke 24:1-9

Reading:
Today is Easter Sunday. Do you remember how happy God was when his baby son was born, he told everyone! He sent angels to the shepherds and a star to the wiseman. On Easter morning he sent an angel again. The angel gave them the good news, “He is not here, he is risen just as he said!” And then Jesus himself went to his friends. He even ate breakfast with them to show them that he was really alive again. Jesus had beaten death, and death couldn’t win anymore where Jesus was. Just like death cannot hold you when you have Jesus in you.

There is a special thing we say on Easter morning. We say it three times, once for each day that Jesus lay dead in the tomb. I say “Christ is Risen!” and you respond with “He is risen indeed!” Let’s do it now!

“Christ is risen!”
“He is risen indeed!”
“Christ is risen!”
“He is risen indeed!”
“Christ is risen!”
“He is risen indeed!”

Lent box activity:
The black item over the cross can be removed prior to Sunday morning. When the morning dawns the purple cloth or construction paper sash is already over the cross. If you like, you can take turns tracing the path from the Nativity to the cross past the tokens in their order.

Beginning questions:
What’s your favorite part of the Easter story?
What’s the most confusing part of the Easter story?

More questions:
What is the part of the Easter story that’s the hardest to believe?

Family question:
What is our best family Easter tradition?

Family Activity:
Go to Easter services and rejoice!

Family Prayer:
“Risen Lord, thank you for beating death. Thank you for your rescue plan that lets us be close to you again. Thank you for living in our hearts so that we do not need to fear any more. Help us to know that when you look at us you see Jesus. Thank you for being our brother, Jesus. Thank you for being our Father, God. Praise the Lord! He is risen indeed! Amen”

Spy Wednesday…

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Holy Week is here, Passion Week. My schedule has quieted down abruptly. This is largely due to this week being spring break. So, we’re puttering around, enjoying our beautiful city, and every morning Mom gets to sit on the couch readying herself for Easter.

I have prepared lent box activities for every day between now and Easter. Here is the one for today, Spy Wednesday.

4/1 Spy Wednesday: Betrayal

Where to find it:
A Child’s First Bible: p.224
Jesus Storybook Bible: p.286 “The Servant King”
Bible: Mark 14:10-11, 2 Timothy 2:11-13

Reading:
Today is Holy Wednesday. It is also sometimes called Spy Wednesday. Today we read about how Judas made a sneaky deal to betray Jesus. Jesus’ enemies wanted to hurt him. Judas agreed to bring Jesus to them for thirty pieces of silver. Judas had seen Jesus’ miracles and heard his good words. Jesus was his friend. But Judas still chose his own plan. Just like Adam and Eve chose their own plan. Just like you and I choose our own plan. Judas would betray Jesus.

Lent box activity:
Have a family member place the token for Spy Wednesday in the sand. It can be a nickel, quarter, or a fake coin.

Beginning questions:
When have you chosen your own plan over Jesus’ plan?

More questions:
What have you seen that is true of Jesus?
Have you seen Jesus do any incredible things?

Family Question:
In what ways do we chose our own plans over God’s plan in our family?

Family Prayer:
“Faithful Father, we thank you for remaining faithful to us even when we are faithless to you. We confess that, even though we have experienced your power and heard your good words, we still choose our own plans. Let us not fear, but live boldly in your security and your safety. Help us in Jesus’ name, Amen.”