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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”

Good Friday…

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Today is Good Friday. After a night spent getting up five times with two kids for things they could’ve got themselves I find myself looking forward to the dim of the service. I also find myself wondering if I will fall asleep. Holy day to you all.

Here is the lent box activity for today:

Good Friday: The Cross

Where to find it:
A Child’s First Bible: p.230
Jesus Storybook Bible: p.302 “The sun stops shining”
Bible: Mark 15:33-39, Hebrews 10:11-14

Reading:
Today is Good Friday. Jesus was arrested like a criminal. Less than a week ago the people of Jerusalem were yelling, “Hosanna!” Now they were yelling, “Crucify him!” When Adam and Eve discovered they were naked, God killed a lamb and made them clothes. God’s people needed clothes again, but not for their bodies. This time they needed something to cover the shame of their hearts. Jesus was the perfect lamb that died to cover our sins. And when he died there was a mighty earthquake in Jerusalem and the temple curtain that kept the unholy and dirty people away from God’s holy place was ripped apart from top to bottom. There was no separation between us and God anymore. It was accomplished. Jesus died.

Lent box activity:
Have a family member place the nail, the token for Good Friday, in the sand. Lay the black cloth or fold the black construction paper over the cross to signify Jesus’ death. Place the container where the black cloth can be visible until Easter morning.

Beginning questions:
When do you feel close to God?
When can you talk to God?

More questions:
When have you felt far away from God?

Family Question:
How can we help each other to be closer to God?

Pray as a family:
“Crucified Lord, thank you for not running away from the difficult days of the cross. How great is your love for us that you would die for us while we were still sinners. Help us to take up our crosses every day. And let those behaviors and attitudes that you don’t like die in us. Help us to know deeper and wider how big your love is. Thank you for dying on a cross so that we could be near you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Maundy Thursday…

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Here is the Maundy Thursday activity. I am so excited to participate in Holy Week services starting tonight. Peace be with you.

4/2 Maundy Thursday: Passover

Where to find it:
A Child’s First Bible: p.220
Jesus Storybook Bible: p.294 “A dark night in the garden”. Also, p.84 “God to the Rescue” the story of Moses and the first Passover in Egypt.
Bible: Matthew 26:26-35

Reading:
Today is Holy Thursday, also called Maundy Thursday. Jesus gathered his friends in an upper room and celebrated Passover. Passover was the yearly feast where the Israelites remembered how God had saved them from slavery in Egypt. And you know how he did it? The Israelites painted the blood of a perfect lamb around the doors of their houses. And when the Angel of Death came it couldn’t touch them. God knew it was time to rescue his people from slavery again. The blood of Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God, would save them once and for all. And so Jesus took bread and wine and told his friends that his body would break and his blood would spill for them. They ate, but they didn’t quite understand yet.

Lent box activity:
Have a family member place the token for Maundy Thursday in the box. It can be a piece of bread broken off by one person. Or everyone can break off a piece of bread themselves.

Beginning questions:
Who has sinned? (Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”)
What does sin deserve? (Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”)

More questions:
How did the Israelites protect their families from the Angel of Death in Egypt?
Whose blood saves us?
What does it mean that Jesus is called the Lamb of God?

Family Question:
Share the story of when you took your first communion.

Pray as a family:
“Broken Jesus, we thank you for the feast that comes to us out of your brokenness. We thank you for providing a suitable sacrifice for our sins. We ask that you would paint your spilled blood around the doors of our hearts and minds every day, so that life, not death would live in us. In Jesus’ name, Amen”

Week 6: Hosanna…

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Here is this week’s lent box activity! Happy Palm Sunday!

3/29 Lent Week 6: Palm Sunday

Where to find it:

A Child’s First Bible: p.218

Jesus Storybook Bible: There is no story for Palm Sunday, but p.280 “Washed with tears” show how precious Jesus was to the people.

Bible: Matthew 21:6-11

Reading: 

Today is the sixth and last Sunday of Lent.  It is also the beginning of Holy Week.  Holy Week is the last week of Lent leading up to Easter.  Today is also known as Palm Sunday, the day when we remember Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey.  The families and children, old men and women, waved palm branches in the air and laid their cloaks on the ground so Jesus wouldn’t get dusty.  It was a parade for their very precious king.  They said, “Hosanna, hosanna in the highest!” Here was the king the people had been waiting for!  He had finally come!

Lent box activity: 

Have a family member place the token for week 6 in the sand.  It could be a palm branch, leaf, or you can cut out colorful strips of paper to represent cloaks.  Everyone could lay down a cloak at the foot of the cross.

Beginning questions:

What holidays and events do we celebrate with parades, shouting, and dancing?

If a king was going to come rescue you what weapons or armies do you think he would bring?

Did Jesus come with swords, guns, or armies?

More questions:

What did Jesus come to fight?  

If Jesus is king of our hearts how do we celebrate, sing, lay down our cloaks for him in our hearts?

Family Question: 

Is there anything we can take off the throne of our hearts to make room for Jesus to be king?  

Family Activity:  

Make open spaces this week in activity and busyness for God to speak to you and your family.  You may choose to forego a usual activity or spend a special time in nature.  You may decide to forego TV, music, or social media for the week.  You may chose to abstain from using  electricity for one hour before bedtime every night.  Ask that God uses the time to speak to you and prepare your hearts for the celebration of Easter.

Family Prayer: 

“King of Kings, God of Peace, who came to rescue us in our place of deepest need.  Thank you for being the king we need and not the king we want.  Thank you for demanding nothing less than the whole throne of our hearts.  We have seen your works and know they are wonderful. We celebrate you and shout Hosanna to our precious king! Amen” 

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.”