A Surprise Special Guest: Luke 19

Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for time to feed our faith as a family, and time to learn about welcoming you into our house at all times.  Help our time together to be holy time.  In your name we pray, Amen.

Bible Story:  Luke 19
Read the story of Zacchaeus in a children’s Bible, your own Bible, or you can find the story here:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+19%3A1-10&version=ERV

For this story, my family and I used the Whirl Story Bible.  You can purchase one here:
http://www.wearesparkhouse.org/store/product/19372/Whirl-Story-Bible-Lectionary-Edition?c=285812

Discuss as a family:
What would it be like if Jesus came to our house?  How would we make him feel welcome?  How can we make each person who visits us feel welcome, just like Jesus?

Song:  Come, Lord Jesus
I found this song when I was looking for a way to sing the prayer “Come, Lord Jesus.”  I love it because it is real, and certainly looks like the craziness in my household sometimes.  Hope you feel it, too!

Activity:  House Blessing
During the season of Epiphany, it is traditional to bless your house as you prepare for the coming year.  We invited some friends over to do it with us.  All you need is a piece of chalk, a step ladder, a candle (ours smells like frankincense to remind us of the wise men), and this sheet:  epiphany-house-blessing-2017

This year, after we chalked the doorpost of our house, we let each child choose one other room to specifically bless.  We blessed one bedroom, our library room, and the bathroom.  Choose the number of rooms that you will bless on the ages and attention spans of your children.  You can make up your own prayers for rooms not listed on the sheet.

Here is a pic of our doorpost.  It was too cold to mark the outside, so we marked the inside.  Sorry it is so faint; my children were horrified that I was writing on the walls!

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20 + CMB + 17

Thanks for your commitment to faithfully feed your family’s faith!  I hope that this time was holy time for you.

Closing Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest, and may our year in you be blessed!  Amen.

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