Daily Devos: God Sets His Bow in the Clouds

GOD SETS HIS BOW IN THE CLOUDS:  GENESIS 9:8-17 NRSV

PRAYER OF THE WEEK:

Dear God, we thank you that you set your bow in the clouds, and that you remember how much you love us.  Help us to always be aware of the greatness of your love for us.  Amen.

COLORING PAGE OF THE WEEK:

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Find the original post with this coloring page here:  https://longingjesus.wordpress.com/awana-weekly-verse-reminders/#more-399

BIBLE STORY OF THE WEEK:

8God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9“As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, 10and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. 11I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK: 

What do you think of when you experience a storm? What do you think of when you see a rainbow?  What does God think of?  What are some of the ways that you remember that God loves you?

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Lenten Resources for Families 2018

Over the past few years, I have gathered all sorts of amazing resources to help you and your family keep Lent.  Recognizing that any one resource might not work for all families, I wanted to provide a list of diverse resources rather than focusing on just one.  God bless your Lenten journey!

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Interactive Family Devotions from Javaluia:  https://javaluia.com/2018/01/18/family-lenten-devotions-for-2018/

Weekly Email Devotions from Sparkhouse Family:  https://info.1517.media/acton/media/33371/the-promise-of-easter

Lent in a Dish from Family God Time:  https://www.pinterest.com/breensipes/lent-2017/

Journey Around the Cross from Family God Time:  https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2016/02/10/journey-around-the-cross-prayer-week-1/

Lent Creative Prayer Resources:  https://www.pinterest.com/breensipes/lent-resources-2018/

Jelly Telly 5 Minute Devotions Holy Week Video Series:  https://www.jellytelly.com/blog/easter-week-5-minute-family-devotionals

Tri-Saints Parents Easter on Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/breensipes/tri-saints-parents-easter/

 

Daily Devos: Jesus is Transfigured

Here is a new section of Family God Time:  Daily Devos!  In our family, we read the verses for the day while the food is being served for supper, and discuss the questions as we eat.  We pray the prayer before we leave the table.

You can get the whole week of devotions in a pdf file here:  Daily Devos Book Jesus is Transfigured 18

I hope this time will be a holy time for you and your family!

JESUS IS TRANSFIGURED:  MARK 9:2-8

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PRAYER OF THE WEEK: Dear Jesus, this week we will take God’s advice and listen to you… (quiet time to listen) In your name we pray, Amen.

SUNDAY

MARK 9:2-3 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves.  And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them.

QUESTIONS:  Have you ever been blinded by the sun?  What was that experience like?  What do you think it would have been like to be blinded by Jesus?  How would you have felt?

MONDAY

MARK 9:4-6 And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus.  Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”   He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. 

QUESTIONS:  Have you ever gotten the opportunity to speak with someone who you thought was very important?  What was that experience like?  Who would you speak to, if you could?  What would it be like to speak with Jesus?

TUESDAY

MARK 9:7-8 Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!”  Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.

QUESTIONS:  In this section, God tells us who Jesus is related to, and gives us an opportunity to think about this for ourselves.  Whose daughter or son are you?  Who loves you?  Who do you listen to?  Hold your answers to these questions closely as we enter together into the season of Lent!

Children’s Devotion Time February 2018: Jesus is Transfigured

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One of the churches in our parish has begun having inter-generational Sunday School once per month.  We call it “Children’s Devotion Time” or “CDT.”  Each child in the class has an older adult who serves as an individual mentor during devotion time.  It includes an opening prayer, a large group Bible Story, an age-appropriate leaflet about the day that they work on in child/adult pairs, a closing prayer, and a simple craft.  It is based on Family God Time, but done at church and for a larger group.  Join us in this new faith formation experiment!

You can learn more about just how we have set this up here: Children’s Devotion Time Instructions

Large Group Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for this time to learn more about how you truly God’s Son.  Help us to learn and grow together.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Large Group Bible Story:  Mark 9:2-9
Read about the Transfiguration in a children’s Bible, your own Bible, or you can find the story here:   https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+9%3A2-9&version=ERV

We used the Spark Story Bible for our resource.  It was the story called “The Transfiguration.”  You can purchase your own copy here:  https://www.augsburgfortress.org/store/product/8122/Spark-Story-Bible-Sunday-School-Edition

Work in Pairs:
Each child/adult pair has a four-page leaflet to work on which is developmentally appropriate for the child.  They work through the leaflet together, taking as much time as they need.  This month, we used the children’s bulletin from Spark, available on Sundays and Seasons.  You can use the children’s bulletin from your church.

Large Group Closing Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you that you are God’s Son.  Help us to always listen to you.  In your name we pray, Amen.

Activity:  Bury the Alleluia
One tradition that our churches practice on Transfiguration Sunday is to prepare for Lent (which begins on the  Wednesday after Transfiguration Sunday) by burying the Alleluia.  We say goodbye to the Alleluia because it is a celebration word that we save until the miracle of Easter.  You can learn more about this practice here:  https://www.buildfaith.org/saying-goodbye-to-the-alleluia/#gref

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Supplies Needed
A small box (we used shiny jewelry boxes)
A print out of the coloring Alleluia or “tracing” Alleluia on cardstock:  Transfiguration Alleluia 18Transfiguration Trace Alleluia 18
Scissors or paper cutter
Tape (we used gold washi tape)
coloring utensils

Instructions

    1. Cut out the individual letters of the Alleluia. Our younger ones will use the “tracing” Alleluia, and the older ones the “coloring” Alleluia.
    2. Tape them together on the back, accordion style.
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    3. Decorate them as you wish.
    4. Once they are decorated, sing a little Alleluia song. Our favorites are “Halle, Halle, Hallelujah” and the “Celtic Alleluia.”
    5. Fold your Alleluia up and place it in the box. Tape the box shut, and write “Do not open until Easter” on the tape.IMG_20180209_095854279_HDR
    6. Hide your box in an out of the way place that you will still remember by Easter.
    7. (I am planning to put jingle bracelets in the boxes and re-tape them just before Easter. We will open them in church on Easter morning!)

© 2018 by Pastor Breen Marie Sipes, Tri-Saints Lutheran Parish, Byron and Hardy, Nebraska.  https://familygodtime.wordpress.com Please give credit where credit is due!

Everlasting Love: Jeremiah 31:3

During the month of February, my family and I have decided to dedicate ourselves to celebrating God’s love.  Stay tuned for a whole month of love (and hearts!) celebrating the one who first loved us. 

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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 remember how much you love us.  Help our time together to be a holy time.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Bible Verse:    Jeremiah 31:3 NRSV
The Lord appeared to him from far away.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.”

Questions to Ponder:

  1. One of the big holidays that we celebrate in February is Valentine’s Day.  Valentine’s Day is often a time when we focus on romantic love, or friendship love, or even family love.  Before any of those loving relationships came into our lives, who loved us first?  How do you know?
  2. In this verse, God is reminding the prophet Jeremiah that he loved Jeremiah before he was born, he loves Jeremiah right now, and will love him all the way into eternity. What do you think about God loving each of us with that kind of love?
  3. When you love someone, you are faithful to them. In what ways has God been faithful to you?

Song: Everlasting Love
This song helps us to get this verse into our bodies as well as our minds and hearts.  Enjoy!

Activity:  Lacy Hearts

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Materials Needed:
White card stock
Pink or red card stock
glue stick
regular scissors
fancy edged scissors
markers
tiny hole punch
regular hole punch
small heart punch

Instructions:

  1. Cut out a large heart from white card stock using the fancy edged scissors.
  2. Cut a smaller heart out of red or pink card stock.
  3. Write “I have loved you with an everlasting love! Jer. 3:13” on the red or pink heart. Glue it to the center of the white heart.
  4. Use the hole punches to make the white margin “lacy.” Hand completed hearts somewhere where you will see them often this week.  We plan to hang them in our picture window so everyone can enjoy them.

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)
Dear Jesus, we thank you that you loved us before we were born, that you love us right now, and that you will love us forever and ever and ever!  In your name we pray, Amen.

Daily Devos: Jesus Heals Many at Simon’s House

Here is a new section of Family God Time:  Daily Devos!  In our family, we read the verses for the day while the food is being served for supper, and discuss the questions as we eat.  We pray the prayer before we leave the table.

You can get the whole week of devotions in a pdf file here:  Daily Devos Book Jesus Heals at Simon’s House 18

I hope this time will be a holy time for you and your family!

JESUS HEALS MANY AT SIMON’S HOUSE:  MARK 1:29-39

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PRAYER OF THE WEEK:  Dear God, we thank you that you call us from death into lives of service.  We ask that your love would create a healing community among us.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

SUNDAY

MARK 1:29 As soon as [Jesus and the disciples] left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.

QUESTIONS:  Have you ever visited a friend’s house before?  What was that experience like?  What do you think about the idea that Jesus had friends while he was on earth?

 MONDAY

MARK 1:30-31 Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

QUESTIONS:  Have you ever been in bed with a fever before?  What was that experience like?  What was it like to know that you were healed?  What do you make of the fact that Jesus has the power to heal like this?

TUESDAY

 

MARK 1:32-33 That evening, at sunset, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door.

QUESTIONS:  Have you ever been to the doctor and waited in a waiting room?  What was that experience like?  Why do you think that the whole city gathered at the door to see Jesus?

WEDNESDAY

 

MARK 1:34 And [Jesus] cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.

QUESTIONS:  Have you ever wanted to go someplace where no one knew who you were?  What made you feel this way?  Why do you think that Jesus did not want people to know who he really was?

THURSDAY

MARK 1:35 In the morning, while it was still very dark, [Jesus] got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.
QUESTIONS:  Have you ever wanted some time to yourself?  What do you make of the fact that Jesus needed time to himself?  When you pray, do you pray in a group or on your own?  What are the benefits of each of these ways of praying?

FRIDAY

MARK 1:36-37 And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.”

QUESTIONS:  Have you ever played hide and seek?  What was that experience like?  Why do you think that the disciples were hunting for Jesus?

SATURDAY

MARK 1:38-39 He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.

QUESTIONS:  Have you ever taken a long trip?  What was that experience like?  Why do you think that Jesus is always on the move?

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