Daily Devos: JESUS AND TRADITION

PRAYER OF THE WEEK:

Dear God, we thank you that you give us rules to live by, and traditions that give us life.  We ask that you would help us to reject those things that get in the way, and welcome those things that draw us closer to you.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

COLORING PAGE OF THE WEEK:

Tradition

This week, I practiced some of my new hand lettering skills for our coloring page.  You can download the file here:  Daily Devos Jesus and Tradition 2018

BIBLE STORY OF THE WEEK:  Mark 7:1-8, 14-15 NRSV

1Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around [Jesus], 2they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. 3(For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; 4and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) 5So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” 6He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me;7in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines.’  8You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.”
14Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand: 15there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.”

QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

What are your favorite traditions (at church or otherwise)?  What are your least favorite traditions?  Do you have any traditions that helps your family to draw closer to God?  If so, what are they?  If not, what new “God” traditions might you start together?

Daily Devos: Joshua Serves the Lord

PRAYER OF THE WEEK:

Dear God, we thank you for bringing us in safety to this new day.  Help us to see all that you have given us, and to use it faithfully to serve you.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

COLORING PAGE OF THE WEEK:

You can find this week’s coloring page here:  https://coloringpagesbymradron.blogspot.com/2013/05/joshua-2415-print-and-color-page-but-as.html

Joshua 24.15

BIBLE STORY OF THE WEEK:  Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 NRSV

1 Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God. 2a And Joshua said to all the people, 14 “Now therefore revere the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
16 Then the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods; 17 for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our ancestors up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight. He protected us along all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed; 18 and the Lord drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.”

QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

Who are people that you follow in your daily life?  How did you decide to follow them?  What do you think it means to follow God?  What are some ways that you and your family can work to “serve the Lord?”

Family God Time: School Supply Blessing

It is back to school time in our parish, so I thought it would be a good idea to ask God’s blessing on our children as they begin the school year.  In church this week, they will participate in a backpack blessing.  You can find it on Daily Devos here:  https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2018/08/08/daily-devos-back-to-school-blessing/

Back Pack Blessing

What follows is the take-home part of the devotion for the week.

First, gather your school supplies.  Have your children help you to remove packaging, add name inscriptions, and pack their back pack.  Wonder with them what each supply might be used for.  We used the following prayers as we went to bless each set of supplies before it went into their back packs:

SCHOOL SUPPLY BLESSING

O God, please bless my crayons, colored pencils, and markers.  As I add color to my work, help me to know that the gift of creativity comes from you.   God of mercy, hold me in love.

O God, please bless my pencils and pens.  As I write numbers and letters, words and sentences, help me to know that the gift of knowledge comes from you.  God of mercy, hold me in love.

O God, please bless my erasers.  When I make a mistake and have to start again, remind me of your unending offer of forgiveness to all who belong to you.  God of mercy, hold me in love.

O God, please bless my paper and notebooks.  Help me to remember those who do not have paper for their own, and to treat what I have as a precious gift from you.  God of mercy, hold me in love.

O God, please bless my binders and folders.  As these tools seek to hold the work I do, hold me in your love.  God of mercy, hold me in love.

O God, please bless my backpack.  As I carry it to and from school, and from classroom to classroom, help me to remember that there is nothing that I have that you can’t carry.  God of mercy, hold me in love.

(add your own specific blessings here)

O God, please bless my year as a student.  Bless my classmates, teachers, aides, and all who help me to learn and grow.  Give me a spirit of wisdom and understanding, of counsel and might, of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, a spirit of joy in your presence, both now and forever.  Amen.

COLORING PROJECT

If you want to have a little project to do with your children as well, you can get a really cute coloring graphic here:  https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/products/gods-got-your-back-backpack-tags?variant=8219534065762

I am planning to take the back and white back pack tag and blow it up to 8.5 x 11 size.  The graphic doesn’t pixallate at this size, and we will hang the completed masterpieces in our front window to welcome our bus drivers back to school, as well.

I know this time of year can be stressful for families; I hope that this simple devotion can help to make it a holy time as well!

© 2018 Rev. Breen Marie Sipes at Family God Time.  https://familygodtime.wordpress.com This resource is made available for free; please give credit where credit is due.

Daily Devos: Back to School Blessing

It is back to school time in our parish, so this week, we offer a way to remember that God goes with you, wherever you go.  You can split up the prayers over your school supplies into several days, or do them all at once as you pack your bag for school.  God bless you during this season of growth!

COLORING PAGE

You can purchase a neat back pack tag to color here:  https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/products/gods-got-your-back-backpack-tags?variant=8219534065762

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I added this prayer to the back:

O GOD, please give me PEACE when I am nervous, FOCUS when I am distracted, and ENERGY when I am tired.  Let me know you HAVE MY BACK everywhere I go.  AMEN.

Here is the file that you can edit for yourself:  Back of Back Pack Tag

BACK PACK BLESSING

from https://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/1634/backpack-blessings

O God, bless these backpacks and the children and youth who carry them as they begin yet another year of school.

  • Give them peace when they feel nervous, focus when they feel distracted, energy when they feel tired.
  • Open their minds to the lessons they will learn both in and outside the classroom.
  • Help them to make friends that build one another up, and be friends to those who need them.
  • Guide them in making good choices as they grow in wisdom and maturity.
  • Be ever-present with them in the classroom, on the school bus, on the playground, and at home.

May they feel your loving care in all they do. Amen.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES BLESSING

O God, please bless my crayons, colored pencils, and markers.  As I add color to my work, help me to know that the gift of creativity comes from you.   God of mercy, hold me in love.

O God, please bless my pencils and pens.  As I write numbers and letters, words and sentences, help me to know that the gift of knowledge comes from you.  God of mercy, hold me in love.

O God, please bless my erasers.  When I make a mistake and have to start again, remind me of your unending offer of forgiveness to all who belong to you.  God of mercy, hold me in love.

O God, please bless my paper and notebooks.  Help me to remember those who do not have paper for their own, and to treat what I have as a precious gift from you.  God of mercy, hold me in love.

O God, please bless my binders and folders.  As these tools seek to hold the work I do, hold me in your love.  God of mercy, hold me in love.

O God, please bless my backpack.  As I carry it to and from school, and from classroom to classroom, help me to remember that there is nothing that I have that you can’t carry.  God of mercy, hold me in love.

(add your own specific blessings here)

O God, please bless my year as a student.  Bless my classmates, teachers, aides, and all who help me to learn and grow.  Give me a spirit of wisdom and understanding, of counsel and might, of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, a spirit of joy in your presence, both now and forever.  Amen.

© 2018 Rev. Breen Marie Sipes at Family God Time.  https://familygodtime.wordpress.com This resource is made available for free; please give credit where credit is due.

Family God Time: VBS Recap 2018

Do you remember way back to the beginning of the summer, when we had a wonderful, faith-filled week of Vacation Bible School together?  As the summer draws to a close, county fair time arrives, and our back-to-school preparations get into full swing, let’s take one last week to review all that we learned in Vacation Bible School.

You may choose to revisit your favorite story, or, if you missed one (or two or three) over the course of the summer, here’s another chance to once again dive deep into God’s story.  I hope that your time of Bible storytelling, songs, and activities will be a holy time for you and your family.

Family God Time:  God is with Moses in the River
https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2018/06/21/family-god-time-god-is-with-moses-in-the-river-exodus-21-10/

Family God Time:  God’s People Enter the Promised Land
https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2018/06/25/family-god-time-gods-people-enter-the-promised-land-joshua-31-6-13-17/

Family God Time:  God Heals Naaman in the Jordan River
https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2018/07/05/family-god-time-god-heals-naaman-in-the-jordan-river-2-kings-51-4-10-14/

Family God Time:  God Saves Paul from the Sea
https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2018/07/12/family-god-time-god-saves-paul-from-the-sea-acts-2721-26-39-44/

Family God Time:  Jesus is Baptized
https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/family-god-time-jesus-is-baptized-matthew-313-17/

Are you looking for Daily Devos coloring, prayer, and discussion on these stories that you can do on your own?  Look here:  https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2018/08/02/daily-devos-vacation-bible-school-recap-2018/

 

 

Daily Devos: Vacation Bible School Recap 2018

Daily Devos VBS Recap 2018

Do you remember way back to the beginning of the summer, when we had a wonderful, faith-filled week of Vacation Bible School together?  As the summer draws to a close, county fair time arrives, and our back-to-school preparations get into full swing, let’s take one last week to review all that we learned in Vacation Bible School.

You may choose to revisit your favorite story, or, if you missed one (or two or three) over the course of the summer, here’s another chance to once again dive deep into God’s story.  I hope that your time of coloring, prayer, and discussion will be a holy time.

Daily Devos:  God is with Moses in the River
https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2018/06/21/daily-devos-god-is-with-moses-in-the-river/

Daily Devos:  God’s People Enter the Promised Land
https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2018/06/25/daily-devos-gods-people-enter-the-promised-land/

Daily Devos:  God Heals Naaman in the Jordan River
https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2018/07/05/daily-devos-god-heals-naaman-in-the-jordan-river/

Daily Devos:  God Saves Paul from the Sea
https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2018/07/12/daily-devos-god-saves-paul-from-the-sea/

Daily Devos:  Jesus is Baptized
https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/daily-devos-jesus-is-baptized/

Are you looking for Family God Time Bible stories, songs, and activities on these stories that you can do with your family?  Look here:  https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2018/08/02/family-god-time-vbs-recap-2018/