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.

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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/

Daily Devos: Jesus Feeds 5,000

PRAYER OF THE WEEK:

Dear God, we thank you for giving us everything we need, today and always.  Help us to see that what you give is more than enough, and to give you thanks for it.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

COLORING PAGE OF THE WEEK:

You can download the coloring page of the week here:  https://artjinni.com/printable-coloring-pages-jesus-feeds-5000/printable-coloring-pages-jesus-feeds-5000-jesus-feeds-5000-coloring-page-as-well-as-888/

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BIBLE STORY OF THE WEEK: John 6:1-14 NRSV

1Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. 2A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. 3Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. 4Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. 5When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” 6He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. 7Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” 8One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, 9“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” 10Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. 11Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” 13So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. 14When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.”

QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

Describe a time when you were hungry.  What was it like?  How did you feel when you got to eat after that?  What would it have been like to eat with Jesus?  Would you have been willing to share what you had?  How can you share what you have with people who need it?

Daily Devos: Jesus is Baptized

PRAYER OF THE WEEK:

Dear God, we thank you for the gift of baptism, and for the promises of forgiveness, love, and hope.  Help us to walk wet as we follow in your footsteps.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

COLORING PAGE OF THE WEEK:

You can download the coloring page here:  http://misdibujoscristianos.blogspot.com/2012/01/bautizo-de-jesus.html

Jesus Baptism

BIBLE STORY OF THE WEEK:  Matthew 3:13-17 NRSV

Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. 14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. 16 And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”

QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

Do you know the story of the day that you were baptized?  If so, tell it.  If not, talk to someone who would know, and learn it for yourself.  What do you think it would have been like to hear God’s voice?  What would it have been like to see the heavens ripped apart?  What would it have been like to see the Spirit like a dove from heaven?

Family God Time: JESUS IS BAPTIZED Matthew 3:13-17

This is our last week of remembering what we learned in Bible School at the beginning of the summer. Have fun learning more about each story from your children; they are sometimes our greatest teachers!

Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)

Dear God, we thank you for the gift of baptism, and for the promises of forgiveness, love, and hope. Help us to walk wet as we follow in your footsteps. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Bible Story: Matthew 3:13-17

Read about the Baptism of Jesus in a children’s Bible or online here:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+3%3A13-17+&version=ERV

Here are two videos to show you the Baptism of Jesus:

Questions to Ponder:
1. Do you know the story of the day that you were baptized? If so, tell it.
2. If not, talk to someone who would know, and learn it for yourself.
3. What do you think it would have been like to hear God’s voice?
4. What would it have been like to see the heavens ripped apart?
5. What would it have been like to see the Spirit like a dove from heaven?

Song: Jesus Was Baptized

It is hard to believe, but I could not find even one song about the Baptism of Jesus on Youtube! Instead, I made up this song which goes to the tune of “Frere Jacques.” Feel free to make up actions to go with it. Enjoy!

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Activity: Baptism of Jesus Spinners

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I found this craft from Flame Creative Children’s Ministry, and thought it would be great to give it a try with my own family. You can find the activity here: http://flamecreativekids.blogspot.com/2016/01/printable-baptism-of-jesus-spinner.html

Closing Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)

God be in my head, and in my understanding.
God be in my eyes, and in my looking.
God be in my mouth, and in my speaking.
God be in my heart, and in my thinking.
God be at my end, and at my departing. Amen.