Daily Devos: GOD SAVES PAUL FROM THE SEA

PRAYER OF THE WEEK:

Dear God, we thank you for keeping Paul and his friends safe in the storm.  Please be with us, even through scary times.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

COLORING PAGE OF THE WEEK:

Download the Coloring Page here:  http://sundayschoolzone.com/activity/pauls-shipwreck-coloring-page/view/

Paul Shipwreck Coloring Page

BIBLE STORY OF THE WEEK:  Acts 27:21-26, 39-44 NRSV

21 Since they had been without food for a long time, Paul then stood up among them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me and not have set sail from Crete and thereby avoided this damage and loss. 22 I urge you now to keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. 23 For last night there stood by me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship, 24 and he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before the emperor; and indeed, God has granted safety to all those who are sailing with you.’ 25 So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told. 26 But we will have to run aground on some island.”
39 In the morning they did not recognize the land, but they noticed a bay with a beach, on which they planned to run the ship ashore, if they could. 40 So they cast off the anchors and left them in the sea. At the same time they loosened the ropes that tied the steering-oars; then hoisting the foresail to the wind, they made for the beach. 41 But striking a reef, they ran the ship aground; the bow stuck and remained immovable, but the stern was being broken up by the force of the waves. 42 The soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners, so that none might swim away and escape; 43 but the centurion, wishing to save Paul, kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and make for the land, 44 and the rest to follow, some on planks and others on pieces of the ship. And so it was that all were brought safely to land.

QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

Tell about a time when you were on a boat.  What was it like?  Tell your best storm story.  How did God keep you safe in the storm?  What are some ways that you can encourage others when they are going through scary times in their lives?

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Family God Time: GOD SAVES PAUL FROM THE SEA: Acts 27:21-26, 39-44

For the next two weeks, we will be 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 keeping Paul and his friends safe in the storm. Please be with us, even through scary times. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Bible Story: Acts 27:21-26, 39-44

Read about Paul’s Shipwreck in a children’s Bible or online here:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+27%3A21-26%2C+39-44&version=ERV

Here is a video to show you Paul’s story:

Here’s a video about the shipwreck:

Questions to Ponder:

  1. Tell about a time when you were on a boat. What was it like?
  2. Tell your best storm story. How did God keep you safe in the storm?
  3. What are some ways that you can encourage others when they are going through scary times in their lives?

Song: Paul Was Sailing on the Sea

It is hard to believe, but I could not find even one song about Paul’s Shipwreck on Youtube! Instead, I found this song that goes to “Michael Row the Boat Ashore.” I taught the kids the melody of the second line, and we sang it as a call and response with actions.  It is from http://www.dltk-bible.com/paulwassailing.html

Paul Was Sailing on the Sea Song

 

Activity: Sponge Sailboats

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Since the main event of this story is a shipwreck, I thought I would be fun to make some simple boats of our own (and even wreck them). You can find easy instructions here: https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/sponge-sailboat-craft-for-kids/

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.

Children’s Devotion Time May 2018:  To the Ends of the Earth

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

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

Dear Jesus, we thank you for this time to learn more about the last thing that Jesus said to us.  Help us to learn to be your witnesses, all the way to the ends of the earth.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Large Group Bible Story:  Acts 1:1-11

Read about Jesus’ Ascension in a children’s Bible, your own Bible, or you can find the story here:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+1%3A1-11&version=ERV

We used the Spark Story Bible for our resource.  It was the story called “Ascension.”  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, I made a leaflet with a map activity.  Children identified where they lived on a state, country, and world map, and drew stars where they live and arrows to the ends of the earth.  I also found an Ascension Paint-By-Number Image here: http://www.biblewise.com/kids/fun/ascension-paint-by-num.php  You can also 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 that you went back home to heaven so that we will have a home there too.  Help us to spread your love to the ends of the earth.  In your name we pray, Amen.

Activity:  String Art Arrows

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Supplies Needed
(1) 14” section of 2 x 4 per student
(1) arrow template, printed on cardstock and cut out
(1) ruler
(1) awl
(19) 16 x 1” wire nails with large heads per student
(1) hammer
(1) scissors
crochet thread in multiple colors

Instructions

  1. Center the arrow template on the section of 2 x 4 and tape down, if desired. Mark the nail holes according to the dots on the arrow with an awl.  Remove template.
  2. Drive one nail into each marked spot. Once they are each in securely, adjust the height of the nails until they are fairly even (I left ½” sticking out).
  3. Let the children and youth use string to fill in the design. On the example, I used red to outline, cream to fill in the middle, and red to do a double outline at the end.  I secured the ends of each string around the bottom right nail.
  4. Put it on a shelf in an upright position to remind us that Ascension Day is when Jesus returns to heaven!

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© 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!

Daily Devos: Jesus Returns to Heaven

JESUS RETURNS TO HEAVEN:  Acts 1:6-11 NRSV

PRAYER OF THE WEEK:

We praise you, for you are at home in heaven.  Help us to spread the good news of your love, all the way to the ends of the earth.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

COLORING PAGE OF THE WEEK:

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BIBLE STORY OF THE WEEK:

6 So when [the apostles] had come together, they asked [Jesus], “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

9 When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 11 They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

Are you a person who likes to know what’s coming up next, or you more go with the flow?  Which kind of people do you think the apostles were?  Was it important for Jesus to go back to his home in heaven after Easter?  Why or why not?  What are some ways that you can spread Jesus’ love, even to the ends of the earth?

Jesus Goes to Heaven: Acts 1:1-11

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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 learn about when Jesus went to heaven.  Help our time together to be a holy time.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Bible Story:  Acts 1:1-11
Read the story of Jesus’ Ascension in a children’s Bible, your own Bible, or you can find the story here:  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+1%3A1-11&version=ERV

We used the Kid’s Bible App for our devotion.  The story was called “Into the Clouds.”  The Kid’s Bible App is a free app that you can find here:  https://www.pinterest.com/breensipes/online-faith-resources/

Discuss as a family:

  1. Who did Jesus promise would come to them?
  2. When will Jesus come back?
  3. Where did Jesus go?
  4. Where were the disciples supposed to go after Jesus left?

You might also take this story as an opportunity to begin teaching your children the Apostles’ Creed.  It tells the important parts about Jesus’ life that help us to know that he really is the Son of God!  This is how we say the part about Jesus in our church:

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Song:  Lord, I Lift Your Name on High
This is my favorite song for Ascension Day, because it reminds us of all of the important events in Jesus’ story.

Activity:  Ascension Day Celebration
In our family, we love making things go UP for Ascension Day.  In the past, we have done rockets (the air pressure or Dollar Store hand pressure kind), helium balloons (make sure they don’t have strings that will get tangled up with wildlife, and released butterflies (Earth’s Birthday Project is a great source, though it takes some planning:  http://www.earthsbirthdaystore.org/d/7/butterflies.htm)

This year, my girls saw me preparing a coloring sheet for Sunday worship, and asked if they could do that for a project.  I figure that if they are enthusiastic about something having to do with God, that is the right thing to do.  We couldn’t resist giving it some kid of upward motion, though, so here we go!

  1. First, print out the coloring sheet on card stock: Ascension Window Coloring

(I found the original at http://www.familyholiday.net/ascension-of-jesus-christ-coloring-pages/, but colored in the “leading” sections so it would be easier for my kids to color.  I also added the back page.)

  1. Next, color both the front and the back coloring sheets. Cut them out.

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  1. Cut a 2 yard length of string or ribbon. Put a knot in one end.
  2. Use a glue stick to make the back of one of the coloring sheets completely tacky. Line up the ribbon or string along the center with the knot at the bottom.  Press down.

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  1. Add the other coloring sheet, face up. For extra strength, I recommend one staple at the top and bottom of the ribbon, to prevent it from shifting.

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  1. String the ribbon over a curtain rod in your home. Let your children help Jesus to ascend to heaven, saying “Jesus went back to heaven!”  Then, have him descend and say, “Someday, he will come back again!”

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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 are happy that you ascended into heaven, and that some day you will come back to take us with you.  Help us to celebrate you every day.  In your name we pray, Amen.

Everybody’s Welcome: Peter and Cornelius

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photo by justjennifer on flickr.com

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 Peter and Cornelius.  Help our time together to be holy time.  In your name we pray, Amen.

Bible Story:  Acts 10
Once again this week, I asked my six year old daughter to choose which story we would learn about for God Time.  She has been exploring the Bible App for Kids all summer, and has been telling us a lot about what she had learned.  She said that one of the most memorable stories from the Bible App for Kids was Everybody’s Welcome, so that set our subject for the day.  You can get your own free copy of The Bible App for Kids here:  https://www.bible.com/kids

If you do not have access to this app, you can read the story of Peter and Cornelius in Acts 10 here:  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+10&version=ERV

(It is a long story, so you might want to take it in little chunks.)

Discuss as a family:
What did Cornelius learn from God in this story?  What was Peter’s vision?  What did he learn from God in this story?  How can we make others feel welcome in our home, in our church, in our school or workplaces?

Song:  Freedom is Coming  
My husband picked our song for this week.  It is a song that he knows from a Lutheran worship band called Prays Twice from when he was in high school, and that’s the version we used at our house.  You can learn the song from another source by watching the youtube video here:

Our kids could not sit still because the beat is so infectious.  I invite you to have your own dance party while you sing!

Activity:  Come on Down!
To get an idea of what Peter’s vision looked like, I told my children to bring us three small stuffed animals each.  We put them in a blanket and then raised it up as high as we could reach.  Then, we slowly lowered it down as we said, “All are welcome!”  This week’s activity is small but simple, and our kids wanted to do it again and again.  We didn’t get a picture again this week…having too much fun!  See the pic above for a close approximation.

Alternatively, you could do a craft with white sheets of paper and coloring utensils that will not bleed through the paper (i.e. crayons or colored pencils).  On one side, you could write “We have freedom” and draw all sorts of animals.  On the other side, you could write “All are welcome” and draw all sorts of people who you think God welcomes.

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 we have freedom and welcome because of you.  Help us to give freedom and welcome to others.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Journeys for Jesus: Acts 27

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 Paul and his journeys.  Help our time together to be holy time.  In your name we pray, Amen.

Bible Story:  Acts 27
This week, I asked my six year old daughter to choose which story we would learn about for God Time.  She has been exploring the Bible App for Kids all summer, and has been telling us a lot about what she had learned.  She said that one of the most memorable stories from the Bible App for Kids was Journeys for Jesus, so that set our subject for the day.  You can get your own free copy of The Bible App for Kids here:  https://www.bible.com/kids

If you do not have access to this app, you can read the story of one of Paul’s shipwrecks in Acts 27 here:  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+27&version=ERV

Discuss as a family:
What happened to Paul on his journeys?  When have you been on a journey?  How did it turn out?  If you could go on a trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?  How can you be on a journey for Jesus?

Song:  Brave
We brought this song back from earlier in the summer because we felt that Paul was really brave to go so many places for the sake of Jesus.  Plus, it’s a favorite with my kids (and with me!).

Activity:  Newspaper Boats
Since most of Paul’s Journeys were undertaken by boat, we thought it would be fun to make some boats to remember the story.  My husband just knows how to make these, but if that’s not a skill you have, you can learn how here:

Here are some pics of our finished our boats:

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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 for your servant Paul, who teaches us to be brave.  Help us to be brave wherever you send us.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.