Daily Devos: Outcast

PRAYER: 

Dear God, we are glad that you know everything about us and you love us.  Give us your living water.  In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

COLORING PAGE:

https://sundayschoolzone.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/The-Woman-at-the-Well-Coloring-Page.pdf

BIBLE STORY:  John 4:6-15 NRSV

Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.

A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.”

QUESTIONS: 

  • Tell your partner about a time when you were thirsty.  What was that experience like?
  • Jesus knew everything about the woman at the well.  What is something that most people don’t know about you?
  • What do you think it means when Jesus says that he is the living water?  Does it have to do with baptism and the promises of unconditional love, complete forgiveness, and hope for the future?

Daily Devos: Night Visitor

PRAYER: 

Dear Jesus, we thank you that you love the world that you have made.  Help us to be born from above.  In your name we pray, Amen.

COLORING PAGE:

Find it online here: https://craftingthewordofgod.com/2016/02/11/god-so-loved-the-world-coloring-page/

BIBLE STORY:  John 3:1-17 NRSV

There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?

“Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

QUESTIONS: 

  • Have you ever been nervous to ask a “dumb” question?  What was that experience like?
  • Have you ever tried to solve a puzzle?  What was that experience like?  How did you figure it out in the end?
  • What do you think that it means that God loves the entire universe?  What does that say about the size of God’s love?

Daily Devos: Tempted

PRAYER: 

Dear Jesus, it is good to know that when we are tempted, we are not alone.  Help us to turn to you when we are tempted to turn away.  In your name we pray, Amen.

COLORING PAGE:

link: https://www.sembagine.com/wp-ontent/uploads/2018/07/jesus_temptation_coloring_page_180021_5.jpg

BIBLE STORY:  Matthew 4:1-11 (NRSV)

Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone,but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor; and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! for it is written,‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’” Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.

QUESTIONS: 

  • Have you ever been really hungry?  What was that experience like?  How did it feel once you were full?
  • Have you ever been tempted to do something that was dangerous?  Did you do it?  What was that experience like?
  • Have you ever wanted to be in charge?  What was that experience like?  When you were in charge, did you use that power for yourself, or others?
  • What is it like for you to know that Jesus was a real human, who was tempted like we are?  What does it mean to you to know that Jesus resisted temptation so that he could fulfill his plan to save us, and not take the easy way out?

Children’s Devotion Time: Holy Week 2019

Gathering Prayer (Large group, repeat after me style)

Dear Jesus, we thank you for this time to learn more about what happened to you during Holy Week.  Send your Holy Spirit to us, that we may know how much you love us.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

The Story of Holy Week (Do in pairs)

**Learn the story of Holy Week and put together your Holy Week Story Box.

The Story of Holy Week Resource is available here:  http://www.rtcol.com/~kreft/biblestories/docs/Holy%20Week%20Story.pdf

I edited it for length and content, including only pages 1, 3-6, and 8-9 plus copyright information.  I also added circles that indicated which story went to which day of Holy Week, and a condensed paragraph about Good Friday.

Stickers and template for palms is available here: Holy Week Story Box Printables

I printed the palm leaves on green cardstock. I printed the stickers on a full sheet prinatble sticker page.

Palm Sunday

1.  Read the front page of “The Story of Holy Week” (Palm Sunday) with your partner.

2.  Open your box and find 2 green palm papers.  Cut them out along the solid line, and add fringe as indicated in the example.

Maundy Thursday

3.  Read the next three pages of “The Story of Holy Week” (Maundy Thursday) with your partner.

4.  Find the sticker with the white table cloth, loaf of bread, and glass of wine.  Stick the sticker to the lid of the box.

Good Friday

5.  Read the next page of “The Story of Holy Week” (Good Friday) with your partner.

6.  Find the two strips of black paper.  Use a glue stick to stick the strips to the outside bottom of the box in the shape of a cross.

7.  Find the gold pipe cleaner section.  Curve and twist it into a crown of thorns, making sure that it will fit securely onto Jesus’ head.

8.  Find the piece of white cloth.  Set it aside for now.

Easter Sunday

9.  Read the next two pages of “The Story of Holy Week” with your partner.

10.  Find the piece of brown cereal box.  Add a tab to one of the short sides with a piece of tape as indicated in the example.

11.  Find the “Alleluia” sticker.  Stick it to the inside bottom of the box, and then cover it with the cereal box, brown side up.  You are now ready to tell the story of Holy Week with your box and the following song:

Holy Week Story Box (Do as a large group)

**Tell the story with your box, singing the song in between each day of Holy Week.  Here is the Youtube video that accompanies this experience:  https://youtu.be/GwBGwyiQhD0

**Thanks to Building Faith for the idea!  I modified it for our group.  Find the original post here:  https://www.buildfaith.org/holy-week-in-a-box/#gref

Palm Sunday (Jesus with palms)
Were you there when they had a palm parade?
Were you there when they had a palm parade?
Oh, oh, oh, oh. 
Sometimes it causes me
to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they had a palm parade?

Maundy Thursday (Jesus behind altar box)
Were you there when he gave the bread and wine?
Were you there when he gave the bread and wine?
Oh, oh, oh, oh. 
Sometimes it causes me
to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when he gave the bread and wine?

Good Friday (Jesus with crown of thorns next to cross on back of box)
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Oh, oh, oh, oh.
Sometimes it causes me
to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Good Friday (Wrap Jesus in cloth, close into box)
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Oh, oh, oh, oh.
Sometimes it causes me
to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

Easter Morning (Open box, Jesus out of box, remove false bottom to reveal Alleluia!)
Were you there when he rose up from the dead?
Were you there when he rose up from the dead?
Oh, oh, oh, oh.
Sometimes it causes me
to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when he rose up from the dead?

Closing Prayer (Large group, repeat after me style)

Dear Jesus, we thank you for loving us so much that you died and rose again.  Help us to follow where you lead, and tell the great news of your love to others.

Now, Lord, remember us in your kingdom, and teach us to pray: (Lord’s Prayer with motions) 

Our Father…

Handheld Prayers: Lent 2019

What does a jingle bell, click pen, stone, binder clip, paperclip, warm fuzzy, and quarter have to do with quiet prayer?  On Sundays in Lent, Quiet Lent Prayer Practices will return with all new Handheld Prayers.  Our Handheld prayer satchels will contain five small objects that fit in our hands and remind us in a small, everyday way of the many options we have when we open the conversation to God in prayer.

Here is a file containing the information card in each satchel: https://familygodtime.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/handheld-prayers-explanation-card-2019.pdf

JINGLE BELL/CLICK PEN: Praise

I find it helpful to begin my prayers by remembering who God is and what God has done for me. Hold your jingle bell in the palm of your hand and let it jingle. If you don’t have a jingle bell handy, you can click the top of a click pen until it sounds like applause. As you do this, offer to God in prayer all of the ways that make God wonderful to you. You might choose to start with Psalm 139:14 “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Keep a jingle bell or click pen handy this week, and practice offering your praise to God in prayer.

STONE: Confession

One of the things that we can do when we pray is to get all the things that bother us off of our chest.  When we admit to the wrong things that we have done, it is called confession.  When I have done something wrong, it often feels like a rock is in the pit of my stomach.  If I try to ignore that feeling, it still bothers me, like the feeling of a pebble in my shoe. Hold your stone in the palm of your hand. As you do this, offer to God in prayer all those things that are weighing you down. You might choose to start with 1 John 1:8 “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” Keep a stone handy this week, and practice offering your confession to God in prayer.

BINDER CLIP: Intercession

One of the most popular ways to pray is to pray for someone else who is in need.  This type of prayer is called intercession.  When we pray of others, we are asking God to hold them close, so this week’s Handheld Prayer object is a binder clip or paperclip.  Hold it in your hand and squeeze it open and shut as you tell God about all the people who you know need God to hold them close today.  You might choose to start or end with Romans 8:26 “The Spirit intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.”  Keep your binder clip handy this week, and practice offering intercessions to God on behalf of others.

WARM FUZZY:  Petition

When we pray for ourselves, offering our deepest hopes and fears to God, it is called petition.  When I was a kid, we learned that offering someone a compliment was a “warm fuzzy,” while an insult was a “cold prickly.”  Because we are asking for the comfort which comes only from God, petition is a warm fuzzy.  Hold it in your hand and squeeze it as you tell God about what you need today.  You might choose to start or end with Psalm 86:7 “I call on you and you answer me.”  Keep your warm fuzzy handy this week, and practice telling God what you need.

COIN:  Thanksgiving

Another popular way to pray is to offer people, places, and things for which we are thankful to God in prayer.  But how do we get beyond the big, general categories and into everyday thankfulness?  For this type of prayer, you have a quarter.  It is not worth much, and gives us a good reminder that something does not have to be big or particularly precious in order to spark our thankfulness.  Hold it in your hand or transfer it from hand to hand as you tell God about the little things for which you are thankful.  You might choose to start or end with Psalm 107:1 “I give thanks to the Lord, for you are good; your steadfast love endures forever.”  Every time that you hold a coin in your hand this week, practice giving thanks to God for the little things.

Handheld Prayers: Thanksgiving

What does a jingle bell, click pen, stone, binder clip, paperclip, warm fuzzy, and quarter have to do with quiet prayer?  On Sundays in Lent, Quiet Lent Prayer Practices will return with all new Handheld Prayers.  Our Handheld prayer satchels will contain five small objects that fit in our hands and remind us in a small, everyday way of the many options we have when we open the conversation to God in prayer.

Here is a file containing the information card in each satchel:  https://familygodtime.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/handheld-prayers-explanation-card-2019.pdf

COIN:  Thanksgiving

Another popular way to pray is to offer people, places, and things for which we are thankful to God in prayer.  But how do we get beyond the big, general categories and into everyday thankfulness?  For this type of prayer, you have a quarter.  It is not worth much, and gives us a good reminder that something does not have to be big or particularly precious in order to spark our thankfulness.  Hold it in your hand or transfer it from hand to hand as you tell God about the little things for which you are thankful.  You might choose to start or end with Psalm 107:1 “I give thanks to the Lord, for you are good; your steadfast love endures forever.”  Every time that you hold a coin in your hand this week, practice giving thanks to God for the little things.

Handheld Prayers: Petition

What does a jingle bell, click pen, stone, binder clip, paperclip, warm fuzzy, and quarter have to do with quiet prayer?  On Sundays in Lent, Quiet Lent Prayer Practices will return with all new Handheld Prayers.  Our Handheld prayer satchels will contain five small objects that fit in our hands and remind us in a small, everyday way of the many options we have when we open the conversation to God in prayer.

Here is a file containing the information card in each satchel:  https://familygodtime.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/handheld-prayers-explanation-card-2019.pdf

WARM FUZZY:  Petition
When we pray for ourselves, offering our deepest hopes and fears to God, it is called petition. When I was a kid, we learned that offering someone a compliment was a “warm fuzzy,” while an insult was a “cold prickly.” Because we are asking for the comfort which comes only from God, petition is a warm fuzzy. Hold it in your hand and squeeze it as you tell God about what you need today. You might choose to start or end with Psalm 86:7 “I call on you and you answer me.” Keep your warm fuzzy handy this week, and practice telling God what you need.

Handheld Prayers: Intercession

What does a jingle bell, click pen, stone, binder clip, paperclip, warm fuzzy, and quarter have to do with quiet prayer?  On Sundays in Lent, Quiet Lent Prayer Practices will return with all new Handheld Prayers.  Our Handheld prayer satchels will contain five small objects that fit in our hands and remind us in a small, everyday way of the many options we have when we open the conversation to God in prayer.

Here is a file containing the information card in each satchel:  https://familygodtime.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/handheld-prayers-explanation-card-2019.pdf

BINDER CLIP: Intercession

One of the most popular ways to pray is to pray for someone else who is in need.  This type of prayer is called intercession.  When we pray of others, we are asking God to hold them close, so this week’s Handheld Prayer object is a binder clip or paperclip.  Hold it in your hand and squeeze it open and shut as you tell God about all the people who you know need God to hold them close today.  You might choose to start or end with Romans 8:26 “The Spirit intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.”  Keep your binder clip handy this week, and practice offering intercessions to God on behalf of others.

Children’s Devotion Time March 2019: JESUS IS TEMPTED

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:  https://familygodtime.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/childrens-devotion-time-instructions.pdf

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

Dear Jesus, we thank you for this time to learn about a time when you were tempted.  Help us to learn to follow you.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Large Group Bible Story:  Luke 4:1-13

Read about Jesus’ Temptation in the Wilderness in a children’s Bible, your own Bible, or you can find the story here:  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+4%3A1-13&version=ERV

We used “A Tempting Time” from the Whirl Lectionary Story Bible for our resource.  You can purchase your own copy here: https://www.wearesparkhouse.org/store/product/9781451484786/Whirl-Story-Bible-Lectionary-Edition

Pray Dough Mat:

Use the front side of the pray dough mat to retell the story together.  As you tell the story, fill in the shapes with play dough.  Once you have done this, flip the mat over and pray as you use the dough to fill in the same shapes, considering the questions on the mat as you pray.

You can find the mat here: https://familygodtime.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/cdt-temptation-play-dough-mat-19.pdf

I printed it on cardstock and laminated each one so that they were more durable and reusable.

Here is a link to the laminator I use:  https://www.amazon.com/Xyron-608931028515-624632-Creative-Original/dp/B00X3EZ5VO/

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

Dear Jesus, we thank you that you love us no matter what. Help us to stay near to you, especially in tough times. In your name we pray, Amen.

Activity:  Lenten Pray Place

Supplies needed per learner
purple napkin
clear bowl
decorative sand
red strips of paper
heart paper punch
pipe cleaner
6 black flat-sided marbles (or small stones)

Instructions

I found this graphic on Pinterest, and thought it would make a great activity to welcome Lent:

I added a tealight to this Pray Place so that we can remember that, even in dark times, Jesus is the Light of the World.  Turning the light on and off helps to begin and end our prayer time.

I could not find the original reference, but the pin attributed it to a pastor named Mary Dawes. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/433753007860838996/

© 2019 by Pastor Breen Marie Sipes, Tri-Saints Lutheran Parish, Byron and Hardy, Nebraska.  https://familygodtime.wordpress.com Please give credit where credit is due! 

Handheld Prayers: Confession

What does a jingle bell, click pen, stone, binder clip, paperclip, warm fuzzy, and quarter have to do with quiet prayer?  On Sundays in Lent, Quiet Lent Prayer Practices will return with all new Handheld Prayers.  Our Handheld prayer satchels will contain five small objects that fit in our hands and remind us in a small, everyday way of the many options we have when we open the conversation to God in prayer.

Here is a file containing the information card in each satchel:  https://familygodtime.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/handheld-prayers-explanation-card-2019.pdf

STONE: Confession

One of the things that we can do when we pray is to get all the things that bother us off of our chest.  When we admit to the wrong things that we have done, it is called confession.  When I have done something wrong, it often feels like a rock is in the pit of my stomach.  If I try to ignore that feeling, it still bothers me, like the feeling of a pebble in my shoe. Hold your stone in the palm of your hand. As you do this, offer to God in prayer all those things that are weighing you down. You might choose to start with 1 John 1:8 “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” Keep a stone handy this week, and practice offering your confession to God in prayer.