Daily Devos: A WIDOW’S GIFT

PRAYER OF THE WEEK:

Dear God, we thank you that you give us everything that we need and that we can always speak to you.  Help us to be generous in our giving and wise enough to bring everything to you.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

COLORING PAGE OF THE WEEK:

You can find the coloring page for this week here: http://www.biblekids.eu/new_testament/parables_of_jesus/parables_of_jesus_coloring/Widow’s%20Offering%20_4.gif

BIBLE STORY OF THE WEEK:  Mark 12:38-44 NRSV

As [Jesus] taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, 39and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! 40They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”
41He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. 42A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. 43Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. 44For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

Why do you think the scribes acted this way?  Have you ever wanted to be recognized for what you have done?  Tell your story about this.  What do you spend your money on?  In what ways can you use what you have to help others?

Daily Devos: Great Servants

Prayer of the Week:

Dear Jesus, help us to be known as great because of our service to others, this is what we ask of you. Amen

Coloring Page of the Week:

https://www.eskayalitim.com/galery/jesus-washes-the-disciples-feet-coloring-page.html

jesus washes feet

Bible Story of the Week:  Mark 10:35-45

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them.

But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

Questions for the Week:

Have you ever asked for something and not gotten it? Why do you think that was? Have you ever gotten something that was better than you could even ask for? What great things has Jesus given you? What are some things that you do to serve others? What are some things others do to serve you? Does their service make them “great” in your eyes?

Daily Devos: Who Gets In?

Prayer of the Week:

Dear Jesus, help us to be rich in you, in relationships, and in community, the riches of your kingdom. Amen

Coloring Page of the Week:

Camel and Needle

image by Pastor Patrick Sipes.  Used by permission.

Bible Story of the Week:  Mark 10:24-31

And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.” Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age–houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields with persecutions–and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

Questions of the Week:

How much does it take to be rich? How little does it take to be poor? Why is it hard for “rich” people to enter the “kingdom of heaven”? What are some things god has gifted you with that make you rich in the kingdom of heaven? If you were in need, whose house could you take shelter in? If you were hungry who might feed you? Who are some people who feel as close as family?

Daily Devos: WE HAVE SALT

PRAYER OF THE WEEK:

Dear God, thank you for everything you give us including the hard things to accept that you use to keep us well. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

COLORING PAGE OF THE WEEK:

Salt

drawing by Pastor Patrick Sipes

BIBLE STORY OF THE WEEK:  Mark 9:40-50 NRSV

“Whoever is not against us is for us. For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.  If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.

“For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

What stumbling blocks have people put in your way in life? How have you grown because of them?  What are some ways that you use salt in your life? What does it do for you? How are you salt for others? How does it feel when you are at peace?

Family God Time: JESUS WELCOMES CHILDREN: Mark 9:33-37

Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear God, we thank you that you welcome everyone as children, and that we have a place in your kingdom.  Help us to learn how to make everyone welcome.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Bible Story:  Mark 9:33-37
Read about Jesus Welcoming Children in a children’s Bible or online here:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+9%3A33-37+&version=ERV

Questions to Ponder:

  1. What is something that you are really great at? How could you use that gift or talent to serve God?
  2. What is something that you really struggle with? Who could be Jesus for you as you struggle?
  3. How do you know that you are welcome when you go someplace?
  4. What are some ways that you could be welcoming to others?

Song:  God Welcomes All
Here is a song that we are going to be learning in church this fall.  It reminds us that all are welcome, young and old alike!

God Welcomes All Emily Scott Houston 2011 from All Saints Company on Vimeo.

Activity:  Welcome Placemats        
We are entering into a time of year when lots of our family members come to visit.  Instead of making a welcome mat that would get stepped on, I thought it would be fun to make welcome placemats that we include on the table when we have visitors.  I found the instructions here:  https://laughingkidslearn.com/how-to-make-paper-weaving-placemats/ (I used leftover colored cardstock from other projects.  We did not glue them together.  We did use glue dots to stick the banner to the front.)

This is what ours look like:
Welcome Placemats

Thank you for spending some God Time with your family!  I hope this was a holy time for you.

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.

Daily Devos: JESUS WELCOMES CHILDREN

PRAYER OF THE WEEK:

Dear God, we thank you that you welcome everyone as children, and that we have a place in your kingdom.  Help us to learn how to make everyone welcome.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

COLORING PAGE OF THE WEEK:

https://www.theredheadedhostess.com/blog/home-and-family/holidays-home-and-family/easter-coloring-pages/

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BIBLE STORY OF THE WEEK:  Mark 9:33-37 NRSV

33Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” 34But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. 35He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” 36Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, 37“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”

QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

What is something that you are really great at?  How could you use that gift or talent to serve God?  What is something that you really struggle with?  Who could be Jesus for you as you struggle?  How do you know that you are welcome when you go someplace?  What are some ways that you could be welcoming to others?

Daily Devos: JESUS IS THE MESSIAH

PRAYER OF THE WEEK:

Dear God, we thank you that Jesus is our Messiah.  Help us to focus on the things of God, and close our ears that which leads us away from you.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

COLORING PAGE OF THE WEEK:

 https://www.warrencampdesign.com/warren/images/coloringPages/alphabet/M_lg.jpg

BIBLE STORY OF THE WEEK:  Mark 8:27-30 NRSV

27Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” 29He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.” 30And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.

QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

Who was John the Baptist? (look it up if you are unsure)

Who was Elijah?  (look it up if you are unsure)

Who is Jesus?  What are your favorite names for Jesus?  What are some of the things that he has done for you?