Daily Devos: Jesus is Transfigured

Here is a new section of Family God Time:  Daily Devos!  In our family, we read the verses for the day while the food is being served for supper, and discuss the questions as we eat.  We pray the prayer before we leave the table.

You can get the whole week of devotions in a pdf file here:  Daily Devos Book Jesus is Transfigured 18

I hope this time will be a holy time for you and your family!

JESUS IS TRANSFIGURED:  MARK 9:2-8

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PRAYER OF THE WEEK: Dear Jesus, this week we will take God’s advice and listen to you… (quiet time to listen) In your name we pray, Amen.

SUNDAY

MARK 9:2-3 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves.  And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them.

QUESTIONS:  Have you ever been blinded by the sun?  What was that experience like?  What do you think it would have been like to be blinded by Jesus?  How would you have felt?

MONDAY

MARK 9:4-6 And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus.  Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”   He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. 

QUESTIONS:  Have you ever gotten the opportunity to speak with someone who you thought was very important?  What was that experience like?  Who would you speak to, if you could?  What would it be like to speak with Jesus?

TUESDAY

MARK 9:7-8 Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!”  Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.

QUESTIONS:  In this section, God tells us who Jesus is related to, and gives us an opportunity to think about this for ourselves.  Whose daughter or son are you?  Who loves you?  Who do you listen to?  Hold your answers to these questions closely as we enter together into the season of Lent!

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Children’s Devotion Time February 2018: Jesus is Transfigured

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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

Large Group Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for this time to learn more about how you truly God’s Son.  Help us to learn and grow together.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Large Group Bible Story:  Mark 9:2-9
Read about the Transfiguration in a children’s Bible, your own Bible, or you can find the story here:   https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+9%3A2-9&version=ERV

We used the Spark Story Bible for our resource.  It was the story called “The Transfiguration.”  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, we used the children’s bulletin from Spark, available on Sundays and Seasons.  You can 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 are God’s Son.  Help us to always listen to you.  In your name we pray, Amen.

Activity:  Bury the Alleluia
One tradition that our churches practice on Transfiguration Sunday is to prepare for Lent (which begins on the  Wednesday after Transfiguration Sunday) by burying the Alleluia.  We say goodbye to the Alleluia because it is a celebration word that we save until the miracle of Easter.  You can learn more about this practice here:  https://www.buildfaith.org/saying-goodbye-to-the-alleluia/#gref

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Supplies Needed
A small box (we used shiny jewelry boxes)
A print out of the coloring Alleluia or “tracing” Alleluia on cardstock:  Transfiguration Alleluia 18Transfiguration Trace Alleluia 18
Scissors or paper cutter
Tape (we used gold washi tape)
coloring utensils

Instructions

    1. Cut out the individual letters of the Alleluia. Our younger ones will use the “tracing” Alleluia, and the older ones the “coloring” Alleluia.
    2. Tape them together on the back, accordion style.
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    3. Decorate them as you wish.
    4. Once they are decorated, sing a little Alleluia song. Our favorites are “Halle, Halle, Hallelujah” and the “Celtic Alleluia.”
    5. Fold your Alleluia up and place it in the box. Tape the box shut, and write “Do not open until Easter” on the tape.IMG_20180209_095854279_HDR
    6. Hide your box in an out of the way place that you will still remember by Easter.
    7. (I am planning to put jingle bracelets in the boxes and re-tape them just before Easter. We will open them in church on Easter morning!)

© 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 Heals Many at Simon’s House

Here is a new section of Family God Time:  Daily Devos!  In our family, we read the verses for the day while the food is being served for supper, and discuss the questions as we eat.  We pray the prayer before we leave the table.

You can get the whole week of devotions in a pdf file here:  Daily Devos Book Jesus Heals at Simon’s House 18

I hope this time will be a holy time for you and your family!

JESUS HEALS MANY AT SIMON’S HOUSE:  MARK 1:29-39

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PRAYER OF THE WEEK:  Dear God, we thank you that you call us from death into lives of service.  We ask that your love would create a healing community among us.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

SUNDAY

MARK 1:29 As soon as [Jesus and the disciples] left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.

QUESTIONS:  Have you ever visited a friend’s house before?  What was that experience like?  What do you think about the idea that Jesus had friends while he was on earth?

 MONDAY

MARK 1:30-31 Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

QUESTIONS:  Have you ever been in bed with a fever before?  What was that experience like?  What was it like to know that you were healed?  What do you make of the fact that Jesus has the power to heal like this?

TUESDAY

 

MARK 1:32-33 That evening, at sunset, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door.

QUESTIONS:  Have you ever been to the doctor and waited in a waiting room?  What was that experience like?  Why do you think that the whole city gathered at the door to see Jesus?

WEDNESDAY

 

MARK 1:34 And [Jesus] cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.

QUESTIONS:  Have you ever wanted to go someplace where no one knew who you were?  What made you feel this way?  Why do you think that Jesus did not want people to know who he really was?

THURSDAY

MARK 1:35 In the morning, while it was still very dark, [Jesus] got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.
QUESTIONS:  Have you ever wanted some time to yourself?  What do you make of the fact that Jesus needed time to himself?  When you pray, do you pray in a group or on your own?  What are the benefits of each of these ways of praying?

FRIDAY

MARK 1:36-37 And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.”

QUESTIONS:  Have you ever played hide and seek?  What was that experience like?  Why do you think that the disciples were hunting for Jesus?

SATURDAY

MARK 1:38-39 He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.

QUESTIONS:  Have you ever taken a long trip?  What was that experience like?  Why do you think that Jesus is always on the move?

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New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of  Christ in the United States of America.  Used by permission.  http://www.biblegateway.com All rights reserved.

 

Daily Devos: An Unclean Spirit Mark 1:21-28

Here is a new section of Family God Time:  Daily Devos!  In our family, we read the verses for the day while the food is being served for supper, and discuss the questions as we eat.  We pray the prayer before we leave the table.

You can get the whole week of devotions in a pdf file here:  Daily Devos Book Unclean Spirit 18

I hope this time will be a holy time for you and your family!

A MAN WITH AN UNCLEAN SPIRIT:  MARK 1:21-28

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Prayer of the Week:  Dear Jesus, we thank you that you are powerful, and that you see us for who we really are.  Help us to hear your Word and gladly learn it.  In your name we pray, Amen.

SUNDAY

MARK 1:21 [Jesus and his disciples] went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught.

BIG QUESTIONS:  Do you worship God with your family on Sundays?  What is that experience like?  Why do you think that Jesus decided to go to church (the synagogue) and teach?

MONDAY

MARK 1:22 They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

BIG QUESTIONS:  What do you think it would have been like to be taught by Jesus?  Who is someone in your life who you trust to teach you?

TUESDAY

MARK 1:23-24 Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.”

BIG QUESTIONS:  Have you ever recognized someone who you haven’t seen for a long time?  What was that experience like?  Why do you think that an unclean spirit recognized Jesus?

WEDNESDAY

MARK 1:25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!”

BIG QUESTIONS:  Has anyone ever told you that you had to be quiet?  What was that experience like?  Why do you think that Jesus told the unclean spirit to be quiet and come out of the man?

THURSDAY

MARK 1:26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.

BIG QUESTIONS:  How do you think the man who was released from the unclean spirit felt about Jesus?  Why do you think that it matters that unclean spirits listen to and obey Jesus?

FRIDAY

MARK 1:27 They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.”

BIG QUESTIONS:  Who are some people who have authority over you?  What is that experience like?  Why do you think the crowd was so confused by Jesus’ power and authority?

SATURDAY

MARK 1:28 At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

BIG QUESTIONS:  Who is the most famous person that you have ever met?  What was that experience like?  What famous person would you like to meet?  Why?  How do you think Jesus felt about becoming famous?

Daily Devos: Jesus’ Baptism Mark 1:4-11

My family openly rebelled when I stopped providing daily devotions for the dinner table.  Because I am moving on to other projects for Lent, and my younger daughters want me to reestablish weekly Family God Time, I have simplified the devotions from what we did over Advent and Christmas.  We read the verses for the day while the food is being served for supper, and discuss the questions as we eat.  We pray the prayer before we leave the table.

You can get the whole week of devotions in a pdf file here:  Daily Devotions Mark 1 4 11

I hope this time will be a holy time for you and your family!

JESUS’ BAPTISM:  MARK 1:4-11

And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

Prayer of the Week:  Dear Jesus, we thank you for the gift of baptism, which unites us as brothers and sisters in Christ.  Help us to live as your beloved children.  In your name we pray, Amen.

SUNDAY

MARK 1:4 John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

BIG QUESTIONS:  Have you ever spent any time in the wilderness?  What was that experience like?  Why do you think that John decided to appear in the wilderness, instead of a town?

MONDAY

MARK 1:5 And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

BIG QUESTIONS:  Do you remember a time when someone was baptized in your church?  What was that experience like?  How do you think it would feel to tell John about all of the bad things you had done, and then have them washed away in the river?

TUESDAY

MARK 1:6 Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.

BIG QUESTIONS:  Have you ever known someone who wore different clothes or ate different food than you did?  What was that experience like?  Why do you suppose that John was so different than everyone else?

WEDNESDAY

MARK 1:7-8 He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals.  I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

BIG QUESTIONS:  Who do you think John was preparing the people for?  What do you think it means to be baptized with the Holy Spirit?  What do you think of when you think of the Holy Spirit?

THURSDAY

MARK 1:9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.

BIG QUESTIONS:  This is a time when Jesus and his cousin John were together in one place.  John had prepared the way for people to hear Jesus’ message, and now he was handing over the work to Jesus.  In what ways do you think you can prepare yourself and others for Jesus?

FRIDAY

MARK 1:10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.

BIG QUESTIONS:  When you think about the Holy Spirit, do you think of a dove?  Do you think of the heavens being torn apart?  Why do think that the Holy Spirit decided to show up in that way at Jesus’ baptism?

SATURDAY

MARK 1:11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

BIG QUESTIONS:  Who do you think the voice belonged to?  Why do you think it said what it said?  What if these words were addressed to you?

 

Lent in a Dish Week 2: Jesus Feeds 5,000

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This year during Family God Time, we will be using a resource from St. Cuthbert Episcopal Church in Houston, TX, but with a Family God Time twist.  It is called “Lent in a Bag,” but we will be creating our own “Lent in a Dish” projects.  I thought of the dish because of the beautiful Lenten garden that my daughter created in Sunday School last year, and thought that there could be a way to use both resources to create something meaningful over the course of several weeks.

You can read more about the original “Lent in a Bag” resource here:  http://www.buildfaith.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/in-a-bag-trifold-Cuthbert-4-1.pdf  You can read more about the Lenten dish gardens here:  http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/blog/2013/03/mini-resurrection-garden-easter-craft.html

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 how Jesus uses his power.  Help our time to be a holy time.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Bible Story:  Mark 6:30-44
Read Jesus’ words about being ready in a children’s Bible, your own Bible, or you can find the story here:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+6%3A30-44&version=ERV

We used the Kids Bible App for our resource.  You can download it for free here:
https://www.bible.com/kids

Discuss as a family:
What do you think Jesus felt like when he was in the wilderness without eating for forty days?
What did the devil tempt him to do?
Did Jesus use his power in this way?
How did Jesus use his power in the story we just read?
How can we use our power to help hungry people?

Song:  I Want Jesus to Walk with Me
This is my favorite Lent song for kids.  It gets the somber mood, but has a way to get the wiggles out.  We held hands and walked in place while singing.  Enjoy!

Activity:  Heart Stones
Last week, we gathered all of the supplies we needed for the whole Lenten season Lent in a Dish.  You can find the supply list here:  https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2017/02/27/preparing-for-lent-2017/

This week, we need the stones and with stickers shaped like hearts or a paint marker or glitter pen to add hearts to the stones.

Jesus used his power to make more food for hungry people because he loves us.  We decided to add hearts to the stones that the devil tempted Jesus about turning into bread to remind us that Jesus uses his power to helps others, not himself.  My kids really got into this, as you can see from the picture:

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After you are done decorating, add the stone to your dish.  Place the dish in a place where you and your family can see it all week long, to remind you to use your God-given power to help others!

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 this time to learn about how Jesus uses his power.  Help us to use the power that you give us to show our love for others.  In your name we pray, Amen.

Palm Parade: Mark 11:1-11

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 Jesus’ kingly parade.  Help our time to be holy time.  In your name we pray, Amen.

Bible Story:  Mark 11:1-11
This is the story of Palm Sunday.  We read ours from Group Publishing’s My First Hands-On Bible.  You can purchase one here:  http://www.christianbook.com/my-first-hands-on-bible/9781414348308/pd/348308
You can also read it in your own family or story Bible, or check out an Easy to Read Version here:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+11%3A1-11&version=ERV

Discuss as a family:  What are some special things that you do in church on Palm Sunday? (You might wave palm branches, shout “Hosanna!”, or have a parade, for example.) Why do you think Jesus deserved a parade?  What words would you shout to encourage Jesus?

Activity:  Palm Parade Party Hats

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My girls love crowns of any kind.  Here was my way to make crowns and incorporate the “leafy branches” on Palm Sunday!

Materials needed:
Extra-large sheets of green foam (or green construction paper)
A marker
Scissors
Tape/stapler

Instructions:
Cut the foam (paper) in strips about five inches high.  Depending on the size of your children’s heads, you might need more than one strip or one strip plus a few inches.
Write “Hosanna” along the bottom center of the front strip.
Cut 1 inch wide and 3 inch deep fringe along the top of the strips.
Tape or staple the strips together like a crown.  Enjoy!

Activity:  Palm Parade
After we made our party hats, we put them on, found noisemakers from around our house, and had a parade while singing the song, below.  Here is a short video from the experience:

Song:  Blessed is the One
This song is from my friend and folk singer, Nate Houge.  It is perfect for Palm Sunday.  We used it for our Palm Parade!

Thanks for your commitment to faithfully feed your family’s faith!  I hope that this time was holy time for you.

Closing Prayer: (Can be a repeat after me prayer if you have non-readers in your family)
Thank you, God, for this holy time together to feed our faith as a family.  Bless us as we remember that you are our king.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.