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?

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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?

Daily Devos: JESUS AND TRADITION

PRAYER OF THE WEEK:

Dear God, we thank you that you give us rules to live by, and traditions that give us life.  We ask that you would help us to reject those things that get in the way, and welcome those things that draw us closer to you.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

COLORING PAGE OF THE WEEK:

Tradition

This week, I practiced some of my new hand lettering skills for our coloring page.  You can download the file here:  Daily Devos Jesus and Tradition 2018

BIBLE STORY OF THE WEEK:  Mark 7:1-8, 14-15 NRSV

1Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around [Jesus], 2they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. 3(For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; 4and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) 5So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” 6He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me;7in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines.’  8You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.”
14Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand: 15there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.”

QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

What are your favorite traditions (at church or otherwise)?  What are your least favorite traditions?  Do you have any traditions that helps your family to draw closer to God?  If so, what are they?  If not, what new “God” traditions might you start together?

Daily Devos: Jesus & His Family

PRAYER OF THE WEEK:

Dear Jesus, you call us your brothers and sisters, and we are members of your family.  Help us to know this, and to live for one another as brothers and sisters in Christ.  Amen.

COLORING PAGE OF THE WEEK:

Family of Jesushttps://www.sermons4kids.com/family_of_god_colorpg.htm

BIBLE STORY OF THE WEEK: Mark 3:20-21, 31-35 NRSV

[Jesus went home;] 20 and the crowd came together again, so that [Jesus and the disciples] could not even eat. 21 When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.”

31 Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. 32 A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.” 33 And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34 And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

Tell about a time when you were so busy that you didn’t even have time to eat.  Have you ever pretended that you belonged to a different family?  Tell about it.  How are you a brother or sister to Christ?

Daily Devos: Jesus & the Sabbath

PRAYER OF THE WEEK: 

Dear Jesus, you want us to live life, and to have lots of it.  Help us to rest and heal, eat and save.   In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

COLORING PAGE OF THE WEEK:  

BIBLE STORY OF THE WEEK:  Mark 2:23-3:6 NRSV

23 One sabbath [Jesus] was going through the grain fields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. 24 The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?” 25 And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food? 26 He entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions.” 27 Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; 28 so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.”
3:1 Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. 2 They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. 3 And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come forward.” 4 Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. 5 He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 6 The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.

QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

What do you know about sabbath rest?  Why do you think that Jesus’ disciples were going against the rules?  What are some ways that you can help to heal others, no matter when they need it?