DAILY DEVOS: Jesus Rises from the Dead

PRAYER OF THE WEEK:

Risen Christ, we are thankful that you rose from the dead to give us eternal life.  Help us to live as your people of hope, both now and always.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

COLORING PAGE:
https://familygodtime.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/daily-devos-jesus-rises-from-the-dead-19.pdf

BIBLE STORY:  Luke 24:1-12 (NRSV)

1On the first day of the week, at early dawn, [the women] came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. 2They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3but when they went in, they did not find the body. 4While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. 5The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. 6Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” 8Then they remembered his words, 9and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. 10Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. 11But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.

QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

What gives you hope?  What gives you joy?  When are you at peace?  When was a time that you felt powerful? Why do you seek the living among the dead?

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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…

Jesus Dies and Rises: Luke 22-24

**We took a bit of a summer vacation ourselves, but for the next two weeks at Family God Time, we will be reviewing the Bible stories that we learned at Vacation Bible School this summer. Our curriculum was Group’s Maker Fun Factory.
You can find week one of this series here: God Creates Us https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/god-creates-us-genesis-1-psalm-139/
You can find week 2 here: Rahab and the Spies
https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2017/06/28/rahab-and-the-spies-joshua-2/
You can find week 3 here: Gideon’s Army
https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2017/07/05/gideons-army-judges-7/

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 Gideon’s army. Help our time together to be a holy time. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Bible Story: Luke 22:14-20, 22:39-53, 23:32-35, 23:44-56, 24:1-8
Read the story of Jesus dying and rising in a children’s Bible, your own Bible, or you can find the story here:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+22%3A14-20%2C+22%3A39-53%2C+23%3A32-35%2C+23%3A44-56%2C+24%3A1-8&version=ERV

We reviewed the video that our parish made during VBS for our Bible story time. You can find it here:

 

Make the Story Come Alive
This is a really long story. In fact, in all of the gospels, the story of Jesus dying and rising takes up half of the total story. It is that important! However, it also might be hard for little ones to pay attention to from start to finish. We thought it would sink in better if we added movement and place to the story, and we invite you to tell it in the same way.

Materials needed:
A plate, cup and washcloth at station #1
A cross at station #3
A blanket for station #4

Station #1: Jesus eats with his friends
Ask, “Where do we go in our house to eat?” Let your children lead you there. Say, “On the day that he was arrested, Jesus ate a special meal with his friends. He took a loaf of bread and said. ‘This is my body, which I give for you. Do this to remember me.’” Pretend to give bread to each other from the plate. Then say, “At the end of the meal, he took a cup of wine and said, ‘This is my blood, which I pour out for you. Do this to remember me.’” Pretend to take sips from the cup. Then say, “At this meal, he also washed the feet of his disciples, and told them to love each other as much as he loved them first.” Pretend to wash each other’s feet with the washcloth. Then say, “After the meal, he and his friends went to a garden to pray. Where is our garden?” Follow the children to a garden, yard, or pot of flowers at your house.

Station #2: Jesus prays
Say, “Jesus was worried about what was going to happen to him. He prayed to God while his friends fell asleep. Let’s pray like he taught us to pray.” Pray the Lord’s Prayer together. If your family does not know the Lord’s Prayer, you could pray another prayer that you do know, or learn a repeat-after-me version with actions, below:

Our Father (ASL for “father,” open palm with thumb touching forehead)
Who art in heaven (two hands point up)
Hallowed be they name (trace a cross on your forehead)
Thy kingdom come (motion towards self with both arms)
Thy will be done on earth (point at ground)
As in heaven (point to heaven).
Give us this day our daily bread (one hand to mouth, as if eating)
And forgive us our trespasses (ASL for forgive, trace a circle on left palm and wipe it away)
As we forgive those who trespass against us (ASL forgive again)
And lead us not into temptation (cross out arms and shake head)
But deliver us from evil (pretend “devil” horns)
For thine is the kingdom (ASL “king,” a “k” from left shoulder to right hip)
And the power (muscleman arms)
And the glory (raise arms to sky)
Forever and ever (wind arms down)
Amen (praying hands)

When you are done praying in the garden, tell your family, “When Jesus was finished praying, soldiers came to arrest him and take him away. Can we make our feet sound like a whole bunch of stomping soldiers?” Practice doing this together. Then ask, “Where do we throw away garbage?” At our house, this is a dumpster, but you might have it in a trash bin in the garage, the kitchen, etc. Let your children lead you there, march like soldiers all the way.

Station #3: Jesus Dies
When you have arrived at the “garbage dump,” direct the attention of your family to the cross. Say, “Jesus was nailed to a cross at a garbage dump. Some people made fun of him. Some people asked him to forgive him. Jesus forgave everyone, and then he died. Can we sing, ‘Were you there’ together?” Sing a verse or two of “Were you There” together. If you are stumped, check out this video:

When you are finished singing, ask your family, “Is there anywhere in our house that reminds you of a cave?” It could be a small closet, or a root cellar, or even a cardboard box large enough to fit one of your children. We used one of our girl’s play tent. Let your children lead you there.

Station #4: Jesus is Buried
When you arrive at your cave, ask for a volunteer to be Jesus. Wrap them up in the blanket, lay them inside the “cave” and shut the door. Each of my kids wanted a turn, so we let each of them try it out. Say, “After Jesus died, his friends came to bury him. They wrapped him up in a cloth and laid him in a cave and shut the door. He stayed there for three days.”

Station #5: Jesus is Alive
Tell your Jesus to unwrap themselves and be ready to jump out of the cave. As a family, count to three together and open the cave. When Jesus jumps out, shout “Alleluia! He is risen!!!” You could also sing an Alleluia like you do in church. If you are stumped, try this version:

Thank you for experiencing this amazing story along with us!

Song: Jesus Loves Me
When we learned this story at VBS, we paired it with an old classic. Did you know that it has more than one verse? You can sing it here:

Activity: Cross Paintings
For our activity, I found this idea on Pinterest:

http://www.applesandabcs.com/2012/03/easter-cross.html

Here is a pic: IMG_20170803_084150836.jpg

Thanks for your commitment to faithfully feed your family’s faith! I hope that this time was holy time for you. Join us next week for out final VBS-themed Family God Time!

Closing Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you that you died for us and rose again so that we can live. Help us to always remember how much you love us. In your name we pray, Amen.

Jesus is Alive! Week 2: Luke 24:1-12

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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 the time when Jesus came back to life.  Help our time together to be holy time.  In your name we pray, Amen.

Bible Story:  Luke 24:1-12
Around our house, the holidays of Christmas and Easter last for weeks as our kids tell and retell the story.  If you did not get a chance to do this last week, I suggest Group’s My First Hands-On Bible as a great introduction to the Easter Story.  You can purchase one here:  http://www.christianbook.com/my-first-hands-on-bible/9781414348308/pd/348308

If this is your second week working with the story, you might choose another Bible or even a Bible story book with the Easter story in it.  Ask them how this second version compares to the first (you might have to get out the first version to compare and contrast).

If your kids really have a handle on this story, have them tell it to you, read the story, and compare both versions.  We want them to know the big stories of the faith not only by heart, but also in their hearts, so a little repetition never hurt anyone.

If you don’t have easy access to this story, check out an Easy to Read Version here:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+24%3A1-12&version=ERV

Activity:  Christ-Sun Easter Eggs
I grew up in the great white north, where there is no such thing as an Easter egg hunt on Easter.  There was no way that we were going to hunt eggs in several inches of snow in sleeveless dresses and new church sandals!  So, as we were dyeing our Easter eggs this year, I wondered aloud what hard-boiled Easter eggs have to do with the story of Jesus rising on Easter.  My oldest daughter’s answer to this question is where our activity for this week was born.  It is more than likely not the real reason for Easter egg hunts, but I loved how my daughter took the story we had been learning about and applied to something at hand in her life.

She explained that we hunt for eggs like the women hunted for Jesus at the tomb.  We unwrap the egg from its shell like the linen wrappings that were left at the tomb.  If you slice a hard-boiled egg in half, the yolk pops out to become the rising sun on the first day of the week, and the white of the egg looks like the empty tomb.  Then, she used the yolk to show the passing of time.  The sun yolk would rise and she would sing a word, and the sun yolk would set, and she would sing the same word:  Hosanna! for Palm Sunday, I love you! for Maundy Thursday, Crucify! for Good Friday, and Alleluia! for Easter Sunday.

Here is what it sounds like:

You could do the same demonstration with your family.  We decorated our hard-boiled eggs with a super-easy speckling technique from Martha Stewart:  http://www.marthastewart.com/1143947/brilliant-trick-decorating-easter-eggs-turns-mess-magic

If you don’t have any hard-boiled eggs leftover, you could use a plastic egg with something yellow inside.  Or even your left hand in the shape of an “O” for the empty tomb, and your right hand in a fist for the rising sun.  No matter which way you do it, it should be both easy and memorable!

Song:  Ho-ho-ho Hosanna
If my daughter’s song is too simple for you, here is another great Easter song along with motions for tons of Easter fun!

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 alive!  Alleluia!  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Jesus is Alive! Luke 24:1-12

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 the time when Jesus came back to life.  Help our time together to be holy time.  In your name we pray, Amen.

Activity:  Empty Tomb Biscuits
I found this activity on pinterest, and it was definitely fun to do:

http://pleasegivepeasachance.blogspot.com/2010/04/empty-tombsresurrection-buns.html

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We just might have a new Easter morning tradition!  Both my husband and I rejoiced when we didn’t have an Easter Sunrise service in my current parish.  However, our daughters would have a sunrise service every day of their lives if we let them, and we ended up making these biscuits for breakfast first thing in the morning in our jammies, before the sun had even come up.  Ah, the joys of parenting!

We did it before the Easter Bible story, and did our story, song, and prayer while they baked.  I did one as a demonstration, telling the story of Jesus’ burial as part of each step.  Then, each of my daughters got two turns each to construct a tomb and tell the story to their sisters.  They sure had it down by the time we were down wrapping eight rolls!  The only thing we did differently than the recipe was to flatten the biscuits instead of splitting them, and baking them on a cookie sheet lined with tinfoil (less mess to clean up!).

Here’s a few pics of our final product:

Bible Story:  Luke 24:1-12
This is the story of Easter.  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 do the suggested activities and discuss the questions provided, if you wish.

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=Luke+24%3A1-12&version=ERV

Discuss as a family:  What are some special things that you do in church on Easter? Would you have been surprised if you had been at the tomb?  Why or why not?  Why do you think that Easter is a happy day?

Song:  Paschal Blessing/Praise Ye the Lord
One of my favorite parts of the Easter morning service is the Paschal Blessing that announces that Jesus is risen.  My family and I sang it together as part of our family god time, and I made a little video with lyrics here:

 

If your family is not into chanting (and I know that most families probably aren’t J ), you can always review this little song that celebrates the bringing back of the Alleluia at Easter:

 

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 alive!  Alleluia!  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Eating Fish: Luke 24:28-49


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Supplies:  A Bible (or you may use the embedded link), Access to the internet (for the song), A sand box OR paper and markers OR pipe cleaners

Gather:  We like to sit in a circle on the floor for God Time.  Finding some pillows or cushions to sit on makes it even more comfortable.  My kids like to use pillow pets for this purpose!  Once you are in a circle, light a candle (or turn on a battery-operated one; we use an LED tea light in a pretty metal container).

Story:  Today we hear a story about Jesus proving that he came back from the dead by eating a piece of fish!  Read Luke 24:28-49 in your Bible as a family.

Discuss:  Why do you think that Jesus ate a piece of fish in this story?  How many references to fish can you think of in the whole story about Jesus? (hint:  4 of his disciples were fishermen, the Feeding of the 5,000, his disciples went fishing after Jesus died, etc.)

Song:  “Fishers of Men” by the Newsboys.  You can find a youtube video with the lyrics and tune here:  https://youtu.be/kU2N9kWGG-o

Good to Know:  The fish symbol was created using the Greek letters which spell out ICHTHUS : Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior.  The Romans persecuted the Christians and it became dangerous for them to meet. So the Christians devised a secret code. They drew half a fish in the sand. If a person completed the fish, they knew he or she was a believer too. Under the fish sign the Christians wrote the Greek word for fish:  ICHTHUS.   These letters stood for: Jesus Christ, God’s Son Savior.  from http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/homework/religion/christian.htm

Activities:  If you have a sandbox, practice drawing the fish in the sand, each taking turns doing one half of the fish. 

If you do not, you could draw them on pieces pf paper like this:

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Another idea is to twist simple fish symbols out of pipe cleaners.  You could use different colors, or even make a fish chain!WP_20150418_10_38_17_ProWP_20150418_10_38_05_Pro

Prayer:  (You can do this all together, or as a “repeat after me” prayer, depending on reading ability) Dear Jesus, thank you for helping the disciples believe in you.  Stir up our faith, that we might also be your faithful disciples.  In your name we pray, Amen.