Day 2 of Lent – 6 – 12 Year-old’s lesson

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Biblical lessons:  Lent is a time for us to learn how to be vessels that God’s light can shine out of so that people will praise the Father in Heaven

This is your script delving into the first of the three areas Jesus taught – it covers most of chapter 5 and a bit into 6.  We are picking it up in chapter 6.

Here is a printable script with a larger font: Day 2 Lent

Instructions:

  1. Read the script a few times before the presentation.
  2. Sit in a quite place.  You may want to light a candle and bring a Bible to the lesson.
  3. Read slowly and deliberately.
  4. Keep your voice soft as if sharing something very special and confidential.
  5. Remember your child is indwelt by the Spirit and has the ability to learn from God just like and adult.  God may use him to challenge you to discover a new facet about God’s immense love for the world and our role as citizens of the City of Light in the Kingdom of God.

Light your candle.

Pause.

The Gospel of our Lord found in Matthew 6: 1-4

Jesus: But when you do these righteous acts, do not do them in front of spectators. Don’t do them where you can be seen, let alone lauded, by others. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

When you give to the poor, do not boast about it, announcing your donations with blaring trumpets as the play actors do. Do not brazenly give your charity in the synagogues and on the streets; indeed, do not give at all if you are giving because you want to be praised by your neighbors. Those people who give in order to reap praise have already received their reward.

When you give to the needy, do it in secret—even your left hand should not know what your right hand is doing. Then your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.

The Word of the Lord

Jesus was a teaching about doing Acts of Righteousness.  In English we say Righteousness, but in the language Jesus was speaking Righteousness is really two words: 1.  Mercy and 2. Justice

Mercy is helping others who need help so that they won’t need help later.

and

Justice is fighting for someone that is being hurt by others. Doing what is right even when it is hard.

Then Jesus told he people that to be the people of God who will point the way to their Father in heaven they need to do more than just the right things.

They need to be want to do the right things because they Love the Father in heave and then they can truly love his other children.

To Jesus doing righteous acts is all about doing it because you love the Father.  He loves us and can see why we are doing things and will help us want to do what is right.

I wonder how important Acts are Righteousness are in showing others about our Father and that we are the People of God?

I wonder if you have ever done the right things for the wrong reason?

I wonder how during Lent we as a family can secretly show Mercy to others?

I wonder how during Lent we as a family can secretly show Justice to others?

(Look under your child’s age at the top of the page for the tag that reads Doing Righteousness.  There are ideas there.)

(If you are going to do Lenten Jars, now would be the time to introduce Acts of Righteousness’ Jar.)

Lent Day 1 Lesson 3-6 year olds

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Sermon on the MountBiblical lessons:  Lent is a time for us to learn how to be vessels that God’s light can shine out of so that people will praise the Father in Heaven.

This is your script introducing the Sermon on the Mount’s teachings. It covers the themes in Matthew 5, 6, 7 and the beginning of 8. We will unpack these three themes over the next few days.  The Sermon on the Mount is the Church’s theme for Year A during Lent.

Here is a printable script with a larger font: Lent 1

Instructions:

  1. Read the script a few times before the presentation.
  2. Sit in a quite place.  You may want to light a candle and bring a Bible to the lesson.
  3. Read slowly and deliberately.
  4. Keep your voice soft as if sharing something very special and confidential.
  5. Remember your child is indwelt by the Spirit and has the ability to learn from God just like and adult.  God may use him to challenge you to discover a new facet about God’s immense love for the world and our role as citizens of the City of Light in the Kingdom of God.

Light your candle.

Pause.

Once there was a man who said such wonderful things and did such amazing things that people followed him everywhere.

One day he went up on a mountain to teach the disciples, but others saw them on their way and followed. They also wanted to learn.

So Jesus began to speak.

First Jesus blessed the people.

He gave nine blessings that day.  They are often called the Beatitudes.  They are ordinary but remarkable things people do that bless everyone.  They told the secret to being truly happy.  The name blessed comes from the Latin “beatus”.  It means happy.  The Beatitudes are truly happiness-makers.

Matthew tells us that Jesus then went on to teach many more things about how to live as a citizen of the great Kingdom of God.  This whole teaching is so important that it is known as the “Sermon on the Mount.”

When he was done teaching, he left the mountain and the people were interested to see what he would do, so they followed him.

As Jesus was walking down the road, a man with a deadly skin disease called leprosy came up to him and knelt down on the road blocking Jesus.

Lepers were ugly, disfigured people who couldn’t feel their fingers and toes. Sometimes they would get hurt and cut and wouldn’t know it.  They could even get infections from the cuts and their body would start to rot away.  That is really awful.

But what is so much worse, is that they were not allowed to be near anyone.  Their families wouldn’t talk to them, and the whole town would kick them out, and they would go live in caves.  That seems so mean, do you know why they couldn’t be around anyone else?

Others could become ill.

People didn’t recover from leprosy unless God healed them.

So, there was the Leaper kneeling.

Jesus stopped.

The leper began to speak,  “Lord, if You wish to, please heal me.”

Jesus reached out his hand toward him and said:  “of course I wish to heal you.  Be clean.”

Immediately the man was healed.

Jesus then told him:  Don’t tell anyone what just happened.  Rather go to the priest, show yourself to hi, and give a wave offering as Moses commanded.  Your actions will tell the story of what happened here today.

(Pause and ponder for a moment then begin to wonder.)

I wonder what made people want to follow Jesus up and down a mountain?

I wonder if it was hard for the leper to not be able to be near his family?

I wonder what the leper said when he went to the temple?  

I wonder how he glorified the Father in Heaven?

I wonder if we left anything out of the story?

(Depending on the age of the child and the ability to stay focused for another 10 minutes, you may want to continue or you may choose to do this part another time.)

Would you like me to tell you what wonderful things Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount that made healing the leper a way he could show how the Kingdom of God looks?

This is the part I didn’t tell you before:

Jesus sat down and began to teach  (that is what important teachers did at that time – they sat down to teach)

He began to tell the crows: And you, beloved, are the light of the world.

A city built on a hilltop cannot be hidden.

Similarly it would be silly to light a lamp and then hide it under a bowl.  When someone lights a lamp does she then hides it under a bowl?

When some one lights a lamp, she puts it on a table or a desk or a chair, and the light illumines the entire house.

You are like that illuminating light.

Let your light shine everywhere you go, that you may illumine creation so men and women everywhere may see your good actions, may see creation at its fullest, may see your devotion to Me, and may turn and praise your Father in heaven because of it.

Then Jesus began to tell the how people would be able to know they were illuminated by God and praise him.

Jesus told them three ways.

The first way is to do Acts of Righteousness to others.

He told his disciples and the crowds that unless they were more righteous than the Pharisees. – A group of people who made it their entire life’s work to be doing every rule that they thought God would be pleased with – then they would not be acting like citizens of the heavenly kingdom.

He then told them that the second way that others would know they were citizens of the kingdom and praise God the Father was that citizens of the kingdom prayed.  He thought that it was so important to know exactly how simply to pray that he told them:

Your prayers, rather, should be simple, like this:

Our Father in heaven, let Your name remain holy.

Bring about Your kingdom.
Manifest Your will here on earth,  as it is manifest in heaven.

Give us each day that day’s bread—no more, no less—

And forgive us our debts as we forgive those who owe us something.

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

But let Your kingdom be, and let it be powerful and glorious forever. Amen.

 The third way for others to know that we are citizen of the Great Kingdom and for God the Father to be praised is through fasting.

He explained that fasting is more than not eating a meal but is about knowing that there is a bigger picture to be considered – not just this moment.

He told them:

Some people store up treasures in their homes here on earth.

This is a shortsighted practice—don’t undertake it.

Moths and rust will eat up any treasure you may store here. Thieves may break into your homes and steal your precious trinkets.

Instead, put up your treasures in heaven where moths do not attack, where rust does not corrode, and where thieves are barred at the door.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

After telling them the three important thing that they need to have to be the city on a hill that the light of God can shine through, he said:

The people who are listening to Me, those people who hear what I say and live according to My teachings—you are like a wise man who built his house on a rock, on a firm foundationWhen storms hit, rain pounded down and waters rose, levies broke and winds beat all the walls of that house. But the house did not fall because it was built upon rock. Those of you who are listening and do not hear—you are like a fool who builds a house on sand.  When a storm comes to his house, what will happen? The rain will fall, the waters will rise, the wind will blow, and his house will collapse with a great crash.

When Jesus was done talking the people were thoughtful about what he said. They wanted to know more and see what Jesus would do.

Then Jesus got up and went down the mountain towards the Sea of Galilee and the city of Capernaum.

And you know the rest.  You know about how he showed great righteousness when he healed the leper.

(Pause and ponder and then begin the I wonder questions.)

I wonder what part you liked the best?

I wonder which of the three parts do you think is the hardest?

I wonder what part of the story is most like you?

I wonder what you though was the most important part of Jesus’ words?

I wonder who was listening the first time these words were spoken?

I wonder what heavenly treasures look like?

I wonder why he talked about houses built on sand and rocks?

Lent is creeping closer.

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It’s Lent!  

This can be a confusing season for parents and children. Here are some resources.  

  1.  Ideas for meaningful daily markings for Lent
  2.  Lessons for Holy Days and Sundays that follow the lectionary.
  3. Suggested books, crafts, science, history, and art for exploration

Above this post is a menu bar.  Select your child’s age and scroll down to the section of Lent for which you are interested in getting some ideas.  Enjoy, share with the community, keep a Holy Lent with your family.

Please add your ideas, ask question, and share stories.

Easter – It’s a Season not a Day

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Lent is past and Easter has arrived.  We now have seven Sundays until Pentecost. The second feast celebrated in the early church.

Isn’t it interesting that the Ascension does not merit its own seasonal break – we don’t change liturgical colors or service themes.

408591_8207546_lzDuring Eastertide we celebrate the ways in which the Kingdom of God is breaking into our world.  We look for ways that God is overwhelming the rules of the prince of this world – selfishness, fear, greed, racism, injustice, hopelessness, poverty-  and putting in place the blessings of His kingdom – love, justice, mercy, reconciliation, generosity.  Where Lent is inwardly focused on rooting out and replacing the qualities of sinfulness in ourselves, Eastertide is outward focused on celebrating the changes that the Kingdom brings to our communities.

There is an inkling of sadness and overwhelmingness that is found during the celebration.  When one begins to look, one doesn’t see a new heaven and a new earth transformed into the Kingdom of God in the midst of this present world. We only see hints and glimmers and a call to continue transforming others as we ourselves are transformed.

That leads us to Pentecost and the need for the Holy Spirit’s aid and guidance as we walk the Kingdom of God out to our communities.

 

6-12 Year-olds – Holy Saturday

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The_Denial_of_Saint_Peter-Caravaggio_(1610)Matthew  26: 69-74

We begin today with Jesus being taken to the High Priest’s House.  Peter, unlike the other disciples, has followed and is pretending to be a servant of one of the other religious leaders.

Narrator: Peter was sitting in the courtyard with some servants. One of the servant girls came up to him.

Servant Girl: You were with Jesus the Galilean, weren’t you?

NarratorAnd just as Jesus had predicted, Peter denied it before everyone.

Peter: Not me! I don’t know what you’re talking about.

Narrator: He went out to stand by the gate. And as he walked past, another servant girl recognized him.

Another Servant Girl (speaking to those standing around): That man over there—he was here with Jesus the Nazarene!

Narrator: Again, just as Jesus had predicted, Peter denied it, swearing an oath.

Peter: I don’t know Him!

6a00d8341bffb053ef0133ec634d93970b-640wiNarrator: Peter then went to chat with a few of the servants. A little while later, some other servants approached him:

Other Servants: Look, we know that you must be one of Jesus’ followers. You speak like you are from the same area as His followers. You’ve got that tell-tale Galilean accent.

JLPDJWPNarrator: Cursing and swearing, Peter denied Him again.

Peter: I do not know Him!

Narrator: As the exclamation left his mouth, a cock crowed.  And Peter remembered. He remembered that Jesus had looked at him with something like pity and said, “This very night, before the cock crows in the morning, you will deny Me three times.” And Peter went outside, sat down on the ground, and wept.

 

I wonder if Peter was scared to be at Caiaphas’ house?

petukhI wonder how the second girl knew Peter was one of the disciples?

I wonder if Peter and Jesus ever talked about it?

I wonder if there is a time you lied because you were scared?

 

6 to 9 year-olds – Good Friday

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jesus_gethsemane-unknownParent Notes:  This is designed to not focus on the horrors of death but on the people who surround Jesus and their humanity.  This helps the children figure out how people behave and how to react to others when they don’t behave well.  It is helpful to down play the guilt “can’t you even watch with me.”  Jesus is sad and hurt, disappointed that the disciples haven’t really understood all the things that he had been trying to tell them during the week.  That is different than angry and accusatory.  If your child is always “sorry” for things, this may be important to discuss.

 

il_570xN.548563098_570yGood Friday

Matthew 26: 31-58

Jesus: Scripture says,  I shall strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will scatter. Just so, each of you will stumble tonight, stumble and fall, on account of Me. Afterward I will be raised up. And I will go before you to Galilee.

Peter: Lord, maybe everyone else will trip and fall tonight, but I will not. I’ll be beside You. I won’t falter.

Jesus: If only that were true. In fact, this very night, before the cock crows in the morning, you will deny Me three times.

Peter:  No! I won’t deny You. Even if that means I have to die with You!

Narrator: And each of the disciples echoed Peter.  At that, Jesus led His disciples to the place called Gethsemane.

Ki-chang Woonbo Kim, "Christ in Gethsemane," 1952-53Jesus: I am going over there to pray. You sit here while I’m at prayer.

Narrator:  Then He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee with Him, and He grew sorrowful and deeply distressed.

Jesus:  My soul is overwhelmed with grief, to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with Me.

Narrator: He walked a little farther and finally fell prostrate and prayed.

Jesus: Father, this is the last thing I want. If there is any way, please take this bitter cup from Me. Not My will, but Yours be done.

Narrator:  When He came back to the disciples, He saw that they were asleep. Peter awoke a little less confident and slightly chagrined.

Jesus (to Peter): So you couldn’t keep watch with Me for just one short hour? Now maybe you’re learning: the spirit is willing, but the body is weak. Watch and pray and take care that you are not pulled down during a time of testing.

Narrator: With that, Jesus returned to His secluded spot to pray again.

Jesus: Father, if there is no other way for this cup to pass without My drinking it—then not My will, but Yours be done.

Narrator: Again Jesus returned to His disciples and found them asleep. Their eyes were heavy-lidded. So Jesus left them again and returned to prayer, praying the same sentiments with the same words. Again He returned to His disciples.

Jesus: Well, you are still sleeping; are you getting a good long rest? Now the time has come; the Son of Man is just about to be given over to the betrayers and the sinners. Get up; we have to be going. Look, here comes the one who’s going to betray Me.

090803_r18679_p233Narrator:  There he was, Judas, one of the twelve leading a crowd of people from the chief priests and elders with swords and clubs; the chief priests and the elders were right there, ready to arrest Jesus. And Judas, the one who intended to betray Him, had said to the elders and the chief priests that he would give them a sign.

Judas Iscariot: I’ll greet Him with a kiss. And you will know that the one I kiss is the one you should arrest.

Narrator:  So at once, he went up to Jesus.

Judas Iscariot: Greetings, Teacher.

Narrator: He kisses Him.

Jesus:  My friend, do what you have come to do.

jesus-condemned-by-michael-obrianNarrator: And at that, the company came and seized Him. One of the men with Jesus grabbed his sword and swung toward the high priest’s slave, slicing off his ear.

Jesus: Put your sword back. People who live by the sword die by the sword. Surely you realize that if I called on My Father, He would send 12 legions of messengers to rescue Me. But if I were to do that, I would be thwarting the scriptural story, wouldn’t I? And we must allow the story of God’s kingdom to unfold. (to the crowds) Why did you bring these weapons, these clubs and bats? Did you think I would fight you? That I would try to dodge and escape like a common criminal? You could have arrested Me any day when I was teaching in the temple, but you didn’t.

Narrator:  This scene has come together just so, so that the prophecies in the sacred Scripture could be fulfilled. And at that, all the disciples ran away and abandoned Him.  The crowd that had arrested Jesus took Him to Caiaphas, the high priest. The scribes and elders had gathered at Caiaphas’s house and were waiting for Jesus to be delivered.  Peter followed Jesus (though at some distance so as not to be seen). He slipped into Caiaphas’s house and attached himself to a group of servants. And he sat watching, waiting to see how things would unfold.

 

I wonder what is the hardest part of this story?

I wonder why the crowd brought clubs and weapons?

I wonder if Peter will learn that we all can fail even if we don’t want to?

I wonder why it was a kiss that betrayed Jesus?

I wonder if Judas was sad about what he did?