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Holy Week Devotional: Monday

April 6, 2020

I’ll be honest—there’s something in me that prefers the Jesus who heals people and hugs children over the Jesus who flips tables in the temple. And yet the Monday of Holy Week, this table-turning, angry Jesus is who we see in Matthew 21: He walks into the church and sees it not being a “house of prayer” as it should but rather a “den of robbers,” with money-changers and merchants stealing from each other and stealing the spotlight for worship. The blind and lame are forgotten on the outskirts. And the church has forgotten who they were made to be.

So Jesus flips the tables of the money-changers and merchants, and soon we hear tables and stands hitting the temple floors with a clang, precious coins sprawling across the ground. It seemed like Jesus was throwing a temper tantrum until I read verse 14, where we find out what He does with this cleared space:

The blind and lame come in.

At first they were on the peripheries of the church, but Jesus makes a way for them to come in, and He heals them.

It’s a beautiful story, but it wasn’t real to me until I realized that the Bible says that each of us are the church. We are the church. You are the church. Your heart is the very temple that can house the living, powerful God, that can be a sacred space that worships and welcomes in.

So take this Monday to reflect on the space Jesus creates for people to come in, keeping in mind this truth: church is a verb. We as the church, each of us as the church, were made to worship Him and welcome others in wherever we are: at home, at the store, even online. So as you reflect, keep these two words in your minds today: worship, and welcome. Worship, and welcome – and let Him surprise you with the ways He works when we give Him the space to move.

Kids Ministry: LOFT Skit—Raising of Lazarus

April 4/5, 2020

Jump into the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the grave (John 11:1–44) in this reenactment brought to you by the Bachman family!

You can find the scripture: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+11%3A1-44&version=NLT

Reflection Questions:

– Why were Lazarus’ sisters mad at Jesus?
– Why didn’t Jesus come right away?
– Can you think of a time that you wanted something right away, but it was better that you got it later?
– In this time of waiting, how can you focus on Jesus?
– Even though you are likely tired of waiting, how can you use your large amount of free time to grow in your faith?

April 3: First Look

Good afternoon, church!

We’re here to give you a first look into the scripture we’re sharing this weekend. Take some time to prepare and pray through God’s Word which is alive and well!

This weekend’s scripture is from Matthew 27 (ESV). You can find that here: biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+27%3A27-31&version=NLT

Don’t forget it’s Communion Sunday and we’ll be celebrating in our homes. Pick up some grape juice and bread, or if you’re feeling creative you can bake some bread! Check this out for a step by step bread-baking video available below or at: vimeo.com/403401435

iKid Believe It!: Tic-Tac-Toe

April 3, 2020

These videos are a little different than our lesson-type videos. These are crazy-fun, creative and connect to your faith, that you’ll be like, “I can’t believe it!”

Today’s episode are tic-tac-toe games with Jesse (from the LOFT & Upward)! Check it out, and show us some of your own! Video them and put them in the comments section.

April 3: Kids Devotional on Hosanna!

April 3, 2020

Hey Kids! Our friend, Alyssa, has an activity for you to share in praising Jesus, and scripture about what it means to praise God in every part of our life.

Activity: Hosanna Palm Branches
What you’ll need: green construction paper, popsicle stick and scissors

Scripture: Matthew 21:7–9
They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

April 2: Bread (for communion)

HOLY COMMUNION
We’ve been given special permission—because of the season we’re living in—by our bishop to virtually participate in Holy Communion. We’re asking you to purchase some grape juice and bread/crackers in advance so you can have the elements ready in your home this weekend while you participate in one of our four LIVE online gatherings.

Another option is to make your Communion bread!
Enid Akers Perez has put together a recipe video for Braided Challah if you (and your family) would like to create your communion bread from scratch! Follow along for a step by step instruction of how to prepare, knead, bake and serve the challah in the video below. You can also find a printable recipe here:

April 2: Kids Devotional on Being a Friend

Hey Kids! Our friend, Andrew, has an activity for you to share thankfulness with your friends, and scripture about what it means to love one another.

Activity: Thank You Cards for Friends
What you’ll need: paper, coloring utensils (crayons, pencils, markers)

Scripture: John 15:12–13
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

April 1: “Hangin’ with the Clubhouse” Lesson on Peace

Kids, siblings and parents gather round to hear about peace from our key verse: “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

We’ve also have a quick, easy and fun craft for you to do! What you’ll need: paper, inkpads (or paint), scissors. Print the dove from this link: http://getdrawings.com/images/dove-drawing-outline-1.jpg

April 1: Kids Devotional on Blessings

April 1, 2020

Hey Kids! Our friend, Megan, has a fun activity for you to share with kids around the world, and scripture about what it means to be blessed (and to bless others).

Activity: Letters to Jackie’s House Kids
What you’ll need: paper, coloring utensils (crayons, pencils, markers)

Scripture: Matthew 5:1-12
One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, and he began to teach them.

“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,
for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
God blesses those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
God blesses those who are humble,
for they will inherit the whole earth.
God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice,
for they will be satisfied.
God blesses those who are merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
God blesses those whose hearts are pure,
for they will see God.
God blesses those who work for peace,
for they will be called the children of God.
God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right,
for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

“God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.

March 31: Kids Devotional on God’s Image

March 31, 2020

Hey Kids! Our friend, Alyssa, has a fun craft for you to do and a verse from scripture to share about what it means to be created in God’s image!

Fun Activity: Painting Creation
What you’ll need: worship music, paper and painting supplies

Scripture: Genesis 1:27
“So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”