FAMILY FAITH AT HOME 3/11/18

by Lori Robinson

Categories: Children's Ministry

The week of March 11th – During the month of March, your family will focus on the virtue of peace. Each week you will gather together and reflect show to find peace within yourself and show peace in the world. Find a time this week to gather as a family, say a prayer, read or listen to a prompt, respond as a family to what you have heard and then act on the suggestion for the week.

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March Virtue                     Peace: Proving you care more about others by walking away from a fight.

 What is a virtue?             A virtue is something that God does in us to change the world around us.

 GATHER                               together in prayer

 LISTEN                                  through scripture; readings; stories; music; videos

 RESPOND                            to what you have heard

 ACT                                          in service to what God is calling you to

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GATHER

Gather together as a family and pray this prayer:

Prayer for Peace

(The Anglican Church of Canada, Book of Alternative Services, page 677)

O God,

It is your will to hold both heaven and earth in a single peace.

Let the design of your great love

Shine on the waste of our wraths and sorrows,

And give peace to your Church,

Peace among nations,

Peace in our homes,

And peace in our hearts;

Through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.   Amen.

LISTEN                                                                                

Have one person in your family read Genesis 13:5-12 (Abram Makes Peace). This Bible passage can be found online at Bible Gateway via this link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+13%3A5-12&version=NRSV

RESPOND

Abram was Lot’s uncle and they were travelling together with their families and livestock looking for land to live on. There were limited supplies; there wasn’t enough food for everyone and their animals.  Tempers were short as everyone argued over food, water and grazing land.  Abram saw that there was land that was very desirable and land that wasn’t as desirable and he let Lot choose which parcel of land he wanted.  Of course, Lot chose the better land.  Abram could have chosen the better land for himself, but he let Lot choose in order to keep peace between the families.  When we know that one option is better than another, is it easy to let someone else choose first?  And if they choose what we really want, how can we learn to be at peace with that? Abram valued peace over fighting and was willing to sacrifice the better land in order to keep the peace.  What would you be willing to sacrifice in order to keep the peace?

ACT

Have each family member choose something this week that they’re willing to sacrifice in order to keep the peace. It can be something at home or at school or at work or at extracurricular activities.  At the end of the week talk about how it felt to sacrifice something in order to keep the peace.

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Food for Thought

If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another.   – Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

No one can find inner peace except by working, not in a self-centered way, but for the whole human family.   – Peace Pilgrim