FAMILY FAITH AT HOME 3/18/18

by Lori Robinson

Categories: Children's Ministry

The week of March 18th – 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 1 Samuel 25:2-35 (Abigail Intervenes). This Bible passage can be found online at Bible Gateway via this link:      https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Samuel+25%3A2-35&version=NRSV                                                                       

RESPOND

People get into fights all the time. Sometimes the fights are about small things and sometimes the fights are about big things. But often times a fight can be averted if there is a peacemaker who is willing to intervene.  Abigail is such a peacemaker.  She recognizes that peace is more important than a misunderstanding that could lead to a war between David and her husband.  Abigail thinks and acts quickly to avert a potential fight.  She’s brave enough to come up with a solution to the problem even if she doesn’t know whether or not it would work.  Have you ever been faced with a situation where you had a choice between being part of a problem or part of a solution to that problem?  Have you ever tried to help others resolve their differences in a peaceful way?

ACT

This week be attuned to the conflicts that people around you may have with one another. Think about how you might be able to be a peacemaker in those situations.  And if you feel brave enough, suggest a solution to the conflict.  Your solution may or may not work, but the only way to find out is to take peaceful action.  Talk at the end of the week as a family about the conflicts you noticed during the week.  Brainstorm about how you could have been a peacemaker in those situations.

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Food for Thought

The greatest personalities that ever existed have been those who united human beings and put them on the road toward cooperation and effectiveness and peace. Those whom the world has held highest have helped to unite and not sever interconnectedness. They have not been the destroyers of differences but the harmonizer of differences. – John Lovejoy Elliott

The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions. – Thich Nhat Hanh