FAMILY FAITH AT HOME 3/25/18 (PALM SUNDAY)

by Lori Robinson

Categories: Children's Ministry

The week of March 25th – 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 Matthew 21:1-10 (Jesus’ Entry into Jerusalem).

This Bible passage can be found online at Bible Gateway via this link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+21%3A1-10&version=NRSV                                                                   

RESPOND

Jesus went to Jerusalem with his disciples to celebrate the Passover. As they got closer to the city, Jesus sent two of the disciples to borrow a donkey for Jesus to ride into the city. In those times, a donkey was a symbol of peace.

As Jesus and his disciples came through the gates of the city, people recognized them.  And they were so excited when they saw Jesus! The people threw their coats on the ground to make a smooth path for Jesus. They spread leafy branches on the road, too, and waved palm branches in the air. Palm branches were a symbol of victory.

The people greeted Jesus as if he were a king!  They shouted loudly, “Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna in the Highest!”  It sounds like a cheer, doesn’t it? It sounds like the people might be saying “Hooray for Jesus” or “Jesus is #1”. But what the word Hosanna really means is: “Save us, we pray”.

Israel was ruled by the Roman Empire and the people were afraid. They longed for the day when God would save them from the Romans. So, when they shouted “Hosanna in the Highest!” what that really meant was: “Save us, son of God! Save us from our troubles and be our new king!”

And Jesus was a king. But he wasn’t the kind of king people though he would be.

Today is Palm Sunday and it marks the beginning of Holy Week – the week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. This is the week when we remember the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.  It’s a hard story to hear, but it leads us to a joyful place. And on Easter Sunday we find out what kind of king Jesus really is.

ACT

Jesus is often called the “Prince of Peace” and he lived a life that exemplifies what it means to care more about others by walking away from a fight.

Family discussion questions for Holy Week:

  1. Where do you find peace in your life?
  2. What do you need to walk away from in order to be at peace?
  3. What do you need to add to your life in order to be more at peace?
  4. How can you advocate for peace for other people?

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Food for Thought

For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (Bible)

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. John 14:27 (Bible)

So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. Ephesians 2:17 (Bible)

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15 (Bible)