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HOLY WEEK: DESCENT INTO DARKNESS

The sixth week of Lent is Holy Week, the week before Easter. It begins with great rejoicing on Palm Sunday and ends with the three darkest days of the Christian year – Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday – when we recall the betrayal, arrest, crucifixion, death, and burial of Jesus. These three days are called the Triduum (TRID-ee-um). It is traditional not to light a fire on these three days, as a way of remembering that the Light has gone out of the world. In our house, we remember that by simply not lighting the candle at our evening meal and by saying a different litany those days.

Palm Sunday March 29, 2015
Scripture: John 12:12-15
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You are the King. You are good and humble and powerful and gentle. We praise You, our King. Amen.
Question: Why are the people in this story so excited? What do you do when you're excited? What would you do if you knew Jesus was coming to our town/city?

Monday
Scripture: Isaiah 42:1-4
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You are God's Son, the servant who tenderly cares for those who are lonely, sad, lost, and broken. Thank You for Your faithful love for us. Amen.
Question: What is a smoldering wick (use the words from verse 3 of your translation)? Why do you think the servant won't put out a smoldering wick? What kind of person do you think the servant is? Who do you think the servant is?

Tuesday
Scripture: Psalm 31:13-16
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You trusted Your Father, even when Your life was scary and You were afraid. Help us to trust You when we are afraid. Amen.
Question: How does it feel to be afraid? Who can we turn to when we are afraid? What can we do?

Wednesday
Scripture: Mark 14:1
Prayer: Lord Jesus, when You went to Jerusalem You knew You were going to be killed, but You went because You trusted Your Father and because You love Your people. We are so grateful that You love us that much. Amen.
Question: What do the priests want to do to Jesus? How do you think Jesus felt, knowing this?

Maundy Thursday: Betrayed and Arrested
Scripture: Mark 14:43-46
Prayer: Lord Jesus, this is a dark day. It is the day You were betrayed and arrested. Help us to remember You today and remember what You suffered because You love us. Amen.
Question: Why do you think Judas, who was Jesus' friend, betrayed Him? How do you think Jesus felt when Judas betrayed Him? How did He feel when the crowd seized Him? Where do you think they will take Him?

Good Friday: Crucified April 3, 2015
Scripture: Luke 23:18-21, 32-33
Prayer: Lord Jesus, this is a dark day. It is the day You were crucified and died. Help us to remember You today and to remember what you suffered because You love us. Amen.
Question: Why did Jesus die? (There are lots of answers here. Encourage older children especially to think beyond the rote "for our sins.")

Holy Saturday: Laid in the Earth
Scripture: Mark 15:42-46
Prayer: Lord Jesus, this is a dark day. It is the day You lay in the earth, dead and buried. Help us to remember You today and to remember what You suffered because You love us. Amen.
Question: Why did Joseph ask for Jesus' body? What did he do with it? How do you think he felt about Jesus' death? How do you feel about Jesus' death?

Easter Sunday: Christ is Risen! April 5, 2015
Scripture: Mark 16:1-7
Prayer: Lord Jesus, this is a bright and glorious day. It is the day You rose from the dead. You beat death and sin and sadness and pain. Help us to remember Your amazing triumph today. We give You praise and honor and glory. Amen.
Question: Why did Jesus rise from the dead? How does that make you feel?

EASTER CANTATA Sunday, March 29, 10:30 am

This year's Easter cantata is titled "Behold the Lamb", created by Sue C. Smith and Russell Mauldin. It will be presented by the Glynlea Grace choir on Palm Sunday, March 29th, during the 10:30 am worship service. Please plan on attending and invite some friends to join you. It will be an enjoyable time of music and worship in honor of our risen King.

DEVOTIONS FOR THE FIFTH WEEK OF LENT

This week's stories are of Jesus touching people and healing them and of His raising Lazarus from the dead. Children who have chronically ill or dying family members or who have recently lost someone who is dear to them may have questions about why Jesus didn't heal their loved ones. Be honest in your responses to those questions. If you wonder that, too, tell your children, but also assure them that Jesus loves them and the person who is ill or who died. Take your time with this week's devotions, especially if you anticipate that these stories will call forth your child's (or your own) questions and pain.

Fifth Sunday of Lent March 22, 2015
Scripture: Matthew 8:14-16
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You that You touched Peter's mother-in-law and made her well. Thank You that You are a God who heals. Amen.
Question: How does it feel to have a fever? How do you think Peter's mother-in-law felt when Jesus touched her hand? How do you think Jesus heals people today?

Monday
Scripture: Mark 5:22-23, 35-42
Prayer: Lord Jesus, you took Jairus's daughter by the hand and healed her. Thank You that You are a God who heals. Amen.
Question: How did Jairus feel when his servants said his daughter was dead? How did he feel when Jesus healed her? How do you think Jesus heals people today?

Tuesday
Scripture: Mark 5:25-29
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You touched the bleeding woman and made her well. Thank You that You are a God who heals. Amen.
Question: How does it feel to bleed a lot? What would you do if you couldn't stop bleeding? How would you feel if the doctors couldn't help you? How did this woman feel when Jesus healed her?

Wednesday
Scripture: Mark 8:22-25
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You touched the blind man's eyes and he was able to see. Thank You that You are a God who heals. Amen.
Question: How does it feel to wake up in the dark and not be able to see? How do you think it would feel to see for the first time ever? How do you think the blind man feels about Jesus?

Thursday
Scripture: John 11:17-23
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You loved Mary and Martha, and You came to be with them after the death of their brother. Thank You that You are with us, too, when we are sad and miss people we love. Amen.

Friday
Scripture: John 11:32-36 (This is a continuation of yesterday's story).
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You loved Mary and Martha, and You grieved with them after the death of their brother. Thank You that You share our sadness when we miss people we love. Amen.

Saturday
Scripture: John 11:38-44 (This is a continuation of yesterday's story.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You raised Lazarus from the dead and restored him to his sisters. Thank You that You promise to restore our loved ones to us in Heaven. Amen.
Question: How do you think Mary and Martha feel at the end of this story? What will happen to us at the end of our stories? How do you think we'll feel at the end of our stories?

Church Calendar

Tue Mar 31 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
T'ai Ch'i
Thu Apr 02 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Choir Practice
Fri Apr 03 @ 6:00PM - 07:30PM
Wing & A Prayer
Sat Apr 04 @12:00PM - 03:00PM
Community Easter Egg Hunt
Sun Apr 05 @ 8:45AM - 09:45AM
Praise Team Practice
Sun Apr 05 @ 9:30AM - 10:30AM
Sunday School
Sun Apr 05 @10:30AM - 11:30AM
Awesome Worship
Tue Apr 07 @10:00AM - 11:00AM
United Methodist Women
Wed Apr 08 @ 1:00PM - 02:00PM
Upper Room Study & Prayer

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