Ordinary Sunday: February 11th

GP I, II, III: Mystery of Easter

Memory Verse: And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore, God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus, even knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippeans 2:8-11

Summary: Lent, the season in which we prepare for Easter, begins next week. This lesson gives an introduction to the relationship of Lent to Easter. We’ll explore how it is both a time of great sorrow and great happiness, or, joy. And how Easter turns everything inside out and upside down.

I wonder…: where joy comes from? how Lent and Easter are both sad and happy? what you remember about Easter?

At Home Follow-up: One reason the church has marked a time leading up to days like Christmas and Easter is so that we will slow down a bit and let the reality of the death and resurrection of Christ unnerve and restore us. Without putting pressure on yourself to have a perfect, ‘holy’ experience, what is one way your family might reflect together this season? Here are a few ideas:

  • A Lenten Prayer Chart- This might even spill over into the rest of the year! Make each day of the week a day you pray for something specific (Monday- friends, Tuesday- family members, Wednesday- church, Thursday- world missions, etc)
  • Memorize a passage of Scripture together- everyone!
  • Watch for Spring to make it’s arrival and talk about the differences between winter and spring. Plant a flower and watch it bloom. Look for new animals. Wonder together what God might be showing us in his creation and differences of winter and spring– how are those like the death and resurrection of Christ?
  • Get out your Lenten spiral!
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