Lent begins with Ash Wednesday this year February 14, and lasts forty days not including the Sundays.
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Every Sunday is a little celebration of Easter and thus a time of joy. Historically, the Christian church has recognized Lent as a time to bring people closer to God. Individuals and groups engage in Bible study, in mission and service, and in fasting to prepare themselves for Easter.
During that time, he was tempted; but he stayed true to God.
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Provided here are Scriptures and suggestions of activities to use during a family time of devotion for the weeks of Lent. Ash Wednesday - February 14, Scripture: If you are able, attend an Ash Wednesday Service at church. Talk together as a family about the service and what it meant to you. In reading Matthew 6: And Jesus gives us some specific words to pray, which helps us remember specific people and things for which to pray.
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Through the entire season of Lent, we will be observing practices of prayer and actions that help us live in ways that Jesus has taught us to live. Fold your hands in prayer. Spend a minute in silence looking at your hands and thinking of all the times and ways you pray. Talk together about times of prayer: Talk about ways you can help one another remember to pray during this season of Lent.
Together, decide what each person will do to add life during Lent and what he or she might want to give up in order to do so. Think about such things as:. As we begin this time of Lent, help us be a praying people. Remind us to pray every day. Guide us to make prayer an important part of what we do all through the day.
Week 1—Week of February 18, Jesus Begins His Ministry Scripture: Have water in a pitcher and an empty bowl.
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Pour water from the pitcher into the bowl. You may each want to dip your fingers into the water.
Talk together about all the things that water does: It offers us beauty. Think together about these and other ways that water makes our life healthy and fun and beautiful. Talk together about baptism. If you would like, access this short video on baptism and view it together: This was the start of Jesus' ministry of teaching us about God. Create Name Posters for each person. Print your name on the poster.
Then draw or cut out pictures from magazines that tell something about you. Take time for family members to say how they are doing with what they have added to and given up in their life. We remember that you call each of us by name, and we give you thanks for the ways you have created each of us. Help us to remember we are not alone. We are your children and you are with us.
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Help us to share this knowledge with others so that they too can know your love and care. Week 2—Week of February 25, Teach Me Lord Scripture: Jesus taught his disciples. Because his teachings are recorded in the Bible, he continues to teach us today. Think together about what you know that Jesus has taught us.
What is your favorite Bible story or Scripture? Ask each person to name his or her favorite Bible story or Scripture. Spend time telling one another stories from the Bible. OR select two or three Bible stories to read together.
Take one sheet of paper for each person in the family. Fold it so that you have four pages. On each page, name a Bible story or Scripture verse that is important to a member of the family.
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Draw pictures or write the Scripture or story on that page. Place these with your Bible and include these stories and verses in your prayer time during the week. Today we give thanks to you for Jesus and all that he taught us. We thank you for our Bible and what we learn about you as we read and study the stories and verses contained in our Bible. Sometimes we get too busy to read our Bible. This week, help us to take time to read and study stories and verses from the Bible. Help us see ways for us to live out these stories and verses so that others will want to read and study the Bible as well.
Week 3 — Week of March 4: A Place of Worship Scripture: As you read the Scripture, pass coins from one person to another. While this may be a familiar story for you, it may also feel out of place. We are used to this being part of what we consider during Holy Week. We often have interesting reactions to money. On the one hand, money helps us obtain shelter, food, and things we need for living. It enables us to take care of the poor, feed the hungry, and give so that others may come to know the love of God. On the other hand, money can also end up being the source of worship instead of God.
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