My witnesses 040818

Luke 24:36b-48

Jesus himself stood among . . . “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.”

From sermon4kids.com: “You and I have been called to tell the story just like those disciples. We must be a witness for Jesus, too. We must tell the world that Jesus is alive.”

Scripture: April 1, 2018—Acts 10:34–43; 1 Corinthians 15:1–11; Psalm 118:1–2, 14–24; and John 20:1–18.

Collect: Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Reflection: Paul’s claim about Christ Jesus in 1 Corinthians 15 is a creed: Christ died, was buried, was raised, and appeared to many disciples and finally to Paul, who writes, “by the grace of God I am what I am” (v. 10). If you were to say those words of yourself, what would it mean that everything about you—all you are and have done—is “by the grace of God”? Where is God’s grace evident in your life today?

Image: Medieval wall painting from Seething, Norfolk.

Sunday School 9:15 am, selected classes only

Eye Candy: “Resurrection” by Paul T. Granlund [Editor: my all-time favorite]; “I do not know where they have laid him” by Jan Richardson; Medieval wall painting from Seething, Norfolk; “Easter Morning” by James Janknegt

Ear Worm: “He arose“, a sweet arrangement sung by two darling boys “He a-wose”; “Worthy is the Lamb” by Pepper Choplin; “Worthy is the Lamb” and “Amen” from Handel’s Messiah sung by the Morman Tabernacle Choir

Brain Food: “Passiontide” by Michael Coffee; “The grim comedy of St. Mark’s passion” by Debra Dean Murphy; a poem about the miniature shown below of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem.

Movies/Videos: “Phenomenon” (1996), many parallels to the Easter story; “The Gospel of John” (2014), “excellent film version of the Gospel of John”; “A Beautiful Mind” (2001), a struggle with schezophrenia

 Study guide, group activity, snacks

: young elementary: activity; bulletin games; crafts;
older elementary: activity; bulletin games; craft

  This week we are helping with the Easter egg hunt – hiding the eggs.

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