Posts Tagged ‘Holy Week’

Books and Music for Lent: Paraclete Press

As the calendar draws near to Lent, many churches and individuals are looking for books and resources for the journey. Paraclete Press has new offerings for Lent, as well as trusted favorites. From books to CDs… children to adults… there is something for everyone.

A Beginner’s Guide to Christian Fasting

The main purpose of fasting involves the question: What I am desiring to be filled with? Learn about planning your fast, and tips for moving though it.

Holy Week in a Box

Holy Week in a Box uses simple objects, tucked into a small box, and scripture, to tell the story of Jesus’ last week.

A Lego Journey through Holy Week

A creative way to journey through Holy Week with kids. Read scripture each day, and build a Lego scene to portray the story.

Holy Week with Children

Guiding children through Jesus’ last days is a special privilege. These Holy Week worship services, tips, and talking points are invaluable.

Holy Week Art Project: Making Easter Flags

Tell the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection with each flag-making step. Flags may be made on Palm Sunday, or earlier, and displayed Easter morning.

Creative Ideas for Children’s Ash Wednesday

Interactive and age appropriate worship ideas to help children understand and experience Ash Wednesday and Holy Week.

Spy Wednesday

The Wednesday in Holy Week is called Spy Wednesday for Judas’ betrayal of Jesus. Amy Montanez asks us to reflect on betrayal, and God’s faithful call.

Holy Week Service of Tenebrae: Props, Movement and Imagery

Carolyn Brown offers this brilliant way of using visual props to make a Holy Week service (Tenebrae) come alive. For children and intergenerational groups.

Making Easter Butterflies – Alleluia!

Make durable Easter butterflies that are fun for all ages, decorate the church garden, and symbolize the resurrection of Jesus.

Father Forgive Them: A Good Friday Meditation

“Father forgive them, for they do not what they are doing.” These words were spoken by Jesus from the cross, where, in this movie, Roman guards and a few Jewish on-lookers stood. I am not a Roman soldier or a Jew who asked for Jesus to be crucified. But I know I am an oppressor when I put other people down, when I hurt them physically, emotionally, or spiritually. We are, each of us, oppressors, when we don’t treat other human beings with respect, dignity, and a sense of belonging. We are the oppressors who need God’s forgiveness.

A Story for Holy Week: “Ragman”

This is Holy Week, and many of you out there might be wondering what you might share with your Bible study, small group, youth group, or other group.

For you preachers out there, you may be looking a list of services and plugging in sermons, illustrations, and messages.
Or perhaps you are simply trying to faithfully observe Holy Week (not simple at all!) and looking for some extra inspiration.Here is a powerful short story you can use.

Maundy Thursday with Children

Maundy Thursday comes alive with three stations: meal with communion; tracing feet; and foot washing. Practical suggestions for the event.

Children’s Stations of the Cross

Practical advice and suggestions for offering a stations of the cross service for children and families.

Advent for Everyone – Intergenerational Ministry at St. Barnabas

Something for everyone. Nourishment for spirits of all ages. Perhaps not the quiet and contemplative Advent event I thought I should offer (and, subsequently, that they should want), but what they actually need, want, and will appreciate.

The Mystery of Our Faith

Here and now
is Christ risen,
and that is all we have,

Stations of the Cross

The Way of the Cross enables us to engage in a mini-pilgrimage of sorts, whereby we can focus on the key events of Jesus’ last day.

Where God Hides Holiness

The Great Vigil of Easter is the culmination of the Triduum, one three-day service during Holy Week, the week Christians commemorate the final days of Jesus. It is one of the busiest times of the year for many clergy with services each day. This year, it also coincided with the anniversary of John’s death, which would lead to the anniversary of my grandmother’s death and the anniversary of my step-grandmother’s sudden death. Just to add to the stress, my stepfather was beginning the first of two serious surgeries for blood clots in his legs.

A Good Friday Reflection – Room for Joy

So it’s not the pain of despair. A despairing Good Friday would be unbearable. That would be Bad Friday.

What makes Good Friday good, of course, is love, is Love, the willing sacrifice for the good of others. It is giving up, releasing, suffering, denying so others may have life, find joy, be accepted, come home, be healed.

Being Lifted Up: The Crucifixion

The lifting up of Jesus on a cross is part of a single movement, part of his lifting up in his resurrection from the dead and his exaltation and ascension to union with God.