18th-century hymn writer Isaac Watts encourages us to stand closer to the cross and to Jesus, inspiring us with Christ's love for us and our echoing love.
Holy Week is a time to invite, to encourage, and to propose. Consider with the ways in which twenty-first century discipleship calls us to the cross.
A family-friendly service walks participants through Jesus’ last days from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday with stories, songs and lots of movement. Older children take on roles that help us imagine ourselves in the scene.
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.
Remorse, repentance, self-forgiveness. Peter leads us to consider all of these practices. On Good Friday, can we repent, stick with Jesus, and find forgiveness?
Bring the solemnity of Maundy Thursday home by 'stripping' your kitchen table and putting away ornaments and flowers from Thursday through Holy Saturday.
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 uses simple objects, tucked into a small box, and scripture, to tell the story of Jesus' last week.
A creative way to journey through Holy Week with kids. Read scripture each day, and build a Lego scene to portray the story.
Guiding children through Jesus' last days is a special privilege. These Holy Week worship services, tips, and talking points are invaluable.
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.
This item in the British Museum is the earliest known narrative portrayal of the Crucifixion. It is a panel from an ivory casket from around 400 AD.
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.
There are many ways to bring the fullness of Holy Week into the home. Try these specific activities for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with your household.
Carolyn Brown offers this brilliant way of using visual props to make a Holy Week service (Tenebrae) come alive. For children and intergenerational groups.
“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.
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.
By folding the palms into crosses, we underscore this drastic reversal, and the fickle human nature which brought it about. We recall how quickly triumph gave way to shame and suffering. This is a powerful way to enter Holy Week, and if you have never made a palm cross, here is our video to show you how. This is a high definition, easy to see, and easy to follow tutorial featuring our own Charlotte Greeson. Enjoy and share!
How to download, make, and use a resurrection set to teach children about Good Friday and Easter.
Maundy Thursday comes alive with three stations: meal with communion; tracing feet; and foot washing. Practical suggestions for the event.