"For as the heavens are high above the earth, so is his mercy great upon those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our sins from us."
Learning in Lent
The season of Lent is a perfect time for children to take on the challenge of learning a prayer by heart, or memorizing a Bible verse. Here are some suggestions.
A Prayer of Self-Dedication
Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated to you; and then use us, we pray, as you will, and always to your glory and the welfare of your people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer p.832 , written by William Temple
A Prayer for Lent
God of all mercy, you love all that you have made. You forgive the sins of all who are truly sorry. Create and make in us clean hearts, that we, humbly confessing our sins and knowing our brokenness, may receive your forgiveness and blessing; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Written by Anne E. Kitch
In times of temptation
And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)
Courage and strength
I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1:9 (NRSV)
Forgiveness of sins
For as the heavens are high above the earth, so is his mercy great upon those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our sins from us.
Psalm 103:11-12 (BCP Psalter)
Trust in God
I can do all things through him who strengthens me!
Philippians 4:13 (ESV)
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:16 (NRSV)
A Word of Encouragement
Remember that the primary locus for Christian faith formation is the home. Children learn by watching, participating, and following their parents' lead. For a fuller discussion see Powell and Griffin at StickyFaith. YOU can be a minister and evangelist in your own home! God bless you, and the strength of Christ be with you during this season of Lent.
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