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.
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.
Interactive and age appropriate worship ideas to help children understand and experience Ash Wednesday and Holy Week.
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.
Carolyn Brown offers this brilliant way of using visual props to make a Holy Week service (Tenebrae) come alive. For children and intergenerational groups.
Make durable Easter butterflies that are fun for all ages, decorate the church garden, and symbolize the resurrection of Jesus.
“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.
Maundy Thursday comes alive with three stations: meal with communion; tracing feet; and foot washing. Practical suggestions for the event.
Practical advice and suggestions for offering a stations of the cross service for children and families.
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.
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.
With the beauty and power of art by John August Swanson and the insight from Emory University's Candler School of Theology about the sacred text for the gospels, you can journey alongside Jesus as he journeys to the cross.