Lent 2019 Resources

CAUTION_LENT IN PROGRESS

Are you ready for a new season?  I know that I am!  Spring may still be a few weeks away, but a new season in the church, Lent, begins on March 6th with Ash Wednesday.  The Tri-Saints Worship and Music Committee, confirmation students, and I have been hard at work getting fresh, new resources ready for you, and wanted to give you a place to find all of our great resources for all ages and stages.  Check it out!

Handheld Prayers

What does a jingle bell, click pen, stone, binder clip, paperclip, warm fuzzy, and quarter have to do with quiet prayer?  On Sundays in Lent, Quiet Lent Prayer Practices will return with all new Handheld Prayers.  Our Handheld prayer satchels will contain five small objects that fit in our hands and remind us in a small, everyday way of the many options we have when we open the conversation to God in prayer.

JINGLE BELL:  Praise https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2019/03/06/handheld-prayers-praise/

STONE:  Confession https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2019/03/13/handheld-prayers-confession/

Head and Heart Verses

One of the promises of God in the prophet Jeremiah is this: “I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people” (Jeremiah 31:33).  During this time of growth in discipleship, we will take one of the verses of Paul’s letter to the Romans as a conversation partner and work to write it, both on our minds and our hearts.  Here are the verses we will focus on:

Romans 3:23 “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”

https://goodgodideas.wordpress.com/2019/03/05/lenten-bookmark-reflection-romans-323/

Romans 5:8 “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

https://goodgodideas.wordpress.com/2019/03/05/lenten-bookmark-reflection-romans-58/

Romans 6:1 “Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?  Be no means!”

https://goodgodideas.wordpress.com/2019/03/12/lenten-bookmark-reflection-romans-622/

Romans 6:22 “Now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God…the end is eternal life.”

Romans 8:25 “If we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”

Romans 10:15 “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Romans 12:5 “We, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.”

Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Sunday Season of Hope:  LWR Personal Care Kits

We continue our habit of the past several years of gathering items for Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief.  Please bring these items to your church in Lent; the Sunday School children and Confirmation youth will assemble them on Easter morning.  Items needed include soap, bath towels, wide-tooth combs, and nail clippers (we have plenty of toothbrushes from previous years).  Please consider giving out of your abundance to those who would consider these items a true miracle from God.

https://lwr.org/personal-care-kit-assembly-resources

Prayer Experiences:  The Lord’s Prayer

What do name tags, colored pencils, Mission Possible Cards, Tickets to Heaven, play dough, dissolving paper, crocheted labyrinths, and glow bracelets have to do with prayer?  Our confirmation students have been studying the Lord’s Prayer since Christmas, and are excited to share several prayer experiences exploring the petitions of the Lord’s Prayer with you over the course of our Lenten Midweek services.  They will also be sharing their gifts of music throughout our midweek gatherings.

Ash Wednesdayhttps://goodgodideas.wordpress.com/2019/03/05/lords-prayer-station-1-child-of-god-nametags/

Lord’s Prayer 1st Petition:  :  https://goodgodideas.wordpress.com/2019/03/13/lords-prayer-station-2-names-for-god-praying-in-color/

Wednesday Midweek Offering:  Area Food Pantries

The Parish Council has decided to designate our Midweek offering to our three county food shelves.  Although we usually think of hunger during Thanksgiving and Christmas, the need persists all year.  Please be generous in obeying Jesus’ command to feed our hungry neighbors, right here in our community.

Dive Deeper Lenten Study:  Romans

The subject of our gatherings during Lenten midweek this year is Paul’s Letter to the Romans.  This letter is a treasure trove of some of the deepest truths of our Christian faith, and also can be one of the most confusing.  As we prepare to dive deeply into this beloved book, I offer the following passage for us to Dwell in this month:  https://pbsipes.wordpress.com/2019/03/05/saved-in-hope-dwelling-in-the-word-march-2019/

If you prefer a weekly study, this is our Lenten Devotion Book from ReFrame Media:

https://pbsipes.wordpress.com/2019/03/05/pauls-letter-to-the-romans-dive-deeper-lenten-devotions/

May God strengthen us during this season of deepening faith and discipleship!

 

Reformation 500 Resources: The Third Article of the Creed for Youth

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What does this mean?
Look up the commandment and its meaning in your Study Edition of Luther’s Small Catechism, page 31.

Don’t have one?  You can get your own copy here:  https://www.augsburgfortress.org/store/product/22231/Luther-Small-Catechism-Anniversary-Study-Edition

Or download the free app here:  https://www.augsburgfortress.org/store/product/22879/Luther-Small-Catechism-App

Questions to Ponder:
Underline or circle any words or phrases that you don’t understand.  Write the words and their definitions in the margins of your book.

What questions do you have about this section?

What is your favorite part of this section?  Why?

What do you think of when you think of God as “Holy Spirit”?

How is thinking of God as the Holy Spirit helpful in your daily life?

What is God up to in this section?

Teach Us to Pray:
You can Pray in Color with the illustration on pg. 30 of your Small Catechism.
You may also conclude your study in these or similar words:
Holy Spirit, Giver of Life, stir up in me the gift of your Holy Spirit: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of the knowledge and the fear of the Lord, the spirit of joy in your presence, both now and forever.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen. (Luther’s Small Catechism:  Study Edition pg. 78)