With most of the world home bound, and many new traditions taking shape you might want to add Holy Week to them. The Revised Common Lectionary has readings assigned for every day this week. So each day until Good Friday I will post suggestions for 2 of each day’s 4 readings. The Psalm, which generally echoes the First Reading, but which speaks to emotion, because we are all finding our emotional responses more highly alive this week. So I am including it to give your preparation for Good Friday an emotional context. The second reading I will be including is the Gospel reading which sets the pace for the coming weekend. I will list the other readings but not supply suggestions in case you wish to explore these reading’s on your own.
FIRST READING: ISAIAH 49:1-7
PSALM 71: 1-14
Psalm 71: All our lives long
(for a child and an old person to read – child’s voice in bold)
In you, O Lord, do I live
In you, O Lord, I grow
You are our God, our rock and refuge
You are my rock, like a rock to dive off into the river
You are my rock, like a home well fenced and protected
Hear us when we call, O God, lift us into your arms.
All my life long you have been with me
When I was born and took my first breath,
you held me
All through the years I have leaned on you
Through all the years ahead I will lean on you.
When I was young you taught me
When I grow old you will bless me
I remember all you have done for me
I will tell everyone how great you are!
an exert from http://www.conversations.net.nz/psalm-71-all-our-lives-long.html
How does the Psalm make you feel?
Describe that feeling, or draw it, or point out what it feels like from a set of emotional cards https://innovativeresources.org/resources/card-sets/bears-cards/ or the Bears App https://innovativeresources.org/resources/digital-applications/bears-app/
Go and find a rock, it doesn’t matter if it is big or small. Think of all the uses you have for a rock. Draw one or some on it.
SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
GOSPEL READING: JOHN 12:20-36
WATCH/READ: Owl Babies by Martin Waddell https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyiBDPJCDFY
as suggested by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-sunday-march-22-2015/
MAKE: Something with play dough or lego. To make something else you need to pull this apart and start again. Something new comes from destroying the first effort.
Thank you God,
that you don’t forget your children
I can always trust you