WELCOME: Everyone is welcome here.
MAKE: though there are no Palms in the Gospel reading for today one of the traditions I love is to make a cross and put it on my front door, until Ash Wednesday next year. This year you could make a paper cross and put that on your door and it will still burn on Ash Wednesday next year.
Palm free traditions could be to
- Draw coats on the footpath to the church or to your door
- Leave a coat outside the door, (if it does go to another home treat that as a socially responsible Lent response)
- Wear a coat to church and remove it when you get to the door, or if worshipping at home, place your coat on the floor of the space where you are worshipping
Light or turn on 6 Candles (one for each Sunday in Lent) Blow out (or turn off) 6 Candles
Into this season of Lent (pretend to Walk)
I go (point to yourself)
Life has it’s seasons (draw a circle in the air)
It’s Joys and (happy face)
It’s sadnesses (sad face)
You go before me (point your arms ahead)
You are there after me (look behind)
FIRST READING: Isaiah 50:4-9a
God has given me the tongue (poke out your tongue)
Of a teacher (Point your finger as if making a Point)
That I (point to yourself)
May know how to energize the tired with a word (jump up and down)
Each morning God wakes me (stretch as if waking up)
To listen to those being taught (Place your hand behind your ears)
God opened my ear (point to your ear)
I obeyed and did not look back( look behind you)
I turned away from those who hurt me (turn around)
I turned my back on those who hit me (turn around)
I did not hide from insults (crouch down)
God helps me (give yourself a hug)
I am not bought low (hold your head high)
knowing that You God (hold your hands in a prayer position)
are always with me (give yourself a hug)
I stand with God (show your muscles)
God helps me (give yourself a hug)
Actions in Italics
DRAW a face on a paper plate.
PLAY: With a weighted toy that wobblies but gets up right again when it falls down, such as this
PSALM 118: 1-2 and 19-29
READ: Pointing to the risen Lord
This is the day that the Lord has made (stamp your foot)
Let us rejoice and be glad in it! (Put your hands up high)
The Lord is my energy and my strength (show your muscle)
He has become my salvation! (stand with feet apart and chest out)
The stone that the builders rejected (get a toy block)
has become the corner stone, (use it to start a row with other blocks)
the foundation on which everything is built. (continue to build) (you might like to build a cross)
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good (put your hands in a praying position)
His steadfast love goes on forever! (shelter your eyes and look far ahead)
Words by Rev Purdie actions in italics by me
PLAY: The full version has such beautiful imagery and metaphor, let them build something with blocks. Ask them how they built it? where is the door, the windows? Are they happy with what they have built. Let them know that God is our base, and it make’s us happy.
SECOND READING: Philippians 2:5-11
READ The day I became a Bird by Ingrid Chabbert
Understand why Storypath made this suggestion
SING: Totally God, Totally Man from The Ology by Soveriegn Grace Kids
Help me to be in your
GOSPEL READING: Luke 19:28-40
Every Children’s Story book Bible I am aware of mixes the Gospel stories of Jesus’s truimphant entry. None of them therefore tell the Luke story. You might like to read the different versions and find what is and is not missing in each gospel. HINT There are no Palm leaves mentioned in Luke. All children’s books I know show palm fronds in their pictures. Therefore I have chosen this book which focus’s on the Donkey, like Luke does.
READ: Dave the Donkey by Andrew MacDonough
ACTIVITIES: Purchase and Download the accompanying Activities Book
PLAY: Act out the story, find a toy donkey, some dolls clothes, lots of toys or dolls to be the crowd.
SENDING HYMN Tell the World by Hillsong Kids Learn the actions here
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