Lent 2 Year A, 2023: Ideas to share the Revised Common Lectionary Readings with all ages.

Welcome. Each week I compile a number of resources to help you, your family or your congregation contemplate the RCL readings. While designed to be used during a Sunday service at church or by zoom, these readings can also be used during the week to help your family’s faith formation.

My objective is for faith to be a lived experience and for children to learn how to worship, explore the Bible, and pray by participating in Worship with others. The goal here is not for them to learn names or facts, though they may want to do that for themselves, but, rather to find ways of connecting with the text and sharing that with others. The idea is to form a lifelong love of Christ, for the Word of God, and to participate in Worship.

Faith is portable, we live it, and share it, every day. I hope these simple ideas help your family or congregation form their faith.

If you are a small congregation, that suddenly has children in your pews, these can also be used in your services, shared direct from this site, or copied into your order of service. Create an area as close as possible to where the major liturgies of the service occur, for parents/guardians to worship with their children, and fill this area with books and toys in it that will enhance their spiritual experience. (Ie not toys for “keeping them quiet”). You will find some ideas in these posts Spiritual Delights or Toy Box tat! and Make the books appealing.

Suggest that visiting families pack a special backpack, filled with a children’s storybook bible, other books that speak about ideas in today’s readings, and drawing or craft materials that children can use to respond to today’s readings.

For adults and older students, you might like to use a journal with which to record anything that grabs your attention during the service. This could be a special, bound book or you can use your iPad or iPhone. You could write a precis of the message (traditional words or pictures), draw, and keep a record of emotions and hymns that you did or did not like. You could use a template like this free download. Remember, this is for you, you do not have to show anyone what is in it unless you want to, and you feel safe to do so.

You might like to introduce THE LORDS PRAYER IN ACTIONS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOugEQpcc_k OR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMjm93ylL2w

We are now in the season of LENT the liturgical colour is PURPLE (closer to the red spectrum, Advent’s purple is closer to the blue spectrum)


Lent is 40 Days, (spread your fingers out and push them in front of yourself 4X)

it’s a long long way (shield your eyes and look around the horizon)

but with each step (walk on the spot)

We get closer,

closer to the JOY of EASTER, (star jump)

Closer to God (give yourself a hug)

We learn more about ourselves (point to yourself)

Like Jesus did in his 40 days in the Wilderness,

Today we only have 30 days left (spread your fingers out and push them in front of yourself 3X)

We are getting closer

(Some visual learning suggestions, place 40 stepping stones around the church/or home, these can be made from non-slip tiles or mats (try Bunnnings or Spotlight for ideas) or if your church/home has cobble stones or timber stepping stones around them, number them and cross off the days. Another option is to use the Praying in Color steps template, especially good for those with small spaces or where you want people to stay connected away from the communal space.)

NOTE: though we say that LENT is 40 days we do not count the Sundays

This Liturgy can be said daily in the home, counting each day down as you say the second last line.


READ: Abram’s Call from The Spark Storybook Bible, only pp.30-31


SING Abraham believed on Colin Buchanan’s album Old Testament Sing-a-long



God help me

to trust You


PSALM: 121

Psalm 121: I lift my eyes to the hills

I lift my eyes to the hills; (look up)
who is coming to help me? (drop your shoulders)
The Lord! Jesus has come to help me! (point to yourself)
He is right here, all the time.
Every step I take is a step with him. (take a step forward)
He has promised to take care of me, (give yourself a hug)
and he never sleeps on the job! (pretend to place your head on a pillow of your hands)
The Lord will keep you safe.
The Lord will keep your going out
and your coming in
from now on and always and always.

What emotions does this Psalm bring out in you? Show it or draw it or find an emoji that shows me.

SECOND READING: ROMANS: 4:1-5 and 13-17

READ: The Whirl Story Bible, Roman Believers, pp.366-369

CREATE a play about a situation that contrasts someone getting what they deserve because they followed the rules and someone receiving something due to God’s grace.


READ: Nicodemus in the Whirl Story Book Bible pp.282-285


SING I am Loved from the I am Loved album by Heather Price

OR MATTHEW: 17:1-9

READ: Children of God, by Desmond Tutu, Jesus is changed on the Mountaintop, pp.102-103



Let me hear about the glory of God

And help me share

the Wonder



Wendy L.

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I am writing this on Wurundjeri land and wish to pay respect to all Elders, past, present, and emerging.


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