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talk.pray.do: Palm Sunday

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Today’s Bible story describes Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem during Passover week, riding on a donkey like the prophet Zechariah foretold. (Zech. 9:9) The people welcoming Jesus with palm branches believed He would overthrow Roman oppression and be an earthly king. Jesus sent a different message when He arrived in Jerusalem.

Jesus entered the temple complex. He turned over the tables of the money changers and those selling doves. Jesus said the temple was supposed to be a house of prayer for all nations (Isaiah 56:6-7), declaring His kingship would be over all people, not just the Jews. Jesus healed the blind and the lame. Jesus wasn’t just an earthly king; He was God! (Isa. 35:4-6)

Help kids connect the dots between God’s promises of a Messiah and Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem. How did the people act when they saw Jesus? The people welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem as their King. Celebrate why Jesus came: to save the world from sin!

 

Family Devotion:

Materials: Bible, jackets, branches (Palm Branch) , on sturdy back.

Prepare for your reenactment of Jesus’ triumphal entry by spreading the jackets out and giving the children branches.

Read John 21:1-17

 

Say: Great kings usually rode into town on a horse driven chariot. Jesus, however was not that kind of king.  He would not rule the kind of kingdom the people were expecting. He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey as the prophet Zechariah prophesied.

Ask: What might be some reasons Jesus chose to enter Jerusalem this way?

Say: While the people arrived in Jerusalem with their lambs for the Passover, Jesus our Passover Lamb, was showing Himself to His people.  After His entry into Jerusalem, Jesus headed to the temple.  Earthly kings would be gone to their palaces, but Jesus instead went to His Father’s house-the temple.  Even the children could not help but shout

“HOSANNA to the SON OF DAVID”

Reenact today’s Bible story.  Let your children play Jesus and ride a parents back, while the other children can wave branches and shout Hosanna!  Encourage your young child to plan your family’s own Praise Parade for Jesus—in your house, backyard, or maybe up and down the sidewalk. Make color copies of the palm branch. Others may use crepe paper and attach color streamers to a dowel rod or baton. Others can use real musical instruments (or make simple drums or horns out of kitchen items).

 

Family Worship: Check out Yancy: Hosanna Rock!

Talk with your child about the excitement that must have been in the air that day!

• Why did the people honor Jesus?

• What do you think Jesus was thinking and feeling?

April talk.pray.do

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Why do we celebrate Easter?
What’s your favorite Easter tradition?
Who is one person we can pray for this week and invite to attend church with us?

 

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In addition to the Prayer Pail, this month as you tuck in your children, talk to them about the amazing gift God gave us. He gave us his only son, Jesus. Share with them that when we believe in Jesus, we have the opportunity to have a relationship FOREVER with God! That’s a pretty incredible gift. Pray together and thank God for giving us Jesus.

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Our family take home this month is a bit different. We encourage you to participate in a week-long family devotion over this coming Holy Week. Starting today April 13th (Palm Sunday) and ending on Easter Sunday. We will be posting on the Vista Parents blog a devotional along with other opportunities to share with your children about the Easter Story. Each day you complete the devotion attach the corresponding day on the Hosanna palm leaf, creating your own Holy Week mobile.
Please share with us your stories and photos this week as we worship and thank God together for the priceless gift of Jesus.

Check the blog daily!

March talk.pray.do: Balance

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  • What is the best thing about our family?
  • What do you think makes a happy family?
  • Tell each person in the family why you are glad they are part of our family
  • What three words describe our family?

 

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Children love to hear you say what you think about them. Your words are powerful in the shaping of their hearts. As you tuck them in spend a few minutes telling them what you see in their heart. Things like honesty, friendship, love, forgiveness, and loyalty. Remind them that these things are so much more important than what they look like on the outside. Pray together and ask God to protect their heart. Pray that they grow up with a loving heart that follows after God.

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This month use the family take home kit to have a game night playing the classic egg and spoon race…a game about balance.  Add obstacles in the course and talk with your children about how it was more difficult to see the finish line and focus on balancing the egg.  Share how God is always with us, even in the midst of imbalances and obstacles.

Feel free to use other variations as well: use your mouth to hold the spoon as you race through an obstacle, use a raw egg; add obstacles to the playing area; require players to march, skip, side-step, etc.  Be creative, but most importantly have fun and enjoy your family.

As we begin the 40 days of balance  we in Kids Community encourage your family to check out  check out the lists of examples on the Vista 40 Days page, which may inspire you!  We encourage you to share your experiences over these 40 Days on your site’s Facebook page, or on your Twitter or Instagram accounts (#40Days #VistaStories). We’d love to have a compilation of steps toward balance that we can share to inspire one another.

How will your family intentionally focus on what Jesus said the greatest commandment is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30).

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