Trinity Kool-Aid

Sunday, May 22, we celebrate Trinity Sunday – a day when we think about the great mystery that God is Three in One. This simple activity will help illustrate the concept that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit – while three persons – come together to form one God, which we call the Holy Trinity.

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Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The Language of Pentecost

Pentecost is the Church’s birthday. On this day, long ago, the Church was born! The Spirit of God lives inside of us, and helps us to share God’s love with others. Hear the story of Pentecost and learn to share God’s love in some other languages. Come, Holy Spirit! Happy Birthday, dear Church.

Read more of Beth Beall’s devotional for Pentecost.

Thank you, God, for filling me with the power of your love. Help me to share your love with others. Amen.

Great Moms Around Us

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8. Take time to notice and celebrate people around you who are mothers that you admire.

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God, thank you creating each one of us. Today, we give special thanks for all the loving moms who touch our lives. Amen.

Praying with the Senses

When families pray together, they help one another talk and listen to God. Tap your imaginations for entering into God’s presence by stimulating your senses: smell the bread, taste the grape juice, listen to the sound of frying fish, experience the quiet of an outdoor garden.

Gather your family in a comfortable space for this week’s devotional exercise. For tips on how to engage your family in prayer, click here.

God of life, you are everywhere: in the sky, in the wind, around our family table. Help us to see and touch and taste and know you through our prayers. Amen.

Be Not Afraid

In middle Tennessee, April and May are often months when severe weather patterns are common. Although Davidson and Williamson Counties have “tornado sirens” that warn of impending danger, and families designate “safe places” within their homes where they can wait for storms to pass, these things can be terrifying for children (and adults).

This season offers opportunity to talk with your children about fears, and about the ways that Jesus offers us peace beyond our understanding.

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God, remind us of your presence when we feel afraid. Help us learn ways to stay safe. Amen.

Earth Day Service

While we tend to God’s creation all year round, we celebrate our earth of April 22 with people all over the world! Here are a few ways to celebrate Earth Day this year (and maybe to continue year-round!):

  • Eat organic food, or food that is grown near where you live
  • Grow some of your own food
  • Compost food waste
  • Be intentional when choosing to eat meat. Support local farmers who are committed to sustainability raising their animals
  • Support the PCUSA Hunger Program
  • Advocate for justice and sustainability, both in agriculture and climate policies
  • Try these activity ideas from Vibrant Faith
  • Check out this short video that shares tips on how to serve others, especially at home with your families

Another way we can celebrate Earth Day is with prayer.

“Gracious God, we have taken the fruits of your creation and your merciful abundance for granted. We haven’t paid attention to the suffering of the earth and of the people who have produced our food. As we reap our nourishment, ignoring our connection to the rest of your creation, we move further away from your vision for your beloved community.

 

Forgive us, O God, and transform us. Open our eyes to see the richness and beauty in connecting the food we eat to the natural and human resources that have brought it to us – both at the Lord’s Table, and at our individual tables. Help us to give thanks, not just for our food, but also for those people who have provided it for us, that they might also flourish. Encourage us to work for justice for all, so that all may give you thanks and be fed.

In Christ Jesus we pray, amen.” (Adapted from Creation Justice Ministries’ prayer)

Come, Eat Breakfast

While Easter Day was celebrated March 27, the season of Easter goes for 50 days – ending at Pentecost (May 15). Continue to enjoy the stories of post-Resurrection accounts of Jesus’ appearances to his disciples.

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“Resurrection Faith and Doubt”

Each of the Gospels tells about Jesus’ friends who found the empty tomb on Easter morning. The story of Jesus’ resurrection doesn’t end there. Read about Thomas, who had trouble believing that God really raised Jesus from death.

 

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“Waiting at the Tomb”

Take time on the Saturday before Easter to quietly consider Jesus’ passion and death and prayerfully wait for the celebration of his resurrection. In today’s noisy world, it is important to make time for silence and meditation.

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“Holy Week Holidays”

The church year includes several holidays during Holy Week, which begins on Palm Sunday. Take a few minutes on each of these special days to help children grow in understanding why each of these days is important and why Christians observe them.

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