LENT RESOURCES

THEME: CREATED FOR COMMUNITY

The invitation to Lent spoken on Ash Wednesday reminds us that we enter this season together “with the whole church.” It goes on to state that “we are created for communion with God, to love one another, and to live in harmony with creation.” This series invites us to reflect on what it means to be in community with one another, with the world, with creation, and with God.

During your Lenten journey, enjoy a variety of resources for all ages, including scripture readings, prayers, and activities. Pick and choose the activities that interest you and do them at your own pace.

  • If you received a Lent Gift Bag, specific activities are highlighted on the daily cards. These ideas (along with others) are included below.
  • If you did not receive a Lent Gift Bag, you can easily follow along during the Lenten season by reading the daily scripture, prayer, and reflection question(s) here. Also find an electronic version of the activity booklet.

How to use the list of resources below: The resources are categorized by weekly theme (In community with Christ, In community with creation, In community with all the saints, In community with our neighbor, In community with those on the margins, and Holy Week/Easter). Many of the activities need minimal (or no) supplies and can be completed in a short amount of time. Parents please use your discretion for activities based on your child’s age. Enjoy!

IN COMMUNITY WITH CHRIST

(February 17-23) Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a season of repentance and reflection. When we are at the limits of our own power, overwhelmed by guilt or shame, or confronted with death, we find ourselves in the company of Jesus, who offers the gifts of forgiveness and connection.

  • Ash Wednesday: Imposition of ashes description and how-to found here.
  • Experience: Forgiveness Fire PDF
  • Listen:Untitled Hymn” by Chris Rice (performed by Brian Bremer)
  • Pray: Centering Prayer (Zoom February 22 – March 22 from 9:00 -10:00 am or 6:30 – 7:30 pm) details and registration here.
  • Connect: Caring for Self and Others (Zoom on Tuesday, February 23 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm) details and registration here.
  • Create: Color and Bury the “ALLELUIA” with Pastor Randy’s instruction
  • Study: Download this week’s online ELCA Daily Discipleship Bible studies based on the Gospel lesson for Sunday worship.

IN COMMUNITY WITH CREATION

(February 24-March 2) While we may think of community as human connections, we human beings are interdependent with all the created world. The power of God’s creation and impact on people is especially apparent in the story of Jesus calming the storm; which he does in the presence of fishermen whose lives depend on the sea but who become afraid of its power in the storm.

IN COMMUNITY WITH ALL THE SAINTS

(March 3-9) Our faith is intertwined with those who have gone before us and those who will come after us. Our understanding of community, then, extends beyond the present time to include those whose faith has influenced and nurtured ours, and those whose faith we impact now and into the future.

IN COMMUNITY WITH OUR NEIGHBOR

(March 10-16) Being in community with our neighbor is complicated and wonderful. Just as many different threads are woven together to create an eye-catching piece of cloth, unique and diverse neighbors come together to form community that is beautiful and strong. The story of the paralyzed man lowered to Jesus through a roof highlights that it takes a community to care for one another.

IN COMMUNITY WITH THOSE ON THE MARGINS

(March 17-23) People on the margins are part of our communities. The Hebrew people, our ancestors in the faith, wandered in the wilderness for decades. When Jesus crosses over to the land of the Gerasenes, he encounters and brings healing to a man who has been left on the margins and restores him to community.

  • Pray: Shine a Light PDF
  • Listen:God of This City” by Chris Tomlin (performed by SOTV Worship Band)
  • Watch: A Story of Noticing and Including here
  • Advocate: Learn about opportunities with our partner: Lutheran Advocacy – MN
  • Serve: Donate to the SOTV Food Shelf
  • Study: Download this week’s online ELCA Daily Discipleship Bible studies based on the Gospel lesson for Sunday worship.

IN COMMUNITY WITH CHRIST

(March 24-27) The season of Lent begins and ends with a cross. From the mark of ashes on our foreheads to the hill outside Jerusalem on Good Friday — and beyond — being in community with Christ means walking the way of the cross with Jesus, who gives away his life in loving service to the world.

  • Pray: Cross PDF on what to do
  • Listen:Lead Me to the Cross” by Hillsong (performed by the SOTV Worship Band)
  • Create: Bake Lenten Prayer Pretzels instructions
  • Play: Forgiven (Board Game)
  • Serve: Volunteer with our partner “Every Meal” (formerly “The Sheridan Story”)

HOLY WEEK & EASTER

(March 28-April 4) Holy Week is the center of our church year and one of striking contrasts: It begins with celebration, moves to confusion, sadness, betrayal, despair as Jesus is left alone to die on the cross, abandoned by even his closest friends. We lament Christ’s suffering and all human suffering; we also expect God’s salvation. We enter this holy week thirsty for the completion of God’s astonishing work.

  • Create: Holy Week Lego Challenge PDF

Palm Sunday (March 28)
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. Jesus rides into Jerusalem surrounded by shouts of glory. Today we join the parade, wave our palm branches and shout, “Hosanna!”

  • Create: Color and Wave Palm Branches. Hosanna! PDF
  • Experience: Enter the Scene PDF
  • Study: Download today’s online ELCA Daily Discipleship Bible studies based on the Gospel lesson for Sunday worship.

Maundy Thursday (April 1)
Jesus celebrated his final Passover meal (the Last Supper) with his disciples the Thursday before Easter. Afterwards, Jesus knelt to wash their feet, saying: “I give you a new commandment…Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” (John 13:34). It is this extraordinary example of servant love that we are called to follow.

  • Create: Bake Communion Bread recipe
  • Experience: Strip the Altar PDF

Good Friday (April 2)
Life and death stand side by side as we enter into Good Friday. Jesus reveals the power and glory of God, even as he is put on trial and sentenced to death. Standing with the disciples at the foot of the cross, we gather in solemn devotion and darkness, but with the promise that Easter will dawn.

  • Create: Good Friday Coloring Page PDF
  • Experience: Technology Darkness PDF

Easter (April 4)
Christ is risen! Jesus is alive, and God has swallowed up death forever. With Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, we may feel astonished and confused, unsure of what to make of the empty tomb. But this is why we gather, in person or in spirit: to proclaim, witness, praise, and affirm the liberating reality of Christ’s death and resurrection. In word and feast, we celebrate God’s unending love, and share this good news with all the world. Alleluia!

  • Create: Empty Tomb Crescent Rolls recipe
  • Proclaim: Unbury the “ALLELUIA!” PDF
  • Study: Download today’s online ELCA Daily Discipleship Bible studies based on the Gospel lesson for Sunday worship.
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