We finally got our Easter decorations up. Ethan brought some wonderful things home from our fantastic children's program at church, including this craft, which is a family tradition of one of our pastors. It is hot glued stick crosses stuck into a foam block and covered with Spanish moss. It came with six interchangeable ribbons.
- Palm Sunday - Green, The Triumphal Entry: Jesus Arrives in Jerusalem (Mt. 21:1-11; Mk. 11:1-10;Lk. 19:29-38)
- Thursday - Brown, The Last Supper: Symbol of Jesus' Coming Death (Lk. 22:14-20)
- Friday- Red, the Crucifixion: Jesus Dies for Our Sins (Lk. 23:33-47)
- Saturday - Black, The Waiting: Jesus' Body in the Tomb (Lk. 23:50-56)
- Easter Sunday - White, The Resurrection: Jesus Conquers Sin & Death (Lk. 24: 1-12)
- Monday - Purple, the Mission: Jesus' Work Continues Through Us (Mt. 28:18-20)
You know that you celebrate too much when your kids find out that it's St. Patty's day and immediately want to know what kind of green breakfast you're going to have. I thought I bought Lucky Charms with extra clover - but I couldn't find it if I did, so we had green apple oatmeal!
We're going to an Ireland activity at the library later too, and have several books to read - and green clothes, of course.
Brian left me devotional readings of Jesus' final week in addition to the wonderful family devotions he's prepared for the evening. There are many wonderful ideas for Holy week at children's ministry.com, including the idea of having a special corner for worship this week, including candles or a bare branch wrapped in white lights. We don't really have extra corners at the moment, but this candle tray is top of a bookshelf and will be taken down and lit twice a day for family worship. I'm planning to incorporate most of their ideas for worship each day - they're so easy to implement.
We'll also do a green pepper craft - a pepper ring makes a clover shape. We'll dip it in green paint and make prints. Then corn beef and cabbage for supper and we'll watch The Quiet Man - it's tradition.
Alamo Day for school - books and the John Wayne movie - and Ethan's memorizing a song from his Western CD (can't find the title - will get back to you).
My birthday - an ice cream sundae supper?
First Day of Spring - our second annual spring photo shoot. Each kid gets a disposable camera and photographs signs of spring (not including runny noses). We'll take the newly developed shots from last year and put them in an album. We'll also be at a short outdoor concert and have a picnic lunch.
Possibly a Resurrection Party at a friends. Hot Cross Buns for breakfast. A cross craft. Lots of Bible readings (Brian's off). 3PM quiet hour and blowing out the prayer candle.
Egg hunt and Easter story at a local horse stable, then lunch and egg decorating with friends. Preparations for tomorrow's celebration. Contemplating attending the Great Vigil at a local Reformed Anglican church.
More concrete plans and ideas to come, this is just the beginning...