> Four services are available: Saturday 5 p.m. (Contemporary), Sunday 9 a.m. (Traditional), Sunday 10:15 a.m. (Contemporary), and Sunday 4 p.m. (The Depot Church).
You will need:
internet access for song, and video links;
Spark Story Bible or Connect Bible;
Outdoor garden area (with a few existing plants ok), rocks and seeds.
Faith5 is a simple faith practice that can be done at bedtime, after a meal, or at a special time for quiet each day. Faith5 includes five simple steps:
Share your highs and lows
Read a Bible verse or story
Talk about how the Bible reading might relate to your highs and lows, or what you heard that feels important
Pray for one another’s highs and lows
Bless one another
Gather everyone in a comfortable spot and get settled in.
Invite each member of your family to share their highs and lows for the day. You can use the words blessings and bummers instead. Someone might choose to pass or not have anything to share, and that’s ok.
Read the Bible story that relates to the Gospel reading: The Sower (Spark Story Bible pg. 292), or read the Gospel text, Matthew 13:1-9, on page 1086 in the Connect Bible.
Talk about the Spark Bible story or Gospel text, taking turns offering what you heard that relates to high/lows or what felt important.
Pray for one another’s highs and lows. These words can help you get started – “Dear Jesus, planting seeds in good soil makes plants grow strong. Thank you for planting the seeds of love and care for others in our hearts – which is a good place for these seeds to grow! Thank you for loving me every day and always being with me. Thank you for (blessings). Today, please help me with (bummers). Please help make good choices, today and every day. Amen.”
Bless one another. Take turns making the sign of the cross on each other’s foreheads, saying simply, “God loves you and so do I.”
Let us be thankful and grateful this weekend and always.
Read the Old Testament lesson from Isaiah 55:10-11. Practice your Bible skills and look up this text for a mid-week Faith5 family devotion (older students can lead).
Create an outdoor planting space with rocks, a weed (or other established plant) and good soil. Using grass seed, bird seed or leftover seeds from your garden, scatter seed and then watch for what comes up – and where it comes up! We learned in our story today that Jesus wants us to share God’s word with others. Not everyone will listen, but God’s word will grow in the people who do listen.
The star option on page 293 of the Spark Story Bible invites you to plant a seed in a cup filled with good soil. You can give the cup to someone who needs to hear about God’s love. That’s a fun idea!