Family Activities – Week 16

God used a star to guide the Wise Men to Jesus. What people or events has God used to guide you to Jesus? God puts people and events in our lives to help guide us to ways to love Jesus and live the way God wants us to live. God will show us how to do this. 

-Talk about people in your life that you love, respect, and treasure. Who are the special people that guide them? Share why these people are special to you. 

-Epiphany Blessing of Chalk: A tradition of blessing your home on Epiphany would involve the following: 

-Write with chalk above your doorway – 20+C+M+B+22 

-2022 for the year and C,M,B for Christus Mansionem Benedicat  which is Latin for “May Christ Bless this House” 

-You may also pray while or after you write: “May all who come to our home this year rejoice to find Christ living among us; and may we seek and serve, in everyone we meet, that same Jesus who is Lord, forever and ever. Amen.” 

-Talk about the word “reverence.” The Wise Men knew that something amazing was happening. A king was being born. It was so important to them that they made a very long journey to worship this new king of the Jews. How did the Wise Men show reverence for Jesus?  

-Choose a country in the world where children hear about Jesus. Go to the ELCA’s Global Mission link – https://www.elca.org/globalmission/ and learn more about our ministry around the world.  

-Trace the foot of each family member on a piece of paper. Cut it out and write “Jesus” on each footprint. Place your footprint somewhere prominent in your house to remind each one that God guides our feet to Jesus. 

-Factoid – Frankincense is a white gummy substance produced by certain trees in Arabia. It becomes a sweet smelling powder when crushed and was used in Jewish worship ceremonies. 

-Factoid – Myrrh is a dark red gum that smells strong and tastes bitter. It comes from a bush in Arabia and Africa and was used to make perfume and ointment. 

DUE TO THE WEATHER AND CONTINUED RAIN IN THE FORECAST OUTDOOR WORSHIP IS CANCELLED FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 8 at 7PM