We continue to celebrate the resurrection, and Easter with our word this week: EMMAUS. Steve explores the story of two disciples encountering Jesus in the days after the first Easter, from Luke 24:13-35. Jesus has died, and then the women discover the empty tomb and see Jesus, who has been raised. Many followers were still confused, and two of these are walking to the town of Emmaus when they encounter a stranger. They discuss the events of the last few days with him. They invite the stranger to eat with them, and when he breaks the bread, their eyes are opened and they recognize him as Jesus. It’s a wonderful Easter story. Here are some ideas to explore with your child before, during, and after worship.
- Check in the worship bags for a Worship Word sheet for your child. Fill in the worship word at the top (Emmaus) and add the date and your child’s name. Below is space for your child to draw something he or she hears today in the sermon, in the music, or in a prayer.
- Below the drawing space, your child is invited to make tally marks every time they hear the word “Emmaus.”
- On the back is a blank page for your child to make some worship art. Encourage them to draw something related to worship as a gift to God. I would love to see what they create, if they want to share!
Before or after worship…..
- Carolyn Brown makes the connection between this story and communion, when she says: “sometimes when we celebrate communion it seems that the bread is just bread and the juice is just juice. But sometimes at communion we understand something about Jesus in an entirely new and important way.” Take some time to talk with your child about recognizing Jesus during communion. Have you learned anything about Jesus in sharing the bread and juice? What are some of the things you remember about Jesus during communion? Share these with your child and ask him or her the same questions.
- Make a simple flip-flop craft to look ahead to summer, and remind your child to “walk with Jesus” as the disciples did. Find directions here. Or, write the words on a new pair of flip-flops to help remember the story all summer long!
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