Dear FPC Families,
I hope that you are enjoying the beautiful weather we’ve had this week once those storms passed by! I know these continue to be uncertain and taxing times for many families trying to balance work, home, school, and lots of other responsibilities. Please know that although there is distance between us right now, I hold you close in my prayers. May the hope and joy we find in the Easter story sustain you in the weeks to come until we can be together in person again.
This week the Easter story continues to unfold as the Resurrected Jesus visits two of his disciples on the Road to Emmaus.
Step 1: Read the Scripture
Please read this scripture passage aloud with your family.
Luke 24:13-25 (NRSV)
The Walk to Emmaus
Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared!
Step 2: Watch the Video
Watch here: https://tinyurl.com/y8r3jykf
Step 3: Discussion
- Why didn’t the disciples recognize Jesus?
- As soon as the disciples realized they were talking to Jesus, what did they do?
- How can we share the story of Easter?
Step 4: Pray Together
Dear God: Thank you for the gift of Easter. Help us to see Jesus clearly in our lives and help us to spread the Good News of His love!
Step 5: Craft Time
We know how much children love to tell and act out Bible stories! This week we have an easy craft that will allow them to do just that! For detailed instructions and a downloadable template to print and color, visit: https://ministry2kidz.com/2018/07/13/road-to-emmaus-craft/
Enjoy your week! I miss you all!