Easter Sunday: Christ is Risen!
This is the day that we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and his victory over sin and death. This is an exciting day!
As you wake your kids up this morning, wake them with the words “Christ is risen!” We serve a risen Savior, and our attitudes and actions can reflect that to our kids and to the world around us.
Candle Lighting Litany for Easter
Candle Lighter: Christ is risen!
Everyone Else: Alleluia! He is risen indeed!
(The candle for Easter is white, the color of joy and triumph. It’s also the color associated with Jesus.)
Lord Jesus, This is a bright and glorious day. It is the day You rose from the dead. You beat death and sin and sadness and pain. Help us to remember Your amazing triumph today. We give You praise and honor and glory. Amen.
Why did Jesus rise from the dead? How does that make you feel?
And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.”
Holy Saturday: Laid in the Earth
Lord Jesus, This is a dark day. It is the day You lay in the earth, dead and buried. Help us to remember You today and to remember what You suffered because You love us. Amen.
Why did Joseph ask for Jesus’ body? What did he do with it? How do you think he felt about Jesus’ death? How do you feel about Jesus’ death?
Why we need to remember the ugliness of the Cross.
Good Friday: Crucified
Luke 23:18-23, 32-33
Lord Jesus, This is a dark day. It is the day You were crucified and died. Help us to remember You today and to remember what You suffered because You love us. Amen.
Why did Jesus die? (There are lots of answers here. Encourage older children especially to think beyond the rote “for our sins.”)
Maundy Thursday: Betrayed & Arrested
Lord Jesus, This is a dark day. It is the day You were betrayed and arrested. Help us to remember You today and remember what You suffered because You love us. Amen.
Why do you think Judas, who was Jesus’ friend, betrayed Him? How do you think Jesus felt when Judas betrayed Him? How did He feel when the crowd seized Him? Where do you think they will take Him?