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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Resurrection Advent

Last year I posted a little bit about our Easter advent activities, but I'd like to go into a little more detail this year, maybe to inspire you to do likewise or to share some of your ideas.

Twelve days before Easter, we get out our plastic colored eggs and begin to open them. In each one is a little symbol, something that goes with the Scripture we'll be reading, and a slip of paper with a Scripture reference on it. The readings pretty much follow the events of the last week before the crucifixion. I'll list what we have in each egg.

In the first egg (numbered 1 with Sharpie pen) is a tiny bottle to remind us of the bottle of spikenard that was poured out on Jesus' feet and head. The Scripture reference is John 12:1-11.

Egg #2 = paper palm leaf. Bible reading = John 12:12-19
Egg #3 = some grain (I only had rice, so it'll have to do till I can find something else). Bible = John 12:20-30
Egg #4 = needle-felted sheep with toothpick legs. Bible = Exodus 12:3-14 and John 12:31-36.
Egg #5 = small piece of towel. Bible = John 13:1-17
Egg #6 = pieces of dried tortilla (bread). Bible = Luke 22:7-20
Egg #7 = three shiny silver dimes. Bible = Luke 22:3-6 and John 18:1-14
Egg #8 = a paper picture of a rooster (Princess just told me she'll look for a chicken feather or needlefelt a rooster for this). Bible = John 18:15-27
Egg #9 = a crown of thorns, made by a friend who twisted some tiny branches into a ring, and a piece of purple fabric. Bible = John 18:28-19:5
Egg #10 = a cross made by gluing matchsticks across each other. Bible = John 19:6-37
Egg #11 = a little stone. Bible = Matt. 27:57-66
Egg #12 = EMPTY! Bible = Matt. 28:1-8 and John 20:1-31

Along with these readings, we have a wallhanging quilt that we made probably ten years ago by having the four oldest children draw pictures on fabric that depict the Bible readings.

(I have no idea why these are on their sides - they're not that way in my file. Sigh.)

Other ways that we celebrate the resurrection and our salvation through it include fasting on Saturday as a church body and then on Sunday morning, our elders prepare a pancake and egg breakfast supplemented with cinnamon rolls, breads, milk, orange juice, etc. by the rest of us. After worship service we often have my aunt over for dinner or maybe others from church. We don't particularly have traditional Easter foods, just whatever we want to make to celebrate.

We have several favorite books to read during this time also. They include: The Very First Easter by Paul L. Maier, The Easter Story by Carol Heyer and Peter's First Easter by Walter Wangerin Jr., and The Parable of the Lily by Liz Curtis Higgs.

I hope your celebrations are delightful and God-honoring and I

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