April 05, 2020 Posting

Greetings!

”O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good: because His mercy endureth forever” ~ Psalm 118:1

Greetings on this Palm Sunday,
I hope this morning’s blog finds you and your family healthy and well as we enter into Holy Week. Today we remember Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem for the Passover Festivities, a tradition still practiced by those of Jewish faith. On Thursday, often referred to as Maundy Thursday, we will remember Jesus’ last supper with His disciples. Then on Friday, let us still ourselves and reflect upon the crucifixion, the day when Jesus was hung on the cross in order to bury and forgive our sins.

Lastly, let us prepare our hearts for Easter Sunday. A joyous day in which we remember and receive the risen Christ; our Lord and Savior who was crucified, dead and buried and rose from the dead.

Together, let us enter into this Holy Week full of hope and faith in the promises of our God and Savior who said,
“I will never leave nor forsake you.” ~ Deuteronomy 31:6

Peace, Blessings and Love,
Pastor Schalm


 

THE STORY:

Remember Me
By: Glenys Nellist

Jesus sat and looked at the long table where he would eat supper with his disciples. A lovely large loaf of warm, crusty bread sat in the middle of the table. It filled the whole room with a delicious smell. Next to it stood a tall pitcher filled to the brim with fresh, cool juice. Everything was ready.

Jesus looked at his precious team of twelve disciples as they sat around the table. They had been so good to him. They had followed Jesus wherever he went. They had told so many people about God. Jesus was going to miss them a lot.

Jesus knew that he had nearly finished his work on earth. Jesus knew that even though he had done nothing wrong, there were still some people who hated him. Jesus knew that soon, those same people would hang him on a big, heavy, wooden cross and leave him there to die. But although Jesus felt sad about that, he felt happy that he had been able to show so many people just how much God loved them.

Jesus would never forget how God helped him calm a great big storm on Lake Galilee. Most of all, Jesus would never forget his wonderful disciples. But would his disciples forget him? Jesus didn’t want that. So he decided to make their last supper together very special.

Jesus picked up that warm, crusty loaf of bread, broke it, and gave a piece to each of his disciples. As they ate it, Jesus softly whispered, “Whenever you eat some bread, I want you to remember me.”

Then Jesus picked up that tall pitcher of juice and poured some out for each of his disciples. As they each took a sip, Jesus softly whispered, “Whenever you have a drink, I want you to remember me.”

What a special supper. After that, every time those disciples ate some bread, guess who they remembered? Jesus! And every time they had a drink, guess who they remembered? Jesus! Those disciples never forgot Jesus, and Jesus never, ever forgot them.

The day after their final dinner together, Jesus was sad, lonely and tired. He slowly carried his big, heavy, wooden cross up to the top of the hill. And when he reached the top, the soldiers took that big, heavy, wooden cross and nailed him to it. They hammered nails through his hands. They hammered nails through his feet. They laughed at him and called him names. They lifted that big, heavy, wooden cross. They stood it up and left him hanging there.

Suddenly, the birds stopped singing. The sun stopped shining. The flowers hung their heads. Darkness crept in without a sound and covered the world in its deep, silent shadow. Jesus closed his eyes. And then with a roar, the whole earth shook. The mighty mountains trembled. And God’s tears fell like raindrops from the sky. It was the day that his Son, his one and only Son, Jesus, died.

God’s Wonderful Words to You

I will not forget you. I will see you again. Then you will be full of joy. ~Isaiah 49:15, John 16:22


 

MESSAGE:


1). Jesus knew his purpose on earth.  In addition to being a carpenter, He knew He came to the earth to teach God’s children right from wrong and to give his life in place of our sins, or mistakes.  He knew that was the only way to reunite God, who is perfect with His not-so-perfect children – you and I.  Because God and Heaven are perfect and without sin and darkness, no one with sin or darkness can enter Heaven.  If they did, they would contaminate it; much like we might contaminate others or be contaminated by the virus if we leave our homes right now.  Jesus’ knew his purpose was to sacrifice his life; to trade it for the sin (bad things we say and do) of all mankind. 

What do you think your purpose in life is?  (While we each have our varying gifts and talents that serve as more individualized purposes; teachers teach; doctors & nurses heal; firemen, policemen, military keep us safe; business professionals run companies; bankers help us financially; athletes & performers entertain, etc., we all share common purposes as Christians: To love and honor God, to love others like we love ourselves, to share God’s word with others, to serve others, to set a good example for others to follow, etc.

2). Jesus’ disciples then (his twelve) and now (mom, dad, and adults who confess their faith in Jesus) remember Jesus by eating of the bread and drinking of the cup (taking communion).

 What are other ways we (to include you) can show and demonstrate that we have not forgotten Jesus? (We can pray and talk to Jesus.  We can read God’s word.  We can follow and obey Him.  We can tell other’s about Jesus.  We can follow His example.)

3) God and Jesus promised that they would never forget us or forsake (leave us on our own) us. 

What are ways that God and Jesus show us that they have not forgotten us? (They bless us with people who love and take care of us.  They bless us with food, water and everything we need to live.  They listen to our prayers and answer them according to what is best for us.  Jesus sent His spirit to live inside of us.)

4). Jesus was sad, lonely and tired and in human form, perhaps even scared because He knew what was going to happen to Him.  Do you think that Jesus gets mad at you when you get sad, lonely or scared? (NO, because He experienced it too, He knows how it feels.  He knows how you feel!  He cares and He has promised to always be there for you and to never leave you.  You can ALWAYS trust in Jesus to help you.)

5). Challenge question…. What did Jesus tell His disciples would happen three days after he was crucified (hung on the cross)?  What did happen?  (Don’t give answers or acknowledge if the ones given are correct or incorrect.  Simply show excitement for next week’s story when they will find out!)


 

LOVE LETTER FROM GOD

Dear___________________________,

Did you know that all around the world, there are people who still share in that special supper, just like the disciples and Jesus did?  It is called communion.  Communion is a wonderful time when we eat bread and we drink juice or wine to remember Jesus.  And so if you ever share in communion, be sure to remember my son, Jesus – because guess what?  He will be remembering you!  Just like Jesus never, ever forgot his precious disciples, he has promised never, ever to forget you!

The day my Son died was the saddest day I can remember.  But shall I tell you a secret?  That was not the end of Jesus.  The day he died was not the end of the story.  This story has a very happy ending, and I love happy endings. (Don’t you?)  So stay tuned for next week’s story to find out what happened next – you will hardly be able to believe it!

With So Much Love,

God

 


 

ACTIVITY

Parents,

Today would have been our Easter Egg Hunt and Party at Sunday School.  While we are unable to be together, the egg hunt and lesson can go on!  Listed below are seven short sentences or partial dialogues of a short story.  Each one should be written or printed and cut and placed in a plastic Easter egg.  If you do not have plastic Easter eggs simply write or print them.  The six cut pieces of the story whether in plastic eggs or just paper strips should be hidden throughout the house.  Have the children hunt and find them.  Then put the story together (like a puzzle).  The story will help the children more fully understand why Jesus died on the cross.  You can also just put the number of each dialogue on the strip of paper and hide it and then read the story from your computer screen.  You are also invited to write a number 1-4 on each of the strips.  Have the children save the strips and once we return to Sunday School they can turn the strips in for the number of pieces of candy reflected on each strip.

  • A group of children FELL into a mud puddle that they were told to stay away from. Because they did not listen and obey, all their clothes got dirty and very muddy.

 

  • They all felt very YUCKY and DIRTY and they wanted clean clothes; however, they were ashamed and scared to tell their parents because they did something they were told not to do.  They disobeyed.

 

  • The children tried to wash their clothes by themselves in the sink, but they just would not come clean.  In fact, they made a bigger mess.  The dirt and mud got all over the sink and floor too. They needed help!  They needed someone who LOVED them and knew how to clean their clothes.

 

  • When the children’s parents found out about their children’s situation, they gathered their dirty clothes and put them in the wash machine and poured some laundry detergent over them.

 

  • Once the children’s clothes were washed, they were buried away into the dryer where they stayed until they were dried.

 

  •  When the children’s parents took the clean and fresh clothes to their children to put on, the children SMILED and were so HAPPY and THANKFUL to have clean clothes again.  The children learned to trust  their parents because when they confessed (told the truth) and repented (said they were sorry) their parents forgave them.  And because the children were sincerely sorry and because they loved their parents, they tried really, really, hard to obey them from then on.  THE END ~CAS

Explanation:  The children disobeyed (the Fall of the world).  As a result they got dirty and muddy (sin).  They felt yucky (dirty, guilty, ashamed).  They wanted clean clothes – they wanted to feel good again.  They tried on their own to fix their mess, but just made a bigger mess (we can’t erase or fix sin on our own).  The children’s parents stepped in when they realized their children needed help (God stepped in to help us).  They took their clothes and washed them with laundry soap (God sent Jesus who washed our sins clean with His blood on the cross).  The parents then buried the clothes in the dryer to finish the job (Jesus was laid in a tomb).  The parents presented the clean clothes to the children after the redeeming work of the dryer was complete (Jesus rose from the dead to present mankind with the promise of forgiveness).  The children were happy and thankful to have clean clothes.  They learned to trust in the love of their parents when they confessed and repented of sin (The same holds true with our Savior when we confess and repent).  Like the children, when we experience this kind of love and sacrifice it should change us and make us long to be obedient to God’s word.

 

THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO SENT PICTURES OF LAST WEEK’S ACTIVITY

   

 

 


 

WEEK’S CHALLENGE

  • MAKE AN EASTER CARD for one of our elderly members of church.  Have mom or dad email, call or text me for a name and address to send it to.

 

  • ADOPT A GRANDPARENT Write a letter, or color a picture to one of our elderly church members twice a month.  That’s all you have to do to brighten someone’s day.  Have mom or dad email, call or text be for a name and address.

 

  • MAKE HEARTS! Make a red heart and write THANK YOU Doctors, Nurses and healthcare professionals on it.  Make a blue heart and write THANK YOU police, fire and first responders on it.  Make a white heart and write THANK YOU essential retailers, drivers and workers.  Place the hearts in your window to brighten the day of those continuing to serve and care for us.

 

We can all do something to lighten the load of others during this time.  Be creative and share your ideas!

Pastor Schalm (734) 255-0935  / cschalm@stpaulucctaylor.org


CLOSING PRAYER

 Dear God,

We know that bad and sad things happen sometimes.  When they do, help us to have a good attitude and find something good we can do.  And when we make mistakes help us to trust in those that love us.  Give us courage to confess our mistakes and to repent and say we are sorry.  Thank you for your promise to always forgive and love us.  Help us to always follow and obey You.   ~ Amen