Easter Sunday

Join us in Dan and Jodi’s backyard for the stations of the cross. Due to health concerns we’ll book individual times for families to come. Please book your time and find the readings below.

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Resource For Families

Family Guide For Holy Week

Families, I hope that this resource can help lead you closer
to Jesus as a family through this week. Most days should
take you no longer than 15-20 minutes to complete. If you
are having family dinners I feel like that would be a great
time to utilize this!
- Sarah Wensley

Stations of the Cross Video

Stations Of The Cross Readings

In the first two stations you will notice there are items to touch and eat. These have been individually prepared for you and have not touched human hands or hands with gloves on, they were prepared with the use of tongs.

Station 1: The Passover

Moses said, “Select a lamb for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the bowl of blood and smear it on tops and sides of the doorframes.

God will pass through to strike Egypt down. When he sees the blood on the tops and sides of the doorframes, God will pass over the doorway; He won’t let the destroyer enter your house to strike you down.

You will celebrate it as a festival to God down through the generations. You are to eat the meat, roasted in the fire, along with bread made without yeast, and bitter herbs.

Exodus 12

Station 1 Reflection

The destroyer angel was to kill the first born in any home that did not have the lambs blood on their doorposts. Jesus is described in the New Testament as the Passover lamb.

If you have children with you: Ask the children if they know in what ways Jesus was the same as the Passover lamb: perfect, blood guarantees protection, lamb/Jesus equals a substitute death.

And just as the destroyer would’ve killed the first born in any home without the lambs blood, so too we are destined to die and suffer eternal punishment without a belief in Jesus blood to save us.

Take the paintbrush, dip it in the paint and smear it on the top or sides of the door frame as a reminder of the blood of our perfect lamb Jesus to save us from our sins.*

*In the first two stations you will notice there are items to touch and eat. These have been individually prepared for you and have not touched human hands or hands with gloves on, they were prepared with the use of tongs.

Station 2: The Lords supper, the new Passover

If the offering is a whole burnt offering from the herd, present a male without a defect at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting that it may be accepted by God . Lay your hand on the head of the Whole Burnt Offering so that it may be accepted on your behalf to make atonement for you.

Jesus sat down with His apostles and said, “You’ve no idea how much I have looked forward to eating this Passover meal with you before I enter my time of suffering.

Taking the cup, he blessed it, then said, “Take this and share it among yourselves.”
Taking the bread, he blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, given for you. Eat it in remembrance of me.”

Station 2 Reflection

The New Passover meal is termed the “Lords supper” as we remember the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf. As the sin was passed on to the burnt offering by putting your hand on it before it was sacrificed, so too our sin has been passed on to Jesus.

As you are gathered around this table, remember that Jesus was also gathered around a table with His disciples at his last supper with them before his crucifixion.

Jesus asks us to remember the sacrifice He made on our behalf by drinking wine to remind us of His blood poured out and eating bread to remind us of His body broken for us.

Poke a hole in the grape juice box and empty it into the cup, and take a cracker in you hand. In remembering Jesus’ forgiveness of all your wrong, partake of the cracker and juice.*

*In the first two stations you will notice there are items to touch and eat. These have been individually prepared for you and have not touched human hands or hands with gloves on, they were prepared with the use of tongs.

Station 3: Gethsemane

Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

Station 3 Reflection

This scene reveals the sorrow in Jesus’ heart that night. He prayed the hardest prayer any of us can pray: “Yet not as I will, but as you will.” When Jesus said, “May this cup be taken from me,” He was referring to the difficult task His Father was asking him to bear. Yet he chose to go through the pain of the cross anyway, knowing this was God’s desire for Him.

All of us have difficult tasks in life that God our Father asks us to do. They are difficult because our flawed human nature is opposed to the pure will of God. We may be convinced that God’s will for us is for our best interest, but it is often hard to follow through on none the less.

Take a few minutes and consider making Jesus’ prayer your own: “Not my will, but yours will be done in my life” in whatever He may be asking of you these days.

Station 4: Jesus’ Arrest

And Having arrested Jesus, they led Him away, and brought Him to the house of the high priest; but Peter was following at a distance.
And after they kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together , Peter was sitting among them.
And a servant-girl, seeing him as he sat in the firelight, and looking intently at him, said, “This man was with Him too.”
But Peter denied it, saying “Woman, I do not know Him”

Station 4 Reflection

Here was Peter in a place of comfort warming himself. But instead of being among fellow disciples, he was among secular people. As the woman recognized him, Peter had the opportunity to proudly declare himself as a follower of Jesus, but instead chose to deny Him.

Think about the places in life where you find yourself in the company of secular people (i.e. workplace, university, school, sports team, neighborhood etc.). Now imagine someone there associates you with being a Christian. How would you respond?

Take a few minutes and tell the Lord how honoured you are to be a follower of His, and given the opportunity would tell the world you are
Proud to be a Christian.

Station 5: The Crucifixion

And they came to the place called the skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and one on the left. But Jesus was saying, “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Now there was also an inscription above Him, “This is the king of the Jews.” And one of the criminals who was hanged there was hurling abuse at Him saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!” But the other answered, and rebuking him said, do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?” And we indeed justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he was saying, “Jesus remember me when you come in Your kingdom.” And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

Station 5 Reflection

The cross in front of you is roughly the same size and weight as those that were used for Roman Crucifixion during the time of Jesus.
As you look at the cross and reflect on the crucifixion of Jesus, remember that He did this for you, and that the promise of being with Him in paradise is given to all those who believe in Him

Station 6: Jesus’ Resurrection

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you.”
So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” (Matthew 28:1-10)

Station 6 Reflection

Imagine the cold, heavy, anxious fear and sorrow that these women must have felt as they journeyed to the tomb that day. Imagine them arriving at the tomb and finding the stone rolled away, the empty grave clothes in the place where Jesus’ body was supposed to be.
Imagine the shock and the overwhelming joy they felt as they met the risen Jesus in the garden. Their Lord was alive! Imagine how these women were transformed in that one moment.

This is a day of celebration as we remember the resurrection of Jesus.
Take a few minutes to rejoice in prayer.