Easter is more than a Sunday – it is a seven week season, encompassing the forty days of resurrected appearances, the ascension, and the wait for the day of Pentecost.
This year, Epiphany – Lent – and Easter lessons are a journey through the gospel of Mark. (With Easter season adding some additional gospel accounts and a study of Acts 1-2.) Mark is the shortest of the gospels and is action packed! Look for the verbs.
We continue to probe these big three questions
- Who am I?
- Who is God?
- How should I live?
But instead of doing it in the broad context of Creed, Commandments, and Lord’s Prayer, we work now more intensely with short passages.
We want the bible in the student’s hands.
We want the student to grapple with the text himself.
We want each person to see the past reality and still present implications of the truths.
Few teacher prompts are supplied. Each week contains roughly the same suggestions.
- A suggested environment “help” to place students in the situation at hand
- A list of questions to aid in “I Wonder” discussion
- A list of attributes of God
- A choice of creative responses
If you’re already using Seasons and Sacraments, then you’ve been in Mark’s gospel for many weeks and have been making a chart in class showing “JESUS AS MAN” and “JESUS AS GOD.” While that chart is still in view, begin creating a new chart that will highlight proofs of the resurrection. Consider calling this new poster DESCRIPTIONS/CELEBRATE LIFE and the two columns being “A RESURRECTED BODY” and “A DEAD BODY.”
If Seasons and Sacraments is new for you, then you’ll have no problem starting at this week’s lesson – WHO WILL ROLL AWAY THE STONE? The full scope is here https://beingmissmelanie.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/seasons-and-sacraments-scope.pdf
This season’s memory work comes from John 15,
as he now abides in us and we in him.
Lessons post weekly, but the six weeks following your celebratory Easter Sunday includes these passages:
WHO WILL ROLL AWAY THE STONE? Mark 16:1-8
WHO CAN EXPLAIN ALL THIS? Luke 24:13-45
DOES HE FORGIVE? John 21:1-17
NOW, WHAT? Mark 16:14-18
JESUS ASCENDS Acts 1
THE HOLY SPIRIT COMES Acts 2
And on the next Sunday, you’ll be ready to celebrate Pentecost!