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Learning to Love our Enemies

By | 2017-03-11T17:25:21+00:00 March 27th, 2017|Lenten Devotionals|

This daily devotional was written by teens in Massachusetts to help us love throughout Lent. This week we focus on learning to love our enemies which is perhaps the hardest love of them all.  March 27th Anonymous Gesture of Kindness Simple acts of kindness are a great way to show love. These gestures can be anonymous, if you still don’t feel comfortable directly approaching your enemy. Even a quick note can make someones day.

Learning to Love our Enemies

By | 2017-03-07T18:37:57+00:00 March 26th, 2017|Lenten Devotionals|

This daily devotional was written by teens in Massachusetts to help us love throughout Lent. This week we focus on learning to love our enemies which is perhaps the hardest love of them all. In the next week, take the time and follow these prompts to try and share more love, even to those people you may have negative feeling towards.  March 26th Compliment them A compliment takes very little effort from you, but it can monumentally change someone's day. Although it seems a small act, it can be the first step towards forgiveness of someone you may have once called your enemy.

Learning to Love our Family

By | 2017-03-08T09:12:26+00:00 March 25th, 2017|Lenten Devotionals|

This daily devotional was written by teens from all over Massachusetts, to help us love throughout Lent. This week we focus on learning to love our famlies. March 25 “Honor your father and mother that it may go well with you and you may live long in the land” Exodus 20:12 It is always good to walk a mile in someone’s shoes to see how things really are for them. This can be important for parents and kids who often don’t see eye to eye. Take a set amount of time, a half day or a full day, and switch roles with a family member. Doing their chores, living as them for a bit might change your perspective on what you think their life is like as opposed to what it actually is. Do not say “I don’t do/act like [...]

Learning to Love our Families

By | 2017-03-08T09:11:43+00:00 March 24th, 2017|Lenten Devotionals|

This daily devotional was written by teens from all over Massachusetts, to help us love throughout Lent. This week we focus on learning to love our famlies. March 24 “...For whoever does not love their brother or sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.” 1 John 4:20 Take a moment to read these family poems either aloud, or quietly. Pick a line that makes you think of your family, then use that to begin your own writing about your family. Mom As a daughter I rolled my eyes and thought you were out of touch I thought I was putting up with you But as a mom I realize you put up with me with grace, love and mercy that I did not deserve You modeled God’s unconditional love And I am in awe [...]

Learning to Love Our Family

By | 2017-03-08T09:11:09+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|Lenten Devotionals|

This daily devotional was written by teens from all over Massachusetts, to help us love better throughout Lent. This week we focus on learning to love our Families. March 23 "Love makes a family” Download the following coloring pages lenten coloring  and breathe deeply as you color Sometimes we need to do something with our hands to free our minds. Consider giving each family member one or two colors that belong to them, and pass the paper after adding “your” color(s) to see what beautiful creation you come up with together.

Learning to Love Our Family

By | 2017-03-08T09:10:32+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Lenten Devotionals|

This daily devotional was written by teens from all over Massachusetts, to help us love better throughout Lent. This week we focus on learning to love our Families. March 22 “Love makes a family” We asked people to define the word “Family” and about their family Lenten observations. https://youtu.be/1ihNMzpXh08 https://youtu.be/SHE34yI1kQU https://youtu.be/q3UTRmXEDyc Think about how you define family, and how your family observes Lent together.

Learning to Love our Families

By | 2017-03-08T09:09:59+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Lenten Devotionals|

This daily devotional was written by teens from all over Massachusetts, to help us love better throughout Lent. This week we focus on learning to love our Families. March 21 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” Ephesians 6:1 Parents need to lead the way in modeling and expecting behavior, and good problem solving techniques. Daily prayers can be helpful to calm an argument. Try saying this prayer with your children when an issue arises. Dear God, Help us to forgive each other and remember we are all your children. Bless us with your endless love and forgiveness. Amen. Here is a short film about how prayer might work in this situation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFcVssFZsiU&feature=youtu.be

Sermon: Stories of Hope

By | 2017-03-20T15:04:25+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Sermons|

This week, March 19, First Churches held a joint choir cantata with Williamsburg Congregational Church with the themes "Songs of Hope and Peace."  The sermon focuses on local stories of people working together.  Our scripture text for the day was Exodus 17:1-7, and the sermon begins with a New England version of that text.  You can hear the sermon by clicking below, or you may read it following: Here is the New England version of Exodus 17.  Its March and Spring is near, and after a few warm days teasing us, we suddenly get two feet of snow just before St. Patrick’s Day.  And as we shovel out we quarrel with each other, “Why don’t we just move to Florida?”  And Moses said, “Why do you quarrel with me, just get a snow blower.”  But the people replied, [...]

Learning to Love Our Families

By | 2017-03-08T09:09:24+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Lenten Devotionals, Uncategorized|

This daily devotional was written by teens from all over Massachusetts, to help us love better throughout Lent. This week we focus on learning to love our Families. March 20 “ First, be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5: 24 Here is a list of easy activities that you can do with your family during Lent that do not require electronics, and engage your spirit, mind and body! Going for a walk together Bike ride Change competitive games to cooperative games (ex: Instead of having your own money in Monopoly, share the wealth) Play the game Sorry, and each time you leave Start, meditate on an instance that needs apology until you get to Home. Color Tag (When the tagger is getting close, you can be “safe” by touching the ground [...]

Learning to Love Our Families

By | 2017-03-08T09:08:52+00:00 March 19th, 2017|Lenten Devotionals|

This daily devotional was written by teens from all over Massachusetts, to help us love better throughout Lent. This week we focus on learning to love our Families. March 19 “You can kiss your family and friends goodbye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world, but a world lives in you.” - Fredrick Buechner https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZsCg4mz364 Listen to this song and reflect on what you think the song is saying to you. Then read the paragraph below: Lent is a time of many emotions, one of which is grief. In this song there are lyrics that speak to what it's like when you lose a family member. The title “See You Again” is reassurance that those who are [...]