Coloring Prayer:  Pentecost Summer Season 2017

Coloring Prayer, Prayer

This summer, I thought it would be neat to turn our coloring prayers into an art installation that reflects that Pentecost is the growing season of the church.  Plan to join us as often as you can as we continue to grow together.

WEEK ONE:  GROW

Here is what the first coloring sheet looks like:

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Here is the way that I colored mine:

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Here is the file to color your own:  Coloring Prayer Grow 17

I pray that God may cause growth in you during this growing season of the church!

Lent 2017: Focus Word and Prayer Practice Cards

Lent, Prayer

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During the season of Lent, we sent children and youth home with a take home card which reminded them of the Coloring Prayer and Focus Word for the week on one side, and the Breath Prayer, Seated Posture, and Whole Body Posture for our Prayer Practice of the week.  Here, I have combined the whole season of cards as one resource.

Confess:  Prayer Practice 1 Confess

Others:  Prayer Practice 2 Others

Self:  Prayer Practice 3 Self

Thanks:  Prayer Practice 4 Thanks

Listen: Prayer Practice 5 Listen

Praise:Prayer Practice 6 Praise

Here are the links to learning each prayer posture:
Confess:  https://goodgodideas.wordpress.com/2017/02/27/lent-2017-prayer-posture-week-1-confess/
Others:  https://goodgodideas.wordpress.com/2017/03/06/lent-2017-prayer-posture-week-2-others/
Self:  https://goodgodideas.wordpress.com/2017/03/13/lent-2017-prayer-posture-week-3-self/
Thanks:  https://goodgodideas.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/lent-2017-prayer-posture-week-4-thanks/
Listen:  https://goodgodideas.wordpress.com/2017/03/27/lent-2017-prayer-posture-week-5-listen/
Praise:  https://goodgodideas.wordpress.com/2017/04/03/lent-2017-prayer-posture-week-6-praise/

Lent 2017: Focus Word Coloring Prayers

Lent, Prayer

During the season of Lent, we made a coloring sheet that featured the Focus Word for the week.  Here, I have combined the whole season of coloring sheets as one resource.

Confess:  Coloring Prayer-Confess

Others:  Coloring Prayer-Others

Self: Coloring Prayer-Self

Thanks:  Coloring Prayer-Thanks

Listen: Coloring Prayer-Listen

Praise:  Coloring Prayer-Praise

Dead:  Coloring Prayer-Dead

Alive:  Coloring Prayer-Alive

Easter 2017 Coloring Prayer Focus Word Easter Sunday: Alive

Easter, Prayer

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One way to really let the Focus Word and Verse to soak in is to color them while you pray.  I print them on white cardstock because I find that no matter what art supplies I use, it doesn’t soak through.  Also, it is easier to frame or preserve a sturdier piece of paper.  Below, please find our resources for Easter.  I did not skimp on the sparkles with this one, and even went mixed media with brush pens, a glitter gel pen, and a soft blue crayon for the sky.

Focus Word:  Alive

Focus Verse: “He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said.” (Matthew 28:6a)

Coloring Page:  Coloring Prayer Easter Alive 17

Your finished product might look something like this, or completely different:

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Easter Morning Sun Salutation Prayer Sequence

Easter, Prayer

What better way to welcome the rising of Jesus as the Son of God on Easter morning than with a Sun Salutation? This morning, we pair the basic movements of a Sun Salutation with the traditional greeting of the Easter season. (A special thanks to Julie Petersen at Breathe Yoga and Essential Oils for the idea to pair Sun Salutations with prayer.)

Heart Center (inhale and exhale): Alleluia!
Back Bend (inhale): Christ is Risen!
Forward Fold (exhale): Christ is Risen, indeed!
Lunge Left (inhale): Alleluia!

Plank (exhale): Alleluia!
Chaturanga (inhale): Christ is Risen!
Up Dog (exhale): Christ is Risen, indeed!
Down Dog (inhale and exhale): Alleluia!

Lunge Right (inhale): Alleluia!
Forward Fold (exhale): Christ is Risen!
Back Bend (inhale): Christ is Risen, indeed!
Heart Center (exhale): Alleluia!

I know that there are many ways to do a Sun Salutation; this is the way that I learned to do it. If you have another preferred variation, feel free to use it instead. If the sequence doesn’t make a perfect combination of movements of four, you might have to add an “Alleluia” to the beginning or end pose.

Alleluia! Christ is Risen! Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia! May you pray, breathe, and walk in the light of the Son of God through this entire Easter season!

Alleluia Mini Boards for Easter

Easter

On Transfiguration Sunday, the children of our church colored small card stock “Alleluias”.  We “buried” them behind the altar at the end of the service as we prepared for the season of Lent, when we refrain from saying Alleluia until Easter morning.

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For Easter Sunday, I wanted to do something with this same idea, but make them more permanent than just a piece of stiff paper.  I decided to make mini Alleluia boards for each child and youth to use during the service and hang up at home.  We will bring them out from behind the altar as an Easter surprise and shake them each time we say or sing “Alleluia” for the rest of the service.  I think they turned out well, and am looking forward to giving them out on Easter!

Below, I describe how to make them for yourself.  A blessed Easter season to you!

Supplies:
a small, thin board (mine were 1.5” x 8” x .75”, ripped from a 2 x 4 and planed on both sides)
paint brushes
white gloss paint
Alleluia template:  Easter Alleluias 17
printer paper
scissor
Gloss Mod Podge
Extreme Glitter Paint in Holographic
Gold Paint marker, thin point
2 – 9” lengths of thin gold ribbon
Hot glue gun and glue

Instructions:

  1. Paint the front of the board with a thin layer of gloss white paint (it’s okay if the grain shows through).  Allow to dry.  IMG_20170411_145918460.jpg
  1. Print out an Alleluia. Cut it out, leaving a thin margin around the letters and no 90 degree angles (turn the corners into curves).
  1. Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge over the entire front of the board. Carefully center your Alleluia and smooth it flat.  Do not paint over it with Mod Podge.  Allow to dry.IMG_20170411_150042367.jpg
  1. Paint a thin layer of Extreme Glitter paint over the entire front of the board, letters included. Allow to dry.IMG_20170412_105649671.jpg
  1. Use your paint marker to trace over the outline of the letters to give it extra shine. Allow to dry.  IMG_20170411_150158162.jpg
  1. Use the hot glue gun to attach the two ribbons to the back side of the top two corners of the board. Use the end of a paint brush to make sure that the ribbon is stuck on tight.IMG_20170412_114001867.jpg
  1. You can leave the ribbons flowing free or tie them in a simple bow so that they can be hung up at home. Christ is risen!  Alleluia!IMG_20170412_114056392.jpg

Holy Week 2017 Coloring Prayer Focus Word Good Friday: Dead

Lent, Prayer

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One way to really let the Focus Word and Verse to soak in is to color them while you pray.  I print them on white cardstock because I find that no matter what art supplies I use, it doesn’t soak through.  Also, it is easier to frame or preserve a sturdier piece of paper.  Below, please find our resources for Good Friday.  I used a limited, somber color palette to reflect the mood of the day.

Focus Word:  Dead

Focus Verse: “Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last.” (Matthew 27:50 NRSV)

Coloring Page:  Coloring Prayer Good Friday 17

Your finished product might look something like this, or completely different:

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