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w/c 22 April 2019
Liturgical Year: Easter Sunday
Gospel: Luke 24: 1-32
We have just started Eastertide! This is the first week of Easter - Easter Sunday officially lasts for 8 days as the treasures and wisdom to be discovered in the Gospel for Easter Sunday need longer to discover. Eastertide itself lasts for 50 days - 10 days longer than Lent.
So, how can we create good habits for celebrating the new life that Jesus brings throughout Eastertide? The image of new life growing from the soil can really help at this time of year. We are surrounded by signs of new life as spring well and truly blooms. Christ's resurrection from death was astonishing - new life coming from what appeared to be death and darkness. There was more and there is more for all of us!
This week, the daily prayers take the words of the well-known Easter hymn 'Now The Green Blade Riseth' to help children reflect on how the resurrection means we can always have hope. We remember that Jesus' love coming again is like spring: from death, new life always comes.
You use the words just as a poem or you may like to listen the hymn being sung. There is a link to a YouTube recording with the lyrics on Slide 2 each day of the PowerPoint.
Please note: there is no reflection for Monday 22 April as it is a Bank Holiday.
HOW TO LEAD
There is a music track on the opening slide if you want to use it - just click on the icon for it to play.
Children are reminded of the events of Easter Sunday and that Eastertide is a time to truly celebrate the coming of new life - seen in Jesus' resurrection and in the new life of spring.
Read together the words of one verse of 'Now The Green Blade Riseth' explaining any unfamiliar language. For KS1 and lower KS2, the teacher may want to read one line at a time and children then repeat it back.
One line from the hymn is highlighted for children to focus on. The photocopiable proforma (Appendix 1) can also be used, which has daily images of spring and key lines from the hymn for children to colour in.
Finish by saying the prayer on the slide together.