Kids’ Lenten Devotional — “I Need Thee Every Hour” — verse 4

THE 3rd WEEK IN LENT

Beginning Sunday, March 6, 2016

SING


Here is the fourth verse.

Play 1. I Need Thee Every Hour Verse 4

I need Thee, every hour

Teach me Thy will;

And Thy rich promises

In me fulfill.

 

Here is the whole song for you to listen to:

Play 2. I Need Thee Every Hour - Matt and Louise

 

READ


“All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.” (John 6:37)

 

DO


What is a promise? How is God a promise maker and a promise keeper?

Is there a promise you’ve made that has been hard to keep? Ask for forgiveness and for the strength from Jesus to try again to keep that promise.

 

PRAY


Thank you, Jesus, that you always keep your promises!

 

Kids’ Lenten Devotional — “I Need Thee Every Hour” — verse 3

THE 3rd WEEK IN LENT

Beginning Sunday, February 28, 2016

SING


Here is the third verse.

Play 1. I Need Thee Every Hour Verse 3

I need Thee, every hour

In joy or pain;

Come quickly and abide

Or life is vain

Here is the whole song for you to listen to:

Play 2. I Need Thee Every Hour - Matt and Louise

READ


“I will turn their mourning into joy; I will comfort them and give them gladness for sorrow.” (Jeremiah 31:13)

 

DO


Think about what brings you joy. Being at a birthday party? Playing on the beach? Building with Legos? Sitting with your friend in the lunchroom? Laughing with a family member? Stomping in puddles?

Think about what makes you sad. When has a friend helped your sadness turn into joy?

Make a card for a friend who could use some cheering up. Then deliver the card to your friend and spend some time just being together.

 

PRAY


Lord, help me to be a good friend to others in their joy and pain.

 

Kids’ Lenten Devotional — “I Need Thee Every Hour” — verse 2

THE 2nd WEEK IN LENT

Beginning Sunday, February 21, 2016

 

SING


Here is the second verse.  Press play and sing along!

Play 1. I Need Thee Every Hour Verse 2

I need Thee, every hour

Stay Thou nearby;

Temptations lose their power

When Thou art nigh.

Here is the whole song for you to listen to:

Play 2. I Need Thee Every Hour - Matt and Louise

READ


“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” (James 4:7-8)

 

DO


Talk through the meaning of this verse of the song. (What DOES “Thou art nigh” mean anyway?!) Draw a picture of what the words of the song tell you about Jesus.

What are some of those temptations you face? How does inviting Jesus near help you to NOT do those things?

 

PRAY


Jesus, be near me as I am tempted to . . .

 

Kids’ Lenten Devotional — “I Need Thee Every Hour” — verse 1

THE 1st WEEK IN LENT

Beginning Sunday, February 14, 2016

 

SING


Here is the first verse.  Press play and sing along!

Play 1. I Need Thee Every Hour Verse 1

I need Thee, every hour

Most gracious Lord;

No tender voice like Thine

Can peace afford

Here is the whole song for you to listen to:

Play 2. I Need Thee Every Hour - Matt and Louise

READ


“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27)

 

DO


Sit in your sacred space and practice listening for Jesus’ voice.

Over a meal together, practice speaking in different voices – loud, soft, high, low, with an accent, or plug your nose while you talk. How are those voices unique? Talk about how Jesus’ voice sounds. In what ways do you hear his voice?

Play an indoor, hide-and-seek version of “Marco! Polo!” and listen so that your ears can help your eyes find the people who are hiding.

 

PRAY


Speak to me, Lord, and let me hear your love for me.

Kids’ Lenten Devotional — “I Need Thee Every Hour” — the chorus

ASH WEDNESDAY


Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. On Ash Wednesday, we are reminded that we are people who sin; people who don’t always do what we should do. But! That’s not the end of the story! (Easter is coming!) During this Lent, we will learn the song, “I Need Thee Every Hour”. It’s a song you can sing to remind you of the ways in which you need Jesus, and how he is a faithful friend.

SING


Here is the chorus.  Press play and sing along!

Play 1. I Need Thee Every Hour Chorus - Matt and Louise

I need Thee, O I need Thee;

Every hour I need Thee;

O bless me now, my Savior,

I come to Thee.

Here is the whole song for you to listen to:

Play 2. I Need Thee Every Hour - Matt and Louise

READ


“But you, O LORD, do not be far off! O you my help, come quickly to my aid.” (Psalm 22:19)

DO


Prepare a special place in your home – a sacred space – where you can go to think and talk and sing to the Lord. Pile up some comfy pillows. Draw a picture of something beautiful that God created and hang it on the wall. Pray and listen in that space each day of Lent.

PRAY


Thank you, Jesus, that you are my helper and friend.

 

Wardens’ Report: October 2015

The Wardens’ Report: a brief summary of highlights from monthly Vestry meetings, designed to demystify our work and provide some information about our growth, finances, priorities and progress towards our strategic plan.

As we kneeled at the railing, we said many prayers of thanksgiving — for the hiring of Isaiah Brooms, for our fall retreat and the great good that can come from living into our vocations, for the many friends willing to stand for vestry election, for those thoughtfully considering Restoration membership, and for the steady, faithful preparation for David’s 2016 sabbatical.

The upcoming sabbatical is providing occasion to examine carefully how we make decisions and who makes which decisions.  Without doubt, the leadership bench is deep in our church family, and new leadership is already emerging for 2016 and beyond.  In addition to adding Isaiah to the staff, the nominating committee is finalizing the slate for our November vestry election. We are also refreshing our advisory teams (outreach, personnel and finance) – asking people to lend their time, knowledge and experience to our strategic operations.  These teams toil in relative obscurity and cannot be thanked enough for their important contributions. 

The first month of the fiscal year brought more positive financial news.  Operations are almost exactly on budget, and outreach is doing even better.  Through your unanticipated generosity and the effective fundraising efforts of our short-term mission teams to West Asia, Cambodia and West Virginia, our outreach fund was overflowing by several tens of thousands of dollars at the end of fiscal year 2015.  We had the joy of receiving and approving several recommendations from the Outreach Steering Team to expand Restoration’s support to many good partners in ministry. 

If you have questions, concerns or words of wisdom or encouragement, please know that we are open to your feedback.  We’d love to hear from you!

You can read an archive of past Wardens’ Reports on our website or Vestry Meeting minutes on CCB, under the ‘Files’ tab in the ‘Entire Church Group’.

-Carolyn Weimer and Ramsey Wilson, Wardens

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