Faith+Open: Greet the children with, “Alleluia! Christ is risen!” If they do not know the response, teach them to say, “Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!” This will be important at the end.
Faith+Share: Have you ever lost something important? Or even worse, have you ever had anything important stolen from you? (While this is a real story from my life, it can serve as a generic story for anyone to tell. It would be even better if you had your own story!) I remember one time when I had something stolen from me. I was at work and when I came out after work and walked to my car I noticed a pile of broken glass. Someone had broken the window on my car! I ran to the car and looked inside, and they had stolen my radio! That was a terrible feeling. I was mad, I was nervous, I was sad, I was worried, and I felt completely helpless. Now, let’s be honest about this, it was just a car radio, and I needed to get a new window. Overall it was not a big deal, but it still made me feel all those bad emotions. I never did get the radio back, but I had insurance that helped me replace the window and get a different radio, so I guess it turned out ok.
Well, in today’s Gospel story we hear about something that starts out kind of the same way, but is much worse at the beginning and unimaginably better by the end! This is day that we remember when some of Jesus’ friends went to see his body, remember he had died on the cross a few days before. They were planning to clean and prepare his body the way that they always did when someone they loved died. Well, when they got to tomb where the body was supposed to be it was not there! They thought that someone had stolen Jesus’ body! This isn’t a thing, like my car radio, it was the body of their friend, of their teacher, it was the body of Jesus. Can you imagine how upset they must have been? How scared they must have been?
But then, two angels appeared and gave them amazing news! Do you know what they said? (Give a little time for answers.) That’s right, they said, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but had risen.” WOW! Isn’t that exciting! Sometimes it is hard for us to really be excited about it because we have heard this story before and we know the ending, but try to imagine how they must have felt then. Amazed, confused, excited, maybe even more scared? Let’s share the excitement of the story. I want you to greet people today with Easter greeting that we used at the beginning. We will practice again at the end, but let’s pray first.
Faith+Prayer: Risen and Living God, Alleluia! We praise you for the miracle of the resurrection. Help us to live in the excitement of the risen Christ today and every day. Amen
Faith+Blessing: Say, “Alleluia! Christ is risen!” – Let then respond, “Christ is Risen indeed! Alleluia!”
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