wednesday nights in bright beginnings

lent

 

Dear Parents,

Lent has become one of my most anticipated seasons.  This will be our third Lenten season during which we will commit to learning The Lord’s Prayer in Bright Beginnings.  It is such a joy to watch our children put this prayer into their hearts and know that it will stay with them into adulthood.  So, will you join us again this year?

Today is Ash Wednesday, one of the first days of Lent.

Today we begin a season in which we focus on REPENTENCE (not just the forgiveness of our sins, but a changing of directions; allowing God to change our thinking, actions, attitudes…), SORROW (not just the deep sorrow of Christ’s death on the cross for us but the journey toward Jerusalem, the foreboding days before the Last Supper), and YEARNING (not just a yearning for change but for the liberation that comes in both the birth and resurrection of Christ!).

What better time than during this season of intentional focus is there to teach our kids the prayer the Lord has asked us to pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done on earth
as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
Lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

 

Will you join us?

We will be working in Bright Beginnings to put this prayer in our minds and in our hearts during the weeks of Lent, starting with tonight.  The following is the breakdown of when we will be learning each part of the prayer.  Will you be willing to help your child learn this prayer during Lent?

  • Week of February 18th :  Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
  • Week of February 25th:  10 Your kingdom come.  Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
  • Week of March 4th:  11 Give us this day our daily bread.
  • Week of March 11th:  And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.
  • Week of March 18th:  13 Lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil.
  • Week of March 25th:  For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

 

*If your child already knows The Lord’s Prayer, that is wonderful!  Spend some time each week praying the prayer together and talking about what each part means as we learn it in Bright Beginnings.  We will also be learning The Lord’s Prayer in sign language again this year to help our little ones remember the words.  Watch for a post of the video of the signs we will be using so that you can learn them at home as well!

 

 

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