Pairing Arch Books with the Lectionary – April 2017

    This April, you’ll have many opportunities to help your children learn about the Bible passages that are read each Sunday. Between Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter, you and the little ones in your life can learn about Jesus’ saving love in a kid-friendly format.

    In addition to the Arch Books for each Sunday in April, we’ve also provided suggested Arch Books for the readings on Holy Thursday and Good Friday. You can read the them before the church service to prepare, or read them after to review what you learned. Happy reading!

    Three-Year Series A

    April 2, Fifth Sunday in Lent

    Ezekiel 37:1–14

    Psalm 130

    Romans 8:1–11

    John 11:1–45 or John 11:17–27, 38–53

    Get Up, Lazarus! Arch BookThe story of Lazarus is one that shows the humanity and compassion of Jesus when He weeps over the death of His friend. In the very same story, we get to witness an amazing miracle that foreshadows Jesus’ own resurrection (which we’ll celebrate in just a few weeks)! Just as Jesus cared for His friend, so He cares for you and your family.

     

     

     

     

    April 9, Palm Sunday (Sunday of the Passion)

    Isaiah 50:4–9a

    Psalm 118:19–29 or 31:9–16

    Philemon 2:5–11

    John 12:12–19 and Matthew 26:1–27:66, or Matthew 27:11–66, or John 12:20–43

    Jesus Enters Jerusalem Arch BookThis Arch Book tells the story of Palm Sunday and previews the events that would happen later that week. As you read and talk with your child about this special day, celebrate the new life Jesus has given you!

     

     

     

    Bonus book!

    The Week that Led to Easter Arch BookRead this book later in the week—it weaves the stories of Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday into one. Consider reading it before your church’s Holy Thursday and Good Friday services so your children can understand what happened that holy week.

     

     

     

     

    April 13, Holy Thursday

    Exodus 24:3–11 or Exodus 12:1–14

    Psalm 116:12–19

    Hebrews 9:11–22 or 1 Corinthians 11:23–32

    Matthew 26:17–30 or John 13:1–17, 31b–35

    The Very First Lord's Supper Arch BookThis book tells the story of the disciples in the Upper Room on the first Holy Thursday. After reading this book, talk about the Lord’s Supper with your child. Take them to Communion to receive a special blessing from your pastor, and then thank God together for His wonderful plan of salvation in Jesus.

     

     

     

     

    April 14, Good Friday

    Isaiah 52:13–53:12

    Psalm 22 or Psalm 31

    Hebrews 4:14–16; 5:7–9

    John 18:1–19:42 or John 19:17–30

    Good Friday Arch BookChildren often question why we call the day Jesus died “good.” Take this opportunity to explain to your child that this day is good because it’s the day Jesus paid the punishment for our sins! We have a good God who gives us, His children, eternal life through the death of His Son.

     

     

     

     

    April 16, The Resurrection of Our Lord

    Acts 10:34–43 or Jeremiah 31:1–6

    Psalm 16

    Colossians 3:1–4

    Matthew 28:1–10

    Jesus Christ is Risen Today! Arch BookUsing language from all four Gospel accounts, this Arch Book retells the story of our Lord’s resurrection and shows how it is the fulfillment of God’s promise in Genesis to save His people. Consider singing the classic Easter hymn of the same name afterward!

    For a complete list of Easter Arch Books, check out our website. https://www.cph.org/c-260-easter-arch-books.aspx

     

     

     

    April 23, Second Sunday of Easter

    Acts 5:29–42

    Psalm 148

    1 Peter 1:3–9

    John 20:19–31

    The Doubting Thomas Arch Book is out of print, but check your church library or nursery to see if there’s a copy! It’s a retelling of this Sunday’s Gospel reading and teaches children that we believe in Jesus by faith, not by sight.

     

    April 30, Third Sunday of Easter

    Acts 2:14a, 36–41

    Psalm 116:1–14

    1 Peter 1:17–25

    Luke 24:13–35

    The Easter Stranger Arch BookThis Sunday’s Gospel reading, and this Arch Book, reinforce that Jesus promises to be with us always. Just like the Stranger on the road to Emmaus reminded the disciples that God had promised to send a Savior, this Bible story reminds us that Jesus is that Savior!

     

     

     

     

    One-Year Lectionary

    April 2, Fifth Sunday in Lent

    Genesis 22:1–14

    Psalm 43

    Hebrews 9:11–15

    John 8:(42–45) 46–59

    Abraham's Big Test Arch BookThis Bible story can be hard to explain to children, but this Arch Book helps by teaching children about Old Testament sacrifices, and how Jesus, our Victorious Lamb, died on the cross as our sacrifice for our sins. This is a great opportunity to prepare for Easter and talk about Jesus fulfilling Old Testament prophecies.

     

     

     

     

    April 9, Palm Sunday (Sunday of the Passion)

    Zechariah 9:9–12

    Psalm 118:19–29 or Psalm 31:9–16

    Philemon 2:5–11

    Matthew 26:1–27:66 or Matthew 27:11–54

    Jesus Enters Jerusalem Arch BookThis Arch Book tells the story of Palm Sunday and previews the events that would happen later that week. As you read and talk with your child about this special day, celebrate the new life Jesus has given you!

     

     

     

     

     

    April 13, Holy Thursday

    Exodus 12:1–14 or Exodus 24:3–11

    Psalm 116:12–19

    1 Corinthians 11:23–32

    John 13:1–15 (34–35)

    The Very First Lord's Supper Arch bookThis book tells the story of the disciples in the Upper Room on the first Holy Thursday. After reading this book, talk about the Lord’s Supper with your child. Take them to Communion to receive a special blessing from your pastor, and then thank God together for His wonderful plan of salvation in Jesus.

     

     

     

     

    April 14, Good Friday

    Isaiah 52:13–53:12

    Psalm 22 or Psalm 31

    2 Corinthians 5:14–21

    John 18:1–19:42

    Good Friday Arch BookChildren often question why we call the day Jesus died “good.” Take this opportunity to explain to your child that this day is good because it’s the day Jesus paid the punishment for our sins! We have a good God who gives us, His children, eternal life through the death of His Son.

     

     

     

     

    April 16, The Resurrection of Our Lord

    Job 19:23–27

    Psalm 118:15–29

    1 Corinthians 5:6–8 or 1 Corinthians 15:51–57

    Mark 16:1–8

    Jesus Christ is Risen Today! Arch BookUsing language from all four Gospel accounts, this Arch Book retells the story of our Lord’s resurrection and shows how it is the fulfillment of God’s promise in Genesis to save His people. Consider singing the classic Easter hymn of the same name afterward!

    For a complete list of Easter Arch Books, check out our website. https://www.cph.org/c-260-easter-arch-books.aspx

     

     

     

    April 23, Second Sunday of Easter

    Ezekiel 37:1–14

    Psalm 33

    1 John 5:4–10

    John 20:19–31

    The Doubting Thomas Arch Book is out of print, but check your church library or nursery to see if there’s a copy! It’s a retelling of this Sunday’s Gospel reading and teaches children that we believe in Jesus by faith, not by sight.

     

    April 30, Third Sunday of Easter

    Ezekiel 34:11–16

    Psalm 23

    1 Peter 2:21–25

    John 10:11–16

    Jesus, My Good Shepherd Arch bookThis story teaches children about God’s love for them—and for you—in Christ. Discuss with them the sorts of things that make them feel afraid, then tell them how Jesus protects us, His sheep, from harm. Children can believe His promise that He is with them always!

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