Ash Wednesday, Lent 1, or Good Friday: A red valentine may be fun, but loving every day is harder. Jesus showed us most fully how it is done by forgiving all the people who killed and betrayed him while he was dying on the cross.
Lent 1: We are tempted to give ourselves to many things - maybe especially sports today. We remember this day that although we love many things we love God most.
Lent 2: Give children small paper or felt hearts to wear in their shoes this week as a reminder to stand firm for Jesus as Paul instructed.
Lent 3: There is no picture for this week. But there are directions for making a heart shaped loaf for Communion and for working through the Great Prayer of Thanksgiving identifying all the ways God loves us and placing a red heart on the Table for each one.
Lent 4: There is a choice for Lent 4. One is a heart bearing the key words for the day. The other is a string of linked hearts with which to explore reconciliation. Both fit both the epistle and the parable of the Lost Son.
Lent 5: These texts are about gift giving, Mary's gift of costly oil to Jesus, Paul's gift of being a preacher in response to God's love for him, and Jesus' gift of forgiveness on the cross.
Palm - Passion Sunday or Good Friday: Jesus kept loving even when his heart was broken by all the people who hated him and his friends who betrayed him when he needed them most.
Maundy Thursday: Jesus washed his disciples' feet and calls us to love each other as much as he loved them.
Good Friday: Jesus kept loving even when he was nailed to a cross.
Easter: Like the disciples we are both puzzled and incredibly happy to find that Jesus did not stay dead, but is alive forever.