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2016 Term 1 - Stations of the Cross - Passion Week

There is so much that has been happening at school with camp, sports events and yesterday's trip to the Waikato Art Museum. All of these exciting events are a very important part of our curriculum and we appreciate all the support you have given us in these. This week we are building up to Easter and this is our focus. At school our student leadership team and staff have put together a 'Stations of the Cross' which we would be thrilled to have you visit. This shows some of the important themes of Easter. Please feel free to bring anyone in to have a look with you including your church. It will be open each day this week until 5PM.

THE EASTER STORY

Easter is one of the two most special times of the year. Some people consider this a sad time but I want to encourage you to see it instead as a triumphal event. What Christ went through for us was awful, but what He achieved on the Cross was a miracle and an achievement at the highest level. His death and rising to life is the most significant event in history. It provides us with a chance at life, real life clean before God, forgiven and made right for those who choose to accept Him into their lives and live in His ways. In this issue we review Passion Week, the final week of Jesus' work here on Earth before He went to the Cross for you and I.

Stations of the Cross - Passion Week

Below are the events of the week leading up to Jesus' triumphal victory for us on the Cross. Each event has the references from each of the Gospels so that you can compare and deepen each of the stories together as a family (I don't have the space to expand upon them here). If you choose to do two per day it will take you up to and through the Easter break:

1. Jesus Enters Jerusalem. Matthew 21:1-11 Mark 11:1-10 Luke 19:28-38.

2. The Widow's Mite. Mark 12:41-44 Luke 21:1-4.

3. Parable of the Ten Virgins. Matthew 25:1-13.

4. Washing the Apostles' Feet. Luke 22:24-27 John 13:1-17.

5. The Lord's Supper. Matthew 26:7-30 Mark 14:12-26 Luke 22:7-30 John 13:1-30.

6. Prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. Matthew 26:30, 36-46 Mark 14:26, 32-41

Luke 22:39-47 John 14-17 (Olivet Discourse).

7. Betrayal by Judas. Matthew 26:47-56 Mark 14:43-52 Luke 22:47-53 John 18:1-11.

8. Trial before the Jewish Authorities. Matthew 26:57 - 27:10 Mark 14:53-72

Luke 22:54-71 John 18:12-27.

9. Peter Denies Jesus. Matthew 26:31-35, 58, 69-75 Mark 14:27-31, 54, 66-72 Luke 22:31-38, 54-62 John 18:15-18, 25-27.

10. Jesus before Pilate. Matthew 27:11-31 Mark 15:1-20 Luke 23:1-25 John 18:28 - 19:16.

11. Jesus is Crucified. Matthew 27:57-66 Mark 15:21-41 Luke 23:26-49 John 19:16-30.

12. The Burial and Watch at the Sepulchre. Matthew 27:57-66 Mark 15:42-47 Luke 23:50-56 John 19:31-42.

13. Jesus Lives Again. Matthew 28:1-15 Mark 16:1-11 Luke 23:56 - 24:12 John 20:1-17.

14. Thomas Believes. John 20:27-28.

15. Breakfast on the Shore. John 21:1-23.

16. Jesus Ascends to Heaven. Matthew 28:16-20 Mark 16:19-20 Luke 24:44-53.

On behalf of all the staff we would like to wish you and your family an excellent Easter and a great time together.