Lord, how good it is for us to be here -- Matthew 17

Teen Playlist Easter - New Life

In the Easter Season, we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

This year, more than ever, we need to embrace the hope of Easter and the new life it brings.

The ideas below will help you pray with the JOY of Easter and live in the light of the Resurrection.

 

(You can find more Prayer Playlists for teens HERE.)

 

Here are the stories of Jesus' friends and followers to whom he appeared after his Resurrection:

                      Mary Magdalene:  John 20:1-18

                      The Dicsiples on the Road to Emmaus:  Luke 24:13-35

                      Thomas:  John 20:19-29

                      Breakfast on the Beach:  John 21:1-14

                      Peter:  John 21:15-19

Here are some more Scripture passages that reflect the JOY of Easter:

                       1 Chronicles 16:34-36

                       Isaiah 12:2

                       Jude 24-25

                       Psalm 118:24     

Here are a few blog articles with some Easter inspiration:

                       The Joy of Easter

                       God Desires Your Joy:  Entering Into Easter

                       15 Logical Reasons to Believe in the Resurrection

                       Love Wins.  Death No More.

 

Here are some videos that help explain the meaning and significance of Easter:

                         Father Mike's Easter Special

                         Run to the Risen Jesus

                         Catholic Central:  Easter Traditions

Here are some short mini-films to get you in the Easter spirit:

                          Follow:  A Social Network Easter

                          He's Still Risen

                          Easter According to Kids

                          Our Easter Story  

 

Chris Rice, Come to Jesus

Matthew West, Day One

Hillsong, All Things New

All Things New, Believe

New Life Worship, Here in Your Presence

Steve Angrisano, Alleluia! Love Is Alive

Matt Maher, Because He Lives

West Coast Choir, Because He Lives

Matt Maher, Alive Again

Matt Maher, Christ Is Risen

Skillet, Awake and Alive

Skillet, Good to Be Alive

Skilllet, Rebirthing

Stellar Kart, Second Chances

Sidewalk Prophets, All Things New

 

Spend some time in prayer (just in your head or maybe writing/sketching in your journal) wondering:

  • Which of the Resurrection stories from Scripture are you drawn to most in your life right now?
  • Where can you see new life beginning to blossom in the world right now?
  • Where can you see new life beginning to blossom in your life right now?
  • What helps you to feel the joy of Jesus' resurrection?
  • How do you feel called to share that joy with others?

 

Here's a ten-minute audio guided meditation from God in All Things:  Dreaming of the Resurrection.

Here's a reflection on the idea that Easter Is a Verb.

From Ignatian Spirituality, try this Imaginative Prayer:  A Meeting on the Road to Emmaus (both audio and written versions are provided).

Three-Minute Retreats for Easter:

                           Easter Sunday 

                           Newness of Life 

                           God Is Alive

 

Pick one of these Seven Ways to Celebrate Easter throughout the 50 days of the Easter season.

Create an Easter Garden (could be a craft project OR an actual planted garden).  Here are some ideas:

                       Empty Tomb Garden DIY Easter Decor Project

                       The Easter Garden   

                       Easter Garden Ideas from Pinterest

Celebrate Easter in your kitchen with the traditional foods of the Easter season. Try these recipes:

                       What Are Hot Cross Buns and What Do They Have To Do With Easter?

                       The Traditional Foods of Easter

 

Pray As You Go has a series of five audio meditations on the Acts of the Apostles.

Arts and Faith has a series of Easter imaginative prayer exercises, including a visual reflection on a work of art:

                       Easter Reflection One

                       Easter Reflection Two

                       Easter Reflection Three

                         

(You can find more Prayer Playlists for teens HERE.)