Palm Sunday -- The people were praising with hosannas but were ready to turn against Jesus.

Maundy Thursday -- The Last Supper was a time of good-byes and preparation for separation. It would be the end of life together as the disciples had known it. Afterward in the Garden, Jesus' prayer was heart-wrenching, and his disciples deserted him, first in sleep and then by running away. Judas betrayed him, and Peter denied him during the trial and following persecution.

Good Friday -- We see Jesus carrying his cross, and we imagine his pain. We hear his words from the cross. We shudder at his death and feel the weight of our own responsibility.

Easter -- Hallelujah! Jesus has triumphed over death!

*Make an Easter Mountain

Play Dough
4 c. of flour
1.5  c. salt
1.5  c. water
1 Tbs. oil

Mix ingredients and knead. Add small amounts of water as needed until the texture is right.


1. Use two backyard sticks bound together with twine to make a cross about five or six inches tall.

2. Shape the whole lump of play dough into a mountain. The size will be determined by the volume of your play dough. Leave an opening on one side into the "cave' that will represent the tomb, using your fist or a soup can to hold the space open.

3. Press the cross into the top of the mountain to form a hole deep enough to stand the cross in. Make the hole a bit larger than the actual stick circumference because the hole will get smaller as the mountain bakes. Set the cross aside.

4. Twist toothpicks into the dough or press fork tines randomly around on the hill to make "footholds" for the chenille stick people.

5. Press the rock that will cover the tomb against the opening, to shape a better fit. Set the stone aside.

6. Bake at 250 degrees for four to five hours. When cooled, color as desired with paint or markers.

Originally posted on Crosswalk during Holy Week 2007.

From Treasuring God in Our Traditions by Noel Piper, copyright 2003, pages 92, 95-98. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a ministry of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois 60187, Download for personal use only. Scripture passages used in this selection are from, The Holy Bible, English Standard Version copyright 2001

Noel Piper and her husband, John, have ministered since 1980 at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They have four sons and a daughter. Noel is a graduate of Wheaten College (B.A.).