Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise him, all creatures here below; Praise him above, you heavenly hosts. Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
LUTHER’S MORNING PRAYER
I thank you, heavenly Father, through your dear Son, Jesus Christ, that you have protected me through the night from all harm and danger, I ask you to keep me this day, too, from all sin and evil, so that in all my thoughts, words and deeds I may please you. In your hands I place my body and soul and all that is mine. Let your holy angel be with me, so that the evil one may have no power over me. Amen.
LUTHER’S EVENING PRAYER
I thank you, heavenly Father, through your dear Son, Jesus Christ, that you have graciously protected me today. I ask you to forgive all my sins and the wrong which I have done. And graciously keep me this night. In your hands I place my body and soul and all that is mine. Let your holy angel be with me, so that the evil one may have no power over me. Amen.
Taking faith home
CARING CONVERSATION: Discuss in your household or small group: • Can you remember a time when you gave up something for someone else? Tell your story. • Philippians 2:7-8 says that Jesus “gave up everything and became a slave when he became like one of us.” Why did Jesus do this?
DEVOTIONS: Find a bare branch and place it in a pot. Each day of Holy Week, attach a different symbol to the branch and read the associated Scripture passage. • Palm Sunday: Read Matthew 21:1-9. Place twigs and strips of cloth at the foot of the branch to symbolize the cloaks and branches spread on the road as Jesus entered Jerusalem. • Monday: Read Matthew 21:42-46. Place a stone at the foot of the branch to symbolize Jesus, the stone that was rejected. • Tuesday: Read Matthew 26:6-13. Hang a small bottle of perfume from the branch. • Wednesday: Read Matthew 26:14-16. Hang a bag of coins on the branch. • Maundy Thursday: Read Matthew 26:17-30. Place a small plate and cup at the foot of the cross as a reminder of the Last Supper. • Good Friday: Read Matthew 27:1,33-50. Hammer small nails into the branch and attach a sign reading “This is Jesus, King of the Jews”. • Saturday: Read Matthew 27:57-60. Place a black cloth over the branch. • Easter Sunday: Read Matthew 28:1-10. Remove the black cloth and decorate the branch with flowers, paper butterflies or paper streamers.
SERVICE: Make a household act of service a “must” in your observance of Holy Week. Find a way to serve your own family, or perhaps help a neighbor.
RITUALS AND TRADITIONS: This week we remember the journey of Jesus from his entry in Jerusalem to his death and resurrection. These stories are central to our faith; gathering together to reflect on the events of Jesus’ passion and letting the structure of Holy Week guide our home activities connect our daily lives with the life and death of Christ.
SCRIPTURE VERSE FOR THIS WEEK:
He gave up everything and became a slave, when he became like one of us. Christ was humble. He obeyed God and even died on a cross. Philippians 2:7-8 (CEV)
SAY, PRAY AND BLESS:
A Prayer for the Week: Jesus, you truly are the Son of God! Thank you for dying to give us life! Amen.
Mealtime Prayer: Lord Jesus, you have given us so much - your life to save us, and good food to feed us. Help us to live for you. Amen.
A Blessing to Give: May God give you faith to believe in Jesus as God’s Son. May God help you to trust Jesus as your Savior, and to humbly serve him. Amen.
DAILY BIBLE READINGS:
These readings are related to the Lectionary readings for this Sunday. We invite you to take time each day to read the assigned Bible passage.
Sunday Matthew 21:1-11 Jesus enters Jerusalem Monday Matthew 21:42-46 The stone the builders rejected Tuesday Matthew 26:6-13 Jesus anointed at Bethany Wednesday Matthew 26:14-16 Judas agrees to betray Jesus Thursday Matthew 26:17-30 The Last Supper Friday Matthew 27:1,33-50 Jesus dies on the cross Saturday Matthew 27:57-60 The burial of Jesus Sunday Matthew 28:1-10 He has risen!
© 2010 Vibrant Faith Ministries. All rights reserved. Written by Pr. Greg Priebbenow and edited by Vibrant Faith Ministries
© 2010 The Youth & Family Institute. All rights reserved. Written by Pastor Greg Priebbenow, Australia