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Holy Week Family Devotions

Sunday 5 April 2020

PALM SUNDAY
Theme: Triumphal Entry
Read: Mark 11:1-11
*Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, for the Passover celebration, as the people praised Him with palm branches, shouting ‘Hosanna!’ (Praise the Lord)
Ask: How can we praise Jesus today?
Pray: Dear God, thank you for sending Jesus to earth, help us worship and praise you today.
Do: Find a leaf outside that could have been used to praise Jesus in the parade.

Monday 6 April

Theme: Jesus is Anointed
Read: Mark 14:1-9
*The woman (Mary, sister of Lazarus & Martha) poured expensive perfum on Jesus, to prepare His body for burial. This was her gift, her act of worship to Him.
Ask: What gift can you give Jesus? What commitment can you make for Him?
Pray: Dear God, we give you the gift of our hearts today, help us to commit our lives and our selves to you every day.
Do: Mix a little [baby] oil and perfume and pretend it is like what Mary used to anoint Jesus.

Tuesday 7 April

Theme: Jesus Prayed in Gethsemane
Read: Mark 14:32-41; Matthew 26:36-45
*Jesus prayed “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken unless I drink it, your will be done.” He denied himself and chose to accept our punishment on the cross.
Ask: Why did Jesus have to die on the cross? Have you ever told God ‘Not my will, but yours be done’ in your life? What is God’s will for your life?
Pray: Dear God, we thank you for the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, and we pray what Jesus prayed in Gethsemane ‘Not our will, but yours be done’ in our lives.
Do: Write your prayers down and put them in a special place. Pray together as a family.

Wednesday 8 April

Theme: Judas Betrays Jesus
Read: Luke 22:1-6; Mark 14:43-46
*Judas, who was one of Jesus’ 12 disciples, agreed to betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. He brought the soldiers to Jesus, showed them who He was, and watched as they arrested Jesus.
Ask: How can you stand for Jesus and show your loyalty to Him today?
Pray: Dear God, we love you. Help us let everyone know that you are our best friend.
Do: Count 30 silver coins, like the ones Judas got for betraying Jesus.

Thursday 9 April

MAUNDY THURSDAY
Theme: The Last Supper
Read: John 13:1-17
*The word ‘Maundy’ comes from the Latin word ‘Mandatum’ which means “command” and has to do with God’s command for us to love and serve one another. Jesus showed His disciples how to love one another.
Ask: Who can you serve today? How can you show God’s love to others today?
Pray: Dear God, thank you for the example Jesus set for loving and serving others. Help us follow your command and serve others and show them Your love.
Do: Take communion as a family (grape juice and bread/crackers) in remembrance of Jesus.

Friday 10 April

GOOD FRIDAY
Theme: Jesus Suffered and Died
Read: Mark 14: 53-65; 15:31-39
*Jesus suffered and died on the cross to take the punishment for our sins.
Ask: How do you feel knowing that Jesus died on the cross for our sins?
Pray: Dear God, thank you for sending your son to die on the cross to take the punishment for our sins and for forgiving us.

Saturday 11 April

Theme: Jesus was Buried
Read: Mark 15:42-47; John 19:38-42
*Jesus was wrapped in grave clothes and buried in a tomb with a stone and guards.
Ask: How do you think Jesus’ followers felt when He was buried?
Pray: Dear God, we are sorry for our sins which put Jesus on the cross. Forgive us and cleanse us. Change our hearts o Lord.
Do: Make a resurrection roll (refrigerated biscuits & marshmallows) to represent the empty tomb.

Sunday 12 April

RESURRECTION SUNDAY
Theme: Jesus’ Resurrection
Read: Mark 16:1-7; John 20:1-16
Ask: What does the resurrection mean to you? How can you celebrate the Savioiur this Easter?
Pray: Dear God, we praise you and thank you that Jesus is ALIVE and living in us!
Do: Worship the Lord and give thanks!

Other Resources

God’s Big Easter Story: A Holy Week Journey for Families provides your family with a simple, meaningful way to grow in faith together as you remember the events leading up to Jesus’ death and celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.

Messy Church: Palm Sunday is a feast that celebrates Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem; there were palm leaves and coats on the ground which certainly sounds very Messy!

Gospel Project: God’s plan for redemption, which began before creation, culminates with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus was welcomed as King but days later was crucified by the people. Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and subsequent resurrection provided salvation for sinners and restores our relationship with God.

Sunday 29 March 2020

DAVID’S PSALM
Bible Passage: Psalm 23
Story Point: David wrote a psalm to praise God

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