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holy week at home

GOOD FRIDAY

Take a minute or two to center yourself by praying, again, Psalm 46:10 as you breathe:

—breathe in

Be still

—hold breath

and know

—breathe out

that I am God.

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader:

I lift my eyes up to the hills—
where does my help come from?

All:

My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

OPENING PRAYER

Ask that God would reveal himself in this time and in this place. 

If you’re in a group, consider asking different people to pray each day.

Today's scripture text:

MATTHEW 26:17-30

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After the text is presented, someone says:

The Word of the Lord

and everyone responds:

Thanks be to God!

Response to the Word

Build Your Family Altar.

01.

MEMORY

Can you remember a meal you had with friends that ended up being better than you expected (and not because of the food)? What happened at the meal in addition to eating? If you’re in a group, share these answers out loud. 

02.

SYMBOL

Find a pitcher and fill it with water. Place the pitcher on your family altar. May it symbolize God’s invitation to eat with him and fellowship with his followers.

03.

HOPE

Jesus said, “I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom.” In Luke he also says, “I won’t eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God” (Lk 22:16). How does knowing that Christ will feast with us in the Kingdom of Heaven change how we live? In what ways can our meals today foreshadow this meal to come? 

But before everyone goes their separate ways...

Cover Your Family Altar

I know it may seem odd, but to signify the sacrifice of Christ and the placement of his body in the tomb, find a piece of cloth, a bed sheet, or a blanket and cover your family altar and everything on it. Tomorrow, Holy Saturday, will be a different day than all the other days (so you might want to look ahead—because you might need to gather some materials in preparation). But the altar will remain covered until Easter morning when, together (even if remotely), we will celebrate our communion with the Life of Christ through the bread and the cup—or “Eucharist,” which is just a fancy way of saying, “Thanksgiving,” because on Easter morning we have a lot to be thankful for!

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Additional activities

WATCH CWC'S GOOD FRIDAY LIVESTREAM

Tune into the College Wesleyan Church’s livestream of the Good Friday service at noon as we journey with Christ as he offers himself as the ultimate sacrifice to redeem and restore all of creation.

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A DEEPER LOOK

Jesus said, “This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many.” But what is the significance of blood and how does a blood-sacrifice forgive sin?

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