holy week at home

HOLY MONDAY

Take a minute or two to center yourself by praying 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:

John 6:1-13, 28-35

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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

When has God provided for you? Perhaps it was in unexpected ways. If you’re in a group, share this out loud. 

02.

SYMBOL

Find a plate or a basket—something that you could serve bread from—and place it on your family altar. May it symbolize God’s provision.

03.

HOPE

How might we live differently if we expected God to give us what we needed abundantly?

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Additional activities

BIDDING PRAYERS (a new way to pray)

Bidding prayers are a historic form of corporate prayer in which a prompt is given to the people gathered, such as, “Lord, we pray for all those who are sick and in need of your healing touch.” Then, the congregation audibly calls out names of people they know who are sick, or sometimes even offer short one sentence prayers for that particular person. After enough time has passed for all who wanted to add their prayers could, the next prompt is given. 

If you’re in a household of people during Holy Week, consider concluding your daily gatherings with bidding prayers. Come up with three or four prompts to lead your group through before offering a concluding prayer. Or, perhaps you’d like to begin a practice of bidding prayer before meals in which you begin, “Lord, you give abundantly. Today, we are thankful for these gifts,” [allow time for prayers to be added]. Then conclude the prayer. 

A DEEPER LOOK

Jesus asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” (John 6:5). Take a deeper look into God’s provision and his invitation into a life of abundance and generosity.

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