holy week at home


Take a minute or two to center yourself by praying Psalm 71:5 as you breathe:

—breathe in

O Lord,

—hold breath

You alone

—breathe out

are my hope.



Bend down, O Lord, and hear our prayer;


Answer us, for we need your help.


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 11:1-44

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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.



When has God restored something in your life? Maybe it was physical, like a broken bone healing; or maybe it was emotional, like a sadness turned to joy; or maybe it was spiritual, like a hurt relationship that was renewed. If you’re in a group, share this out loud. 



Find a Band-Aid—or some sort of medical bandage/tape—and place it on your family altar. May it symbolize God’s healing power.



How might we live differently if we trusted that Jesus is “the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25)?  If Christ is life and we are in Christ (John 14:20), then what hope do we have amidst all the brokenness in the world? 

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WRITE AN INVOCATION (another way to pray)

Just like there is a formula for talking (i.e. you say, “Hello” first and, “Goodbye” last), prayers can have formulas too. These formulas actually determine what type of prayer you’re praying and when you would pray it.

One type of prayer is called an Invocation (from the word “Invoke” which basically means asking an important person for something—in this case, God). This is typically the opening prayer of a worship service, asking (invoking) God to reveal himself to us.

See the formula for an invocation below and give writing one a try. Perhaps you could even use this formula the next time you pray for a meal or at the start of tomorrow’s liturgy.

#1. Address God by one of his names.

#2. State a truth about who God is.

#3. Make your ask of God.

#4. State why you asked this (e.g. “So that…”).

#5. Conclude the prayer. 

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Martha told Jesus, “I have always believed you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who has come into the world from God” (John 11:27). But what does Jesus being the “Messiah” really mean?

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