Posted in Devotions, Faith Formation, Lent

Family Lenten Devotion – Maundy Thursday

MAUNDY THURSDAY:

Opening Prayer:

Eternal God, in the sharing of a meal your Son established a new covenant for all people, and in the washing of feet he showed us the dignity of service. Grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit these signs of our life in faith may speak again to our hearts, feed our spirits, and refresh our bodies, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

High’s & Low’s:

Share the best and worst parts of your day.

Yoga or Calming Breaths:

Consider lighting a scented candle to help with calming & relaxation. If your family needs to burn off a little energy to focus before beginning, consider performing the yoga stretches in Appendix B. If your family is relatively focused, then sit for a minute or so and breathe deeply and quietly.

Read (Lectio):

John 13: 1-17, 31b-35 OR  The Last Supper (Pg. 362 Spark Story Bible)

Think (Meditatio):

Think about what you just heard… talk a silent walk, sit quietly, or choose one of the relaxation yoga poses and reflect on the words… NOT THE MESSAGE!

Pray (Oratio): 

Pray in Color – Write down a word or phrase that struck you. Doodle & Color on the page until you feel it is complete. A template to help get you started is available in Appendix C.

Rest (Contemplatio):

Again, take a walk, sit quietly, or choose one of the relaxation yoga poses and reflect on the words and your prayer.

Share:

As a family, share your pictures and what words struck you.

Bless:

May the sacrifice of Jesus remind you of God’s love, may you have the strength to love others above yourself, and may you remember God’s promise that you are his.

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Author:

I spent most of my life living in the great Pacific Northwest (Oregon). I went to college in South Carolina. I have also lived in Arkansas, North Carolina, kind of Virginia, Texas, & currently Pennsylvania. I’m a single-mom of two amazing children (aka – “The Things”) who keep life very interesting! I’m a pastor-in-training. The snark is fiercely strong with me! #Javaluia #VivaMoreCoffee

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