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Instructions

We understand that physically making it to church on Sunday morning isn't always easy. While we strongly believe that a regular routine of worship is important to growing as a follower of Jesus, we also believe that sometimes worship can look different than a typical church service on Sunday morning. We hope this guided worship opportunity will allow space for you to feel connected to worship in a new way, even when you're on vacation, physically unable to make it to church, or just have a lot on your plate. In this guided worship you will be able to listen to the same music that we're singing on Sunday mornings, discuss the same text, and participate in children's activities with the entire family.

Introduction

On one level, during Passover, Jesus is simply following the centuries old tradition of eating Passover with his friends. But on this Passover, Jesus did something that changed everything for God’s people. Let’s rediscover the incredible mystery in the sacrament of communion.

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Invitation - Matthew 26:17-29

On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover. When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.” They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?” Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.” Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?” Jesus answered, “You have said so.” While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

Discuss

  1. What did you like about the text?
  2. What did you find difficult in the text?
  3. What did this text teach us about God?
  4. What did this text teach us about ourselves?
  5. Is there anything I am supposed to do after reading this text?
  6. Is there anyone He wants me to share this with?

Reread

On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover. When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.” They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?” Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.” Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?” Jesus answered, “You have said so.” While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

Discuss

  • What are some examples of things that on the surface seem so simple and mundane, but when you look further you discover there is so much more to it?
  • What has participating in communion meant to you, whether you're new to it or have been participating for many years?
  • What can we learn from the reality that Jesus shares this meal with the disciple who would betray him that very night?

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Pray

  • for worship that glorifies God and gathers, unites, and blesses his people
  • for spiritual renewal and refreshment
  • for our capacity to see God in all things

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Be Blessed – Galatians 6:18

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.

Family Activity Guide

Click below for kids ministry resources that you can engage at home with your children!