** Check out our "Holy Week Guide" at the link via the button below for PDF of devotionals and special observances you can take part in as we journey toward Easter Sunday. **
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
Begin your devotional time with a moment of silent prayer. Thank the LORD for a new day and new mercies. Let your prayer time flow naturally - this is your time with Jesus after all.
Read Matthew 27:57-66. With a group or on your own, reflect on the scripture texts provided using the following questions:
1. What do you like? Why?
2. What do you dislike? Why?
3. What is confusing or strange?
4. What do you learn about God?
5. How will you live differently in response to this scripture?
Read Psalm 32:3. Practice confession practice the art of confession.
I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have sinned through my own fault,
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do;
and I plead the blood of Jesus for my forgiveness.
Take time to confess to God or to others either out loud, in a prayer journal, or in silent prayer. If someone speaks a confession out loud to you, listen patiently and assure them of Christ’s forgiveness. Conclude by speaking the truth of forgiveness:
LORD Jesus, through your cross you have forgiven us, and we have new life in you.
Share prayer concerns and pray for others.
Share a word of thanks as an offering to God.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, now and for ever. Amen.
LORD, lead me from death to life, from lies to truth. Lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust. Amen
SONGS FOR REFLECTION
We don't speak much of Holy Saturday, but it is perhaps the best representation of the "in between" time that characterizes our current reality. Salvation is both already and not yet. Jesus has won the victory, and yet his kingdom will not be established in full until his return. As you reflect today, let the songs below guide you in both lament and praise, yearning for the day of Jesus' return.
Memorize and reflect upon the meaning of this verse to commit to heart.
"Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me."
- Matthew 10:38
The Word of God shared in community. The written text, illumined by the Holy Spirit, pointing us to the person of Jesus Christ.