Maundy Thursday devotions:
Devotion: Use this resource at home to guide your household’s daily devotions. You can do this alone or with others; in the morning, during the day, or at night. Find a routine that works best for you.
Pray: Light a candle and open your devotion time with a prayer.
Lord of the feast, You gather us as you once gathered your followers. Incline our ears once more to your words of grace and promise of a new covenant, that we might rise from the table and be your witnesses. In the name of our Savior, Amen.
Reflect: Reflect on the key verses from Sunday’s reading.
Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. Luke 22:17-20
Study: Study the reading and consider the background.
Dinner is served, and Jesus might be the only one present who truly understands that this is to be their final meal together. But as ancient tradition gives way to brand new words, it’s sure to be one they’ll remember forever.
Consider: Consider this theme for the week’s text.
Jesus created a new covenant between God and God’s people; one that cannot be broken because God is the only actor in this covenant.
Read: Read the following daily readings to deepen
your understanding of Sunday’s text. After the reading,
ask the follow-up questions.
Thursday: Last Supper (Holy Thursday), Luke 22:1-27
Friday: Crucifixion (Good Friday), Luke 23:32-47
Saturday: Burial of Jesus, Luke 23:48-56
How emotional is Jesus’ journey to the cross to you?
Connect: Connect in conversation with others in your household. Discuss the following questions, or simply check in with “Highs” and “Lows.”
What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?
When has the movement of a crowd gotten swept away and out of hand? Why do you think mob mentality has so much power of people? What is happening in your congregation that is being swept away by such momentum? What needs to change to turn the momentum?
What are you willing to give or do to follow Christ? What can you do this week that pushes you beyond your comfort zone?
Do: By acting on what we learn we make God’s word come alive. Do the following activity this week.
Use essential oils to mark the sign of the cross on your forehead or hands every morning this week. Let the scent and feel of the oil remind you of Jesus’ journey to the cross.
Bless: Close your devotion with a blessing.
Jesus walks a difficult journey for you. You are worth it. Amen.