At-Home Family Worship for Maundy Thursday

We celebrate Maundy Thursday in remembrance of Jesus’ Last Supper. Enjoy a simple family meal together, followed by the readings and discussion.

Below is an order of worship you can participate in together as a family. You can do this order of worship at any time today. You might be able to do it all at once or maybe your children need to take it one piece at a time. This is an invitation to remember Jesus’ example of being a loving servant to all.

Jesus washes his disciples’ feet – John 13:1-17

Jesus washes his disciples’ feet, by Jesus Mafa. Jesus Mafa is a response to New Testament readings by a Christian community in Cameroon, Africa.

Light Candles as a reminder of God’s presence with you.

Opening Prayer
God be in my head.
God be in my heart.
God be on my left side.
God be on my right side.
God be in my whole life.

Psalm 116:1, 10-17
I love God, because he knows my voice and God always listens to me.
Can I ever repay you, God, for all the good things you’ve done for me?
My cup of salvation is full and I lift it up to offer God a toast.
Everything I vowed to do for God I will do, and everyone will know that God is good.
Can I ever repay you, God, for all the good things you’ve done for me?
I know I will always be precious to God, even when I die.
God, I owe you my life. You have cut me loose from the ties that were holding me back.
Can I ever repay you, God, for all the good things you’ve done for me?
Thank you, God. I can’t thank you enough.
I’ve promised to do good in your name among your people.
Can I ever repay you, God, for all the good things you’ve done for me?

The Holy Gospel, John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Children’s Storybook Bible by Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Takes about 2 minutes to read.)
I wonder why Jesus wanted to wash the disciples’ feet
I wonder what you would have said to Jesus that night
I wonder if there has ever been a time you needed help but didn’t want to ask for help
I wonder how you feel when you help others

Storytelling and Reflection
“Last Stop on Market Street”, words by Matt de la Pena, pictures by Christian Robinson.
Last Stop on Market Street – YouTube, read by Rebekah Wall (Takes about 6 minutes to read)
This book has a beautiful message for Maundy Thursday. Nana and CJ are
not rich in material things and CJ’s struggle to understand why others have things he
doesn’t is palpable. And yet, Nana is teaching CJ about what it means to have a servant’s
heart, to see all people as made in God’s image, and that there is treasure in clay jars.
I wonder where CJ and his nana were going after church?
I wonder what you think they were going to do there? Why?
I wonder why CJ complained about having to ride the bus?
I wonder who was your favorite character on the bus? What would you like to talk
about with that person?
At the end of the story, I wonder what you think Nana meant when she said,
“Sometimes when you’re surrounded by dirt, CJ, you’re a better witness for what’s
beautiful”?
I wonder if you think that CJ was glad they came to the soup kitchen at the end of the
story?
*adapted from Storypath

Prayer
A new commandment, you gave at the table,
to love one another as you made us able.
When we love one another, all will know it is true
that we and our friends, indeed, follow you.
So let us remember the commandment to love
so the world becomes more like heaven above.
Amen.
*From Common Prayer for Children and Families, Jenifer Gamber & Timothy J.S. Seamans
Share any specific prayers and petitions you have as a family.
Say the Lord’s Prayer together.
Close your time of worship by extinguishing the candle and observe a few moments of
silence.

For younger children, here is a short video you can play before readingLast Supper Cartoon – YouTube

Sunday Services

8 am Spirtual Communion in the Sanctuary and via Zoom

9 am Children's Worship Via Zoom

9:15 am Godly Play (ages 3 –K) Via Zoom

10 am Spiritual Communion Outside

 Weekdays
7 am Monday Through Friday Morning Prayer Via Zoom

 

St. Peter's is transitioning
from all-virtual worship to in-person and outdoor worship, while maintaining virtual access via Zoom.
Meetings and events are currently offered virtually via Zoom, and use of the church building is still restricted for activities other than worship.

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Cheshire, CT 06410

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