Monday, March 25, 2013

Holy Week Family Devotion

Family Devotion for Holy Week

The sign of the cross T may be made by all in remembrance of our Baptism.

Family - In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.Matthew 28:19b; [18:20]

Dad - If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

Family - But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our
sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:8–9

Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.

Dad - Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

Family - Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We
have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

Dad - In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for His sake God forgives us all our sins. To those who believe in Jesus Christ He gives the power to become the children of God and bestows on them the Holy Spirit. May the Lord, who has begun this good work in us, bring it to completion in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
John 1:12; Philippians 1:6

Family - Amen.

READING - from the Book of Exodus 12:1-8,11-14

Dad -: There is no week more important no time of the year that
re-orients our life, work, and faith towards Christ than this week. 
We pray for God to send the Holy Spirit to increase the awareness
in the hearts of those who believe, and those who choose not to 
believe in Jesus. We have begun our Holy Week observances. 
We have celebrated Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and watched the
mood change from joy to sadness and fear. Yet in
hope, we present our needs before our God.

Family – Lord hear our prayer

Mom -: For Christian people everywhere...At the beginning of
this Holy Week we pray for all our Christian sisters
and brothers that we may follow the example of Jesus,
who emptied himself for us that we might learn to be
of service to all.

Family - Lord, hear our prayer.

Lindsey -: For those who suffer for what they believe in Jesus.
We pray for those in our world who, like Jesus, are unjustly
persecuted. By our prayers and actions, may we be in
solidarity with those who suffer for justice and truth.

Family - Lord, hear our prayer

Dad -: For a sense of peace in the midst of suffering...May we
be granted the gift of inner peace when we experience
pain at the hands of others. And may Christians
everywhere support those who are suffering by our
prayers, compassion, and love.

Family -: Lord, hear our prayer

Mom -: For a fruitful observance of Holy Week… May we use
this week well for reflection and prayer, for renewal
and repentance, for acts of charity, and for worship,
and sharing.

Family - Lord, hear our prayer

Dad - Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and continue to teach us to pray:

Family - Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven;
give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us
our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass
against us; and lead us not into temptation, but
deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom
and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Matthew 6:9–13

Family - Amen