Thursday, March 27

Opening Prayer: Holy God, thank you for your resurrected Son. Help us have a deeper understanding of the power and importance of Jesus’ resurrection in our day-to-day lives. In the Name of Your risen Son, Amen

Read: Luke 24:13-49

Prayer: for the church, for others, and for myself

Hymn: “Worship Christ, the Risen King”
Rise, O Church, and lift your voices;
Christ has conquered death and hell.
Sing as all the earth rejoices;
Resurrection anthems swell.
Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the Risen King!

See the tomb where death had laid Him;
Empty now, its mouth declares:
“Death and I could not contain Him,
For the throne of life He shares.”
Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the risen King!

We acclaim Your life, O Jesus;
Now we sing Your victory.
Sin and Hell may seek to seize us,
But Your conquest keeps us free.
Stand in triumph, stand in triumph;
Worship Christ, the risen King!

Closing Prayer: Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!…To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!…Amen (Rev. 5:12-14)

Wednesday, March 26

Opening Prayer: Holy God, thank you for your resurrected Son. Help us have a deeper understanding of the power and importance of Jesus’ resurrection in our day-to-day lives. In the Name of Your risen Son, Amen.

Read: Matthew 16:13-28

Reflect: If Jesus began teaching about his death and resurrection at this point in his ministry, why do you think the disciples were so shocked to see Jesus crucified, and raised from the dead?  Why did they understand after seeing Jesus alive?

Prayer: for the church, for others, and for myself

Hymn: “Worship Christ, the Risen King”
Rise, O Church, and lift your voices;
Christ has conquered death and hell.
Sing as all the earth rejoices;
Resurrection anthems swell.
Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the Risen King!

See the tomb where death had laid Him;
Empty now, its mouth declares:
“Death and I could not contain Him,
For the throne of life He shares.”
Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the risen King!

We acclaim Your life, O Jesus;
Now we sing Your victory.
Sin and Hell may seek to seize us,
But Your conquest keeps us free.
Stand in triumph, stand in triumph;
Worship Christ, the risen King!

Closing Prayer: Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!…To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!…Amen (Rev. 5:12-14)

Monday, March 24

Opening Prayer: Holy God, thank you for your resurrected Son. Help us have a deeper understanding of the power and importance of Jesus’ resurrection in our day-to-day lives. In the Name of Your risen Son, Amen.

Read: 1 Corinthians 15:1-20
Reflect: Paul appears to have a lot of hope and trust in Jesus’ resurrection. How does Jesus’ resurrection strengthen our faith? What are the further implications of Jesus’ resurrection?

Prayer: for the church, for others, and for myself

Hymn: “Worship Christ, the Risen King”
Rise, O Church, and lift your voices;
Christ has conquered death and hell.
Sing as all the earth rejoices;
Resurrection anthems swell.
Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the Risen King!

See the tomb where death had laid Him;
Empty now, its mouth declares:
“Death and I could not contain Him,
For the throne of life He shares.”
Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the risen King!

We acclaim Your life, O Jesus;
Now we sing Your victory.
Sin and Hell may seek to seize us,
But Your conquest keeps us free.
Stand in triumph, stand in triumph;
Worship Christ, the risen King!

Closing Prayer: Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!…To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!…Amen (Rev. 5:12-14)

Good Friday

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, as I follow Your Son to the cross this week, give me a deeper understanding of Your love for me demonstrated through Christ, in whose name I pray. Amen.

Read: Matthew 27:33-66

Prayer: for the church, for others, and for myself

Hymn: “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”
O sacred Head, now wounded,
With grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded
With thorns, thine only crown:
How pale thou art with anguish,
With sore abuse and scorn!
How does this visage languish
Which once was bright as morn!

What thou, my Lord, hast suffered
Was all for sinners’ gain;
Mine, mine was the transgression,
But thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior!
‘Tis I deserve thy place;
Look on me with thy favor,
Vouchsafe to me thy grace.

What language shall I borrow
To thank thee, dearest friend,
For this thy dying sorrow,
Thy pity without end?
O make me thine forever;
And should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
Outlive thy love to thee. Amen.

Closing Prayer: “May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26, NLT).

Maundy Thursday

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, as I follow Your Son to the cross this week, give me a deeper understanding of Your love for me demonstrated through Christ, in whose name I pray. Amen.

Read: Matthew 27:1-33

Prayer: for the church, for others, and for myself

Hymn: “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”
O sacred Head, now wounded,
With grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded
With thorns, thine only crown:
How pale thou art with anguish,
With sore abuse and scorn!
How does this visage languish
Which once was bright as morn!

What thou, my Lord, hast suffered
Was all for sinners’ gain;
Mine, mine was the transgression,
But thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior!
‘Tis I deserve thy place;
Look on me with thy favor,
Vouchsafe to me thy grace.

What language shall I borrow
To thank thee, dearest friend,
For this thy dying sorrow,
Thy pity without end?
O make me thine forever;
And should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
Outlive thy love to thee. Amen.

Closing Prayer: “May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26, NLT).

Tuesday, March 18

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, as I follow Your Son to the cross this week, give me a deeper understanding of Your love for me demonstrated through Christ, in whose name I pray. Amen.

Read: Matthew 26:20-46

Prayer: for the church, for others, and for myself

Hymn: “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”
O sacred Head, now wounded,
With grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded
With thorns, thine only crown:
How pale thou art with anguish,
With sore abuse and scorn!
How does this visage languish
Which once was bright as morn!

What thou, my Lord, hast suffered
Was all for sinners’ gain;
Mine, mine was the transgression,
But thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior!
‘Tis I deserve thy place;
Look on me with thy favor,
Vouchsafe to me thy grace.

What language shall I borrow
To thank thee, dearest friend,
For this thy dying sorrow,
Thy pity without end?
O make me thine forever;
And should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
Outlive thy love to thee. Amen.

Closing Prayer: “May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26, NLT).