This is a guide for you and your family and/or your community group to celebrate Maundy Thursday in a way that helps teach it to your children.
What is Maundy Thursday?
Hello everyone! We are so glad that you are here!
Do you know what tonight is? Tonight is MAUNDY THURSDAY. Can you say it with me?
What does “Maundy Thursday” mean? Well, it comes from a word that means “NEW COMMANDMENT.” We remember tonight when Jesus gave his disciples a new commandment to LOVE ONE ANOTHER. Can you say that with me: “LOVE ONE ANOTHER.”
In The Bible, Jesus says it this way – (Have a Bible ready and open it.):
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
So, tonight we remember that Jesus called us to love one another, which we can do because he first loved us. And we are going to talk about two stories where Jesus showed his disciples how much he loved them so we can also understand how much he loves us!
Washing of the Feet – Jesus Storybook Bible (Pages 286-289)
So, now, we are going to wash each other’s feet just like Jesus did. This helps us remember that we can love one another by serving them, or by putting their needs before our own. By not thinking about how we should be important, but making other people and their needs important to us.
Because that’s what Jesus DID, and that’s what Jesus DOES!
Prayer for Adults:
May this symbolic act
Not only teach us
But also form in us
A deeper desire
To follow Jesus,
To embody his love,
To practice his humility.
Lord Jesus, teach us what it means.
(Have people gather into families or groups of families and close friends and have each person allow others to wash their feet and help wash the feet of others.)
Communion (for Adults) – Jesus Storybook Bible (Page 292)
We see here that Jesus is talking about what will happen to him the next day. John 3:16 says:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
When Jesus shows them the bread breaking and the wine, he is telling them that he loves them so much that he would die for them to be saved.
And he says the same thing to us. He give up what was most precious to him to show His great love for us. So we can give up the things that are precious to us to show our love for God and love for others.
Now, the grown ups are going to eat bread and drink wine (juice) in what we call “communion.” We do this every week to remember God’s love for us.
(Have the adults take a piece of bread and a cup of juice/wine)
“On the night before he died, Jesus took bread. After giving thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’”
“The same night Jesus took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in remembrance of me.’”
Prayer (depending on attention, can also just pray together)
Adoration – What are some great things about God that we talked about tonight?
Confession – What are some things that we don’t do that God wants us to do? Or do that God doesn’t want us to do that we do anyway?
Assurance of Pardon – How can we remember that God forgives us and saves us from our sins?
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” (1 John 4:7–11, ESV)