Though we are not able to gather in each other’s homes this year, we hope that remembering the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday will be a time of knowing God’s solidarity with us in suffering. If you are at home with family or roommates, we encourage you to take part together. If you are on your own, we encourage you to reach out to others for a video-chat to share the meal virtually. For families with younger children, kid-friendly options are offered throughout the guide.
Dinner Script and Instructions
This is a suggested order of worship for the night, but you do not have to follow it in every single way. We hope your celebration will be casual, worshipful, and intentional.
The dinner can be led by one person or by several participants; our recommendation is to simply plan in advance who is doing what so that everyone knows their role.
If participants would like to follow along during Communion, have the passage (1 Corinthians 11:23-26) ready in your Bible or Bible app.
Pray for the meal
Let’s pray together for this night and for the food.
Introduce the Celebration
“We’re here to celebrate Maundy Thursday. This is the night where Jesus gave the command to his disciples to love one another as He loved them. So in the same way, that’s why we’re here.”
- Have you done anything special for Lent? How has that affected you?
- Has there been a verse or picture of who God is which is comforting, strengthening, or helping you right now?
- What has stood out to you about the way you have been relating to God in this time of social distancing?
- For Kids: Ask the kids what stories they’ve been talking about in Kidsrock at Home this month.
- For teens: Ask them what they’ve been doing in youth group online hangouts. Where have they noticed their spiritual lives connecting with their daily lives?
Optional Activity: Origami Dove Notes
If you've participated in the dove origami project this week, we invite you to continue the art project by writing or drawing your hopes, dreams, or thoughts and reflections from the Lenten sermon series onto your origami paper before refolding it into a dove. As a reminder, here are folding instructions for adults and kids.
God is making something new in you in this season, and your paper dove can be a symbol of that reality. Decorate your home with many doves to remind you of the many blessings of God, or consider displaying many doves on your porch, front yard, or front window to bless those who pass by with something beautiful.
Communion can seem like an inward practice for church-people, but we receive Jesus in order to turn and give (or embody) Him to the world. How can your practice of communion at home spill over into the world around you?
At the conclusion of the dinner, communion is served.
Fill one cup with wine, grape juice, or another simple beverage like milk or water. In addition to bread, you can choose something similarly basic and simple, like a cracker, if that is what you have on hand.
Choose one or two questions below, and ask each person to share at least one word or phrase that reflects their answer.
- What does remembering God’s love look like to you right now?
- What has God been inviting you to unlearn?
- Is there something specific you feel God is inviting you to take hold of in place of what you are unlearning?
Pray to close the gathering.