Kids Maundy Thursday Prayer

Today is Maundy Thursday–the day we remember Jesus’ Last Supper with His disciples. Most Christians picture Jesus breaking the bread and passing the cup, instituting the Lord’s Supper or Communion or the Eucharist. In John’s gospel, though, Jesus washes His disciples’ feet.

As part of our church’s Lenten Wednesdays we had separate prayer stations set up for the kids (thanks to Tracy for her collaboration on this). Each week the kids had two new stations that were part of a modified version of the traditional Stations of the Cross–the stations began with Ash Wednesday and ended with the Good News being spread by the Apostles. We had a Maundy Thursday station, a station I feel led to share with you…

Maundy Thursday
Last Supper
Theme: give to each other

Scripture Skit acted out by kids:
John 13: 1-17 from The Message (washing of feet story)

Props: apron, bowl, floor pillows or chairs

Scripture Enactment: John 13–Washing His Disciples’ Feet
(ask for volunteers for being narrator, Jesus and Peter—the rest get to be disciples. Narrator reads slowly so that Jesus can enact what is being said. Have actors sit down on the floor in a row with their shoes on, no need to take them off, this is pretend… Use basin and apron, but no water—pretend there is water.)

Narrator: Just before the Passover Feast, Jesus knew that the time had come to leave this world to go to the Father. Having loved his dear companions, he continued to love them right to the end. It was suppertime. The Devil by now had Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, firmly in his grip, all set for the betrayal.

Jesus knew that the Father had put him in complete charge of everything, that he came from God and was on his way back to God. So he got up from the supper table, set aside his robe, and put on an apron. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the feet of the disciples, drying them with his apron. When he got to Simon Peter, Peter said,

Peter: “Master, you wash my feet?”

Jesus: “You don’t understand now what I’m doing, but it will be clear enough to you later.”

Peter: “You’re not going to wash my feet—ever!”

Jesus: “If I don’t wash you, you can’t be part of what I’m doing.”

Peter: “Master! Not only my feet, then. Wash my hands! Wash my head!”

Jesus: “If you’ve had a bath in the morning, you only need your feet washed now and you’re clean from head to toe. My concern, you understand, is holiness, not hygiene. So now you’re clean. But not every one of you.”

Narrator: He knew who was betraying him. That’s why he said, “Not every one of you.” After he had finished washing their feet, he took his robe, put it back on, and went back to his place at the table.

Jesus: “Do you understand what I have done to you? You address me as ‘Teacher’ and ‘Master,’ and rightly so. That is what I am. So if I, the Master and Teacher, washed your feet, you must now wash each other’s feet. I’ve laid down a pattern for you. What I’ve done, you do. I’m only pointing out the obvious. A servant is not ranked above his master; an employee doesn’t give orders to the employer. If you understand what I’m telling you, act like it—and live a blessed life.”

Memory Verse: Do unto others as you would have them do to you. (Luke 6:31)

Prayer Station: have kids buddy up and ask each child pray quietly by themselves asking Jesus what one nice thing they can do for their prayer buddy right now. When done praying, have them do that nice thing for their buddy. Ask the two of them to pray together thanking Jesus for helping them love one another by serving each other. If you have an odd number of children, you may want to be a prayer buddy with one of them or one of them can be a prayer buddy twice.

May we commune with our Lord this day and every day. Saying a prayer for you…

(contemplative prayer: been back ‘in’ it. Kinda dry, though…oh well, that happens from time to time. Yesterday’s blog, though, “Scent of Love Lingers Longer” was given in yesterday’s prayer time)

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