Something special happens when we share a meal with friends...
And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Here's the goal: share food with good friends. Take time to enjoy your meal and each other. Eat. Drink. Talk. During this time, get to know each other better, and reflect on what Jesus' life means for us today. Feel free to use the questions below as CONVERSATION STARTERS, but don't feel tied to the questions. If you're interested, we've also attached a few traditional RECIPES that may give extra meaning to your night (but don't let a recipe be the reason you don't eat with friends... any food will do). Lastly, we've provided a playlist to be the soundtrack of your night. Simply click the word LISTEN below to get started.
Reading the Bible out loud is an ancient practice that offers us an example for a different way of engaging the Scriptures...
Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.
1 Timothy 4:13
For thousands of years, people have been reading Scripture aloud together. This has become somewhat foreign in our modern day. So take a few minutes and watch this VIDEO about the public reading of Scripture, and then read the passion narrative aloud together (just click READ) below.
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes...
And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me." And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood."
After reading, take some bread and pass it among the Christians in the room. Do the same with either wine or juice. With the passage you just read in mind, PRAY together (a traditional prayer has been provided), and receive communion together.
And then the sky darkened, as an innocent man died the death of a rebel...
Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last.
Good Friday is an opportunity to reflect on the final days of Jesus' ministry, before his death, and his eventual resurrection. Gather everyone around and watch this visual representation of Luke 19-23 (click WATCH VIDEO below), and then discuss the questions concerning the narrative (click DISCUSSION QUESTIONS below). That link is where you will find KIDS QUESTIONS as well. Finally, close your night with a PRAYER.
Over the next 24 hours, continue to let the death of Jesus sink in. But don't forget that resurrection has come! Join us on Sunday morning at 9:30 & 11am as we celebrate this resurrection! We'll sing, hear the Bible preached, celebrate with baptism and communion, and receive a ONE DAY TO FEED THE WORLD (link) offering.