The Servant Star (March 8)
Before your family devotional time, be sure you have a hand towel. Hide the Secret Symbol (hand towel) in the Treasure Box.
Display the Seven Stars Poster and review what Lent is. Lent is the 40 days before Easter when we join believers all over the world in getting our hearts ready to celebrate Easter. To do that, many believers will give up one favorite thing or begin one new good habit.
If family members have given up a favorite thing or started a new habit for Lent, share how it’s going. How has it helped your heart and mind to focus on Jesus and what He has done for us?
Giving up something special or starting a new habit for Him helps our hearts and minds focus on Jesus and what He has given us. It’s a symbol of giving our very best to God who gave His life for us. We know that Jesus doesn’t want our things—He wants our hearts. When we give Jesus our hearts, we want to serve others just as He served the disciples when washed their feet. This week’s star is The Servant Star.
Child reveals the Secret Symbol (hand towel). This week’s secret symbol is a hand towel. It reminds us that even though Jesus was God, He took a towel and with the heart of a servant, washed the feet of His disciples.
Child or parent reads John 13:13-15 from the Bible.
“Jesus said, ‘You call me “Teacher” and “Lord,” and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.’”
Display the Lent Reminder. Join me in saying our Lent Reminder:
As we sing these words from the Bible, ask God to help us be faithful to love and serve others as Jesus loves and serves us. Sing Bible Memory Verse Song: “Well Done” or read Matthew 25:21.
Talk About: Discuss what it means to have the heart of a servant. How can we serve those around us? Consider choosing a way for your family could serve someone this week.
Activity: Foot washing
As a family, have a foot washing ceremony in remembrance of Jesus washing the feet of the disciples. Read John 13:1-17 as you take turns washing each other’s feet.
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