I remember back to when I was 8, another student in my grade 3 class was having a birthday party. He had been playing up the party for weeks, he was saying how great it was going to be, that there might even be a bouncy castle. Sounds amazing right? 

And finally one morning he handed out the invitations. An array of brightly colored cartoon drawings covered the card, then in big, bold, blue letters it said You’re Invited! 

My excitement was through the roof. This party that I had heard so many good things about and I was invited! 

In the days leading up to the party I had to prepare. My mom took me out to buy a gift for my friend, we then wrapped the gift in special wrapping paper. And then finally I took out my markers and paper and made a card. I was ready for that awesome party.

So why tell this story?

This coming Sunday we will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper. We remember Christ sacrifice for us and the underserved grace we receive each and every day. 

And we are invited! Just like I was invited to the birthday party. Except this celebration is way cooler. No there are not bouncy castles, but there is grace. God calls us his family and together we can commune at his table. 

But like preparing to go to a friend’s party we have to prepare, but not our physical self but our heart. 

How do you do that?

Here are some suggestions for the rest of your week. I encourage you to do these activities not only as part of your personal devotions, but to include your whole family. Maybe that’s a dinner time, or bed time or maybe when you are sitting on the couch ready to watch that new Netflix documentary. 

Wednesday

Read
Matthew 26:26-28 

Share
Think about your dinner tonight. What did it taste like? Smell like? What did people around the table take about? 

On Sunday we celebrate a special meal God has given us. The meal reminds us how much God loves us. Use your five senses to tell about a time you experienced God’s love.

Wonder
What do you wonder about the Lord’s Supper at our church?

Pray
Dear Lord, Thank you for using food to help us remember how much you love us. We love you too. Amen.

Thursday

Read
Ephesians 2:4-10

Share
Share what your favorite part of God’s creation is. 

We didn’t do anything to deserve God’s gift of Jesus, but God gave his Son anyway! What do you think about that? 

Wonder
Take a minute and wonder what it was like when God created the world. 

Pray
Try a popcorn prayer, starting with these lines.

Loving God you gave us a world full of gifts to enjoy- animals, things to eat, places to go and more! We’d like to thank you for some of those gifts now.
(popcorn prayer begins) 
And thank you most of all for the gift of grace you gave us by sending your Son, Jesus, to be born on earth, die on the cross, to come back to life, and return to heaven to live with you. We love you, Lord! Amen.

Friday

Read
1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Share
Share a memory of when you first took the Lord’s Supper. How did it feel? If you haven’t taken it yet - imagine how it will feel when you do and share that.

Wonder
Have you every had someone tell you to “prove it” when you said you had done or could do something? When Jesus came back to life after dying on the cross, he proved he was God’s Son and that he was able to forgive our sins. How does having that proof make you feel? 

Pray
Sing a favorite song of praise as your closing prayer for today, or watch a praise song video together on Youtube. 

Saturday

Read
1 Corinthians 10:16-17

Share
Share a memory about someone that is very special to you at church. 

Wonder
You are part of God’s family in your church and you are part of God’s enormous family around the world and in heaven. Take a minute to wonder what it will be like when God’s enormous family is all together. 

Pray
Today pray the Lord’s Prayer together

Our Father in heaven, hallowed by your name. Your Kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.