In place of the traditional foot washing at Maundy Thursday worship, members of King of Kings Lutheran Church, Ann Arbor, Mich., presented donations for the ELCA World Hunger Appeal. The idea came from the middle-school youth group, which urged a $5 per member challenge and food donations for a local pantry. That night members donated $320 and 204 pounds of food.
Foot washing is a symbol of the servanthood to which Jesus’ followers are called (John 13:1-15).
Make children’s sermons come alive with real-life objects. Youth at Peace Lutheran Church, Port Clinton, Ohio, are bound to remember the lesson for Good Shepherd Sunday (often the fourth Sunday after Easter) with the addition of two week-old lambs. The lambs’ owner talked to the children about how he cares for the animals. Read the story of the Good Shepherd in John 10:11-16.
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