And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!”  The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine  and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!”  There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”
 One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!”  But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?  And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.”  And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”  And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (ESV)
Call to Worship
Praise the Name of the LORD
 Praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD from the heavens;
praise him in the heights!
 Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his hosts!
 Praise him, sun and moon,
praise him, all you shining stars!
 Praise him, you highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens!
 Let them praise the name of the LORD!
For he commanded and they were created.
 And he established them forever and ever;
he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away. (ESV)
Prayer of Confession
O God, we have no merit; let the merit of Jesus stand for us. We are undeserving, but we look to your tender mercy. We are full of sin; you are full of grace. You have given us your Son, Jesus, and now our hearts are turned towards holiness. Help us in all our doings to mortify our sin and pride. Save us from the love of the world and the pride of life, from everything that is natural to fallen man, and let Christ's nature be seen in us day by day. We pray in Jesus’ name and for His glory. Amen.
Heavenly Father, in your loving kindness You have given us a Savior. Produce in us a faith to love by Him, to make Him all our desire, all our hope, all our glory. May we enter Him as our refuge, build on Him as our foundation, walk in Him as our guide, conform to Him as our example, rely on His intercession as our High Priest, obey Him as our King.
Lord Jesus, preserve us from this present evil world, so that its smiles never allure, nor its frowns terrify, nor its vices defile, nor its errors delude us. Continue to reveal to us the depths of Your love, and by Your grace may we grow in our love for You. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Family Discipleship Weekly Resources
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