A Service for Maundy Thursday

With our communal worship services currently "on hold", in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, what follows is a contemporary Maundy Thursday service which, I pray, you can participate in at a time(s) that are convenient to you. This 'service' will take about thirty (30) minutes.

Call to Worship

It was just a cup filled with wine.
It was just ordinary bread, baked for guests.

Until Jesus took them
took and drank from the cup,
even though it was his cup of pain,
filled with the agony of the world;

took and broke the bread –
even though his body
was too young to be broken.

 

Ours  would be ordinary lives
unless the bread, unless the wine,
from Jesus is poured into them:
and the mystery of grace takes place.

 

Come, not because you fully understand,
but because you need to reach out
and receive the life that is offered to you in Christ.

Jesus said, ‘If I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.’  John 13:14

Opening Hymn

 

Let us continue by watching, and please do feel free to sing along with, the video, the wonderful "The Servant Song."

When you are ready - click the "play" button on the video window, below:

The Prayer for the Day (Collect)

 

Let us pray together.

Lord Jesus Christ,
crucified for us,
we kneel at the foot of your cross to watch with you.
Help us to see the cost of our forgiveness
so that we may be made new through your love;
for the glory of your holy name.     Amen.

Psalm 116 : 1-2, 12-19 (A Thanksgiving for Recovery)

 

Let us read together, aloud:

1   I love the Lord, because he has heard
         my voice and my supplications.

2 Because he inclined his ear to me,
         therefore I will call on him as long as I live.

12 What shall I return to the Lord
         for all his bounty to me?


13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
         and call on the name of the Lord,


14 I will pay my vows to the Lord
         in the presence of all his people.


15 Precious in the sight of the Lord
         is the death of his faithful ones.


16 O Lord, I am your servant;
         I am your servant, the child of your serving girl.
              You have loosed my bonds.


17 I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice
         and call on the name of the Lord.


18 I will pay my vows to the Lord
         in the presence of all his people,


19 in the courts of the house of the Lord,
         in your midst, O Jerusalem..

THE FOOT-WASHING

 

My sisters and brothers, this is where - in a communal service - I am given the honour to kneel before you and wash your feet. I am so very sorry that I cannot physically do this on this Maundy Thursday.

Instead I invite you to watch the video clip, below, "Jesus Washes His Disciples Feet" as the holy gospel according to Saint John chapter 13 verses 1 to 17 is read to you.

 

As you watch and listen, please think of and pray for your brothers and sisters in our Parish, our Diocese, our Province and around the world who share this Maundy Thursday with you.

When you are ready - click the "play" button on the video window, below:

Pause and Reflect

 

Just take a moment now to pause. Bow your head, close your eyes. Let The Word of The Lord speak into your being ... we also ought to wash one another's feet.

A Choir Anthem

 

Let us continue by watching, and please do feel free to sing along with, the video, the provoking "Kneels at the feet of His friends"

When you are ready - click the "play" button on the video window, below:

CHORUS

Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love,
Show us how to serve the neighbours we have from you.

(1) Kneels at the feet of his friends,
silently washes their feet, 
master who acts as a slave to them.

Chorus

(2) Neighbours are rich and poor, neighbours are black, brown and white, neighbours are nearby and far away. 

Chorus

(3) Loving puts us on our knees,
serving as though we are slaves,
this is the way we should live with you.

Chorus

Our Prayers (and I encourage you to pray aloud)

 

A prayer for the Corona Virus situation
 

Merciful God, we pray for the people who have contracted the coronavirus in New Zealand and around the world.  Bring comfort to those grieving loved ones have died and peace to those worried, fearful and uncertain as the virus spreads.  We also pray for governments and authorities who are developing strategies to contain and deal with the virus and those in the health services who may be risking their own lives to care for sick patients.



Heavenly Father, help us all to be understanding, patient, and responsible in what we do in our lives to prevent the spread of the virus by taking heed of the recommended precautions and avoiding situations which may make things worse.

Jesus Christ, you travelled through towns and villages, bringing sight to the blind, curing every disease and illness. At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.



(pause for silent, personal reflection)
Lord, in your Mercy: Hear my Prayer



Almighty God, as we gather to remember that night before Your Son died help us to truly understand the servant sacrifice He made for us as we reflect on some aspects of the challenges of the faith that we have in Him.

Despite being unable to gather in our churches we give thanks for all those who are putting together and posting digital worship, enabling us to be together in spirit as we relive the Easter story, a story which fills us with hope and confidence that there will be an end to the chaos of the Covid-19 pandemic.

(pause for silent, personal reflection)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear my Prayer

Loving, listening God, ever-attentive to the voices of those in need,
we remember your call to serve others and we call on your name so that we might live.

 

(pause for silent, personal reflection)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear my Prayer

We pray for the Church that bears Christ’s name,
that the world may know we are his disciples
by the love that we have for one another.

(pause for silent, personal reflection)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear my Prayer

We pray for leaders of nations and all persons in positions of authority,
that their lives may be marked by Christ-like service and love.

(pause for silent, personal reflection)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear my Prayer

We pray for all who are oppressed and living in captivity,
that they may escape from evil and death
to find the land of freedom you have promised.

(pause for silent, personal reflection)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear my Prayer

We pray  those who are hungry and thirsty this day
and for those who have too much,
that we may learn to share your generous gifts, O God.

(pause for silent, personal reflection)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear my Prayer

We pray for those who are dealing with sickness, or loss or facing death,
that the presence of Christ may bless and keep them.

(pause for silent, personal reflection)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear my Prayer



Everlasting God we thank you for having heard us and, confident that all is safely in your hands, wherever we may be, confined to home or restricted in any way we know that we are surrounded by your love and care in all that we do.

(pause for silent, personal reflection)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear my Prayer

Merciful father: accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.  AMEN.

The Lord's Prayer

 

Remebering that we are confident to pray this day, and every day, beacuse Jesus Christ has taught us:
 

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever.   Amen.

An Epistle Reading, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (The Institution of The Lord's Supper)

 

Let us read together, aloud:

23 For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night

          when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread,

 

24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you.

          Do this in remembrance of me.”

 

25 In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying,

          “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it,

               in remembrance of me.”

 

26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

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A Sentence after reflecting upon The Lord's Supper

 

Christ our Paschal lamb has been sacrificed.  (1 Cor 5:7) 

A Prayer after reflecting upon Maundy Thursday

When you are ready, click the "Play" button below:

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