Maundy Thursday April 9, 2020

We Gather with Art and Music:


Note: The YouTube link will open a separate tab in your browser.  Play the video for the music, but use your cursor to click back on this tab to view Carolyn’s artwork while the hymn is sung.  At the conclusion of the song, click the “x” box on the YouTube tab to close it and continue with worship.  With those instructions:

Reflect and prepare…Be still and aware of God’s presence within and all around.[1] Song text: “Be still and know, that I am God.”


“As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” Psalm 42:1-2

Let us pray together:


In the darkness of the evening the eyes of my heart are awake to you. In the quiet of the night I long to hear again intimations of your love. In the sufferings of the world and the struggles of my life I seek your graces of healing. At the heart of the brokenness around me and in the hidden depths of my own soul I seek your touch of healing, O God, for there you reside. In the hidden depths of life, O God, there you reside.


Hymn #727 “The Servant Song”


Jesus said, One who has bathed does not need to wash.                         John 13:10

In our baptism, we have been bathed by the grace of God.

Trusting in the steadfast love of Jesus Christ, let us seek God’s wholeness.


You have given us eyes to see with, O God, and ears to hear life’s sounds and sorrows and yet our seeing and hearing, like our tasting and touching are wounded and weakened by failures. As rest can heal the sores of the body and sleep restores its strength so may your angels of grace visit us this night that the senses of our souls may be born afresh. Visit our dreams with messengers of grace, O God, that the senses of our souls may be born again. Amen.


[Water is poured into the font.]

We are told in scripture that in Jesus Christ, we are made new.

Thanks be to God!

Hymn #628 “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord”


Gracious God, feed us with your holy Word and fill us                   1 Cor. 11:23-26

with your Holy Spirit, so that our lives may proclaim the mystery of faith in Jesus Christ our Lord.



Scripture Reference: Matthew 26:14-30

“The Gospel of the Lord.” “Praise to you, O Christ!”

Hymn #215 “What Wondrous Love Is This”


When it seemed there was no hope we have seen your light in the eyes of a child. When it seemed there was no joy we have heard your delight in the voice of a friend. When it seemed that life was stale we have smelled the freshness of sunlight on our skin. When all seemed emptiness we have touched your presence in the flowers blooming in this time of spring. When the future seemed barren we have tasted life’s moisture in a simple glass of water, wine, or juice. Thanks be to you, O God, for your embodied love. Open our senses to your presence that we may love you and care for you in all things. Amen.

Maundy Thursday liturgy is part of one event that spans three days—the triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil—there is no blessing in this service; rather, it ends in a way that is intentionally unresolved, indicating that there is more to come.

Questions for Reflection[3]

The lectionary readings for Holy Thursday are full of sacramental themes and imagery: (1) the institution of the Passover meal in Exodus 12:1–14, just before the crossing of the sea; (2) the gift of the Lord’s Supper described in 1 Corinthians 11:23–26; and (3) the imagery of bathing and washing in John 13:1–17, 31b–35. Reflect on the understanding and practice of the sacraments in your congregation. How are these biblical themes and images reflected? Think about the relationship between the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper in your congregation. How is that relationship communicated, negotiated, or lived out?

Household Prayer: Evening

O Lord, as I rest in you this night,                  Ps. 116:15–16

keep me faithful.

Let my dying and my living

be precious in your sight

so that I may rest in you forever;

I ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.



[1] Prayers adapted from John Philip Newell’s Celtic Benediction: Morning and Night Prayer (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdman’s Publishing Co., 2000), 55-59.

[2] Jerome W. Berryman and Sonja M. Stewart, Young Children and Worship (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 1989), 189-191.

[3] Kimberly Bracken Long, ed. Feasting on the Word Worship Companion: Liturgies for Year A, Volume 1 (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2013), 128.

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