Maundy Thursday - Order of Service for Online Streaming

 

Welcome

Welcome to you who call upon the name of Christ. 

We gather tonight to recall the story

of the night Jesus was betrayed. 

Are you prepared

to come to the feast of Jesus, the Christ,

whose life was poured out for you?

By the grace of God, we are.

 

 

Then let us praise God, even in this hour of darkness!

 

God of all grace and steadfast love,

greatly is your name to be praised in all the earth. 

Bring us to this feast of remembrance

with open hearts!

 

HYMN  King of Kings, Majesty

Let us hear from Matthew’s Gospel of how this meal was to become known as the last supper.

“Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver.  From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.”

 

Prayer

Lord, you call us to love those

whom you would love,

and give us the words to say.

 

You call us to bring wholeness

to lives that are broken,

and give us the words to say.

 

You call us to bring comfort

to those who are grieving,

and give us the words to say.

 

You call us to bring good news

to those who are seeking,

and give us the words to say.

 

Your word, living water 

in desert sands.

Your word, blossoming

in parched earth.

Your word, bearing fruit

wherever it is sown.

When we walk with you,

in the light of your love,

it is your glory seen,

not ours.

 

When we talk of you

to those whom we meet,

It is your words that speak,

not ours.

 

When we minister

to people in need,

it is your hands that heal,

not ours.

 

When we worship you

and offer our lives,

your name is glorified

Always!

 

Lord we pray that you equip us to serve you in whatever way you desire.  Speak, O Lord, as we come to You.  

We pray this in the holy name of Jesus.  AMEN.

 

HYMN  Speak, O Lord

 

Invitation to the Table

We come now to the table of the Lord.  The night may have been much like tonight;

the room, much like this one; 

the people, much like us, too.

We may not have a loaf of bread to break - merely a slice

We may not have a jug of wine - merely a drop

But we all share in the Lord’s Supper as invited guests.

 

Matthew tells it like this:

 On the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where do you want us to make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?” He said, “Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, My time is near; I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.’” So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover meal.

When it was evening, he took his place with the twelve; and while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.” And they became greatly distressed and began to say to him one after another, “Surely not I, Lord?” He answered, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born.” Judas, who betrayed him, said, “Surely not I, Rabbi?” He replied, “You have said so.”

While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will never again drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Remembering this last and first meal,

we give thanks to our God with our

Prayer of Thanksgiving

God of all time and all creation,

we thank you for your work in our world,

for good food and good friends,

for the time to share this holy meal

and the space to worship you.

All that we have and all that we are comes from you.

Most of all, this night we thank you for Jesus Christ,

for the faithful and righteous life that he lived,

for the journey he made during this week that we celebrate from exalted king to crucified lord,

and for the meal that he shared with his disciples before he was killed,

where he revealed and shared his full self with those who cared for him.

Be present with us now, by the power of your Spirit,

that once again this meal might be a chance for us to share in the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

May this bread remind us of the body of Christ,

this cup be the symbol of the blood of our Lord,

and the sharing of this feast our participation in that meal of so long ago.

Strengthen us by this meal for the journey ahead,

that we might continue to walk with Christ along the road of his passion and death

as we await his rising on Easter and to the fullness of new life.

Through Christ, who shares this table with us even now, we pray the words he taught us.  Our Father….. Amen.

Sharing the Meal

Among friends, gathered around a table, they shared a meal as we do now,

Jesus took bread, gave thanks to God, broke it and gave it to his disciples,

promising that as they ate they would share in his life and death and resurrection.

As we share it now, we join in the feast of all creation, now and always.

And he also shared a cup of wine, offering them a taste of the new covenant of life sealed in his life.

As we share it now, we join in the feast of all creation, now and always.

So come on this holy night.

Share this holy meal.

Remember our Lord Jesus Christ.

Keep the feast now and always.  

Take your bread, ear it, and remember the body of Christ.

 

This cup symbolises new covenant between us and God.  We shall hold the cup and drink together.

 

Every time we come to the table, we remember that mystery called faith………………………..

IN REMEMBRANCE, WE MOURN CHRIST’S DEATH.

IN REMEMBRANCE, WE LOOK TO THE DAY OF RESURRECTION.

IN REMEMBRANCE, WE AWAIT HIS RETURN.

HALLELUJAH  Amen


 

Our Easter Sunday service will be on our YouTube channel on Sunday morning.  It will also be a Communion Service, so have your bread and wine ready. Please join us if you can.

 

It is a tradition in some churches that a Maundy Thursday service ends with those attending leaving in silence.  Our worship ends now with us singing “Breathe on me breath of God”. Thereafter, go in peace. Amen.

 

HYMN  Breathe on me breath of God


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