Welcome to our online Maundy Thursday Service. Maundy Thursday traditionally recalls the events that took place the night that Jesus was betrayed. This service includes many, but not all, of the events leading up to the Christ's crucifixion on Good Friday.
The word, "maundy" comes from the Latin phrase "mandatum novum," meaning "new commandment. It refers to the Lord's words to His disciples as recorded in John 13:34--- "A new command I give you: love on another."
As part of this service, there will be the observance of the Lord's Supper. I would encourage you to prepare by having ready some bread and a cup of juice. Follow the order of the service and at the prompts, receive the bread and the cup. May the Lord bless you as you worship.
Christ Has Walked This Path
O God of love, as I prepare to focus intently on Jesus' suffering and death, I ask for eyes to see all the amazing things that his death means for understanding you, your love, and my salvation, indeed the salvation of the world. Amen.
In Remembrance of Me
O God, I offer my praise and worship and thanksgiving to you, for the gift of your Son, whose death I remember in this bread and cup. Stir my heart to recall his suffering on the cross. Let the image of his lonely ordeal arouse me again that I may take up with renewed passion and vigor the path of Christian discipleship that you have called me to walk. Help me to love and care and practice holiness. May I be found obedient to your will and your ways, for yours is the kingdom and I am your subject. Amen.
The Lord's Prayer
Receiving the Bread
For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, "This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me."
Receiving the Cup
In the same way, he also took the cup, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes."
The Last Song
And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Garden of Gethsemane
And he came out and went as was his custom to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. And when he came to the place, he said to them, "Pray that you may not enter into temptation." And he withdrew from them about a stones distance and knelt down and prayed, saying, "Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done. And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping and he said to them, "Why are you sleeping?" Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation."
When You Prayed
Beneath the Trees
And they led Jesus to the High Priest. And all the chief priests and elder and all the scribes came together. Now the chief priests and the whole council were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they found none. For many bore false witness against him, but their testimony did not agree. And some stood up and bore false witness against him saying, "We heard him say, 'I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.' Yet even about their testimony they did not agree. And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, "have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?" But he remained silent and made no answer.
He Never Said a Mumblin' Word
And they bound Jesus and they handed him over to Pilate. And Pilate asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" And he answered him, "You have said so." And the chief priests accused him of many things. And Pilate asked again, "Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you? But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed. Now at the feast he used to release for them one prisoner for whom they asked. And among the rebels in prison who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabbas. And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he usually did for them. And he answered, "You want me to release for you the King of the Jews?" For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them Barabbas instead. And Pilate again said to them, "Then what shall I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?" And they cried out "Crucify him!" And Pilate said to them, "Why? What evil has he done?" But they shouted all the more, "Crucify him!" So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and have scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified."
Jesus Walked This
Jesus Is Mocked
And the soldiers led him away inside the palace and they called together the whole battalion. And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him. And they began to salute him, "Hail, King of the Jews!" And they were striking him on the head with a reed and spitting on him and kneeling down in homage to him. And when they mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. And they led him out to crucify him.
O Sacred Head Now Wounded
And they brought him to the place called Golgotha. And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. And they crucified him and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take. And it was the third hour when they crucified him.
Lamb of God
And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachhani?" which means, "God, my God, why have your forsaken me?" And some of the bystanders hearing it said, "Behold, he is calling Elijah." And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, "Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down." And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And when the centurion who stood facing him, saw that it this way he breathed his last, he said, "Truly this man was the Son of God!"
Smitten, Stricken, and Afflicted
May the Christ who walks on wounded feet walk with me on the road. May the Christ who serves with wounded hands stretch out my hands to serve. May the Christ who loves with a wounded heart open my heart to love. May I see the face of Christ in everyone I meet, and may everyone I meet see the face of Christ in me. Amen.