Pondering the Meaning of Maundy Thursday The word Maundy is derived from the Latin word mandatum, meaning “commandment,” Maundy refers to the commands Jesus gave his disciples at the Last Supper: to love with humility by serving one another and to remember his sacrifice.
Prelude: “Wondrous Love” Paul Manz
Invitation to Worship
A Word of Welcome and Introduction
Hymn: VU382 “Breathe on Me Breath of God”
Pondering the Meaning of Maundy Thursday
Reading: Luke 22: 14-20a
Hymn: VU459 “Here, O My Lord, I See You Face to Face” (verses 1, 2, and 3)
God be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to God. Let us give thanks to our gracious and amazing God. It is right to give God our thanks and praise.
Communion Liturgy continues
Invitation to Share the Bread and Cup
Hymn: MV202 “Bread for the Journey”
Prayer after Communion: Gracious and loving God, we thank you for Jesus, who, on the night he was betrayed, gave himself to his friends in humble service, in bread and in wine. May what we have shared and done here sustain us for the journey that we might be light for one another in the darkness of this night. Amen.
Hymn: VU459 “Here, O My Lord, I See You Face to Face” (verse 4)
Luke 22: 39-46
VU948 “O God, Hear My Prayer
Final Pondering Thoughts
Luke 22: 47-48; 54
Hymn: VU950 “Stay With Me”
Time of Silent Meditation
Copyright: This evening’s service is adapted from a resource entitled REMEMBERING THE PASSOVER, A Maundy Thursday Service Modelled on the Seder Lent Easter Pentecost, 2007, p.55 composed by the Reverend Shannon Tennant, gathering, resources for worship planners, the United Church of Canada
The Communion Liturgy has been adapted from “All Things Are Ready Communion Prayers for the Church Year and Pastoral Occasions”, p. 35 by Peter Andrew Smith CSS Publishing Company Inc. Lima, Ohio
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