A short Maundy Thursday Service

Maundy comes from the old French, itself from the Latin ‘mandatum novum’, a new commandment; to celebrate the Lord’s Supper and remember the servanthood of Jesus in the foot washing.

Sad to write, this year we are unable to meet together because of Government restrictions due to the virus, but we gather to remember the institution of the Lord’s Supper and to remind ourselves that we take the Bread and Wine in remembrance of His death on the Cross and our deliverance from sin, just the Jews celebrate the Passover and their deliverance from Egypt and slavery.

Bible Reading Luke 22:7-10

A few thoughts

(Our few thoughts come to us from ‘The Radical Reconciler’, by Chris Wright and the late John Stott.)

“Do this in remembrance of me.” How often we have heard those words as we participate in the Lord’s Supper, or Holy Communion. Today we remember that first occasion when they were spoken by Jesus ‘on the night he was betrayed (1st Cor. 11:23). Our Christian faith is founded on historical events, not religious experience or speculation. Facts that happened. Good news to be proclaimed. ‘It is finished!’ We look back with thanks and faith.

They gather around the familiar feast, with roast lamb (‘the Passover’ itself) there in the midst of them. Jesus says some unexpected words. First of all, he tells them how strongly he has wanted to share this Passover with them ‘before I suffer’ by which, of course, he means his death. Hebrews tells us that it was, ‘for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.’ Hebrews 12:2.

Part of that future joy was doubtless the anticipation of eating again with sisters and brothers with whom he shared those three years on earth.”

Let us pray

Holy God, source of all love, on the night before he died Jesus gave his disciples a new commandment to love one another as he loved them. Write this commandment in our hearts. Give us the will to be servant of others as he was the servant of all, who gave up his life and died for us, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Blessing

You are disciples of the Lord: live in his love.
You are messengers of the Lord: deliver his love; and the blessing of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always.

Amen