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A Worship Guide for Maundy Thursday (April 9, 2020)

We hope that you will find this guide helpful as you worship alone or together with others. 

Call to Worship

We call this Maundy Thursday. Maundy comes from the Latin mandatum, alluding to the "new commandment" that Jesus gave his disciples during their last supper together the night before the crucifixion. Jesus said to them, "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another" (John 13:34).

This is the night that Jesus washed the disciples' feet, calling us to love one another as he has loved us. This is the night that he instituted the Lord's Supper as he ate that last meal with his disciples in the upper room. This is the night that the Lamb of God gave himself into the hands of those who would kill him.

So we recall our minds to the events of that night and to the love of our Savior.

Pray

Father, as we turn our attention to the final events that took place before Jesus died for us, we ask that you would teach us deeper gratitude for his body broken for us and his blood shed for us, that we might gain eternal life through the One who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Sing

Not in Me
Jesus Paid it All

Read the Bible

[Optional: Read Exodus 12:1-14, the institution of the Passover.]

Psalm 78:14–25

[14] In the daytime he led them with a cloud,
and all the night with a fiery light.
[15] He split rocks in the wilderness
and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep.
[16] He made streams come out of the rock
and caused waters to flow down like rivers.

[17] Yet they sinned still more against him,
rebelling against the Most High in the desert.
[18] They tested God in their heart
by demanding the food they craved.
[19] They spoke against God, saying,
“Can God spread a table in the wilderness?
[20] He struck the rock so that water gushed out
and streams overflowed.
Can he also give bread
or provide meat for his people?”

[21] Therefore, when the LORD heard, he was full of wrath;
a fire was kindled against Jacob;
his anger rose against Israel,
[22] because they did not believe in God
and did not trust his saving power.
[23] Yet he commanded the skies above
and opened the doors of heaven,
[24] and he rained down on them manna to eat
and gave them the grain of heaven.
[25] Man ate of the bread of the angels;
he sent them food in abundance. 

Matthew 26:26–29

[26] Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” [27] And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, [28] for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. [29] I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.”

John 16:25–33

[25] “I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech but will tell you plainly about the Father. [26] In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; [27] for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. [28] I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.”

[29] His disciples said, “Ah, now you are speaking plainly and not using figurative speech! [30] Now we know that you know all things and do not need anyone to question you; this is why we believe that you came from God.” [31] Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? [32] Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. [33] I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (ESV)

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Pray

Usually on Maundy Thursday we observe the Lord's Supper together after meditating on God's word. However, because we are not able to join together as a church to observe the Supper, this would be a good time to reflect on Christ's body broken for us and his blood shed for us. This should lead us to humble repentance over our sins.

Continual Repentance
From The Valley of Vision

O God of Grace,
Thou hast imputed my sin to my substitute,
And hast imputed his righteousness to my soul,
Clothing me with a bridegroom’s robe,
Decking me with jewels of holiness.
But in my Christian walk I am still in rags;

My best prayers are stained with sin;
My penitential tears are so much impurity;
My confessions of wrong are so many aggravations of sin;
My receiving the Spirit is tinctured with selfishness. 

Grant me never to lose sight of
the exceeding sinfulness of sin,
the exceeding righteousness of salvation,
the exceeding glory of Christ,
the exceeding beauty of holiness,
the exceeding wonder of grace.