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Holy Week – Maundy Thursday service

Maundy Thursday 7:30pm 9th April 2020

Maundy Thursday 7:30pm 9th April 2020

Service at Home for Christ Church Ramsbottom

YouTube playlist: Service at Home Maundy Thursday Christ Church

 

This Maundy Thursday we’ll remember the events of the day before Jesus was crucified, including Jesus’ last meal with his disciples, Jesus praying in the garden of Gethsemane and his arrest.

When we come to the reading that tells us how Jesus broke bread and drank wine with his disciples, you will be invited to eat and drink. So, if you want to do this, have something ready: bread and wine or grape juice if you wish but a biscuit and a cup of tea is perfectly acceptable as Jesus just used what was on the table at the time. What goes in your mouth isn’t important, it’s what goes through your mind and what you feel in your heart that truly matters.

If you want to see and hear others via Zoom video conference as we eat and drink then please join where indicated. Please do not listen to music while in conference unless you have the mute button pressed!!! In fact, it’s a good idea to be muted unless you’re actually saying something, to cut down overall background noise. If you’d like to join the video conference but haven’t received an invitation then please send an email to Richard_J_Selby@hotmail.com.

And, as usual, you’ll need your Bible.

 

Read: Matthew 10 verses 2 to 4

 

Reflection:

Take a moment to imagine the disciples gathering in the upper room to celebrate the Passover with Jesus.  They were living under threat, aware that powerful people were plotting against Jesus, threatening his life and their lives too.  They may well have been feeling very anxious.  As they gather to spend this special time with Jesus, they bring their anxiety, their questions and their doubts.  Jesus will help and strengthen them.

How are you feeling this evening?  What doubts and fears do you bring to Jesus?

Ask Him to help and strengthen you and to meet your deepest needs.

Opening prayer

Our dear Lord Jesus Christ, we praise you for your love which knows no bounds, your grace which was prepared to suffer so much for our sakes.  Forgive us that we forget sometimes how much it all cost you, the inner turmoil, the sorrow, the pain you endured to make us whole.  Speak to us afresh through all we share this evening and help us to show our response not just through these few moments’ worship but through lives offered in service to you.  In your name we pray. 

Lord, we know that you’re here with us now, through the Holy Spirit, who you promised you’d send to us. Help us to remember that you’re here with your disciples today, just as you were at the meal with your disciples on the day before you died for us.

Amen.

 

Song:  Be still for the presence of the Lord

 

Remember this: wherever you are, you are in the presence our Lord Jesus.

Wherever you are, you are on Holy Ground with the glory of the Lord shining all around.

Be still and become aware of Jesus being there with you.

 

Please join the Zoom video conference at this point if you wish

 

Reading: Matthew 26 verses 17 to 25  (Susan will read on Zoom)

Prayer of Confession

Lord Jesus, like your first disciples, we want to serve you and to do what you want.  But we know that we sometimes make a mess of things and let you down, like those first disciples did. We’re sorry that we’re sometimes disobedient and don’t listen to you. And Lord, when we think about what you did for us, we realise how selfish we sometimes are.

Lord, we thank you that you went to the cross so that we can all be forgiven and have a fresh start.  In a moment of quiet we remember the things that we’ve done wrong and we confess them to you now.

<Time of quiet>

Lord, forgive us.

We thank you that through what you did by going to the cross, we can be absolutely certain that we have been forgiven.

Thank you, Lord.

Amen.

 

Reading: Matthew 26 verses 25 to 29 (Ben)

26While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”

You are invited to break your bread and eat it, remembering that the body of Jesus, the Lamb of the God, was broken to take away the sin of the world.

27Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

You are invited to lift your glass or cup and drink from it, remembering that the blood of Jesus was shed for the forgiveness of your sins, so that you may have eternal life at one with your Father in Heaven.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, we thank you that in your wisdom you gave us such a simple way to remember that you died for us as a sacrifice. We thank you that this helps us to remember so well that our sins are forgiven and that nothing can separate us from the love of our Father in heaven, who created us.

Amen.

 

Reading: Matthew 26  verses 30 to 35  (Ben)

                                        verses 36 to 46  (John)

                                        verses 47 to 56 (Joanna)

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, as we read what the Bible tells us about your last hours before you were crucified, we are in awe of what you did for us. You knew what was coming and yet you remained obedient and went to your dreadful death on a cross. And we know that you did it for each one of us because you love us so much.

And just as you continued to love those first disciples, even though they let you down, we know that you love us despite our mistakes and failings.

Thank you, Jesus. We love and praise you.

Amen.

 

Please leave the video conference at this point if you joined or make sure that your mute button is pressed before playing videos.

 

Song: It is a thing most wonderful

 

Blessing:

May Jesus Christ, who for our sake became obedient unto death, even death on a cross, keep us and strengthen us this night and for ever.

Amen.

Continued……….

 

Listen to Cape Town Youth Choir singing ‘Ukuthula’ (Peace) to help you reflect on the saving power of Jesus’ sacrifice and what that means in your life.  Keep the words and translation of the song (below) in front of you as you listen.

 

Watch: Ukuthula - Cape Town Youth Choir

Ukuthula - Peace

Kulumhlaba we zono - In this (broken) world of trouble

Igazi like Jesu lin yenyez' - The blood of Jesus flowed (so that you could have):

Ukuthula - Peace

Usindiso - Redemption

Ukubonga - Praise

Ukutholwa - Faith

Ukunqoba - Victory

Induduzo - Comfort