Prayers for Maundy Thursday

Elliston
Elliston Chapel at Baylor University

Morning Prayers for Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020

 

Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday, is the Thursday in Holy Week preceding Good Friday and Easter.  On this day, we are called to remember Christ’s last supper with his disciples and the events that took place the night before his crucifixion. (Maundy is short for mandate)

 Opening Prayer

I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my supplications.

Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.

The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;

I suffered distress and anguish.

Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I pray, save my life…”

You have loosed my bonds.

I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice and call on the name of the Lord.

I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people,

in the courts of the house of the Lord, in your midst, O Jerusalem.

Praise the Lord! Psalm 116: 1-4, 16-19

Call to Worship

Jesus said: I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.

On this day, Christ gathered with his disciples in the upper room.

On this day, Christ took a towel and washed the disciples’ feet.

On this day, Christ broke bread for his disciples, telling them to eat.

On this day, Christ poured out wine, telling them to drink of the cup of new life.

On this day, Christ gave his whole self, that we too might follow and find abundant life.

Song – O Love That Will not Let Me Go https://open.spotify.com/track/5fHO7KYz5QvHyS5pSqKv08?si=U39SR6tlR7ixx2j8CuIGlA

O Love that will not let me go

I rest my weary soul in thee

I give You back the life I owe

that in Thine ocean depths its flow

may richer fuller be.

 

O Light that follows all my way

I yield my flickering torch to Thee

my heart restores its borrow ray

that in Thy sunshine’s blaze its day

may brighter, fairer be

 

O Joy that seeks me through the pain

I cannot close my heart to thee

I trace the rainbow through the rain

and feel the promise is not in vain

that morn shall tearless be

 

O cross that’s lifting up my head

I dare not ask to fly from thee

though I lay in dust, life’s glory dead

from the ground there blossoms red

life that shall endless be.

Gospel Reading 

Then Jesus got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus answered, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.”  John 13:4-10

For Reflection from Revelations of Divine Love

For the Passion of our Lord is comfort to us against all this, and so is His blessed will.

And for the tender love that our good Lord hath to all that shall be saved, He comforteth readily and sweetly, signifying thus: It is sooth that sin is cause of all this pain; but all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner [of] thing shall be well. – Julianne of Norwich

Prayer for Maundy Thursday

Passing from one divine feast to another, from palms and branches, let us now make haste, O faithful, to the solemn and saving celebration of Christ’s passion. Let us behold him undergo voluntary suffering for our sake, and let us sing to him with thanksgiving a fitting hymn: fountain of tender mercy and haven of salvation,
O Lord, glory to you!

The Lord’s Prayer

 Our Father, who art in heaven,   

hallowed be thy Name,              

thy kingdom come,                    

thy will be done,                        

on earth as it is in heaven.              

Give us this day our daily bread.    

And forgive us our trespasses,   

as we forgive those                    

who trespass against us.            

And lead us not into temptation,    

but deliver us from evil.             

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

                 for ever and ever. Amen.

 Benediction

May Jesus Christ, who for our sake became obedient unto death, even death on a cross, keep you and strengthen you this day and forever. Amen.

 

Evening Prayers for Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020

Opening Prayer(to meditate in silence and prepare your heart for prayer)

“O God, come to my assistance; O Lord, make haste to help me.”

Call to Worship

I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my supplications.

Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.

What shall I return to the LORD for all his bounty to me?

I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD,

I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people.

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful ones.

O LORD, I am your servant; I am your servant, the child of your serving girl.

You have loosed my bonds.

I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice and call on the name of the LORD.

I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people,

in the courts of the house of the LORD, in your midst, O Jerusalem.

Praise the LORD!  (Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19)

 

Glory be to God, whom we know as Father…

And to the Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior…

And to the Holy Spirit, the Living Presence…

Who is with us, even now. Glory be to God.

Doxology

(singing)Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures, here below.
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host.
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Holy and infinite God, we confess our need for you. We have sinned and need your forgiveness. We are lost and need your guidance. We are broken and need your healing touch.

Hear our prayers, O Lord. (silent confession)

Words of Assurance: Lamentations 3: 22-23

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.

They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Gospel Reading: John 13:1-17, 31b-35

Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus answered, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.” For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, “Not all of you are clean.” After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord–and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.

 

When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

 Prayer

(Pray these intercessions in silence and reflect on each prompt)

 

Trusting that that God is the God of all. The Light that enlightens all.

The One in whom we all live and move and have our being, We pray…

 

…for those who are in need of physical healing and comfort. for those who struggle emotionally and spiritually.

…for those who are sacrificing for the sake of the gospel.

…for those who face decisions.

…for those who are difficult to love.

…for those whom God has laid upon our hearts. We remember all these into God’s care. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Our Father, who art in heaven,   

hallowed be thy Name,              

thy kingdom come,                    

thy will be done,                        

on earth as it is in heaven.              

Give us this day our daily bread.    

And forgive us our trespasses,   

as we forgive those                    

who trespass against us.            

And lead us not into temptation,    

but deliver us from evil.             

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

                 for ever and ever. Amen.

 Benediction

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand…in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Isaiah 41:10

 

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