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Maundy Thursday Worship at Home
What You Will Need:
- A copy of this liturgy, either on a device or in printed form, for each person participating with you
- 1 candle, and a lighter
- A Bible
- A cross to place at the center of the table
- Bread and a meal to share
- A device to play the music of the hymns or plan to sing it a capella (note: we will sing one hymn but pause after verse 2 & 4 to continue the liturgy. The links will jump you to the appropriate verses.)
There is a profound simplicity about the essentials, since they arise out of Scripture and the early church’s worship, which unfolded the meaning of Christ’s redemptive action. From the history of this pattern of elements, we have included four:
- Introductory rites emphasizing penitence, (turning towards God)
- The liturgy of the Word of God, (listening to God)
- Footwashing, (handwashing, being forgiven by God)
- Love Feast, (being cared for by God)
PART 1: SETTING THE TABLE
As you set the table, put out the plates, forks and knives, and the salt and pepper, place a Bible, a cross, and a candle at the center.
Who else should be at your table?
Can your family join with another family using the gifts of technology?
If you are home alone, maybe you can plan to call a friend and to set the table with a phone or a device. Either way, don’t feel that you have to go it alone.
If you are praying in solitude, pray both the plain and bold texts.
If you are praying with others, the leader prays the words in plain text and the people respond with the words in bold.
Begin with light and then with prayer.
LIGHTING THE CANDLE
Light the candle against the growing darkness.
Light and peace in Jesus Christ.
Thanks be to God!
We have been asked to shelter in place to keep one another safe.
For us this is an act of communal grace.
The Lord has not left us, nor forsaken us.
In Divine Love we are held securely.
We are not alone.
United by our prayers and our witness of hope we are still together in this uncertainty.
You are the one who has loved each of us from before the world began. Even now we are all being held in the security of loving arms. You are attentive to our every prayer and through these prayers you have knitted us together. You are aware of our needs before they are revealed at our horizon and have begun to act before we know to cry out. Keep us attentive to the needs around us, so you might illuminate your gracious presence through our acts of kindness. Amen.
And are we yet alive,
to wish each other grace?
Glory and thanks to Jesus give
for his Almighty grace!
Preserved by power divine
to full salvation here,
again in Jesus’ praise we join,
and in his sight appear.
CONFESSION AND PARDON
Family and friends,
Christ shows us his love by becoming a humble servant.
Let us draw near to God and confess our sin in the truth of God’s Spirit.
Most merciful God,
We, your Church, confess
that often our spirit has not been that of Christ.
Where we have failed to love one another as he loves us,
Where we have pledged loyalty to him with our lips
and then betrayed, deserted, or denied him,
forgive us, we pray;
and by your Spirit make us faithful in every time of trial;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Who is in a position to condemn? Only Christ.
But Christ suffered and died for us,
was raised from the dead and ascended on high for us,
and continues to intercede for us.
Believe the good news:
In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
Glory to God. Amen.
What troubles have we seen,
what mighty conflicts past,
fightings without and fears within,
Since we assembled last!
Yet out of all the Lord
hath brought us by his love;
and still he doth his help afford,
and hides our life above.
THE GOSPEL READING
Read aloud John 13:1-17, 31-35 CEB:
Before the Festival of Passover, Jesus knew that his time had come to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them fully.
Jesus and his disciples were sharing the evening meal. The devil had already provoked Judas, Simon Iscariot’s son, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew the Father had given everything into his hands and that he had come from God and was returning to God. So he got up from the table and took off his robes. Picking up a linen towel, he tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a washbasin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he was wearing. When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus replied, “You don’t understand what I’m doing now, but you will understand later.”
“No!” Peter said. “You will never wash my feet!”
Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t have a place with me.”
Simon Peter said, “Lord, not only my feet but also my hands and my head!”
Jesus responded, “Those who have bathed need only to have their feet washed, because they are completely clean. You disciples are clean, but not every one of you.” He knew who would betray him. That’s why he said, “Not every one of you is clean.”
After he washed the disciples’ feet, he put on his robes and returned to his place at the table. He said to them, “Do you know what I’ve done for you? You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you speak correctly, because I am. If I, your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you too must wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example: Just as I have done, you also must do. I assure you, servants aren’t greater than their master, nor are those who are sent greater than the one who sent them. Since you know these things, you will be happy if you do them.
When Judas was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Human One has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify the Human One in himself and will glorify him immediately. Little children, I’m with you for a little while longer. You will look for me—but, just as I told the Jewish leaders, I also tell you now— ‘Where I’m going, you can’t come.’
“I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other.”
Blessing the Meal
Tune: OLD HUNDREDTH (to the same tune as the Doxology)
Be present at our table, Lord:
Be here and everywhere adored;
Thy creatures bless and grant that we
May feast in paradise with Thee.
WASHING OUR HANDS
In this time where handwashing has taken on new importance,
we wash our hands to be ready to share this meal.
As you wash, say the Lord’s Prayer. Quite beautifully, the Lord’s Prayer takes about 20 seconds to recite (the recommended length of time for effective handwashing).
PART 2: SHARING THE MEAL
Passing the Bread
As the bread is shared, each person shares what Love is leading them toward today.
As you feast together, reflect on the Gospel reading:
When was a time you chose love this week?
When was a time you found it difficult to love this week?
When was a time you felt loved by someone this week?
Prayer after the Meal
For these, and all of your mercies, God,
may your holy name be blessed and praised;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then let us make our boast
of his redeeming power,
which saves us to the utter most,
till we can sin no more.
Let us take up the cross
till we the crown obtain,
and gladly reckon all things loss
so we may Jesus gain.
Say together, as you are able:
May the Lord bless you wherever you are.
May you find comfort in the eternal love of God
who was and is and is to come.
May the hope you embrace be the hope you share,
until we see each other’s face.
Liturgy adapted from North Carolina and Eastern Pennsylvania Conferences