Our Maundy Thursday Service
April 18th at 6:30 PM
What is Maundy Thursday?
“Maundy” literally means commandment. It is a reference to Jesus’ words in the Last Supper, “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. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35.
Maundy Thursday, is the day in the Holy Week that marks Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples, their time in the Garden of Gethsemane, Judas’s betrayal, Peter’s denials, and Jesus’s arrest. It is a day of remembering that these events really happened; that Jesus, the Son of God, lived and died willingly for our sins.
Why are we having a Maundy Thursday Service?
Drama shapes us. The stories we tell, embody, and believe make us who we are as they form our conceptions of God, ourselves, and the world we inhabit. We believe that by entering into the events of Maundy Thursday by recalling them, experiencing their gloom and weightiness, and participating in them through song, prayer, and communion, the Spirit of God will expand our heart’s capacity to adore, worship, and love Jesus, our Savior and Lord. We hope that through this service Jesus — his life, his words, his actions, and his death — will become more real to us.
Furthermore, we don’t participate in this service merely to remember events from two-thousand years ago; we recognize that in a mysterious sense we too were there. We see ourselves in the disciples: in their confusion, their betrayal, their denials. We hear our voices among the crowds demanding Jesus’s crucifixion. We realize afresh that Jesus died for us. And not just forus, but because of us. Because of me. Because of you.
Maundy Thursday helps us see our sin for what it is: damning.
Maundy Thursday helps us see who Jesus for who he is: the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world by becoming cursed in our place.
It’s dark. It’s ugly. And yet, it’s gloriously hope-filled.
What to Expect at our Maundy Thursday Service
Just as Maundy Thursday was a solemn and somber day, so our service will feel unusually dark and weighty. The lights will be low, the music will be contemplative, and we will enter the sanctuary quietly and depart in silence. The service will include Scripture readings, congregational singing, a brief homily, and sharing in communion. We welcome everyone to join us. We are unable to provide childcare, but encourage children to participate at their parent’s discretion.
I look forward to beholding Jesus — the one who loves us and gave himself for us — with you this Thursday.