Maundy Thursday 2020

Maundy Thursday 2020

Theme: Maundy Thursday (Believe In Jesus)
Series: IN – Easter 2020
Bible Readings:
Preacher: Rev Phil Swain


Tonight we begin the Great Three Days of our Lord’s passion, death and resurrection, the journey from the supper table to the cross, from the cross to Easter dawn.

We are followers in his way, exploring his truth, encountering his life.

This is the night when Christ the Lamb of God gave himself into the hands of those who would betray him.  This is the night when Christ gathered with his disciples in the upper room. This is the night when Christ our Lord gave us this holy feast, that as we break the bread and drink the cup we may here proclaim his holy sacrifice, and come at the last to his table in heaven. This is the night when Christ took a towel and washed the disciples’ feet, showing us how to honour and serve one another in love.

This is the night for watching and prayer.

We give ourselves freely to the demands of these great days,

confident that those who die in Christ will surely live with him.

Prayer of Confession

God shows great love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. Let us then confess our sins in penitence and faith.

Merciful God,

our maker and our judge,

we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed,

and in what we have failed to do:

we have not loved you with our whole heart;

we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves’

we repent, and are sorry for all our sins.

Father, forgive us.

Strengthen us to love and obey you in newness of life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hear the good news

When we confess our sins,

God is faithful and just … and forgives us of all unrighteousness.

There is forgiveness with God.

With the Lord there is steadfast love

and is great power to redeem.            (Psalm 130:4,7)

So then I declare to you, our sins are forgiven

Thanks be to God!


Tonight we are remembering the events of the last Supper, as recorded in scripture.  As we come to share together in communion … I have found a short video to remind us of the way that Jesus instituted this sacrament.

Short Video.


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

All thanks and praise, glory and honour

be yours at all times, and in every place

creator Lord, holy Father, true and living God.

We praise you that through you eternal word

you brought the universe into being

and made us in your own image

You have given us this earth to care for and delight in.

We thank you that you bound yourself to all people with the promises of a gracious covenant and called us to serve you in love and peace.

Above all, we give thanks for your son, our saviour Jesus Christ,

by the power of the Holy Spirit

he was born a man and lived our common life

to you he offered his life in perfect obedience and trust.

he has delivered us from our sins, brought us new life

and reconciled us to you, Father, and to one another.


Empty Plate and Cup

In this empty plate/basket [lift and show],

we choose to see the world’s hunger.

We remember that millions of people, this day, lack bread for Communion, bread for breakfast, bread for life. We acknowledge that we ourselves hunger, this day, in ways that no earthly bread can satisfy.

Hospitable God, meet us in our unmet hungers – and help us to put our abundance at the service of the poor.

In this empty cup [lift and show], we choose to see the world’s thirst. We remember that millions of people, this day, lack wine for Communion, fruit for juicing, water for life. We acknowledge that we ourselves thirst, this day, in ways that no earthly cup can quench.

Hospitable God, meet us in our unmet thirsts – and help us to put our fullness at the service of the empty.

‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.’ (Matthew 5:6)

In the name of Christ, Amen.


EPICLESIS (Invocation)

Pour out the Holy Spirit on this empty plate/basket, this empty cup, that they may be for us – even in their emptiness – the body and blood of Christ.

Make us one with him, one with each other, and one in ministry in the world, until at last we feast with him in the kingdom in its fullness.


Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come, your will be done

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

Save us from temptation and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours

now and for ever. Amen.


The minister mimes taking bread and breaking it,

It is Christ who is the bread of life,

Who satisfies the hungry heart.

The minister mimes pouring wine from jug to cup, or simply lifts the cup,

It is Christ who is the cup of hope,

Who revives the thirsty.

The minister holds out the empty plate/basket and cup to the people, saying something like:

The gifts of God for the people of God.


Receive what you hunger for.

Receive what you thirst for.


Holy God, source of all love, on the night of betrayal

Jesus commanded his disciples

to love one another as he loved them.

Give us the will to serve others as he was servant of all.

Song: All I am (Video)


Merciful God, on this, the night he was betrayed, your Son Jesus Christ washed his disciples’ feet. As we commit ourselves to following his example of love and service, teach us humility.

God of grace, hear our prayer.

On this night, Jesus prayed for his disciples to be one. As we grieve for the divisions in the church, unite us.

God of grace, hear our prayer.

On this night, Jesus prayed for those who would come to believe through the disciples’ message. As we take up the mission of the church, renew our zeal.

God of grace, hear our prayer.

On this night, Jesus commanded his friends to love, but he suffered rejection himself. As we open our hearts to the rejected and the unloved,

fill us with your love.

God of grace, hear our prayer.

On this night, Jesus reminded his people that, if the world hated them,

it had hated him first. As we face our own fears, we pray for those who are persecuted for their faith; give us your peace.

God of grace, hear our prayer.

On this night, Jesus loved his friends to the very end, As we open our hearts to all who face darkness tonight, we pray for the sick, those who mourn, those trapped by violence, addiction, or pain: give healing and hope.

God of grace, hear our prayer.

Faithful God, these are the prayers of your Church.

We offer them trusting and hoping in you.

Hear and help us, challenge and change us,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Service of the Candles.

Leader:  And this is the judgement, that the light has come into the world, and the people love darkness rather than light.

The Seven Shadows…

After each reading a candle is extinguished.

1. The Shadow of Betrayal              Matthew 26:20-25

2. The Shadow of Inner Agony       Luke 22:40-44

3. The Shadow of Loneliness         Matthew 26:40-45

4. The Shadow of Desertion            Matthew 26:47-50, 55-56

5. The Shadow of Accusation         Matthew 26:59-67

6. The Shadow of Mockery              Mark 15:12-20

7. The Shadow of Death                  Luke 23:33-46

(The lighted candle is hidden)

Leader:  Even so, for our sake, Christ became obedient unto death; even unto the death on the cross.


Go in peace and hope – in the name of Christ. Amen.