Thursday 21 April, 2011- Maundy Thursday, Year A

Here are the resources you need for Maundy Thursday. Please feel free to choose what is suitable for your congregation’s needs. You will notice that the orders of service are available in different formats: choose the “pdf” format if you want something that is ready to print and photocopy, the “doc” or “rtf” format if you wish to change the formatting yourself or the “ppt” format if you use PowerPoint.

Notes on Foot Washing

The foot-washing, although usually reserved for the pastor when he is present, may, in his absence, take on a different meaning. Rather than have just one person doing the foot-washing, several congregation members may do this task for their fellow members. Perhaps congregational leaders (eg elders/church council members) may do this task. Alternatively, family members may wash the feet of others in their family. Use your imagination on this. What is suitable in one place may not be suitable in another.

If everyone is invited to have their feet washed, then they will need to have been warned beforehand that they will be invited to participate, so that they are able to wear shoes that are easily removed. Women in particular will find it hard to have their feet washed if they are wearing stockings. There must be no pressure on anyone to participate if they do not wish to do so.

Consider how the seating is arranged to enable the foot washing to occur. Before the service, prepare a bowl, a towel, and a jug of warm water. You may wish to put on an plain apron- avoid using fancy or patterned aprons.

  • Altar colour: White
  • Bible readings:
    FIRST READING  Exodus 12:1-4 (5-10) 11-14 The institution of the Passover
    PSALM Psalm 116:1,2,12-19 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 The institution of the Lord’s supper
    GOSPEL John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Jesus washes his disciple’s feet
  • Sermons:
    Lay-readers please note: the linked sermons have not been edited for general use. As part of your preparations, keep in mind that they have been written for specific people in a specific context, and for this reason the issues they address or the examples they use may not be entirely suitable for people in your congregation. If you feel this is the case, you may need to make minor adjustments or find another sermon

    Based on gospel: Pr Stephen Pietsch, edited for lay reading doc
    Based on second reading: Pr Vince Gerhardy, Dr Vic Pfitzner,
  • Orders of service:
    Word & Prayer- Maundy Thursday (pdf / doc / ppt )
    Service without communion (pdf / doc / ppt)
  • Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following


O Lord Jesus Christ,
since you have left us a memorial
of your suffering and death
in the mystery of your holy sacrament:
Grant that we may so receive your body and blood
that the fruits of your redemption
may continually be revealed in us;
for you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, modernised traditional

Lord Jesus Christ,
you have left us a memorial
of your suffering and death
in your holy sacrament.
Nourish us with your body and blood,
so that our lives may show the fruits
of your redemption.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, alternative

(Let us pray to receive life through the body and blood of Christ. [silence])

Heavenly Father,
your Son instituted his holy supper
as our passover feast,
and gave his life for us.
Unite us all by faith in him,
so that we who eat his body and drink his blood
may pass with him from death to life,
and serve one another.
We ask this through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, new

(Let us pray for strengthening through Christ’s body and blood. [silence])

Jesus Christ our Saviour,
thank you for giving your followers your holy supper
to commemorate your suffering and death.
Through your body and blood,
revive our faith in you
and increase our love to others.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

  • NEW! Link to site with visual images for the day: His Word in Pictures
  • Song/Hymn suggestions: * =  Modernised version available (please click here) ;G3, G4 . . . =  Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS =  Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH
    First reading: Exodus 12:1-4(5-10)11-14

    48    Lamb of God most holy * G5
    89    Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands (esp v 3) * G5
    112    Hail Thou once despised Jesus (vv 1,2) G3
    847    The Lamb’s high banquet called to share (alt tune 227) G5
    349    There is a Redeemer
    364    Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands (does not contain original v 3)
    373    Hail, our once-despised Jesus

    Second reading: 1 Corinthians 11:23-36

    85    According to Thy gracious word G5
    282    Draw nigh, and take the body of the Lord*
    285    To Thy most holy supper, Lord* G5
    287    Deck thyself, my soul, in gladness* G5
    291    Thy table I approach* G5
    292    The death of Christ, our blessed Lord G5
    320    I come to Thee, O blessed Lord* G3
    837    Feed us now, Bread of life GS
    839    I come, invited by your Word G7
    846    The candles are lit GS
    848    With deep humility, O Lord G5
    69    Fill my house
    71    The candles are lit
    79    Feed us now
    170    Take this bread
    176    Take, eat, this is My body
    279    And so we meet again
    288    Take and eat
    374    Always remember me
    393    Real food, real drink
    397    Before I take (These I lay down)
    476    Here is bread
    478    This is the body
    479    For living, for dying
    560   Can we break bread together?
    571   On that final night
    498    Draw near and take the body of our Lord
    503    Robe yourself, my soul, in gladness
    510    My God, your table now is spread
    515    According to thy gracious word
    538    Feed us now
    540    Christians, lift your hearts and voices
    707    Bread is blessed and broken

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

    295    O Lord, we praise Thee* G3
    344    Our God is love* G6
    356    Lord of glory, who hast bought us* G3
    381    O God our Father, throned on high G7
    853    A new commandment GS
    855    Brother, let me be your servant GS
    65    A new commandment
    177    Love one  another
    191    Brother, let me be your servant
    261    The Servant King
    310    Yesu, Yesu
    340    Jesus was a servant
    373    Bound by love
    443    Like an angel
    473    Bread for the world
    571    On that final night
    256    From heaven you came
    434    Where there is charity and love
    534    Love is his word (esp vv 1-4,6)
    536    An upper room did our Lord prepare
    640    Yesu, Yesu
    648    Help us accept each other
    650    Brother, sister, let me serve you
    699    A new commandment

    PSALM 116: 1,2,12-19
    The following paraphrase of Psalm 116:1-4,12-19 by David Schütz may be sung either to the tune Melita (LH 400, TIS 138) or to the tune of the Song of Mary in the Modern Vespers of Worship Today. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    I love the Lord! He hears my prayers,
    so all my life I’ll call on him.
    When snares of death entangled me,
    and pangs of hell laid hold of me,
    I called upon God’s holy name:
    ‘I beg you, Lord, to save my life!’

    What shall I offer to the Lord
    for all his goodness shown to me?
    I will lift up salvation’s cup
    and call upon God’s holy name,
    I’ll keep my promises to him
    among his people gathered here.

    O Lord, how dearly you are pained
    when one of your true people dies!
    I am your slave, your slavegirl’s child,
    so, Lord, I’ll serve you all my days.
    For you have freed me from the chains
    that made me captive to the grave.

    I pay my sacrifice of thanks,
    and call upon God’s holy name.
    I pay my vows unto the Lord
    among his people gathered here,
    here in the holy house of God,
    here in your midst, Jerusalem.

    NEW! For congregations who use Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings in their services, you can download printable  antiphons for the congregation to use here:p 188, p 189

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