Watchword for Maundy Thursday

“He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds;

the Lord is gracious and merciful.” (Psalm 111:4)

(Moravian Daily Texts 2014)

Preparing the table

Reader 1: What table is this

that bears the weight of sacrifice:

heaven’s intent,

broken in each morsel?

(The cloth is spread on the table)

Reader 2: What moment is this

that spills with holy love

restless in this the world,

crushed in the taste of wine?

(Wine is placed on the table)

Reader 3: What place is this

where heaven shatters

into a thousand crumbs in the

hands of a vulnerable Saviour?

(Bread is placed on the table)

Reader 4: What hour is this

that calls the bread-maker

to break body and spill blood

in the name of love?

(Candle is lit and put on the table)

Hymn Lord God, your love has called us here

Lord God, your love has called us here

as we, by love, for love were made.

Your living likeness still we bear,

though marred, dishonoured, disobeyed.

We come, with all our heart and mind

your call to hear, your love to find.

We come with self-inflicted pains

of broken trust and chosen wrong,

half-free, half-bound by inner chains,

by social forces swept along,

by powers and systems close confined

yet seeking hope for humankind.

Preparing ourselves

There in a garden when God called my name

I could not face him because of my shame

Trust I had broken, I ate from his tree:

God forgive Adam, for Adam is me.

There in a garden Christ knelt down in prayer

I helped them find him and I led them there

They took and killed him on Calvary tree:

God forgive Judas, for Judas is me.

There in a courtyard as Jesus was tried

I do not know him – three times I replied

There as the cock crowed was my treachery:

God forgive Peter, for Peter is me.

There in a garden he rose from his tomb

When we were hiding he entered the room

Doubt not my living; my wounds you can see:

God forgive Thomas, for Thomas is me.

Now in my life, Lord, in my everyday

I need your guidance to show me the way

Faithless and fearful no more let me be:

Be my forgiveness and come alive in me.

Hymn Lord God, your love (continued)

Lord God, in Christ you call our name

and then receive us as your own,

not through some merit, right or claim,

but by your gracious love alone.

We strain to glimpse your mercy-seat

and find you kneeling at our feet.

Then take the towel, and break the bread,

and humble us, and call us friends.

Suffer and serve till all are fed,

and show how grandly love intends

to work till all creation sings,

to fill all worlds, to crown all things.

Lord God, in Christ, you set us free

your life to live, your joy to share.

Give us your Spirit’s liberty

to turn from guilt and dull despair

and offer all that faith can do

while love is making all things new.

Scripture Reading

St. John, Chapter 22, verses 7-20

Hymn 347 Unless a single grain of wheat

Table Talk

Preparing the Bread and the Wine

Lord Jesus Christ, present with us now, as

we do in this place what you did in an

upstairs room, breathe your Spirit upon us

and upon this bread and this wine, that they

may be heaven’s food and drink for us,

renewing, sustaining and making us whole,

and that we may be your body on earth,

loving and caring in the world.

Prayers for a changed world

Lord of the cross: forgive us and heal us.

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.

Reflection Eat of the Christ Bread

Sharing bread and wine

Hymn 661 Eat this bread

Eat this bread, drink this cup,

come to me and never be hungry.

Eat this bread, drink this cup,

trust in me and you will not thirst.

Preparing to depart

We believe the time is now,

with the taste of bread fresh on our lips,

to go into the world and face the darkness.

with the bitterness of the wine sharp in our

mouths, to face the powers of the world

with the love of heaven.

We believe the place is here,

with the sound of covenant echoing in our

ears, to endure the suffering love calls us to.

We believe the path is before us,

with the crumbs of heaven

still scattered across the table,

to side with truth in a deafened world.

We believe the hour is come,

with the table conversation a turmoil in our

minds, to conspire with Christ

and move against injustice.

We believe the gospel is this,

with bread lying broken and a goblet left

empty: love is betrayed, but death

shall not have the final word.

Sharing God’s Peace

Let us greet one another with a sign of peace.

Hymn 222 Night has fallen

Blessing (All join hands)

As you have been fed at this table,

go to feed the hungry.

As you have been set free,

go to set free the imprisoned.

As you have received – give.

As you have heard – proclaim.

And the blessing which you have received

from Father, Son and Holy Spirit

be always with you. Amen.