Watchword for Maundy Thursday:
He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds;
the Lord is gracious and merciful.
(Psalm 111:4, NRSV)
(Moravian Daily Texts:

We, the body of humanity:
(from Jean Vanier: The Broken Body, Journey to Wholeness)

By Jesus’ broken body,
we, the body of humanity,
are being made whole,
whoever we are and wherever we are,
whatever our doubts or shame,
our turmoil or anger.
We are healed and can come together
in the fullness of the Body of Christ.

Eat this bread, drink this cup (Church Hymnary, No. 661)
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Bible reading:
1 Corinthians 11:17-26 (The Lord’s Supper)
The Bible Gateway website includes further translations in English and many other languages.


Reflection: Breaking Bread


One bread, one body, one Lord of all (Church Hymnary, No. 665)
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Sing-along version

Closing Prayer: Deliver us and give us peace
(from: Let Justice Roll Down, A Christian Aid / CAFOD Anthology for Lent, Holy Week & Easter)

Lord Jesus,
by your cross and resurrection,
deliver us;
by your witness to the truth,
deliver us;
by your passion and death,
deliver us;
by your victory over the grave,
deliver us.
From the lust for power,
deliver us;
from the conspiracy of silence,
deliver us;
from the worship of weapons,
deliver us;
from the slaughter of the innocents,
deliver us;
from the nightmare of hunger,
deliver us;
from the peace that is no peace,
deliver us;
from security that is no security,
deliver us;
from the politics of terror,
deliver us;
from plundering the earth’s resources,
deliver us;
from the dispossession of the poor,
deliver us;
from the despair of this age,
deliver us.

By the light of the gospel, give us peace;
by the good news for the poor,
give us peace;
by your healing of our wounds,
give us peace;
by faith in your word,
give us peace;
by hunger and thirst for justice,
give us peace;
by the coming of your kingdom,
give us peace.


Tomorrow’s Good Friday digital service was planned and written by Revd Irene Bom of Rotterdam.
In preparation, you are invited to put together a Good Friday Worship Kit consisting of:
> a shallow dish with some olive oil
> 3 or more tealights and matches/lighter
> a basin of water, soap and a towel
> a cardboard placard with the word “Hosanna!” on one side, and a marker pen
> a hammer
> a piece of cloth to tear, with a small cut in it to help with the tearing

Our weekly offerings during worship are our congregation’s main source of income. The corona crisis has put a stop to this, so please consider making donations by bank transfer in order that the ECC may continue to cover ongoing costs. Bank account details are shown below. Thank you.


Bank Account “Englische Gemeinde”
IBAN: DE89 4305 0001 0001 4132 36
(Sparkasse Bochum)