Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A Maundy Thursday Service

WE GATHER TOGETHER
Lighting of a Flame:
God is the light in our darkness. As we gather for this meal we light a flame to remind us of God's presence, to remind us that God is part of our circle and part of our worship.
May the flickering light of this flame sustain us as the story of our faith grows darker.

Opening Prayer
God of life, you have called us to gather in this place,
open our hearts to your love in this time together. Open our eyes to see the world around us as you see it. Open our souls that we would be willing to embrace the path of servant-hood. We pray in the name of Jesus, who is our Servant Lord. Amen.

Hymn VU593 Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with your Love

Scripture: John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Reflection

Washing Each Other's Hands

A Meal Prayer
As we prepare to share this meal, help us remember the blessings we have been given.
Day by day we are fed in body, in mind and in spirit. May the food we share strengthen our bodies. May the friendship we share strengthen our hearts. May the story we share enable us to be people of love. Amen.

We Eat Together

Scripture Exodus 12:1-14
Pesach & Passover (Reflection)

Our Meal Continues

Scripture 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
A Special Meal (Reflection)

Bread and Cup are Shared

We Finish Our Meal
Blessing
We have come together, we have broken bread together
sharing a meal of memory and fellowship.
And now the meal has ended and we go back to the rest of our lives,
we go as people who have been called to be servants to the world.
We go to share the love of God with all we meet,
we go trusting that the Light of God will shine even when the world grows darker.
Go with God, who feeds us in body and soul, who frees us from bondage, who walks with us as we live and serve. Amen.

Hymn: VU278 In the Quiet Curve of Evening

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