This Maundy Thursday or Good Friday service is patterned after tenebrae, a service of shadows or darkness. The theme is the disciple Peter's reflections on his "unimaginable words" denying Christ and his beginning to heal afterwards.
Lent, A Necessary Time of Preparation
This resource provides an introduction to Lent and offers a comprehensive guide to Lenten planning. It provides suggestions for selecting passages, ideas for a sermon series, questions to consider, and sample elements of worship.
Maundy Thursday with Children
A collection of resources for including children in Maundy Thursday worship: children's books, songs, sermon scripts, activities and more. From Exodus 12:11-14, Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19, Luke 22, John 13:1-17, and 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.
Maundy Thursday Service in an Alternative/Emergent Mode
A full outline for an alternative and emergent Maundy Thursday service. Alternative/emergent worship seeks to provide a setting where worshippers are more involved in one another's lives directly and personally, and is communal, hands-on, and intimate.
Maundy Thursday for Children
For children, Maundy Thursday is all about celebrating Holy Communion on the night Jesus first observed it. Carolyn Brown offers worship ideas and song suggestions for incorporating children into worship during Holy Week.
This reflection about Maundy Thursday suggests we read Jesus as much more omniscient than he really is, not giving due credit to his real humanity and learning and living into his messiahship along the way.
Maundy Thursday and Good Friday Services
This article offers introductions and suggested resources for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services, including sermon notes on John 13:1-17 and Mark 15:25-32 and music suggestions.
A brief look at how we should think of leadership in light of Maundy Thursday, and how we can build that in to our worship.
Maundy Thursday, a New Commandment, & a Prayer
On the first Maundy Thursday, Jesus prays for unity among his followers. "On this...Maundy Thursday, how unified is the body of Christ throughout the world?" The article calls for focused prayer, lament, and ultimately hope.
Children's Worship for Maundy Thursday
Maundy Thursday resources for children's participation in congregational worship, including sermon scripts, artwork, and activities. Based on Matthew 26:17-30, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, Psalm 116, and Exodus 12:14,11-14.
Using common materials to communicate the themes of Lent
During the season of lent a church decided to use common materials to deepen their experience of lent, such as dirt and twigs
Full Text Hymns on Maundy Thursday
The Servant SongPD
Break Thou the Bread of LifePD
Alas, and Did My Savior BleedPD
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Maundy Thursday Poems
Here are three poems from the Iona Community in Scotland, written for Maundy Thursday. The first reflects on "Love" as "broken, swallowed, and resurrected." The second addresses betrayal, and the third explores Jesus' Gethsemane experience.
Maundy Thursday: Greatness Redefined
A meditation and prayer of response, both written by Nigel Varndell, inspired by the narrative of Maundy Thursday in John 13:1-17. Varndell meditates on the shocking humility of Christ and our calling to follow his example.
This lectionary resource for Holy Thursday, based on Exodus 12, Psalm 116, 1 Corinthians 11 and John 13, focusing on the Lord who invites us to be washed by him.
On Maundy Thursday the church remembers the last evening Jesus shared with his disciples in the upper room before his arrest and crucifixion. This offers several worship services for this event, and also offers song suggestions.
Maundy Thursday Sonnet
This sonnet beautifully captures the poignant and visceral experiences of Jesus and his disciples on the first Maundy Thursday. "He washes clean their feet, love’s service told...Before their betrayal which he must greet."
A Family-Friendly Maundy Thursday With Hand Washing
... article describes how to create a children-friendly Maundy Thursday service that substitutes handwashing for traditional foot washing ...
Everyone Will Know—A Maundy Thursday Dialogue (Tenebrae) Sermon
Rina L. Terry offers this dialogue sermon as an alternative way to share the Maundy Thursday sermon in a Tenebrae service.
A Service of Tenebrae - Maundy Thursday/Good Friday - Luke 22, Mark 15
The purpose of this Maundy Thursday/Good Friday service is to reflect deeply on the sufferings and death of Christ for us and our salvation, and then commemorates the death of Christ at the Lord's Table.