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.
The Fight Between Carnival and Lent, art for Ash Wednesday
Based on the painting, "The Fight Between Carnival and Lent" by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, this blog reflects on different aspects of the painting that point us to the beginning of Lent and Ash Wednesday, when...
History of Hymns: “Holy Darkness”
This offers background and commentary on Dan Schutte's 1988 hymn, “Holy Darkness.”
Maundy Thursday Litany
In this litany for Maundy Thursday Roddy Hamilton takes us from the last supper in the upper room to Judas' betrayal in Gethsemane. The tone of the prayer sets the appropriate mood for the night's commemoration....
Elvin J. Parker III takes a look at Christ's office of Priest in this commentary on Hebrews 4:14-5:10 for Holy Thursday. He provides biblical exegesis, title suggestions, movements, and other sermon suggestions.
This sermon starter and commentary on Luke 22:7-65 offers worship resources from an African American perspective for a Holy Thursday service that takes us through the day before Christ's betrayal.
Maundy Thursday and Good Friday Sermon Ideas
A podcast conversation around exegesis and preaching on the lectionary texts for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday: John 13, 18, and 19.
Hymn: God’s Love
This cantata for Holy Week and Easter is a a major work for SATB. There are instrumental and vocal parts included, with mp3 and pdf files for each anthem.
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.
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 ...
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.
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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Sermon Brainwave 409
... is a commentary on the Lectionary readings for Maundy Thursday (John 13:1-17, 31b-35; Exodus 12 ...
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.
Lectionary texts: Maundy Thursday
A podcast discussion around exegesis and preaching on the lectionary texts for Maundy Thursday, focusing on the meaning of Jesus washing disciples' feet: John 13:1-17&31-35, Exodus 12:1-14, Psalm 116:1-2&12-19, and 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.
This is a full worship planning resource for Holy Thursday, based on Exodus 12:1-14, Psalm 116, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 and John 13. It includes liturgy planning, sermon notes, commentary, song suggestions, readings, prayers and more.
Maundy Thursday Call to Worship
Here is a call to worship for Maundy Thursday that invites the congregation to relive the night that Jesus was betrayed.
Holy Thursday/Maundy Thursday — Order of Worship
A full order of worship for the Holy (Maundy) Thursday from Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church. Includes a meal and foot/hand washing, followed by stripping of the sanctuary.
Luke Powery provides this commentary for Maundy Thursday on John 13:1-19. He includes biblical exegesis, current context, and other sermon suggestions as he looks at the night of Jesus' betrayal.
Nolan Williams Jr. outlines a service for Holy Thursday. The elements of the service described center on a solemn remembrance of Christ's obedience to God unto the cross. He focuses especially on a Tenebrae service.