On Maundy Thursday the church remembers the last evening Jesus shared with his disciples in the upper room before his arrest and crucifixion. Maundy Thursday marks three key events in Jesus’ last week: his washing of his disciples’ feet, his institution of the Lord’s Supper, and his new commandment to love one another. This service begins the Triduum, the three-day period from sunset on Thursday to sunset on Easter Day. The name “Maundy Thursday” comes from the Latin mandatum novum, referring to the “new commandment” Jesus taught his disciples (John 13:34). In other words, this is “new commandment Thursday.” – The Worship Sourcebook, p. 593
Here are three different approaches to Maundy Thursday that I’ve collected this year.
Covenant Presbyterian – Chicago, IL
Paul Van Bijl – one of my favorite resident liturgists presents a view into Maundy Thursday through the lens of foreshadowed sacrifice and atonement from OT into NT.
Trinity Presbyterian – Charlottesville, VA
Greg Thompson and Isaac Wardell wrote an excellent thematic approach to Maundy Thursday forecasting the various sufferings of Christ throughout the voices of the gospels.
Christ the King Presbyterian – Raleigh, NC
Church of the Servant – Grand Rapids, MI
Greg Scheer has provided an excellent liturgy for a traditional Maundy Thursday service that includes Word, Table, AND foot washing. Greg always finds great texts to complement his services and this is a fantastic Filippino hymn that works out the metaphor of Luke 13:34 (Jesus as both the mother and persecuted one of Jerusalem). Read both of these as you prep for your Maundy Thursday service. PDF