Into the Woods My Master Went – Holy Week 2017

I always love getting email from my Austin, TX friend Richard Kentopp (Check out his Gentle Wolves project). He and I both love the joy of spontaneous collaborations around a provocative theme.   Recently he invited six of us to all retune the same text – an ecological meditation on Christ at the Mount of Olives.  Thanks to Josh Banner at the Invitation Podcast for producing my track.

You can listen below.

Resources for Maundy Thursday 2013

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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.
PDF 

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.
PDF

Christ the King Presbyterian – Raleigh, NC

This is a liturgy I wrote a few years back (MT 2010) connected to our Lord’s Supper Grant that looks at the theme of table fellowship throughout scripture from Adam to the Feast of the Lamb. PDF

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

Maundy Thursday – Tis Midnight and On Olive’s Brow

‘Tis Midnight, and On Olive’s Brow

Benedict versionmp3 | leadsheet
Redeemer Knox versionmp3 | leadsheet

1 ‘Tis midnight; and on Olive’s brow
The star is dimmed that lately shown:
‘Tis midnight; in the garden now,
The suffering Savior prays alone.

2 ‘Tis midnight; and, from all removed
Emmanuel wrestles lone with fears:
E’en the disciple that He loved
Heeds not his Master’s grief and tears.

Refrain or Bridge:
All alone for me he cried
All alone for me he died
‘Tis midnight, the savior prays alone.

3 ‘Tis midnight; and, for others’ guilt,
The Man of Sorrows weeps in blood:
Yet He that hath in anguish knelt
Is not forsaken by His God.

4 ‘Tis midnight; and from heavenly plains
Is borne the song that angels know:
Unheard by mortals are the strains
That sweetly soothe the Savior’s woe.

words: William Tappan, 1822, add. by Laura Bradham
music: Laura Bradham and Bruce Benedict, 2007
(c) Cardiphonia Music, 2007
image – ‘Nocturne’ by Georges Rouault

Resources and Songs for Holy Week

Georges Rouault - Miserere

Explanations of Holy Week

The events framed by Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and his resurrection are some of the most dramatic and theologically important of the entire scriptural narrative. These days feature not only the drama of the triumphal entry, trial, last supper, and crucifixion but also poignant prayers and prophetic teachings of our Lord. John’s gospel devotes eight of its twenty-one chapters to this week alone! The week begins with Passion/Palm Sunday and ends with the “three days” (also called the Triduum, from sunset on Thursday to sunset on Easter Day), the period during which we mark Jesus’ trial, death, and resurrection.  — The Worship Sourcebook

The Who, What, and Where of Holy Week” – Justin Taylor

Prayers for Holy Week –  Scotty Smith

Liturgies

Maundy Thursday Services
CTK-Psalms of Ascents | CTK-2011 | City Church, SF | Covenant Pres, Chic

Good Friday Services
Redeemer-Indy | Grace – Palo Alto | Cov Pres, Chic

Easter Vigil Service – City Church

Songs for Holy Week


Rise, O Buried Lord
(Hymns for Holy Week) – Redeemer Knoxville

{traditional}

Ah, Holy Jesus How Hast Thou Offended (Benedict arr.)
mp3 | leadsheet | info

Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed (Trad. Irish tune)
mp3 | leadsheet

Man of Sorrows – Hallelujah, What a Savior (Benedict arr.)
mp3 | leadsheet | info

Music for Holy Week – Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

{eclectic & retuned}

It is Finished (BiFrost)
mp3 | leadsheet | full-score

O Come and Mourn with Me Awhile (Redeemer Knoxville)
mp3 | leadsheet

He Never Said a Mumblin’ Word (welcome wagon arr.)
mp3 | leadsheet

Deep Were His Wounds, and Red (welcome wagon arr.)
mp3 | leadsheet | Youtube (Vito playing live!)

‘Tis Midnight, and On Olive’s Brow (Benedict & Bradham arr.)
mp3 | leadsheet

Who is This so Weak and Helpless (IGrace arr.)

{contemporary}

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us (Townend & Getty)
mp3 | chords | leadsheet | video

It is Finished (Matt Papa)

Songs for Holy Saturday – post

Other Devotional Resources for Holy Week

Christ the King – Holy Week and the Psalms of Ascents

Stanley Hauerwas, “Cross-Shattered Christ

John Piper, “Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die

Jason Dorsey (Redeemer Pres Indy), “Devotional for Holy Week, 2010

N.T. Wright, “Christians at the Cross: Finding Hope in the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus

Erik Routley, “Ascent to the Cross

C.S. Lewis, Chesterton, Et al, “Bread And Wine: Readings For Lent And Easter

Eugene Peterson, “Living the Resurrection: The Risen Christ in Everyday Life

Maundy Thursday Service

<click on image above to download a pdf of our service>

Our church, Christ the King Presbyterian is celebrating a semi-traditional Maundy Thursday Service tonight. Maundy comes from ‘mandatum novum’ the latin word for commandment and originates in Jesus’ words to his disciples in John 13, where after the Passover he says “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you.”
The three themes that typically mark a Maundy Thursday Service are:
• The events in the Upper room, where Jesus celebrates the last Passover with his
disciples, and institutes the Lord’s Supper in his name.
• The washing of the disicples feet.
• Jesus’ new command to his disciples to love one another.
Along side these central events we will also reflect on how scripture has used the recurring theme of food to impart God’s presence with his people looking at scriptures from Genesis to Revelation, with a nod to the ‘Egyptian Hallel’ (Psalms 113-118) as the hymns that Jesus sung with his disciples during Passover (Matthew 26:30).

The music will celebrate the culmination of our year long series – Songs for the Sojourn – through the Psalms of Ascents.

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Christ the King @ All Saints Chapel, Raleigh

HW Songs #4 Tis Midnight and On Olive’s Brow

'Nocturne' Georges Rouault

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‘Tis Midnight, and On Olive’s Brow

Benedict versionmp3 | leadsheet
Redeemer Knox versionmp3 | leadsheet

1 ‘Tis midnight; and on Olive’s brow
The star is dimmed that lately shown:
‘Tis midnight; in the garden now,
The suffering Savior prays alone.

2 ‘Tis midnight; and, from all removed
Emmanuel wrestles lone with fears:
E’en the disciple that He loved
Heeds not his Master’s grief and tears.

Refrain or Bridge:
All alone for me he cried
All alone for me he died
‘Tis midnight, the savior prays alone.

3 ‘Tis midnight; and, for others’ guilt,
The Man of Sorrows weeps in blood:
Yet He that hath in anguish knelt
Is not forsaken by His God.

4 ‘Tis midnight; and from heavenly plains
Is borne the song that angels know:
Unheard by mortals are the strains
That sweetly soothe the Savior’s woe.

words: William Tappan, 1822, add. by Laura Bradham
music: Laura Bradham and Bruce Benedict, 2007
(c) Cardiphonia Music, 2007