Maundy Thursday

Minister               The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all

All                          and also with you

Prayers of Penitence

All                          Father Eternal, giver of light and grace, we have sinned against you and against our neighbour, in what we have thought, in what we have said and done, through ignorance, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault. We have wounded your love, and marred your image in us. We are sorry and ashamed, and repent of all our sins. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, who died for us, forgive us all that is past, and lead us out from darkness to walk as children of light. Amen

Stand for the Gloria

All                          Glory to God in the highest
and peace to his people on Earth

                                Lord God, heavenly King
almighty God and Father
we worship you, we give you thanks
we praise you for your glory.

                                Lord, Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One.
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.
Amen

Kneel or sit for the Collect

God our Father
you have invited us to share in the supper
which your Son gave to his Church
to proclaim his death until he comes:
may he nourish us with his presence
and unite us in his love;
who is alive and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever
All Amen

Sit for the Epistle 1 Corinthians 11.23-29

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said “this is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me” in the same way he also took the cup, after supper, saying “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Whoever, therefore, who eats the bread and drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgement on himself.

 

Hymn Broken for me

                                Broken for me,
broken for you,
the body of Jesus
broken for us

He offerd his body,
he poured out his soul;
Jesus was broken
That we might be whole

Come to my table
and with me dine
eat of my bread
and drink of my wine

This is my body
given for you;
eat it, rememb’ring
I died for you.

 

This is my blood
I shed for you
for your forgiveness
making you new
Janet Lunt

© 1978 Sovereign Music UK

Stand for the Gospel John 13.1-15

Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

1 Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

2 The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, 4 got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself.

5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him.

6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’

7 Jesus answered, ‘You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’

8 Peter said to him, ‘You will never wash my feet.’ Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.’

9 Simon Peter said to him, ‘Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!’ 10 Jesus said to him, One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.’

11 For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, ‘Not all of you are clean.’

12 After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord – and you are right, for that is what I am.

14 So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.

15 For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.

The Sermon

What very, very strange times we live in? I go to town for some bits, and I have to wait outside Holland and Barrett, because they only allow one person in the shop at a time. I go to Morrisons for my meds, and because I only need the pharmacy, I’m allowed to jump the whole queue for the store, but when I get to the pharmacy, there are two waiting, and I have to stand back from them.

And yet, in my experience, everyone, including myself, is very relaxed. This business of “doing nothing” seems to have increased my capacity for patience hundreds-fold. I normally hate queueing, but not, it seems, at the moment!

It was very strange times for the disciples. There was some familiarity – they would normally have made the trek from Galilee to Jerusalem for Passover, but not like this!

For a start, they have an amazing new companion, Jesus. He has turned their lives upside down! Ever since they responded to his call (why?) they have had remarkable adventures. Feeding five thousand men (not forgetting the women and children) rescued from danger at sea on the lake. Peter even walked on water, for a few seconds before he realised the impossibility of what he was doing. And many, many people, including Peter’s mother-in-law, were miraculously healed. And, underpinning all of this, the amazing love shown by Jesus, some of which may have rubbed off on them. A happy time, in the company of someone so inspiring that hope is always to the forefront.

And that wonderful triumphant entry into the Jerusalem. Supported by what seemed to be the whole crowd. (As Rev Paul Lanham pointed out last week – the support was probably more crowd hysteria than any thing real. Indeed, they will see tomorrow that the crowd can be turned)

But now, there is tension. Jesus said a while ago that his fate – mission? – in Jerusalem was to be arrested, tried and killed. At the time tis seemed to be one of his parables, but there is now foreboding that he meant it literally. And now he’s done something really strange. He has washed their feet! Surely, it ought to be the other way round?

It’s an act of love. He has demonstrated his love for them in this extremely physical way, and now instructs that they must love each other

In our strange times there seems to be a lot of love on display. As I write this, I hear that in South Africa drug gangs have called a truce in their drugs war, and turned to supporting their “clients” by distributing food and other essential supplies. Everyone I meet expresses good wishes to me, and I to them. Long may this love continue!

Amen

The Intercessions

Minister               Father, on this, the night he was betrayed, your Son Jesus Christ washed hi disciples, feet. We commit ourselves to follow his example of love and service

Lord hear us . . .

All                          And humble us

Minister               On this night he prayed for his disciples to be one. We pray for the unity of the Church . .

Lord hear us . . .

All                          And unite us

Minister               On this night he prayed for those who were to believe through their message. We pray for the mission of your Church . .

Lord hear us . . .

All                          And renew our zeal

Minister               On this night he commanded them to love, but suffered rejection himself. We pray for the rejected and unloved . .

Lord hear us . . .

All                          And fill us with your love

Minister               On this night, he reminded them that if the world hated them, it hated him first. We pray for those who are persecuted for their faith . . .

Lord hear us . . .

All                          And give us your peace

Since we are unable to give or receive communion, you might like to use this prayer

Thanks be to thee, my Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits thou hast won for me,
for all the pain and insults thou hast borne for me.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
I ask you to come spiritually into my heart
O most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,
may I know thee more clearly,
love thee more dearly,
and follow thee more nearly,
day by day. Amen

It is from a page on the Church of England website. Look under Guidance during Corona virus.

At around 8pm, we would normally be “stripping the altars” and reading Psalms 22 and 88, so you may want to read them now. Normally we would leave the church in silence, without a formal ending, but this is not normal, so:-

The God of all grace,
who called us to his eternal glory in Christ Jesus,
establish, strengthen and settle us in the faith;
and the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be with us now and always

Amen

Some of this material is ©Archbishops Council of the Church of England

Notices

A message from Reverend Jess McLaren – our new vicar

Hello everyone,

I wanted to get in touch to say hello, to let you know how excited I am to be joining you sometime soon (date to be agreed), and to assure you that I’m praying for you and your families this Easter time.

I don’t think its customary for a new priest to write before they arrive, but this is definitely an extraordinary time, and so it felt right to get in contact. I pray that you and your families are well and that you continue to be so during this pandemic.

I want to thank you all for the great effort that went into my interview day. You all played your part, from Roger my chauffeur, children from Wilbury High School, those who attended the bible study, your church wardens and ministry team and finally all of you that prayed for God’s will to be done. I had a strong sense throughout the morning that God was calling me to be your new priest and I was absolutely delighted when Bishop Michael called later in the day to deliver the great news.

I know that the next couple of months will be tough, with many of you potentially having to shield yourselves due to government guidelines. This morning I listened to ‘Cornerstone’ which is one of my favourite worship songs. In it, it says ‘through the storm, He is Lord, Lord of all’. Last year I visited the Holy Land, and while we stayed in Galilee I would get up each morning and sit by the lake. It was remarkably beautiful and peaceful, with hardly even a ripple visible on the water. This morning I thought about the contrast of the disciples experience when Peter, which we read in Matthew 14:22-33, got out of the boat and walked on the water towards Jesus. It says that, Peter was afraid when he saw the wind, he started to sink and he cried out ‘Lord, save me!’. In these months, lets encourage one another to fix our eyes on Jesus, let us not hesitate to call out to God when we are afraid, and as He did for Peter, let us be assured that He will catch us, because He is Lord.

Every blessing,

Jess

 

Also sending Easter Greetings are Rev Elizabeth Bunker, Rev Donald Dowling, Rev Paul Lanham, Rev Jane Mainwaring, and Rev Jane Wheatley


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