April 1, 2021
A prayer for this Maundy Thursday:
Jesus of Nazareth,
If the disciples had known
That the last supper would be their last meal with you
Before the crucifixion, I bet they would have listened differently.
I bet they would have put down their arguments,
And leaned in with their whole bodies.
I bet they would have asked questions
And halted the small talk.
I bet they would have taken notes and hung on your every word.
Jesus of Nazareth, I want to listen like that.
I want to listen like tonight might be the last time you speak.
I want to listen like everything could change tomorrow.
I want to listen like my soul depends on it.
So gracious God, clear away anything in me that might distract.
Clear away anything in me that might hinder my hearing and receiving of your word.
I am listening.
We are listening.
With hope and honesty we pray.
(Sanctified Art, Rev. Sarah Are)
Worship Notes: (Please add Maundy Thursday and Good Friday Services Information)
Women were the last at the cross; now they are first at Jesus’ tomb. The news of the Resurrection fills them with “terror and amazement.” The astonishing news of the Resurrection, Mark 16: 1-8, transformed Jesus’ followers into courageous preachers of the good news of Jesus Christ. We will share communion this morning. Please have bread or crackers, juice, water or wine prepared in your homes to share in communion together. Add some fresh flowers to your worship center in celebration of the gift of new life.
Food for Thought:
“Jesus’s resurrection is the beginning of God’s new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord’s Prayer is about.” (NT Wright)
Rev. Dr. Barbara Kershner Daniel, Senior Pastor
Evangelical Reformed Church, United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street, Frederick, MD 21701