Palm Cross from Short Cross Methodist Church
Stations of the Cross
Take some time to sit and be still. Use the following as a way to guide your reflection.
THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMENE
Read: Matthew 26: 36-46
Ask the Holy Spirit to guide your thinking. Close your eyes and put yourself in the scene. Jesus is alone in prayer with his father. Peter, John and James are already dozing... Can you take up the prayer baton …? What should you pray about…?
JESUS BEFORE THE SANHEDRIN
Read: Mark 14: 53-65
Ask Jesus to guide your thoughts. Look deeply at these unjust judges … How could this happen?
Pray for our judicial authorities and leaders … Now look inwardly … Have you ever judged others from a biased standpoint? Or been too highly influenced by the cries of others while forming an opinion …Ask for forgiveness as an individual and as a nation …
JESUS IS DENIED BY PETER
Read: Luke 22: 54-62
Ask Jesus for guidance … as you search your feelings … Surely Peter is typical of us all … Haven’t we all at some time kept quiet or denied knowing Jesus? Look at a cross, He died that all our sins would no longer get in the way, Repent ... Thank God for the cross … Consider offering to God all the conversations you will have today. Ask Him to bless each one and shine through you.
Read: Luke 23: 44-46
Imagine being at this horrific scene: this happened for us. Give praise and thanks to Jesus … Pray for all those around the world who are persecuted because of their faith.
Read: Luke 23: 50-56
Who has helped you? Guided your faith, helped you with a problem, sat with you in times of need?
Bring these people to God, remember to give thanks to a loving caring God.
Ask God to bless them and you.
Maundy Thursday Reflection: Dr. Joseph Suray.
Welcome to the Maundy Thursday where we have the opportunity to be still, to listen, to watch, to sing, to pray, to reflect, to offer ourselves again to God and be encouraged that our life in Christ is not lost but found to shine for His glory today.
According to the Church calendar the Thursday before Easter is known as Maundy Thursday. The phrase Maundy comes from the Latin word 'mandare' for "command," and refers to Jesus' commandment to his disciples in the upper room to "Love one another as I have loved you." The Gospel records show that on this day Jesus washed the disciples’ feet and held the Passover Meal as his Last Supper in the upper room,
We are invited together tonight to worship God,
We are glad this night to know Jesus the Son of God,
We are called to come in humility to praise Sprit of God.
new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you
must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my
disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35).
“In the past God spoke to our ancestors
through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but
in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed
heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The
Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his
being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had
provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the
Majesty in heaven. So, he became as much superior to the angels as the name he
has inherited is superior to theirs. (Hebrews 1: 1-4).
Let us be still to reflect and praise God for His greatness as we watch the following video.
Old Testament reading Exodus 12:1-14, 29-42
We all have our different stories of celebrations and struggles in our lives and therefore here it is video that tells us a brief story of God’s people in the past.
The Passover meal is a distant memory for us, a reminder of what happened to the Israelites and how God brought them out of Egypt. Therefore we praise the Lord Jesus Christ who on this night, “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you; I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” (Matt 22:26-29).
Maundy Thursday also is a distant memory of what
Jesus did in that upper room, but it is a reminder of how with humility he
washed his disciple’s feet and had the Last Supper before he was arrested and
crucified. It reminds us of Jesus’
vulnerability in terms of his suffering and his sacrifice on the cross to bring
redemption to humankind. It is amazing to read how as a guest he becomes the
host to serve his followers.
Let us offer ourselves to God again as we sing the following song.
Today we are glad
because we have been also freed from bondage of sin, for the Lamb of God has redeemed
us. Today we praise and thank God because today Christ has brought us out of
our past into glorious freedom, and into joyful hope for tomorrow. He brought
us out of suffering into joy, out of mourning into celebration, out of darkness
into eternal light.
Let us continue
to reflect as we watch the following “Last Supper video from the Passion of
Jesus is broken so that we may be healed.
Jesus suffered and bled so that we may be forgiven.
Jesus conquered sin and death by his sacrifice.
Jesus empowers us to love and forgive others.
May I encourage
you to know that God’s love is so amazing, forgiving and it excels all loves
that we come across today. Therefore, let us
sing the following song.
Thank you, Lord, for coming out of all church buildings today.
Thank you, Lord, for being with us all over the suffering world today.
Thank you, Lord, for medical staff caring for people in hospitals today.
Thank you, Lord, for being our comforter and hope for us for
Thank you for taking part in this service. I believe and trust that it has given you something to ponder, to question and to dedicate or re-dedicate your life again to the Lord who loves. Therefore, in the light of the brief Passover story and the Maundy Thursday reflection, let us continue to move on and never be the same again. May you take the following thoughts with us to live for the Lord. Amen.