Reflection

Maundy Sunday Thursday 9th April 2020.

Welcome: Please find the stations of the Cross and Joseph's Maundy Thursday Reflection here.

Palm Cross from Short Cross Methodist Church

Stations of the Cross

Inside


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.

JESUS’ DEATH

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.

JESUS’ BURIAL

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, establishing the Holy Sacrament (Matthew 26:26 –29; Mark 14:22 –25; Luke 22:13 –20; John 13:1 –17; 1Corinthians 11:23 –25).

That night was unlike any other, as there was no crowd around him. They did not know what the master was going to do or say to them. In obedience to their Master, they had prepared everything that was needed for them to have the meal considered which was to be the Last Supper in the life of Jesus.

Let us try to understand what the Lord has done and reflect on his wonderful deeds as we sing the following song


Silence:

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. 

Amen.


Jesus knew the hour had come, alongside the agony and pain that was waiting for him. He knew on that night his followers would scatter, he knew he would be arrested, led to Pilate’s court for judgement, condemned to crucifixion but would rise again. He therefore wanted to have the last fellowship with his disciples. The journey to the Resurrection was difficult, pervaded by a sense of being isolated. He wanted his disciples to know the seriousness of love, saying, A 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”


Silence:

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.

 Amen

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.


Prayer:

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 tomorrow.

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.