Maundy Thursday Resources:
Welcome to Maundy Thursday where we see Jesus express His love for his Father and for his disciples and for us…
Talk 1: Glimpses of God’s glory through the actions of Christ
Today, Catherine Askew explores how glimpses of God’s glory are bound in the physical actions of engagement with one another; the relational component of God’s glory.
Going deeper: Question prompts from today’s teaching:
What have you experienced or realised recently that has invited you to see with a different perspective?
Where is there a new, current or ongoing invitation for you to follow Jesus by serving? By allowing yourself to be served?
Pray this prayer others and receive it for yourself, that we might glimpse God’s glory and see Jesus afresh:
I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. ~Ephesians 1:16-19
A Companion’s Story: Glimpses of Glory from Phil and Rosemary Mader-Grayson
Philip and Rosemary’s Questions for you to consider:
- How do you respond to the idea that the presence of God is in everything and everyone, and that everything and everyone reflects something of the presence of God?
2. How do you find yourself reacting in the moment to situations you encounter in daily life when the presence of God is not immediately apparent?
3. What do you think might help you to be more attuned to the “flow of the Spirit” in the events of your everyday life?
Midday Prayer, followed by today’s Selah activity – an intentional pause in the middle of the day
Midday Prayer with the Smiths
JOIN IN WITH TODAY’S SELAH ACTIVITY
From the Eata liturgy: Lord, I am here, pausing in the middle of the work that is yet to do.
This is a series of creative meditation exercises reflecting upon the experience ‘Selah’, of Pause in our daily lives. Selah appears in the psalms and whilst its meaning is something of an enigma it holds a sense of pause, of stepping back from our activity so that we might meet with God. We will take inspiration from Lynda Owen-Hussey’s series of paintings, which have become a Visio Divina for her. She offers these as an invitation to create our own Visio Divina – a window into God and into our lives.
Approach these with a prayerful, yet playful heart. There is NO right nor wrong way to create. Give yourself permission to experiment, to carry on with the process with courage to embrace the parts which haven’t come out as you expected. It is in the process where we learn. Participation with our Creator God is the goal.
Each Part will have an invitation to ‘Open a Space’ in your day, inviting God to help you move from your head to your heart through your hands.; to ‘Gather your materials’; ‘Instructions’ for the exercise; and ‘Reflection Questions’ to help consolidate what you are learning.
Today, Maundy Thursday, we complete The Square of The Pause Button. ‘When days seem dark, and I feel lonely and discouraged, the give me glimpses of Your glory to sustain me.’ We ask God to show us glimpses of glory that are in our own location, our own ‘Square Mile’. Where is God at work in the places and people in our immediate neighbourhood?
Maundy Thursday Footwashing and Holy Communion Liturgy
This year, we want to re-share this gem from 2021 to enable you to join in with our Maundy Thursday Footwashing Liturgy. You are all invited into the front room of Jo Young and family for our special footwashing liturgy and Holy Communion. It is due to ‘go live’ at 7pm and will then remain accessible thereafter.
- Bible reading: John 13 v1-17 NIV
- Meditation Song – Oceans
- Foot washing
- Holy Communion
- Prayer of abandonment (p981 in Celtic Daily Prayer 2)
- Song – I surrender all
- Bible Reading: Mark 14 v 32-42 NIV
- Candle in the garden – Taize ‘Stay with me’
The Basin and the Towel
We couldn’t resist sharing this beautiful dance to Michel Card’s song again (used with his permission), recorded by Anne Collison and first recorded for Easter 2020:
Alongside these activities, we would ask: where has God brought glimpses of glory in your lives during these troubled days and we would invite you to share your stories, photographs or other creative expressions with us – either on our private Facebook Group (a link to which was sent out to everyone on our database within a mailing about Easter 2022) or by emailing your contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org. It would be wonderful to feature some of these in a post-Easter edition of Encompass magazine.
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Thank you and we pray your Easter journey is marked with ‘glimpses of God’s glory!’