Resources for Holy Thursday
Week Letter to Jesus
of Christ Devotional
compiled by Nail-Bender in NC
Holy Thursday Prayer of Confession:
L: God's love for the world has been revealed in Jesus Christ, who loved us to the
uttermost. At the Last Supper with his disciples he gave us a new commandment: to love one
another. And he said to them: "just as I have loved you, you also should love one
another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one
another." (John 13:34,35)
L: Merciful God, we confess that so often our discipleship has been weak . . .
- L When we have failed to serve as Jesus served;
P: forgive us, o Lord.
- L: When we have failed to love one another as Jesus loves us;
P: forgive us, o Lord.
- L: When we have been happy to proclaim our devotion to Jesus with our lips and then
denied him by our actions;
- P: forgive us, o Lord.
- L: Merciful God, empower us by your Spirit to be steady and true to you in every time of
trial; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Assurance and Pardon:
L: Jesus said: "I came not to judge the world, but to save the world
"(John 12:47b) and "having loved his own who were in the world, he loved
them to the end"( John 13: 1b) The good news therefore is this: In Jesus
Christ, we are loved and we are forgiven.
All: Thanks be to God!
To Serve and Be
based on John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Rev. Karen A. Goltz
It seems like such a noble calling, doesnít it? ďJust as I have loved
you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that
you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.Ē We know we
fall short of showing that kind of love sometimes, but it seems like
for the most part we can take pride in the love we do show. Look at
all we do for others. Look at all we sacrifice in the name of Christ.
How many other things can we be doing at this moment, rather than
sitting in church on a Thursday night? Or on Sunday mornings? This
congregation right now is in a state of flux and turmoil. Look at all
youíre doing just to keep it going, to move forward, to continue to be
church. Surely thatís the kind of love that Jesus was talking about!
And youíre right. It is. Thereís a lot of self-sacrifice going on here
in the name of Christ. There are a lot of you taking on the role of
servant, ready to wash the feet of your fellow disciples, just as
Christ said you should.
But how many of you are willing to have your own feet washed?
That seems like a much less noble calling, doesnít it? Sure, itís easy
to accept the humiliation of serving, because we know itís better to
give than to receive, and we know that Christ calls us to serve one
another. So we can be the noble servant. But how easy is it to accept
the humiliation of being served? What do we tell ourselves then? How
can we feel noble when weíre watching someone humiliate themselves for
our sake, doing something for us that weíre perfectly capable of doing
for ourselves? After all, Jesus never had his feet washed, did he?
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