Thursday in Holy Week Compline 9th April online details

Thursday of Holy Week:

You are invited to remain on after the service and eat food together. In other words, a type of “potluck” meal – only you eat what you bring yourself!

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Topic: Maundy Thursday Devotional and Fellowship Meal
Time: Apr 9, 2020 07:20 PM Dublin

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The early Christians used to regularly share meals together. In Acts 2 vs 46 and 47 we read: “Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people.”

The current coronavirus crisis prevents us from gathering in our church communities  as we normally would to mark the events of Holy Week. However, it does not stop us praying in our homes, giving thanks, and preparing spiritually for the great celebration of Easter.

Tonight’s devotional takes place in the context of a  meal shared  ‘virtually’  at  a  distance  between  households.

A candle is lit.

The Gathering of God’s People

Greeting The Lord be with you and also with you.

God of our days and years, we set this time apart for you. Form us in the likeness of Christ so that our lives may glorify you. Amen.

Tonight we recall  Jesus’  final  meal  with  his disciples  before his arrest and  crucifixion.  As  we do this, we also recall and honour  the roots of our Christian faith in the history of the people of Israel. Jesus gathered with his friends to celebrate the Passover, the festival which marked the deliverance of God’s people from slavery in Egypt.

The Collect for Purity Almighty God,  to whom all hearts are open, all desires known,  and from whom no secrets are hidden; Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts  by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you,  and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Penitence Lord God, you sent your Son to reconcile us to yourself and to one another. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord Jesus, you heal the wounds of sin and division. Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Holy Spirit, through you we put to death the sins of the body – and live. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. The Collect of the Day Almighty God,  at the Last Supper your Son Jesus Christ  washed the disciples’ feet  and commanded them to love one another.  Give us humility and obedience to be servants of others  as he was the servant of all;  who gave up his life and died for us,  yet is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,  one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Hymn: CH525 “Let there be love shared among us” (sung twice) Let there be love shared among us, let there be love in our eyes, may now your love sweep this nation, cause us, O Lord, to arise; give us a fresh understanding of brotherly love that is real, let there be love shared among us, let there be love.
David Mowbray (b. 1938)

Listening to God’s Word

Exodus 12:1-14, 17, The story of the first Passover The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household. If a household  is too small for a whole lamb,  it shall join its closest neighbour  in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number  of people who eat of it. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a year-old male; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. You shall keep it until the fourteenth  day of this month; then the whole assembled congregation of Israel shall slaughter it at twilight. They shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. They shall eat the lamb that same night; they shall eat it roasted over the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted over the fire, with its head, legs, and inner organs. You shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. This is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it hurriedly. It is the passover of the Lord. For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night,  and I will strike down every firstborn  in the land of Egypt,  both human beings and animals; on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgements: I am the Lord. The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live: when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord; throughout  your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual  ordinance…  You  shall observe the festival of unleavened bread, for on this very day I brought your companies out of the  land  of  Egypt: you  shall observe  this  day throughout   your  generations  as a perpetual ordinance.

The Lord is my strength and my might, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and  I will praise him, my father’s God, and  I will exalt him. (Exodus 15:2)
Exodus 14:13-20, Crossing the Red Sea …Moses said to the  people, ‘Do not  be afraid, stand firm, and  see  the  deliverance that  the Lord will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you see today you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and  you have only to keep  still.’ Then the  Lord said  to Moses,  ‘Why do you cry out  to me? Tell the  Israelites to go forward. But you lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the Israelites may go into the sea on dry ground. Then I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them; and so I will gain glory for myself over Pharaoh and all his army, his chariots, and his chariot drivers. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gained glory for myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and  his chariot drivers.’ The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front  of them and took its place behind  them. It came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so the cloud was there with the darkness, and it lit up the night; one did not come near the other all night.

The Lord is my strength and my might, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and  I will praise him, my father’s God, and  I will exalt him. (Exodus 15:2)

Bible Responsory, Deuteronomy  6:4-9 Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.

At the  time of Jesus’ baptism, his cousin John, a prophet, declared Jesus to be the Lamb of God who  takes  away the  sin of the  world  (John 1:29). Jesus’ identity as  the  ‘Lamb of God’ takes  on  a special meaning in the context  of the Passover festival. Even as they gather to celebrate the festival, Jesus is aware that the time has come to complete his work of sacrifice and salvation.

Matthew 26:17-19, 26-29, Jesus and his Disciples Celebrate the Passover Meal On the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus,  saying,  ‘Where  do  you  want  us  to  make  the  preparations for you to eat  the  Passover?’  He said, ‘Go into the  city to a certain man, and  say  to  him,  “The  Teacher  says,  My time  is  near;  I will  keep  the Passover at  your  house with  my disciples.”  ’   So the  disciples  did  as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the  Passover meal… While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the  disciples, and  said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body.’ Then he took  a cup, and  after  giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will never again drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when  I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.’

Worthy is the Lamb, to receive honour and glory and blessing. (cf Revelation 5:12)

John 13:1-17, Jesus washes the disciples’ feet Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all
things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water  into a basin and  began to wash  the  disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said  to him, ‘Lord, are  you going to wash  my feet?’ Jesus answered, ‘You do not  know now what  I am doing, but later you  will understand.’  Peter said  to  him, ‘You will never  wash  my feet.’ Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash  you, you have  no share with me.’ Simon Peter said to him, ‘Lord, not  my feet only but also my hands and  my head!’ Jesus said to him, ‘One who has  bathed does not need to wash, except for the  feet, but  is entirely clean. And you are  clean, though not  all of you.’ For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, ‘Not all of you are  clean.’ After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to  them, ‘Do  you  know  what  I  have  done to  you? You  call  me  Teacher  and  Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash  one  another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their  master, nor  are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.’

Worthy is the Lamb, to receive honour and glory and blessing. (cf Revelation 5:12)

Hymn: CH530 “Ubi caritas et amor” (vs 1,3 and 6) 1Ubi caritas et amor, Ubi caritas Deus ibi est.

Your love, O Jesus Christ, has gathered us together.

Let us love one another as God has loved us.

The love of Jesus Christ will never have an end.
Taizé Community


Affirmation of Faith We have  listened  again  this  night  to  the  story  of God’s  love  for his people and his gift to us in Christ Jesus, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, and so we re-affirm our faith:

Do you believe and trust in God the Father, who made the world? I believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in his Son Jesus Christ, who redeemed mankind? I believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in the Holy Spirit who gives life to the people of God? I believe and trust in him.

This is the faith of the Church.  This is our faith. We believe and trust in One God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

1 Translation: Where charity (i.e., ‘loving-kindness’) and love are found, God himself is there.


Loving Father, we give you thanks, for you are our rescuer.  Blessed be God for ever.

We give thanks for the gift of Christ, whose body was given for us and whose blood was shed for us. Blessed be God for ever.

We give thanks that we may know the empowering presence of the Spirit this night and always.  Blessed be God for ever.

We give thanks for the example of Christ as servant and who leads us in the way of servanthood.  Blessed be God for ever.

In silence or aloud we offer prayers for the needs of the world, for our community and our loved ones…

The Lord’s Prayer Gathering our prayers and praises into one, we are bold to pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven:  hallowed be thy name,  thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

God of compassion, through your Son Jesus Christ you have reconciled your people to yourself. As we follow his example, may we obey you with willing hearts and serve one another in holy love, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Fellowship Meal

Hymn: CH428 “Let us break bread together” Let us break bread together, we are one; let us break bread together, we are one.

We are one as we stand with our face to the rising Son, O Lord, have mercy on me.

Let us drink wine together, we are one;  let us drink wine together, we are one.

 Let us praise God together, we are one; let us praise God together, we are one.
based on a North American traditional folk hymn

Grace Generous God, we give you thanks for the gifts of food and fellowship we are about to share.  Blessed be God for ever.  Amen.