Maundy Thursday Worship at Good Shepherd of Old Bridge, NJ will be held on Thursday, April 13 at 7pm. Maundy Thursday is part of our Holy Week observance. It is on this night we remember the events with Jesus in the upper room in Jerusalem while celebrating the Passover with his disciples. It was on this night Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper. As part of our worship we will partake in this blessed sacrament. It was also on this night that Jesus washed his disciples’ feet and then gave them a new command. He said:
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. John 13:34 (ESV)Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)
There is some debate as to where the word “Maundy” came from. One suggestion is that it is tied to the idea of “mandate.” This new mandate is for the followers of Jesus to love one another.
We also turn our attention to the events in Gethsemane. After Jesus and his disciples finished the meal, they departed the upper room and went to the Garden of Gethsemane which was on the Mount of Olives. There Jesus prayed for the Heavenly Father to take away the suffering Jesus was about to endure. But Jesus also prayed that the will of the Father would be accomplished. It was here in the Gethsemane where Jesus was arrested by the religious authorities.
The Maundy Thursday worship concludes remembering these events in Gethsemane. At the end of our worship is a powerful moment where the altar is stripped bare.
We invite you to join us for this powerful worship. Before the crowds of Good Friday and Easter Sunday arrive, Jesus invites his intimate followers to join him at his table. Anyone who seeks a deeper more intimate relationship with Jesus, this worship is for you!