Follow the following order of service to aid you in your personal worship:
Pray this prayer.
Father, we know that you work all things together for good for those who love you, for those who have been called according to your purpose. On that dark Friday two thousand years ago, everything seemed out of control. The greatest tragedy in human history was occurring. Jesus was dying.But, Father, we know that you were in control, that you were working out your good purposes.We believe that Jesus was ruling even from the cross. Father, we are now perplexed and confused. Help us to know that you are still sovereign, still working out your good purposes. Through your Holy Spirit, help us to know that Jesus is risen and ruling from your right hand. We praise you as the Everlasting God, loving, holy, wise, strong, and good. We praise you, Holy Trinity, and ask that you would guide our steps this day for your glory. In Jesus’s name. Amen.
Listen to this song.
Read John 19:28-30.
28After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 29 A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Watch this video devotional.
Spend some time in prayer.
The Office of the General Assembly has asked that we join together in a special time of prayer and fasting. If you are physically able to do so, consider skipping your noontime meal in order to focus on prayer. You may use the following prayer guide:
This is the Maundy Thursday service of the Lord’s Supper. The Scripture reading is John 13:1-17. Please provide your own elements and prayerfully remember that we are still a part of the communion of saints, even if separated physically. If you have not committed to the way of Jesus, use this service to reflect on Him and what He has done.
As I write these words, the sun is out, the birds are singing, and we have officially entered our annual commemoration of the final week of Christ’s first ministry. Multiple things will be happening this week, and I am very excited about this year’s worship!
Maundy Thursday. We will be celebrating a unique Lord’s Supper this year. I will post a video Thursday morning containing a short message and the liturgy of the Lord’s Supper. You are free to partake of the meal at home, using your own elements. If you would like me to deliver sealed elements to your home on Thursday morning, contact me through email, phone, or a comment on this post. I will bring individual cup-and-wafer packets to you!
Good Friday. The EPC leadership has requested that we make this year’s Good Friday into a time of prayer and fasting, joining together with believers from other Presbyterian denominations, as well as the Anglican Church in North America. I will post a short meditation and time of prayer on Friday morning. The attached document contains a list of twenty-one prayer requests, coming from our Office of the General Assembly.
Easter Sunday. A special Easter broadcast will play on WCSR 92.1 FM at 7:30 AM. Please spend thirty minutes after the service in personal or family prayer and worship. From 10 AM to Noon, our cross will be on display on the front lawn of the church building. Feel free to stop by and add a flower or two, as a testimony of the hope that blooms eternal because of what Jesus did in his death and resurrection.