Holy Week Reflections 2024: Maundy Thursday

Hymn: Broken for me, broken for you

Reading: Mark 14:17-25

17 When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve. 18 While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me.”

19 They were saddened, and one by one they said to him, “Surely you don’t mean me?”

20 “It is one of the Twelve,” he replied, “one who dips bread into the bowl with me. 21 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”

22 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.”

23 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it.

24 “This is my blood of thea] covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. 25 “Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

Ponder: what does a welcoming and inclusive church look like for you? How would you build it? Draw it? Write about it? Speak about it?

Prayer read by Margaret Ashcroft

Lord God, you created a world with people of all kinds, of differing gifts, strengths and vulnerabilities.
Forgive us when we fear others, rather than embracing difference.
We’re sorry for our timidity, lack of trust and unwillingness to share.
As we journey with you through Holy Week,
help us to grow stronger communities as the building blocks of your kingdom.