Here is the source of every sacrament,
The all-transforming presence of the Lord,
Replenishing our every element
Remaking us in his creative Word.
For here the earth herself gives bread and wine,
The air delights to bear his Spirit’s speech,
The fire dances where the candles shine,
The waters cleanse us with His gentle touch.
And here He shows the full extent of love
To us whose love is always incomplete,
In vain we search the heavens high above,
The God of love is kneeling at our feet.
Though we betray Him, though it is the night.
He meets us here and loves us into light.
Reflecting on T.S. Eliot’s Ash Wednesday, as well as East Coker inspired Emily Polis Gibson to write a beautiful original Maundy Thursday poem:
On Maundy Thursday, I arrive back to the beginning, six weeks later returning to Eliot:
“the unstilled world whirled/About the centre of the silent Word.”
a day of disquiet and silence,
of Christ taking towel and water to disciples’ dirty feet,
of bread broken and fruit crushed and consumed,
of anguished prayer and the kiss of betrayal,
of stilling the sword,
of watching those He loved run off in fear
and deny they ever knew Him.
In my beginning is my end.
And now the light falls and the darkness begins.
We wait, sorrow-filled, our unstilled souls stilled
by our betrayal, our denial, our hopelessness without Him.
I have been following Graham Kendrick on Twitter since Lent began. He’s uploaded a lot of his classic worship songs. Here is a 26 song Easter playlist (it includes songs appropriate for Holy Week, not just Easter)
Here are several songs that are especially related to Maundy Thursday:
Maundy Thursday Quotes: Charles Spurgeon “He yet goes among His people with the basin and the towel”April 2, 2015
Thanks to a great friend of L&B, Pat Dague for this devotional reflection for Maundy Thursday by Charles Spurgeon:
The Lord Jesus loves his people so much, that every day he is still doing for them much that is analogous to washing their soiled feet. Their poorest actions he accepts; their deepest sorrow he feels; their slenderest wish he hears, and their every transgression he forgives. He is still their servant as well as their Friend and Master….humbly, patiently, he yet goes about among his people with the basin and the towel. He does this when he puts away from us day by day our constant infirmities and sins….It is a great act of eternal love when Christ once for all absolves the sinner, and puts him into the family of God; but what condescending patience there is when the Saviour with much long-suffering bears the oft recurring follies of his wayward disciple; day by day, and hour by hour, washing away the multiplied transgressions of his erring but yet beloved child!….While we find comfort and peace in our Lord’s daily cleansing, its legitimate influence upon us will be to increase our watchfulness, and quicken our desire for holiness. Is it so?
In a little while I hope to compose an entry with some of the excellent prayers & links I’ve seen around the blogosphere and various websites today. I also will post some resources for news & prayers for Kenya in the wake of the terrible terrorist attack today.
That post should be online soon. In the meantime, you can get a sneak preview of much of what I expect to include in that entry by checking our Twitter Feed- @AnglicanPrayer. I’ve sent out about 20 tweets this afternoon, most of which are related to Maundy Thursday. (You can see our recent tweets and retweets in the right-hand side bar.)
Two worship songs I’ve been listening to this evening and thought others might appreciate. They’ve helped me to worship the Lord for the gift of His body and His blood, for His willingness to be the sacrifice Lamb:
- Stuart Townend’s “Behold the Lamb (Communion Hymn)” from his album There is Hope (Live), 2010.
- Graham Kendrick’s “Come and See,” (featuring Faye Simpson), from the album The Very Best of Graham Kendrick – Knowing You Jesus, 2010
(There should be an embedded audio file and play arrow above, but WordPress has not always been displaying embedded music correctly lately. If it does not show up, use these links: Behold the Lamb, Come and See, but please respect the copyright and purchase the songs if you intend to keep them.)
The lyrics follow below. First some Scripture verses to reflect on:
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:5-6 ESV)
So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.” And all the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!” Then he released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.
Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole battalion before him. And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head. And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him. (Matthew 27:24-31 ESV)
by, Keith Getty , Stuart Townend , Kristyn Lennox Getty. CCLI #: 5003372
Behold the Lamb who bears our sins away
Slain for us and we remember
The promise made that all who come in faith
Find forgivness at the cross
So we share in this bread of life
And we drink of His sacrifice
As a sign of our bonds of (peace) (subsequent verses: love, grace)
Around the table of the King
The body of our Saviour Jesus Christ
Torn for you eat and remember
The wounds that heal the death that brings us life
Paid the price to make us one
The blood that cleanses ev’ry stain of sin
Shed for you drink and remember
He drained death’s cup that all may enter in
To receive the life of God
And so with thankfulness and faith we rise
To respond and to remember
Our call to follow in the steps of Christ
As his body here on earth
As we share in His suffering,
We proclaim: Christ will come again!
And we’ll join in the feast of heaven
Around the table of the King.
Come and see, come and see
Come and see the King of love
See the purple robe and crown of thorns he wears
Soldiers mock, rulers sneer
As he lifts the cruel cross
Lone and friendless now he climbs towards the hill
We worship at your feet
Where wrath and mercy meet
And a guilty world is washed
By love’s pure stream
For us he was made sin
Oh, help me take it in
Deep wounds of love cry out ‘Father, forgive’
I worship, I worship
The Lamb who was slain.
Come and weep, come and mourn
For your sin that pierced him there
So much deeper than the wounds of thorn and nail
All our pride, all our greed
All our fallenness and shame
And the Lord has laid the punishment on him
Man of heaven, born to earth
To restore us to your heaven
Here we bow in awe beneath
Your searching eyes
From your tears comes our joy
From your death our life shall spring
By your resurrection power we shall rise
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