Maundy Thursday 2018

Maundy Thursday

What is Maundy Thursday and  
What Does It Have to Do With Good Shepherd UMC?
“Maundy Thursday is an alternate name for Holy Thursday, the first of the three days of solemn remembrance of the events leading up to and immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus. The English word “Maundy” comes from the Latin mandatum, which means “commandment.” As recorded in John’s gospel, on his last night before his betrayal and arrest, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and then gave them a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them (John 13:34). While John’s gospel does not record the institution of the Lord’s Supper among the events of this night, the other gospels do. Christians therefore keep this night with celebrations at the Lord’s Table (Holy Communion)”    

We celebrate Maundy Thursday (or Holy Thursday) in our tradition for it is when Jesus inaugurates “The Lord’s Supper” as a sacrament to be practiced by the church. It is important for us to remember how it came about. We often tell the story by including the scripture about the Seder or “Passover Meal” that Jesus celebrated. On Maundy Thursday, we bring that meal to life as we share in a seder experience. While we do not celebrate Seder proper, (we are not Jewish) we do tell the story of God’s liberation of the people through the Passover. So we remember that story because it is our own as well but with an addition. Jesus, after celebrating God’s deliverance of the people from slavery, transforms the elements into a meal of Thanksgiving reminding future generations of a new covenant that God is making through Christ. Jesus gives us two commands that night of Passover celebration. The first is to love one another as he has loved us (demonstrating by the washing of the disciple’s feet) and to “do this in remembrance of me” in the breaking the bread and tasting the wine.


This Maundy Thursday, we are invited to share in seder with other United Methodist to remember God’s gracious deliverance of the Jews from slavery to all people’s deliverance from sin and death through Christ. From seder to communion, we are reminded of God’s mighty acts of salvation and gracious compassion for His children.


We will gather at: Creekwood UMC 261 Country Club Rd., Allen, TX 75002   (corner of Country Club Rd. and Stacey Rd next to Lovejoy administration building) at 6:30pm. There is a free meal (love offering accepted) and an evening of remembrance and celebration.