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Self-guided worship: April 9th (Maundy Thursday)

Details for April 9th worship

All hymns are from Common Praise (CP) and all videos are courtesy of our organist Sam Tak Ho. We also thank Audrey Shepherd for reading the Prayers of the People and Rev. Roy for his sermon. 

To follow along with the service, you can either download and print the Word document here OR follow along with the text below.

Opening Reflection:

In Luke 22:18, at the institution of the Lord's supper, these words are on the lips of Jesus "I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes". At this time of physical distancing, when we are not partaking in our normal Holy Week gatherings, and particularly, on this Maundy Thursday, when there will be no foot-washing, nor eucharist, nor stripping of the altar, I am reminded of Jesus' solidarity with us.


O God, your Son Jesus Christ has left to us this meal of bread and wine in which we share his body and his blood.

May we who celebrate this sign of his great love show in our lives the fruits of his redemption; through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Proclamation of the Word: Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14

The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household. If a household is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbour in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number of people who eat of it. This is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it hurriedly. It is the passover of the LORD. For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals; on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD. The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live: when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance.

Psalm: Psalm 116:1, 10-17

I love the LORD, because he has heard the voice of my supplication,

because he has inclined his ear to me whenever I called upon him.


How shall I repay the LORD

for all the good things he has done for me?


I will lift up the cup of salvation

and call upon the Name of the LORD.

I will fulfill my vows to the LORD

in the presence of all his people.

Precious in the sight of the LORD

is the death of his servants.

O LORD, I am your servant;

I am your servant and the child of your handmaid;

you have freed me from my bonds.

I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving  

and call upon the Name of the LORD.

I will fulfill my vows to the LORD

in the presence of all his people,

In the courts of the LORD’s house,

in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.


Epistle: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me." In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me." For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

Hymn: One Bread, One Body, CP 73

One bread, one body, one Lord of all,

One cup of blessing which we bless

And we, though many, throughout the earth

We are one body in this one Lord.


Gentile or Jew, servant or free,

Woman or man, no more.

One bread, one body, one Lord of all,

One cup of blessing which we bless

And we, though many, throughout the earth

We are one body in this one Lord.


Many the gifts, many the works,

One in the Lord of all

One bread, one body, one Lord of all,

One cup of blessing which we bless

And we, though many, throughout the earth

We are one body in this one Lord.

Gospel: John 13:1-17, 31b-35

Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, "Lord, are you going to wash my feet?" Jesus answered, "You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand." Peter said to him, "You will never wash my feet." Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no share with me." Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!" Jesus said to him, "One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you." For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, "Not all of you are clean."

After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord--and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.

"Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, `Where I am going, you cannot come.' I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

Sermon: Rev. Roy Shepherd

Maundy Thursday - Rev. Roy Shepherd

April 9th, 2020

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Apostles Creed: 

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

and born of the virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of the saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers of the People: 

On this holy night, while we lament that we cannot feast together as the Body of Christ, we can still commit ourselves to love and serve one another, especially in this time of difficulty, stress and uncertainty. Let us pray for the Church and for all God’s people everywhere saying: God of Love, Hear our prayer.


God our provider, you feed us with the bread of life and lift for us the cup of salvation, may all who in whatever way join in worship of you receive a foretaste of the eternal banquet. God of Love, Hear our prayer.

Servant God, on this night Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, may we follow this example of love and service by carrying the burdens and comforting the brokenness of one another. God of Love, Hear our prayer.

God of compassion, hear our prayers for all who call upon your name in the midst of suffering, remembering especially those affected in various ways by the COVID-19 pandemic – patients, families and health workers – that they may know your healing power and be made whole. God of Love, Hear our prayer.

God our companion, we pray for all those unable to be present at the Lord’s Table or any other table, that all may know the oneness we share in the Body of Christ. God of Love, Hear our prayer.

God of hope, we pray for those who have died, may they come to share fully in Christ’s Paschal victory. God of Love, Hear our prayer.


Lifting our voices with all creation, with Mary the God-bearer and all the saints, let us offer ourselves and one another to the living God through Christ. Holy God, you have given us the memorial of a sacred meal of bread and wine in celebration of your great compassion; hear our prayers and grant us grace to love and serve others as Christ has loved us, that we may grow in love and give fuller witness to Jesus who is always with us. We ask this through him who is our Passover and our Peace. Amen.

The Lord's Prayer: 

And now, as our Saviour Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,


Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power, and the glory,

forever and ever. Amen.


Holy God,

source of all love,

on this night of his betrayal

Jesus gave his disciples a new commandment,

to love one another as he loved them.

Write this commandment in our hearts;

give us the will to serve others

as he was the servant of all,

who gave his life and died for us,

yet is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

One God, now and for ever. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Closing Hymn: My Song is Love Unknown, CP 184

My song is love unknown, my Saviour’s love to me;

Love to the loveless shown, that they might lovely be.

O who am I, that for my sake,

My Lord should take frail flesh and die?

Sometimes they strew his way, and his sweet praises sing,

Resounding all the day hosannas to their King,

Then “Crucify!” is all their breath,

And for his death they thirst and cry.

Here might I stay and sing, no story so divine,

Never was love, dear King, never was grief like thine!

This is my friend, in whose sweet praise

I all my days could gladly spend.

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