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A Service of Readings and Remembrance


We are gathered to recall the night when Jesus was betrayed. Are you ready to come to the feet of Christ, whose Life was poured out for you?
By the grace of God, we are.

Can you watch while Jesus prays in the garden?
By the grace of God, we can.

Will you follow Jesus, even into the night of betrayal?
By the grace of God, we will.

Then let us praise God, even in the hours of darkness.
God of all grace and steadfast love, greatly is your name to be praised in all the earth!


HYMN 266 There is a green hill far away
The passion narrative begins after the Last Supper to which we will return when we celebrate the Lord's Supper.

Reading 1. March 14:26-42 The Garden of Gethsemane

HYMN Near the cross [MHB 199]

1 Jesus, keep me near the Cross;
There a precious fountain,
Free to all, a healing stream,
Flows from Calvary's mountain.
In the Cross, in the Cross,

Be my glory ever;
Till my raptured soul shall find
Rest beyond the river.

2 Near the Cross, a trembling soul,
Love and mercy found me;
There the bright and morning star
Shed its beams around me.

3 Near the Cross: O Lamb of God,
Bring its scenes before me;
Help me walk from day to day,
With its shadow o'er me.

4 Near the Cross I'll watch and wait,
Hoping, trusting ever,
Till I reach the golden strand,
Just beyond the river.

Reading 2. Mark 14:43-52 The arrest

HYMN Beneath the cross [MHB 199]

Beneath the Cross of Jesus
I fain would take my stand -
The shadow of a mighty rock
Within a weary land;
A home within a wilderness,
A rest upon the way,
From the burning of the noontide heat
And the burden of the day.

2 Upon that Cross of Jesus
Mine eye at times can see
The very dying form of One
Who suffered there for me.
And from my stricken heart, with tears,
Two wonders I confess -
The wonders of redeeming love,
And my own worthlessness.

3 I take, O Cross, thy shadow,
For my abiding-place!
I ask no other sunshine than
The sunshine of His face;
Content to let the world go by,
To know no gain nor loss -
My sinful self my only shame,
My glory all - the Cross.

Reading 3. Mark 14:53-65 The trial before the high priest

HYMN 138 And can it be

Reading 4. 14:66-72 Peter's denial

HYMN 258 When I survey the wondrous cross

Reading 5. Mark 15:1-15 The trial before Pilate

HYMN 261 Were you there [verses 1 and 2]

Reading 6. Mark 15:16-25 Jesus was mocked and crucified

HYMN 261 Were you there [verse 3]

Reading 7. Mark 15:26-38 Jesus died on the cross

HYMN SA 55 Jesus remember me

Reading 8. Mark 15:39-47 The burial

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE [After each part] ..... Lord in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.


The Lord's Supper


The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Thanks and praise ..... in the eternal hymn:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

We thank you ....

[The great prayer of thanksgiving continues, recalling God's goodness in caring for his people, the life and saving work of our Lord Jesus Christ, how he commanded his disciples to remember him with the bread and the wine, and we pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit on us and what we do.]

THE LORD'S PRAYER [Front of hymn book]
HYMN 271 Lift high the cross

A Note on Maundy Thursday

The ceremonial washing of feet, which we have not repeated tonight, used to conclude the ceremonies of Holy Thursday, which became known as Maundy Thursday because of a phrase in the latin service mandatum novum do vobis (A new commandment I give unto you. -- John 13:34): dies mandatum became `day of maundy'. The sign of service to one another that Jesus gave, saying `you also ought to wash one another's feet', was linked with his new commandment (mandatum): 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 love one another. -- John 13:34-35.

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