Welcome to Mt Carmel BP Church Maundy Thursday Online Service!
Before you begin
1. Quieten down your heart. Remember who God is.
2. Follow along with the guided text meditatively.
3. Listen actively to God’s word.
4. Prepare your bread, cup and heart for Holy Communion.
LET’S BEGIN >>
On Maundy Thursday, we remember the night that Jesus was crucified. On that night, Jesus shared the Passover meal with his disciples, knowing the one who would betray him was among them. Maundy Thursday reveals the strength of Jesus’ character and the depth of his love for all humanity.
Let’s read John 1 : 1 -4
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not understood it.
Let’s unite our hearts to honour and adore our Lord Jesus Christ as we sing the opening song:
Oh Lord Jesus, tonight may we be reminded to be God’s people who are confident in your presence and to follow your example to serve and love.
Teach us to recognize that it is:
Not only the risen Christ, but the broken Christ
Not only the victorious Christ, but the crucified Christ
Not only the living Christ, but the dying Christ
Now, let us reflect on Isaiah 53 : 3 -5
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrow, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Let’s sing: Lamb of God
Let’s continue to reflect on Ephesians 2 : 4 -9
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
Let’s sing the next two songs:
Now, we shall read John 1 3 : 2 -1 7 before responding with the song “The Servant King” to prepare our hearts for the message tonight.
2 The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray Jesus.
3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God;
4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.
5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”
10 Jesus answered, “A person who has had a bath need only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.”
11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.
12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them.
13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.
14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.
15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.
16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.
17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
Let’s sing: The Servant King
Let us listen to the Message and partake the Holy Communion
Dr. Lai Pak Wah will preach on Servanthood: The Heart of Christ’s Love from John 13:2-17. Join us in partaking the Holy Communion right after the message.
As we partake the Holy Communion tonight, let us be reminded that Jesus paid it all.
As we end this Maundy Thursday Service, let us be reminded by:
May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
Let us together sing the closing song: Old Rugged Cross
Announcement: Maundy Thursday Offering Collection
Given the situation we are in, let us all the more be conscious of the ongoing financial needs of those around us – including those of our neighbours outside the church.
This Maundy Thursday, we are doing a special collection and all offerings will be channeled to the “Community Relief Fund” to help those in our community in hardship or in emergency situations such as Covid-19. We encourage all of us to prayerfully consider giving.
You may E-give via the PayNow QR code in the poster below. For the step-by-step guide on using PayNow, head to www.carmel.sg/egiving.
If you wish to give specifically to this Fund after Maundy Thursday (9 April), you may do so through internet bank transfer (not PayNow). Indicate that you are giving to the “Community Relief Fund”. Details in the picture below: