18 Mar Maundy Thursday and Good Friday Services
Our Local Good Friday Services
9.30am St John’s, Newton
2pm St Andrew’s, Normanby
2pm St Laurence, Kirby Misperton – Last Hour at the Cross. Meditation and prayer.
2.30pm Sinnington Chapel, Sinnington
(or please see Church of England Services below)
Maundy Thursday is the day when we remember Jesus sharing the Last Supper with his disciples before his death.
Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.
Maundy Thursday gets its name from the Latin word mandare meaning to command. We remember Jesus’ command: ‘Love one another as I have loved you’.
At the Last Supper Jesus washed the disciples’ feet. Some churches recreate this act of service at special services and events. This is not only an important reminder of the nature of Jesus, who we serve, but also the kind of service we are meant to demonstrate in our love for one another.
on this the night he was betrayed,
your Son Jesus Christ washed his disciples’ feet.
We commit ourselves to follow his example of love and service.
Good Friday is the day when Christians remember the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. It is a sombre day. Usually, churches meet, pray and reflect on the sacrifice Jesus willingly paid for all our sins.
This year, many Good Friday services will be live streamed from home by churches.
Walk of Witness
Many churches take part in a Walk of Witness. Churches gather (often with other local Christian denominations) to walk through the streets of their locality together. They do this to remember that Jesus had to carry his cross publicly through the streets of Jerusalem. It is a public statement of their faith, a retelling of the crucifixion story and a reminder of Jesus’ words in Matthew 16 verse 24: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.’
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.