Prayer for Maundy Thursday

Merciful God, on this, the night he was betrayed, your Son Jesus Christ washed his disciples’ feet. As we commit ourselves to following his example of love and service, teach us humility.
God of grace, hear our prayer.
On this night, Jesus prayed for his disciples to be one.
As we grieve for the divisions in the church, unite us.
God of grace, hear our prayer.
On this night, Jesus prayed for those who would come to believe
through the disciples’ message. As we take up the mission of the church, renew our zeal.
God of grace, hear our prayer.
On this night, Jesus commanded his friends to love,
but he suffered rejection himself. As we open our hearts to the rejected and the unloved, fill us with your love.
God of grace, hear our prayer.
On this night, Jesus reminded his people that, if the world hated them,
it had hated him first. As we face our own fears, we pray for those who are persecuted for their faith; give us your peace.

God of grace, hear our prayer.
On this night, Jesus loved his friends to the very end,
As we open our hearts to all who face darkness tonight, we pray for the sick, those who mourn, those trapped by violence, addiction, or pain: give healing and hope.
God of grace, hear our prayer.
Faithful God, these are the prayers of your Church.
We offer them trusting and hoping in you. Hear and help us, challenge and change us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Holy Thursday

All authority was handed over to Jesus. To demonstrate all that power… Jesus served.

Lord, help me pick up this “mantle” in my own life. Not just today. Every day.

Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 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. (John 13:3-5)