Maundy Thursday: As in That Upper Room You Left Your Seat

We know that on the Thursday evening before his death, Jesus gathered with his disciples for a Passover meal—and what a meal it would be! Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE is a short but wonderful poem by Timothy Dudley-Smith, this one especially appropriate for a Maundy Thursday Communion service. I suggest you read it aloud as a prayer. For an additional encouragement and challenge, read what our Lord said to his disciples in John 13:1-17.

AS IN THAT UPPER ROOM YOU LEFT YOUR SEAT

As in that room you left your seat
and took a towel and chose a servant’s part,
so for today, Lord, wash again my feet,
who in your mercy died to cleanse my heart.

I bow before you, all my sin confessed,
to hear again the words of love you said;
and at your table, as your honored guest,
I take and eat the true and living Bread.

So in remembrance of your life laid down
I come to praise you for your grace divine;
saved by your cross, and subject to your crown,
strengthened for service by this bread and wine.

—Timothy Dudley-Smith (1993), from A HOUSE OF PRAISE: COLLECTED HYMNS 1961-2001, © 2003 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission. ISBN 0-916642-74-7.

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May this be a truly Holy Week for us all as we remember the great gift that is ours because of the cross and the empty tomb. “Hallelujah! What a Savior!”

Have a great week,
Chip


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