DAY 22: Thursday 9 April
Good morning all
Today is referred to in some churches as Maundy Thursday - the word “Maundy” comes to us as an Anglo-French word derived from the Latin “mandatum,” which means “commandment.” It refers to when Jesus, in the Upper Room during the Last Supper, said to the disciples:
“A new commandment I give you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” (John 13:34).
On this day we not only remember The Last Supper but also the dramatic events in Gethsemane culminating in Jesus being arrested after being betrayed by Judas. He was then dragged away and thrown into a stone pit next to Caiaphas the High Priest’s Palace before being dragged out in the early hours of Friday morning to face the accusations of the religious leaders and then being sent to Pilate.
Last year Karen and I were privileged to be part of the Birmingham Passion Play along with 3000 others making up the crowd - walking up New Street to Chamberlain Square in front of the Town Hall and then ending up at the Cathedral. All the way, actors from Saltmine Trust and local Birmingham churches enacted a contemporary version of the events, starting from the Palm Sunday procession of people right through to the Crucifixion and Empty Tomb. The following link has photo/audio excerpts capturing the first part of that journey retelling the story from Palm Sunday through to Jesus’ arrest in Gethsemane. >>>
Message from Anne Roberts - received this from John Drury who is the welcome team leader for Keswick Convention. Just heard that the Doctor overseeing the PM’s care is the Chief Consultant in Critical Care at St Thomas’s Hospital. He is a Christian and attends Spurgeon’s Tabernacle. He has asked for prayer that he will have opportunity to talk to Boris about the Lord and that he might lead Boris to Him. We have been asked to share this so as many Christians as possible can be praying today for the PM’s physical and spiritual healing.
Please also continue to pray for Anne who is still working at John Taylor Hospice caring for end-of life patients, and for daughter Natalie as a paramedic in South Wales.
Also for other Chapel families who have sons, daughters, grandchildren working in NHS and other front-line roles who need our prayer cover in these days including Ellen, responsible for one of the Covid wards at Good Hope.
Remember all vulnerable staff and residents in Care Homes up and down the country including of course, Jean Cussons at Greville House in Four Oaks.
GOOD FRIDAY PRAYER REQUEST –
On Thursday evenings the whole country is encouraged to stop and applaud the NHS front line workers at 8pm. Inspired by this initiative, Christians are planning to pray at 3pm on Good Friday for God to intervene in this pandemic. At 3pm on Good Friday Jesus cried out ‘It is finished’ from the cross. Christians across the country are encouraged to step out in front of their homes and pray for Covid-19 to end.
To end today’s email and with our desire to see this country turn back to God, let’s sing together a song that contains the words - Though suffering comes and evil crouches near, still our living God is reigning, He is reigning here >>>