United Church of Christ

Devotional Subject: Maundy Thursday

Simple and powerful, a national United Church of Christ Maundy Thursday service online April 9 featured the faces and voices of young ministers, each somewhere near the age Jesus of Nazareth would have been at the end of his life.


Prayers were shared from many time zones April 5 during the first-ever online service for the whole United Church of Christ. Live music invited reflection during transitions. And dozens of written prayer requests poured in, carrying the emotional weight of a Palm/Passion Sunday in a season of COVID-19.


Matt Fitzgerald

When death has the final word life is either a cheap gift expiring quickly or our only shot at an eternity's worth of meaning. It's all or nothing. 


Matt Laney

Jesus' disciples did almost nothing for him, other than inspire headaches and heartbreak. And yet he loved them.


No one really uses the word “maundy” anymore in their daily lives. Which is why today can seem a little murkier than some of the other holy days in Lent.


This day is called "Maundy," coming from a word meaning mandate or commandment. The Bible has already spoken of this commandment. In Leviticus (19:18) we're told to love others as we love ourselves.