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Holy Week Worship Ideas and Images

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Across the Church congregations of all sizes conduct extra, special services for Holy Week – Maundy Thursday and Last Supper services, Good Friday and Tennebrae services, you name it. But are these worship services just information about Jesus, a detached retelling of the story some have heard forever and others don’t care to hear at all?

This year approach your special Holy Week worship with creativity. Here are some ideas.

Maundy Thursday / Last Supper

 /><em>What is it?</em> Jesus’ final meal with his disciples.</p>
<p><em>When is it traditionally held?</em> Thursday night</p>
<p><em>How to make it more creative? </em></p>
<p>Serving communion in worship is by nature experiential. But what if instead of just doing it the usual way, you actually set up first century dining tables? Place folding tables on cinderblocks and cover them with tablecloths so they are about a foot off the ground. Have people take off their shoes and sit in groups around tables.</p>
<p>Tell one of the four gospel accounts and have lead servers at each table pass out the elements.</p>
<p>If keying off John’s account, consider having a basin with water at each table for a foot washing service.</p>
<p>A candle lighting station may hold appeal to people with church memories rooted in Catholicism. Low overhead light with candles providing much of the light in the room will suggest the feel of the evening meal.</p>
<p>We have a number of images and videos that refer to Jesus’ final meal with his disciples. To preview, look at <a name=, Communion, The Lord’s Supper and Last Supper.

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