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Maundy Thursday Litany

One: I love the LORD because he hears my requests for mercy.                        (Psalm 116:1-2, 12-18)
I’ll call out to him as long as I live, because he listens closely to me.
All:   What can I give back to the LORD for all the good things he has done for me?
I’ll lift up the cup of salvation. I’ll call on the LORD ’s name.
I’ll keep the promises I made to the LORD in the presence of all God’s people.
The death of the LORD ’s faithful is a costly loss in his eyes.

One: Oh yes, LORD, I am definitely your servant!
I am your servant and the son of your female servant— you’ve freed me from my chains.
All:   So I’ll offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to you, and I’ll call on the LORD ’s name.
I’ll keep the promises I made to the LORD in the presence of all God’s people,
in the courtyards of the LORD ’s house, which is in the center of Jerusalem.
Praise the LORD!

You are the Lord, giver of mercy! You are the Christ, giver of mercy!
You are the Lord, giver of mercy!

Time of Silent Meditation: What are the good things the Lord has done for you?

One: O God, your steadfast love endures forever.
All:   We choose whom You can love.
We limit Your love.
We act as if we are undeserving of Your love.
We don’t share Your love.
We forget that we are created in Your image.
We forget that You are love.
We choose judgment rather than love.
We limit the reach of Your love.
We ignore Your call to love.

You are the Lord, giver of mercy! You are the Christ, giver of mercy!
You are the Lord, giver of mercy!

Time of Silent Meditation: Where is the world aching to receive your love?

(John 13:31b-35)
One: Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify the Son of Man in himself and will glorify him immediately. Little children, I’m with you for a little while longer. You will look for me—but, just as I told the religious leaders, I also tell you now—‘Where I’m going, you can’t come.’

All:  “I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other. ”

You are the Lord, giver of mercy! You are the Christ, giver of mercy!
You are the Lord, giver of mercy!

Time of Silent Meditation: Where is God calling you to be a disciple?

One: Trusting in the gracious mercy of God, do you turn from the ways of sin and renounce evil and its power in the world?
All:   I do.
One: Who is your Lord and Savior?
All:   Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior.

You are the Lord, giver of mercy! You are the Christ, giver of mercy!
You are the Lord, giver of mercy!

 Submitted by Rev. Kathryn Johnston, Mechanicsburg Presbyterian Church, Mechanicsburg PA.

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  1. This is based on the Ash Wednesday litany that was brainstormed by on this site at that time.

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