Maundy Thursday Prayer

I firmly believe
Jesus Christ
I confess
your Lordship

And it does not scare me
The way power does
in the hands of lets say
some humans

Because I have seen
healer Christ
teacher Christ
companion Christ

I have seen you
sitting at the well
hanging out with the outcasts
talking to the tax collectors
the nuerodivergent
the disabled

the poor, ethnically, religiously, differently gendered
You see them, talk to them and call them by name

I know what the authorities called you
rabble rouser


I know that you you don’t care about
and power

And on your last day on earth
You ate some good food
With friends
you took some time to pray
and asked your friends to sit with you

And you made a point
to get on your knees
and wash their feet

People picture your return
in glory–and that tongues
will confess Jesus as Lord
As some kind of military thing

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
It is clear that we have learned nothing
Since you hung bow, your weapon, your Rainbow
up permanently in the sky
That many-a-thousand-years ago

But I know your secret
When you return–every knee will bow
…because you will return as you came
stooping down to see heaven and earth

Kneeling to serve

And we are Allllll
all of us
gonna kneel….to get next to you

Every knee will bow indeed

We will knee next to our Savior
and confess….Lord
I want to do what you are doing
I want to serve the people you are serving

It will be Maundy Thursday Incarnate
filling our tongues
with Love
and the Servant Lordship of Jesus Christ
Confession–all of it the same

I cannot wait to kneel beside you
and confess

Jesus Christ is Lord
Amen, Amen

Feel free to use/adapt/share with credit to Pastor Katy Stenta

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Author: katyandtheword

Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant since 2010, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ. She is an writer and is published in Enfleshed, Sermonsuite, Presbyterian's today and Outlook. She writes prayers, liturgy, poems and public theology and is pursuing her doctorate in ministry in Creative Write and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible. "Publisher after publisher turned down A Wrinkle in Time," L'Engle wrote, "because it deals overtly with the problem of evil, and it was too difficult for children, and was it a children's or an adult's book, anyhow?" The next year it won the prestigious John Newbery Medal. Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one.[66] Instead he preferred what he termed "applicability", the freedom of the reader to interpret the work in the light of his or her own life and times.

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