Singing the Psalms of Holy Week

The Thursday of Holy Week (the week preceding Easter) is called "Maundy Thursday" and occurs on April 1 this year.  It is the day we commemorate Jesus’ Last Supper with His disciples.  At 7:00 PM on Maundy Thursday, we will be “Singing the Psalms of Holy Week.”  Did you know that many of the Gospel texts we read during Holy Week either directly quote or have a strong connection to one of the Old Testament Psalms?  The Psalms were originally written as Scripture passages designed for singing.  Today, several Christian denominations incorporate the singing of the Psalms in their worship services regularly.  This is what we will be doing at our Maundy Thursday Service!  Pastor Jensen will present a meditation about the book of Psalms.  Then, we will read several texts from the Gospel that focus on the Holy Week story from Christ’s entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, His last supper with the disciples and His crucifixion.  Following the readings, we will sing a related Psalm from the Old Testament!  How are we going to do that?  Over the years, talented individuals have taken the Psalms and paraphrased them in such a way that they fit familiar hymn tunes.  For example, our Magnifiers Team recently did an experiment with this by singing Psalm 23 (paraphrased) to the tune of “O God Our Help in Ages Past.”  Neat!  That’s the sort of thing we will be doing Maundy Thursday.


Please note that we will not celebrate the Ordinances at this year’s Maundy Thursday Service.  The reason is that we would like to broadcast this service from the Sanctuary on Facebook Live (and later put a recording of it on Sonshine TV).  It would be very difficult to broadcast a full Ordinance Service live with our current equipment.  However, we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper and Feetwashing at our 8:00 and 10:30 AM Sanctuary Worship Services on April 11.  A pre-recorded Communion and Ordinance Service will be made available that day so that people at home can observe Feetwashing and participate in the Lord’s Supper at home during the 10:30 AM Online Service.  So get ready for Maundy Thursday – we’ll be “Singing the Psalms of Holy Week!”