Singing Maundy Thursday

After the meal, they sang a psalm and went out of the city to the Mount of Olives” (Mark 14:26, The Voice).

What had just happened? The Passover meal is one of the holiest moments of the Jewish year. It is a time to remember how blessed God’s people have been. Even during the darkest days, God was present and active. God delivers His people.

But during the meal, this special meal, Jesus was being all cryptic with His, “So I’m gonna die soon” talk. And then Judas—a friend, companion, partner in the journey—leaves; apparently to go betray Jesus.

Holiness, gratitude, confusion, betrayal.

And they all sang a song.


For the first Sunday in weeks, all the families involved in the accident were present at church. More than that, the people who witnessed the accident and stopped to help were able to attend. Also, the first responders were invited to attend this special worship assembly.

It was a church that had two worship services. The family whose child died was unable to attend both the second service. It was too emotional; too painful. For the church as a whole, it was difficult to process the death of a young child. It was difficult to understand how this could happen. But there was also a sense of gratitude for how the community came together to lend love and support to one another.

It was a holy moment.

Holiness, gratitude, confusion, questioning.

And they all sang a song: “You give and take away; My heart will choose to say, ‘Lord, blessed by Your name.’”


The power of music.

Joy. Sorrow. Confusion. Holiness. Irreverence.

There is music for every mood.

Jesus was about to give His life for all people. He was about to be betrayed, arrested, beaten, denied, deserted, crucified, buried, and resurrected.

And He sang a song.

The most important event in the history of the world was about to take place.

But not until after the singing of a hymn.

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