Maundy Thursday, Communion, and the Coronavirus

Maundy Thursday, Communion, and the Coronavirus

The night before Jesus died he had dinner with his closest followers. That “last supper” gave rise to what we know of as the Eucharist (also called the Lord’s Supper and Holy Communion). Christians have often gathered on Thursday of Holy Week, called Maundy Thursday, to commemorate this important event and its lasting importance to us. 

The Eucharist has been a vital part of worship at City Church from our inception. As we celebrate it together each Sunday, we remember what our Lord has done for us, we are spiritually nourished, and we are filled with the hope of a future feast in his eternal presence. In so doing, we proclaim our Lord’s death until he comes again. 

As we’ve pivoted to online worship due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are admittedly in uncharted waters. We’ve been grappling with what communion looks like in this time of only being able to gather virtually, striving to maintain the integrity of the sacrament while using digital means to provide our church family with all that is essential to Christian worship and spiritual formation. To that end, City Church will offer its first Maundy Thursday service as a time for us to gather virtually, learn more about Maundy Thursday, and celebrate the Eucharist together.

Join us this Thursday at 5 p.m. CDT on Facebook Live or Instagram Live for a brief Maundy Thursday service. If you are a follower of Christ and would like to participate in the Lord’s Supper, bring your own bread and wine or grape juice.

Leo Schuster

About the Author

Leo Schuster

Leo Schuster is the Lead Pastor of City Church. As an ordained pastor for twenty-six years, Leo’s ministry has reached from Texas to New York City. He started and led two college ministries in Dallas, founded and pastored Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Houston, and most recently served as the Lead Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church’s East Side Congregation in New York City where he was directly mentored by Tim Keller. Leo and his wife, Ellen, have three adult daughters: Anna, Margaret, and Mary Caroline.

Contact leo@citychurch.org