The Worship Quote of the Week for (04/07/1998):

"As in That Upper Room You Left Your Seat"
Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is another wonderful text by poet Timothy Dudley-Smith,
this one especially appropriate for Maundy Thursday communion. I suggest you
read it aloud as a prayer. For the corresponding scriptural account, look at
John 13:1-17.


As in that room you left your seat
and took a towel and chose a servant's part,
so for today, Lord, wash again my feet,
who in your mercy died to cleanse my heart.

I bow before you, all my sin confessed,
to hear again the words of love you said;
and at your table, as your honoured guest,
I take and eat the true and living Bread.

So in remembrance of your life laid down
I come to praise you for your grace divine;
saved by your cross, and subject to your crown,
strengthened for service by this bread and wine.

-Timothy Dudley-Smith, from LIFT EVERY HEART: COLLECTED HYMNS 1961-1983 AND
SOME EARLY POEMS, Hope Publishing Company, 1984.

1984 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.
For permission to copy or use this hymn, please contact:
Hope Publishing Company, 380 S. Main Place, Carol Stream, IL 60188
1-800-323-1049 Fax: (630) 665-3200

[A complete INDEX of WORSHIP QUOTES (by author) is found at
. Go there for quotes on worship
and prayer by St. Augustine, Blaise Pascal, C.S. Lewis, John Stott, Mother
Teresa, Oswald Chambers, John Piper, G.K. Chesterton, Brother Lawrence, Graham
Kendrick, Calvin Miller, John Milton, A.W. Tozer, and many, many more.]

May this be a truly Holy Week for you as you remember the gift that is ours
because of the cross and empty tomb.

Chip Stam

Pastor of Worship and Music
Chapel Hill Bible Church
Chapel Hill, North Carolina