Words: , 2003:

While re­view­ing the hymn poss­i­bil­i­ties for Ho­ly Thurs­day in 2003, I la­ment­ed that none in our pre­sent hymn­al real­ly gave the thrust of the tra­di­tion­al nar­ra­tive. I had al­ways want­ed to write a hymn text (in­spired by the great Meth­o­dist poet ) and seized the op­por­tun­i­ty. The text at­tempts to con­vey the events of the tra­di­tion­al in­sti­tu­tion­al nar­ra­tive while re­main­ing con­nect­ed to the emo­tions in the Up­per Room. Al­though I had wri­tten songs in a pop-rock-folk style pre­vi­ous­ly, this was my first tra­di­tio­nal hymn text. I wrote the text based on a tune [Day of Rest] that was in­clud­ed in the 1935 Meth­od­ist Hymn­al but had fallen into dis­use.

Music: Day of Rest, , in Church Hymns, 1874.

Our Lord and His disciples at table were as one,
And Jesus thought of the morrow, His work here nearly done.
With one last night together, they knew not what would be,
But Jesus had one final word:
“Do This; Remember Me!”

Thanksgiving to the Father, an ancient feast made new.
Christ said, “This is My body, My body giv’n for you.”
The holy bread was broken and shared with Jesus’ plea
That His words not be forgotten:
“Do This; Remember Me!”

He took the cup of blessing, the blood of Jesus shed
That all might know forgiveness, received when Jesus bled.
Salvation now available to all on bended knee
Who repent and follow His command:
“Do This; Remember Me!”

Yes, Christ’s command continues to all who serve His Name
To go and make disciples, that all would sing His fame.
And gathered at one table His holy church shall see
Our Master is still calling:
“Do This; Remember Me!”