Maundy Thursday

MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE

First English Lutheran Church

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church

St. Paul United Church of Christ

April 1, 2021

 PRELUDE              When I Survey the Wondrous Cross Karen Joseph/Martha Hefner
WELCOME Rev. Becky Sunday
 
CALL TO WORSHIP                                                                                                                  
One: Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.

Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”

ALL: On this day, Christ the Lamb of God gave himself into the hands of those

who would slay him.

One: On this day, Christ gathered with his disciples in the upper room.
ALL: On this day, Christ took a towel and washed the disciples’ feet, giving us an example that we should do to others as he has done to us.
One: On this day, Christ our God gave us this holy feast, that we who eat of the

bread and drink the cup may here proclaim his holy sacrifice.

ALL: So on this day, we become partakers of his resurrection and give thanks for Christ’s reign of glory and the life that is ours in him. Amen.
SOLO Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love
OPENING PRAYER

Holy God, source of all love, on the night of his betrayal Jesus gave his disciples a new commandment, to love one another as he loved them. Write this commandment on our hearts. Give us the will to serve others as he was the servant of all, who gave his life for us, yet is alive with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

A NEW COMMANDMENT John 13:1-17
Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.  2The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God,  4got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself.  5Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him.  6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”  7Jesus answered, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” 8Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.”  9Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!”  10Jesus said to him, “One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.”  11 For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, “Not all of you are clean.” 12After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? 13You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am.  14So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  15For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.  16 Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them.  17If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.

 

SERMON   Vicar Deb Monnin
 
SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION                                                                     Rev. Doug Pretorius
 

          CONFESSION OF SIN

God of light, our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear, and what has become for us a consuming fire of judgment. Set us free from a past that we cannot change. Open to us a future in which we can be changed. And grant us grace to grow more and more into your likeness and image. Gracious God, wash us, make us clean, and make us fit to be your people again. Amen.

 

         ASSURANCE OF PARDON

 

         WORDS OF INSTITUTION

 

         COMMUNION PRAYER

 

         SHARING THE BREAD AND CUP

 

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING (Unison)

God of grace and glory, with humble hearts we give you thanks for the sacrament of love we have shared this evening. As we arise from the table, draw us closer to your cross. Remind us of your sacrifice, and send us out in love and service in Christ’s name. Amen.

 

SOLO Will You Let Me Be Your Servant
 

SERVICE OF SHADOWS(TENEBRAE)

Shadow of Betrayal—Matthew 26:20-25

Shadow of Desertion—Matthew 26:31-35

“Go to Dark Gethsemane” (verse 1)

Agony of the Soul—Luke 22:39-44

Unshared Vigil—Mark 14:32-41

“Go to Dark Gethsemane” (verse 2)

“Father, the hour is come”—John 17:1-6

“That they may all be one”—John 17:15-22

“Go to Dark Gethsemane” (verse 3)

Arrest in the Garden—John 18:1-5

Shadow of the Cross—Mark 15:16-20

 
DARKNESS FALLS                                                 Were You There?
 
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and glory, forever. Amen.

 

Please depart in silence.

Go in peace.

 

 

 

 

 

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