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Maundy Thursday Communion Service (Berdan Hall 7:30pm)

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  • Date: March 29, 2018
  • Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm

 The Liturgy for Maundy Thursday 

PRELUDE      

WELCOME AND WORDS OF INSTRUCTION FOR THE EVENING 

Tonight We Remember

 

Our help is in the name of the Lord

who made heaven and earth.

Jesus said: I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.

Just as he loved us, we also should love one another.

On this day

Christ the Lamb of God gave himself into the hands of those who would slay him.

On this day

Christ gathered with his disciples in the upper room.

On this day

Christ took a towel and washed the disciples' feet,
giving us an example that we should do to others as Christ has
done to us.  Christ our God gave us the holy feast,
that we who eat the bread and drink the cup,
may proclaim his holy sacrifice and be partakers of his resurrection,
and at the last day may reign with him in heaven.

Amen. 

Prayer of Invocation 

Hymn       Beautiful Savior               ST. ELIZABETH

 

Call to Confession 

Prayer of Confession

Lord Jesus, like Judas, we have betrayed you;

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, like Peter, we have denied you;

Christ have mercy.

Lord Jesus, like other disciples, we have forsaken you;

Lord, have mercy. 

Forgive us when we allow suffering to continue
because we are afraid to commit the resources necessary
to alleviate the pain of the world.
Tonight we are grateful that you have remained
faithful to us when you suffered death, even death on a cross.
We plead for your forgiveness and mercy.
Open our hearts, our hands, and our souls as you have done,
so that we might seize the day to serve in your name...

(Silence) 

Assurance of God’s Forgiveness 

Passing the Peace

Since God has forgiven us in Christ,
let us forgive one another.
The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
And also with you.

(Please share a sign of peace with one another) 

SONG       “The Servant Song”     

Jesus Washes the Feet of His Disciples John 13:1-10 

Just before the Passover Feast, Jesus knew that the time had come.  So he got up from the supper table, set aside his robe and put on an apron.  Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the feet of the disciples, drying them with his apron.  When he got to Simon Peter, Peter said, “Master, you wash my feet?”  Jesus answered, “You don’t understand now what I’m doing, but it will be clear enough to you later.”  Peter persisted, “You’re not going to wash my feet—ever!” Jesus said, “If I don’t wash you, you can’t be part of what I’m doing.” 

      ' One candle at each table is extinguished 

We Reflect on the Ministry of Jesus as a Servant - FOOT WASHING 

Song       “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love”                              CHEREPONI 

Jesus shares Himself through the Bread and the Cup               Luke 22:14-20 

When it was time, Jesus sat down with all the apostles with him and said, “You’ve no idea how much I have looked forward to eating this Passover meal with you before I enter my time of suffering.  It’s the last one I’ll eat until we all eat it together in the kingdom of God.”  Taking the cup, he blessed it, then said, “Take this and pass it among you.  As for me, I’ll not drink wine again until the kingdom of God arrives.”  Taking bread, he blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, given for you.  Eat it in my memory.”  He did the same with the cup after supper saying, “This cup is the new covenant written in my blood, blood poured out for you.” 

      ' One candle at each table is extinguished 

Song                       “Let us Break Bread Together”    

We Remember Jesus through Participating in the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper 

Liturgy for the Lord’s Supper 

Student: Why do we give thanks and praise before this table? 

All:  We give thanks for God’s work of creation, liberation, and salvation. 

Minister: It is indeed right, our duty and delight, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to you, O holy Lord, eternal God.  You created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them; you made us in your own image; and in countless ways you show us your mercy.  Therefore, with choirs of angels and the whole company of heaven, we worship and adore your glorious name, joining our voices in their unending praise: 

All:  Holy, holy, holy Lord.  God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.  Hosanna in the highest!  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest!

 

Student:  What do we remember at this table? 

Minister:  Most righteous God we remember in your mercy you gave your only Son, Jesus Christ.  Christ took our human nature and suffered death on the cross for our redemption.  There Christ made a perfect sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. We praise you that before Christ suffered and died, our Savior gave us this holy sacrament and commanded us to continue it until Christ comes again. 

Student:  Let us proclaim together the mystery of the faith: 

All: Dying, Christ destroyed death; Rising, Christ restores life.
Lord Jesus, will come again in glory!
 

Minister: Merciful God, pour out your Holy Spirit on these gifts of bread and wine, that in eating and drinking we may be made one with Christ and one another. 

All:  Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, now and forever.  Amen. 

Words of Institution 

Communion                         A Moment of Silent Prayers 

Jesus warns Peter and Prays in Gethsemane                 Matthew 26:30-46 

Jesus told the disciples, “You’re all going to feel that your world is falling apart and that it’s my fault.  There’s a Scripture passage that says, ‘I will strike the shepherd; The sheep will go helter-skelter.’  But after I am raised up, I will go ahead of you, leading the way to Galilee.”  Peter blurted out, "Even if everyone else is ashamed of you when things fall to pieces, I won't be."   Jesus said, "Don't be so sure. Today, this very night in fact, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times."   Peter blustered in protest, "Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you.”  All the others said the same thing.  

They came to an area called Gethsemane. Jesus told his disciples, "Sit here while I pray."  Jesus took Peter, James, and John with him. He plunged into a sinkhole of dreadful agony.  He told them, "I feel bad enough right now to die. Stay here and keep vigil with me."  Going a little ahead, he fell to the ground and prayed for a way out:   "Abba, Father, you can - can't you? - get me out of this. Take this cup away from me.  But please, not what I want - what do you want?"   He came back and found them sound asleep. He said to Peter, "Simon, you went to sleep on me?  Can't you stick it out with me a single hour?  Stay alert, be in prayer, so you don't enter the danger zone without even knowing it. Don't be naive. Part of you is eager, ready for anything in God; but another part is as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire."  He then went back and prayed the same prayer.   Returning, he again found them sound asleep. They simply couldn't keep their eyes open, and they didn't have a plausible excuse.   He came back a third time and said, "Are you going to sleep all night? No - you've slept long enough. Time's up. The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of sinners.  Get up. Let's get going. My betrayer has arrived." 

      ' One candle at each table is extinguished 

Song:                                   “What Wondrous Love is this?”

 Jesus is betrayed, arrested and deserted Matthew 26:47-56 

No sooner were the words out of his mouth when Judas, the one out of the Twelve, showed up, and with him a gang of ruffians, sent by the high priests, religion scholars, and leaders, brandishing swords and clubs.   The betrayer had worked out a signal with them: "The one I kiss, that's the one - seize him. Make sure he doesn't get away."   Judas went straight to Jesus and said, "Rabbi!" and kissed him.   The others then grabbed him and roughed him up.  Jesus said to them, "What is this, coming after me with swords and clubs as if I were a dangerous criminal?   Day after day I've been sitting in the Temple teaching, and you never so much as lifted a hand against me. What you in fact have done is confirm the prophetic writings."  All the disciples cut and ran. 

      ' One candle at each table is extinguished 

Song:                      “What Wondrous Love is this?”                                               

 

 Jesus is Denied by Peter                                        Matthew 26:57-58a, 69-75 

They led Jesus to the Chief Priest, where the high priests, religious leaders, and scholars had gathered together.  Peter followed at a safe distance until they got to the Chief Priest's courtyard, where he mingled with the servants and warmed himself at the fire…

While Peter was down in the courtyard, one of the Chief Priest's servant girls came in and, seeing Peter warming himself there, looked hard at him and said, "You were with the Nazarene, Jesus."  Peter denied it: "I don't know what you're talking about." He went out on the porch. A rooster crowed.   The girl spotted him and began telling the people standing around, "He's one of them."  Peter denied it again. After a little while, the bystanders brought it up again. "You've got to be one of them. You've got 'Galilean' written all over you."  Now Peter got really nervous and swore, "I never laid eyes on this man you're talking about."  Just then the rooster crowed a second time. Peter remembered how Jesus had said, "Before a rooster crows twice, you'll deny me three times." Peter collapsed in tears.

' Last candle at each table is extinguished 

Postlude   

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