Maundy Thursday Worship Service

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April 1, 2021

Path of Worship

The Maundy Thursday Gospel – Mark 14:12-26

  On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 
  So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him. Say to the owner of the house he enters, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ He will show you a large upper room, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.” 
  The disciples left, went into the city and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover. 
  When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve. While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me – one who is eating with me.” 
  They were saddened, and one by one they said to him, “Surely not I?” 
  “It is one of the Twelve,” he replied, “one who dips bread into the bowl with me. The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.” 
  While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.” 
  Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, and they all drank from it. 
  “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. “I tell you the truth, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it anew in the kingdom of God.” 
  When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 

Junior Choir – The Walk to Calvary

One night the Lord went out to pray alone.
In that dark garden, Gethsemane.
And as he knelt there, 
he asked for strength to bear 
his heavy burden, Gethsemane,
Oh yes, my Savior, oh, how he suffered 
there in that dark garden, Gethsemane.
He knew the path that he must travel then 
as he walked on to Calvary.

By friends rejected, he was betrayed 
that night near that dark garden, Gethsemane,
The people mocked him, they shouted, “Crucify!” 
As he walked on to Calvary.
Oh yes, my Savior, oh, how he suffered 
there in that dark garden, Gethsemane.
He knew the path that he must travel then 
as he walked on to Calvary.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;
Lamb of God, have mercy on us.  
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;
Lamb of God, you bring us peace.  

The Opening Sentences

P: In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
C: Amen.

P: According to our Lord’s own words, the bread we break is a participation in the body of Christ and the cup we drink is a participation in the blood of Christ. Christ’s body and blood are truly present in with and under the bread and wine. Our Savior has given us his body to heal us from all our sins as 1 Peter 2:24 states.
C: He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. 

P: Christ poured out his blood to purify us from every sin and have forgiveness just as the Scriptures attest to.
C: The blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.

P: Therefore, in the Lord’s Supper we receive the forgiveness of sins.       
  Trusting in our Savior’s sacrifice of his body and shedding of his blood for our forgiveness, we confess our sins to the Lord,
C: Almighty God, merciful Father, 
I confess to you that I have not loved you with all my heart. 
I have not honored and shown respect to your most holy name in what I have said and done.  
I have pursued my ways instead of your ways despising your word. 
I have been disobedient and proud against those you have placed in authority over me.  
I have not respected your gift of life in how I have treated my own body and the life of others.  
I have dishonored your gift of love and marriage.  
I have not loved my brothers and sisters as myself 
  and taken their words and actions in the kindest possible way.  
I have failed to do what is right and good.
For this I deserve your punishment both now and in eternity.
I am truly sorry for my sins, those which I remember as well as those of which I am unaware.  
I repent of them.
I beg for your mercy, O Lord.

P: Forgive us for the sake of Jesus Christ who suffered and died for us.
C: Cleanse me from my sins.
Release me from my guilt.
Grant me your Holy Spirit to amend my sinful life.

P: The almighty God has been merciful to us and has sent his Son to die for all. For his sake, God forgives our sins and calls us from darkness to his marvelous light. Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by his authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen.


P: Lord Jesus Christ, in the sacrament of Holy Communion you give us your true body and blood as a remembrance of your suffering and death on a cross. Grant us so firmly to believe your words and promise that we may always partake of this sacrament to our eternal good; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C: Amen.

The Word – Exodus 12:21-30

  Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. Not one of you shall go out the door of his house until morning. When the Lord goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down. 
  “Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance for you and your descendants. When you enter the land that the Lord will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony. And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’ then tell them, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.’ ” Then the people bowed down and worshiped. The Israelites did just what the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron. 
  At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well. Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead. 

P: For this reason, Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance –
C: Now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.


Twas On That Dark, That Doleful Night

‘Twas on that dark, that doleful night 
When pow’rs of earth and hell arose
Against the Son, our God’s delight, 
And friends betrayed him to his foes.

Before the mournful scene began, 
He took the bread and blessed and broke.
What love through all his actions ran! 
What wondrous words of grace he spoke!

“This is my body, slain for sin; 
Receive and eat the living food.”
Then took the cup and blessed the wine:
“‘Tis the new cov’nant in my blood.”

“Do this,” he said, “till time shall end, 
In mem’ry of your dying friend;
Meet at my table and record 
The love of your departed Lord.”

Jesus, your feast we celebrate; 
We show your death; we sing your name
Till you return and we shall eat  
The marriage supper of the Lamb.

1 Corinthians 10:16-17

  Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf. 


When You Woke That Thursday Morning

When you woke that Thursday morning, 
Savior, Teacher, faithful Friend,
Thoughts of self and safety scorning, 
Knowing how the day would end;
Lamb of God, foretold for ages, 
Now at last the hour had come
When but One could pay sin’s wages: 
You assumed their dreadful sum.

Never so alone and lonely, 
Longing with tormented heart
To be with your dear ones only 
For a quiet hour apart;
Sinless Lamb and fallen creatures, 
One last paschal meal to eat,
One last lesson as their teacher, 
Washing your disciples’ feet.

What was there that you could give them 
That would never be outspent,
What great gift that would outlive them, 
What last will and testament?
“Show me and the world you love me, 
Know me as the Lamb of God;
Do this in remembrance of me, 
Eat this body, drink this blood.”

One in faith, in love united, 
All one body, you the head,
When we meet, by you invited, 
You are with us, as you said.
One with you and one another 
In a unity sublime,
See in us your sister, brother, 
One in ev’ry place and time.

One day all the Church will capture 
That bright vision glorious,
And your saints will know the rapture 
That your heart desired for us,
When the longed-for peace and union 
Of the greatest and the least
Meet in joyous, blest communion 
In your never-ending feast.

Sermon – 1 Corinthians 10:16-17

The Lord’s Supper Is a Supper of Communion

Confession of Faith

C: God’s word assures me that Jesus led a pure and holy life for me and died on the cross for me to pay the full price for all my sins. Through faith in Jesus, I have been clothed in my Savior’s perfect righteousness and holiness.
  In Holy Communion He gives me his body and blood together with the bread and wine as a truly life-giving food and drink to unite me with him and my fellow believers. By means of this sacrament, Jesus not only forgives my sins but sweeps away all my doubts about his love for me, gives me his own strength to live a God-pleasing life, and grants me a joyful foretaste of heaven.
  I have His own word spoken as his last will and testament on the night before he died. There he tells me: “Take and eat; this is my body. Drink from it, all of you; this is my blood which is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in remembrance of me.”
  In response to this priceless gift, I will daily thank and praise Him for His love to me. With His help I will fight temptation and serve Him and those around me with love and good works.  

Presentation of the Offering

Prayer of the Church

P: O God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth,
C: Have mercy on us.

P: O God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
C: Have mercy on us.

P: O God the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide,
C: Have mercy on us.

P: Holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, three persons in one God,
C: Have mercy on us.

P: Remember not, Lord Christ, our offenses. Spare us, good Lord; spare your people, whom you have redeemed with your precious blood. From all spiritual blindness; from pride and hypocrisy; from envy, hatred, and malice; and from all lack of charity, 
C: Good Lord, deliver us.

P: From all false doctrine, heresy, and schism; from hardness of heart and contempt for your Word and your will; from earthquake and tempest; from drought, fire, and flood; from civil strife and violence; from war and murder; and from dying suddenly and unprepared,
C: Good Lord, deliver us.

P: Govern and direct your holy Church, fill it with love and truth, and grant it that unity which is according to your will. Enlighten all ministers with true knowledge and understanding of your Word, that by their preaching and living they may declare it clearly and show its truth.
C: Hear us, good Lord.

P: Encourage and prosper your servants who spread the gospel in all the world, and send out laborers into the harvest. Bless and keep your people, that all may find and follow their true vocation and ministry.

P: Son of God, we ask you to hear us.
C: Son of God, we ask you to hear us.

P: Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;
C: Have mercy on us.

P: Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;
C: Have mercy on us.

P: Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;
C: Grant us peace.

P: Lord, have mercy on us.
C: Christ, have mercy on us.

P: Lord, have mercy on us. Amen.

Admonition of the Communicants

P: I admonish you in Christ that you look upon the Testament of Christ in true faith, above all having confident assurance in your hearts in the words by which Christ grants his body and blood for the forgiveness of sins. That you remember and give thanks for his boundless love of which he gave proof when he redeemed us by his blood from God’s wrath, sin, death, and hell, and thereupon take to yourselves externally the bread and wine, that is, his body and blood, as your guarantee and pledge. In his name, therefore, and according to his command, let us proceed, by the use of his own words, to the use and administration of the Testament.


P: The Lord be with you.
C: And also with you.

P: Lift up your hearts.
C: We lift them up unto the Lord.

P: Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God.
C: It is good and right so to do.

P: It is truly good and right that we should at all times and in all places give you thanks, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who willingly died under the curse of this world’s sin so that we may live forever in the light of God’s blessing. Therefore with all the saints on earth and host of heaven, we praise your holy name and join their glorious song:

O holy, holy, holy 
Lord God of pow’r and might,
Your glory, earth and heaven  
In countless ways recite.
Hosanna! Come and save us,  
Lord God of hosts on high,
And in your grace and mercy  
Receive our fervent cry.

Hosanna in the highest! 
How truly blest is he
Who in God’s name is coming 
To set his people free!
He comes to bring salvation  
And with his blood outpoured,
Deliver us from bondage – 
Hosanna, mighty Lord!

P: Blessed are you, O Lord of heaven and earth. We praise and thank you for sending your Son, Jesus Christ, and we remember the great acts of love through which he has ransomed us from sin, death, and the devil’s power.

By his incarnation, he became one with us.
By his perfect life, he fulfilled your holy will.
By his innocent death, he overcame hell.
By his rising from the grave, he opened heaven.

  Invited by your grace and instructed by your Word, we approach your table with repentant and joyful hearts. Strengthen us through Christ’s body and blood, and preserve us in the true faith until we feast with him and all his ransomed people in glory everlasting.
C: Amen. 

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.

Words of Institution

P: Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

Then he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

P: The peace of the Lord be with you always.
C: Amen. 

Lamb of God

Lamb of God, pure and holy, 
Who on the cross did suffer, 
Ever patient and lowly,
Yourself to scorn did offer. 
All sins you carried for us, 
Else had despair reigned o’er us:   
Have mercy on us, O Jesus!

Lamb of God, pure and holy, 
Who on the cross did suffer, 
Ever patient and lowly, 
Yourself to scorn did offer. 
All sins you carried for us, 
Else had despair reigned o’er us: 
Have mercy on us, O Jesus!

Lamb of God, pure and holy, 
Who on the cross did suffer, 
Ever patient and lowly, 
Yourself to scorn did offer. 
All sins you carried for us, 
Else had despair reigned o’er us: 
Your peace be with us, O Jesus!

Distribution of the Lord’s Supper

Distribution Hymn

The Death of Jesus Christ, Our Lord

The death of Jesus Christ, our Lord, 
We celebrate with one accord;
It is our comfort in distress, 
Our heart’s sweet joy and happiness.

He blotted out with his own blood 
The judgment that against us stood;
He full atonement for us made, 
And all our debt he fully paid.

That this forever true shall be 
He gives a solemn guarantee;
In this his holy supper here 
We taste his love, so sweet, so near.

His Word proclaims and we believe 
That in this supper we receive
His very body, as he said, 
His very blood for sinners shed.

A precious food is this indeed –
It never fails us in our need –
A heav’nly manna for our soul 
Until we safely reach our goal.

Oh, blest is each believing guest 
Who in this promise finds his rest,
For Jesus will in love abide 
With those who do in him confide.

The guest that comes with true intent 
To turn to God and to repent,
To live for Christ, to die to sin, 
Will thus a holy life begin.

They who his Word do not believe 
This food unworthily receive,
Salvation here will never find –
May we this warning keep in mind!

Help us sincerely to believe 
That we may worthily receive
Your supper and in you find rest. 
Amen! They who believe are blest.

Song of Thanksgiving

O Living Bread From Heaven

O living Bread from heaven, 
How well you feed your guest!
The gifts that you have given 
Have filled my heart with rest.
Oh, wondrous food of blessing, 
Oh, cup that heals our woes!
My heart, this gift possessing, 
With praises overflows.

You gave me all I wanted – 
This food can death destroy –
And you have freely granted 
The cup of endless joy.
My Lord, I do not merit 
The favor you have shown,
And all my soul and spirit 
Bow down before your throne. 

P: We give you thanks, O Lord, for the foretaste of the heavenly banquet that you have given us to eat and to drink in this sacrament. Through this gift you have fed our faith, nourished our hope, and strengthened our love. By your Spirit, help us to live as your holy people until that day when you will receive us as your guests at the wedding supper of the Lamb, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 
C: Amen.

The Blessing sung by the Junior Choir

The Lord bless you and keep you. 
The Lord make his face to shine you 
  and give you peace. Amen.