Maundy Thursday Worship Service

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April 14, 2022

Worship Theme

Understand once and for all who has come to save us.

Prayer before the Service

Lord God ruler of heaven and earth, cleanse our lives and purify our hearts so that your Son, the King of Glory, may come in and lead us to rejoicing in your heavenly city, where with the Holy Spirit you live and reign, one God, now and forever. Amen.


The Maundy Thursday Gospel – Luke 22:7-20

  Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.”
  “Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked.
  He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there.”
  They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.
  When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”
  After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”
  And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
  In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

Junior Choir – Behold the Lamb

Behold the Lamb who bears our sins away
Slain for us and we remember
The promise made that all who come in faith
Find forgiveness at the cross

So we share in this bread of life
And we drink of his sacrifice
As a sign of our bonds of peace
Around the table of the King

The body of our Savior Jesus Christ, torn for you
Eat and remember
The wounds that heal the death that brings us life
Paid the price to make us one

So we share in this bread of life
And we drink of His sacrifice
As a sign of our bonds of love
Around the table of the King

The blood that cleanses every stain of sin, shed for you
Drink and remember
He drained death’s cup that all may enter in
To receive the life of God

So we share in this bread of life
And we drink of His sacrifice
As a sign of our bonds of grace
Around the table of the King

And so with thankfulness and faith we rise
To respond and to remember
Our call to follow in the steps of Christ
As His body here on Earth

And we share in his suffering
We proclaim Christ will come again
And with joy in the feast of Heaven
Around the table of the King

Opening Words

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

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:
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. 

Christ poured out his blood to purify us from every sin and have forgiveness just as the Scriptures attest to.
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.

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.

  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. 

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

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.
Amen.

Prayer

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.
Amen.

Sermon (in four parts) – Maundy Thursday Questions

What is the Sacrament of Holy Communion?
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?

The Death of Jesus Christ, Our Lord – CW 677

1 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.

3 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.

What blessings do we receive through this eating and drinking?
And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

The Death of Jesus Christ, Our Lord – CW 677

2 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.

5 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.

How can the eating and drinking do such great things? 
The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.

The Death of Jesus Christ, Our Lord – CW 677

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

6 How blest is each believing guest
who in these promises finds rest,
for Jesus will in love abide
with those who do in him confide!

Who is properly prepared to receive this Sacrament?
For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself.

The Death of Jesus Christ, Our Lord – CW 677

7 They who his Word do not believe
this food unworthily receive,
salvation here will never find –
may we this warning keep in mind!

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

Confession of Faith

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. 

Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, in you alone are deliverance and strength. You have given your new covenant to us to assure us of our deliverance in you.
We will lift up the cup of salvation. 
We will call on the name of the Lord.

You have opened up a new and living way for us into the presence of God. Through Word and Sacrament strengthen and keep us in the true faith.
We will lift up the cup of salvation. 
We will call on the name of the Lord. 

As we partake of your body and blood, draw us together as one body in faith. Strengthen our faith in you. Increase our love for one another.
We will lift up the cup of salvation. 
We will call on the name of the Lord. 

Lord Jesus, you displayed your love to your disciples by giving them a new covenant in your body and blood for the forgiveness of sins. Fill us with hope as we look to the day when we will eat and drink with you when your feast is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.
We will lift up the cup of salvation. 
We will call on the name of the Lord. 

Let this Holy Supper bring your healing and rest to those who are weary and burdened by sin, guilt and the troubles of this world. Cheer us with your real presence. Pardon us with your declaration of forgiveness. Unite us to yourself and to one another.
We will lift up the cup of salvation. 
We will call on the name of the Lord. 

Hear us, Lord, as we bring you the prayers from the depths of our hearts.

Silent prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, we praise and thank you for your grace, that you gave us this new covenant in which we eat your body and drink your blood. By your Holy Spirit, help us to use this gift worthily, to confess and forsake our sins, to confidently believe that we are forgiven in you, and to grow in faith and love day by day until we come at last to the joy of eternal salvation; you live and reign, now and forever.
Amen.

Presentation of the Offering

Admonition to the Communicants (Martin Luther)

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.

Preface

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Proper Preface

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 brought the gift of salvation to all people by his death on the tree of the cross so that the devil, who overcame us by a tree, would in turn by a tree be overcome. Therefore, with all the saints on earth and hosts of heaven, we praise your holy name and join their glorious song:

Holy, Holy, Holy

Holy, holy, holy Lord God of heavenly hosts:
  heav’n and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he, blessed is he,
  blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

Prayer

Lord God, you are worthy to receive thanks and praise from all people. You created the world and all who live in it, and in your mercy you saved us. We give thanks to you for the grace of your Son, Jesus Christ.

Though in very nature God, he took the nature of a servant and became obedient to death, even death on a cross. He offered himself as a sacrifice for sin and redeemed us from its curse and penalty. He rescued us from the terrors of death and restored eternal life with you. He conquered our enemies and gained for us the kingdom of grace and glory.

Bless us as we receive your Son’s body and blood, and lead us to remember his suffering, death, and resurrection. Forgive our sins and fill us with the hope of new life in heaven. Hear our praise and receive our thanks as we worship you – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

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

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.”

Pax Domini

The peace of the Lord be with you always.
Amen.

Lamb of God, Pure and Holy – CW 947

1 Lamb of God, pure and holy,
    who on the cross did suffer,
ever patient and lowly,
    yourself to scorn did offer.
All sin you carried for us,
else had despair reigned o’er us:
    have mercy on us, O Jesus! O Jesus!

3 Lamb of God, pure and holy,
    who on the cross did suffer,
ever patient and lowly,
    yourself to scorn did offer.
All sin you carried for us,
else had despair reigned o’er us:
    your peace be with us, O Jesus! O Jesus!

Distribution of the Lord’s Supper

Distribution Hymns

Draw Near and Take the Body of the Lord – CW 661

1 Draw near and take the body of your Lord,
and drink the holy blood for you outpoured.
Saved by his body and his holy blood,
with souls refreshed we give our thanks to God.

2 Christ our Redeemer, God’s eternal Son,
has by his cross and blood the vict’ry won.
He gave his life for greatest and for least,
himself the off’ring and himself the priest.

3 Let us approach with faithful hearts sincere
and take the pledges of salvation here.
Christ, who in this life all the saints defends,
gives all believers life that never ends.

4 With heav’nly bread he makes the hungry whole,
gives living waters to the thirsting soul.
Lord of the nations, to whom all must bow,
in this great feast of love be with us now.

I Come, O Savior, to Your Table – CW 670

1 I come, O Savior, to your table,
    for weak and weary is my soul;
O Jesus, you alone are able
    to satisfy and make me whole.
Lord, may your body and your blood
be for my soul the highest good.

2 O grant that I in manner worthy
    may eat and drink and be restored,
and, dwelling on your boundless mercy,
    look only unto you, O Lord.
Lord, may your body and your blood
be for my soul the highest good.

3 I should not be your sheep, dear Savior;
    I stray in sin’s accursed terrain.
And yet you pardon my behavior;
    my faithful Shepherd you remain.
Lord, may your body and your blood
be for my soul the highest good.

4 O let me loathe all sin forever
    as death and poison to my soul,
that I through willful sinning never
    may see your judgment take its toll!
Lord, may your body and your blood
be for my soul the highest good.

5 Your holy heart has one obsession,
    one blessèd thing it burns to do –
to cleanse the sinner from transgression;
    so I, a sinner, come to you.
Lord, may your body and your blood
be for my soul the highest good.

6 My soul is burdened; Lord, relieve me,
    by all this weight of sin oppressed!
Though sinful, yet, in grace receive me
    and feed me as your grateful guest.
Lord, may your body and your blood
be for my soul the highest good.

7 Within me, Lord, your vision traces
    a heart of deep humility
that mourns its sin and yet embraces
    the merit you have earned for me.
Lord, may your body and your blood
be for my soul the highest good.

8 By faith I call your holy table
    the testament of your deep love,
for by your gift I now am able
    to know the heart of God above.
Lord, may your body and your blood
be for my soul the highest good.

9 This meal with blessing is abounding:
    to poor ones wealth, to weak ones pow’r,
to angels joy, to hell confounding,
    and life for me in death’s dark hour.
Lord, may your body and your blood
be for my soul the highest good.

10 My heart has now become your dwelling,
    O blessèd, holy Trinity.
With angels I, your praises telling,
    shall live in joy eternally.
Lord, may your body and your blood
be for my soul the highest good.

Thanksgiving

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his mercy endures forever.

Proclamation of Christ

Whenever we eat this bread and drink this cup,
we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Prayer

We give thanks, almighty God, that you have refreshed us with this saving gift. We pray that through it you will strengthen our faith in you and increase our love for one another. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Blessing

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Amen.

Not All the Blood of Beasts – CW 398

1 Not all the blood of beasts
    on Israel’s altars slain
could give the guilty conscience peace
    or wash away the stain.

2 But Christ, the heav’nly Lamb,
    takes all our sins away,
a sacrifice of nobler name
    and richer blood than they.

3 In faith I place my hand
    on that dear head divine,
as penitently here I stand
    and lay on him my sin.

4 My soul looks back to see
    the burden you did bear
when hanging on the cursèd tree;
    I know my guilt was there!

5 Believing, we rejoice
    to see the curse remove;
we bless the Lamb with cheerful voice
    and sing his bleeding love.