Thursday, April 18, 2019

Maundy Thursday

Call to Worship

L: Come and remember the love of Jesus, gathered at table with his friends.
P: We come to receive Christ, the bread of life, the cup of blessing.
L: Come, receive the tender service Christ offers each of us;
P: We come to receive the challenge of the new commandment: “Love one another.”
L: Come and contemplate the many temptations of a world that would entice us, like Judas, to betray the trust of a suffering God.
P: We come to travel with Jesus the way of the Cross, so that our Easter “alleluia” will take on new meaning.

Choral ResponseJesus, Remember Me (3x)

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom

A Reading from the Old Testament – Exodus 12:1-8
The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household. If a household is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbor in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number of people who eat of it. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a year-old male; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month; then the whole assembled congregation of Israel shall slaughter it at twilight. They shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. They shall eat the lamb that same night; they shall eat it roasted over the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.

Invocation (All)

On this day, O God, you link us with sisters and brothers who celebrate the Passover, even as we remember an upper-room gathering that began a new observance. We thank you that on the night of his betrayal, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, broke it and said, “Do this in remembrance of me.” Take us back to that room that we may know Christ’s presence and be transformed in this hour. Amen.

A Reading from the Gospel – Luke 22:21-26

But see, the one who betrays me is with me, and his hand is on the table. For the Son of Man is going as it has been determined, but woe to that one by whom he is betrayed!” Then they began to ask one another which one of them it could be who would do this.

A dispute also arose among them as to which one of them was to be regarded as the greatest. But he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves.

Prayer of Confession and Assurance

L: God of mercy and love, when Judas went out that door, a part of each one of us went
with him.
P: We have all betrayed Jesus in one way or another.
L: And when the disciples sat unmoving at the table, each waiting for the other to wash their feet, a part of each one of us sat there with them.
P: We have all sat unmoving, waiting for someone else to do what we should be doing ourselves.
L: And when Peter did not want Jesus to wash his feet, a part of each one of us joined him in that rejection.
P: We have all resisted the new hierarchy of Jesus, where those who are greatest become loving servants to all.
L: Forgive us for immobility, for our fear. Help us to again return to following Jesus who would lead us to hope, forgiveness and eternal life. AMEN.

Choral ResponseJesus, Remember Me (3x)

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom

A Reading from the Epistle – Corinthians 11:23-26
For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Pastor: This has been quite a Lenten journey for us. We began so long ago with the service of Ash

Wednesday, the smudge of ashes as reminders of our need to look within and to repent of the many ways in which we betrayed and denied Jesus in our lives. There have been barriers and obstacles on our journey and we have worked diligently to overcome them.

Pastor: On the night in which Jesus gathered with his disciples, he ate a common meal, knowing that it would be his last meal with them before the hour of his death would come. He rose from the table and took a loaf of bread in his hands. He raised the bread, blessing it and thanking God for the bounty and the gift of finest wheat, then he offered it to his disciples, saying, “Take, eat. This is my body which is broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
Likewise, after supper, Jesus took the cup and he gave thanks to God for it and blessed it. He turned to his disciples and said “Drink from this, all of you, for this is my blood of the new covenant which is poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in remembrance of me.”

Sharing Bread and Cup – (“In Remembrance of Me”)

Prayer after Receiving – Lord’s Prayer

A Reading from the Gospel – John 13:1-17, 31b-35

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. The 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, got up from the table,[a] took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then 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. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus answered, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet,[b] but is entirely clean. And you[c] are clean, though not all of you.” For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

After 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? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants[d] are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.

When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him,[a] God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Choral ResponseJesus, Remember Me (3x)

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom

Pastor: When Jesus had finished his supper with his disciples, he led them out to the Garden called

Gethsemane, where he knelt in prayer to God. The time of trial was drawing near.
He asked them to pray for him, for he wanted to be alone. There, Jesus prayed. He asked his friends to keep watch, but they kept falling asleep. He prayed for another way out. He prayed in anguish. He prayed as a man who could feel pain, who would be hurt by betrayal, who would be scarred by the scourge, and would bleed when nails were driven into his arms and legs. He prayed as a man who knew that if he followed God’s will, he would be charged, convicted, mocked, humiliated, abandoned, and nailed to a cross. Knowing all of this full well he prayed, “Not my will, but yours.” Then he stood up for all that he had lived for. When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not come to into the time of trial”

All: Judas said to Jesus, “Rabbi” and kissed him. Then they came and grabbed Jesus and arrested

him.

Pastor: There was a brief skirmish at the arrest, but his disciples quickly scattered. Peter, who had

only hours before promised to go with Jesus to prison, even death, followed from a distance. During the trial, Peter remained hidden in the shadows. First a servant girl saw him and said, “This man was also with him.”

All: “Woman, I do not know him.”

Pastor: A little later someone else, on seeing him said, “You also are one of them.”
All: “Man, I am not.”
Pastor: Then about an hour later still another kept insisting, “Surely this man was with him;

for he is a Galilean.”
All: “I do not know what you are talking about. I do not know Jesus.”
Pastor: At that moment, while he was still speaking, the cock crowed. The Lord turned and

looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said to him, and he wept bitterly.

Closing Words Rev. Debbie Scott

Choral ResponseJesus, Remember Me (3x)

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom

Benediction

Go in peace. Led by the Spirit, we go out into the dark of night to watch, and wait, and pray. AMEN.

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