Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020

Introduction Rev. Deb

. . . . So I invite you to worship together and reflect upon the life of Christ, that we might remember what discipleship may cost, and what it may reap.


Call To Worship

L: This is a day to remember.
P: We remember the Passover Jesus shared with his disciples.
L: We remember his new covenant of broken bread and cup.
P: We remember his night alone in the garden in prayer.
L: We remember his arrest, his trial, his suffering, the denial of his friend.
P: We remember this day and thank God for Jesus’ presence with us then and now.

Choral Response “Jesus, Remember Me” 3x

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom

 


Gospel Lesson Luke 22:14-53 (CEB) (Six different volunteer readers)

The Passover meal

14 When the time came, Jesus took his place at the table, and the apostles joined him. 15 He said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 I tell you, I won’t eat it until it is fulfilled in God’s kingdom.” 17 After taking a cup and giving thanks, he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. 18 I tell you that from now on I won’t drink from the fruit of the vine until God’s kingdom has come.” 19 After taking the bread and giving thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 In the same way, he took the cup after the meal and said, “This cup is the new covenant by my blood, which is poured out for you.
21 “But look! My betrayer is with me; his hand is on this table. 22 The Human One goes just as it has been determined. But how terrible it is for that person who betrays him.” 23 They began to argue among themselves about which of them it could possibly be who would do this.

The disciples debate greatness

24 An argument broke out among the disciples over which one of them should be regarded as the greatest.
25 But Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles rule over their subjects, and those in authority over them are called ‘friends of the people.’ 26 But that’s not the way it will be with you. Instead, the greatest among you must become like a person of lower status and the leader like a servant. 27 So which one is greater, the one who is seated at the table or the one who serves at the table? Isn’t it the one who is seated at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.
28 “You are the ones who have continued with me in my trials. 29 And I confer royal power on you just as my Father granted royal power to me. 30 Thus you will eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and you will sit on thrones overseeing the twelve tribes of Israel.

Peter’s denial predicted

31 “Simon, Simon, look! Satan has asserted the right to sift you all like wheat. 32 However, I have prayed for you that your faith won’t fail. When you have returned, strengthen your brothers and sisters.”
33 Peter responded, “Lord, I’m ready to go with you, both to prison and to death!”
34 Jesus replied, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster won’t crow today before you have denied three times that you know me.”

Call for preparedness

35 Jesus said to them, “When I sent you out without a wallet, bag, or sandals, you didn’t lack anything, did you?”
They said, “Nothing.”
36 Then he said to them, “But now, whoever has a wallet must take it, and likewise a bag. And those who don’t own a sword must sell their clothes and buy one. 37 I tell you that this scripture must be fulfilled in relation to me: And he was counted among criminals. Indeed, what’s written about me is nearing completion.”
38 They said to him, “Lord, look, here are two swords.”
He replied, “Enough of that!”

Jesus in prayer

39 Jesus left and made his way to the Mount of Olives, as was his custom, and the disciples followed him. 40 When he arrived, he said to them, “Pray that you won’t give in to temptation.” 41 He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed. 42 He said, “Father, if it’s your will, take this cup of suffering away from me. However, not my will but your will must be done.” 43 Then a heavenly angel appeared to him and strengthened him. 44 He was in anguish and prayed even more earnestly. His sweat became like drops of blood falling on the ground. 45 When he got up from praying, he went to the disciples. He found them asleep, overcome by grief. 46 He said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray so that you won’t give in to temptation.”

Jesus’ arrest

47 While Jesus was still speaking, a crowd appeared, and the one called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him.
48 Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Human One with a kiss?”
49 When those around him recognized what was about to happen, they said, “Lord, should we fight with our swords?” 50 One of them struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear.
51 Jesus responded, “Stop! No more of this!” He touched the slave’s ear and healed him.
52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders who had come to get him, “Have you come with swords and clubs to arrest me, as though I were a thief? 53 Day after day I was with you in the temple, but you didn’t arrest me. But this is your time, when darkness rules.”

The Word of God for the people of God…thanks be to God

 


Choral Response “Jesus, Remember Me” 3x

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom


Call to Confession (Leader)

Let us confess before God our tendency, like the Jerusalem crowds, to profess our faith in moments of enthusiasm and deny our faith in moments of stress.

Prayer of Confession (All)

Just as the followers of Jesus met with him in that first upper room filled with perplexity and fear, so we confess our own uncertainty, our own timidity as disciples. We would prefer to leave this holy table clear in mind and resolute in spirit. But we know that we will leave with fear and betrayal in our hearts. Yet you are a forgiving and merciful God. You want us to be fed at this table, to be strengthened, to be ready for what may come as we seek to serve you. So forgive us and renew us, we pray, in the name and for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Words of Assurance (Leader)

In our striving to follow Christ, God is a sure and constant presence, never coercing commitment but always inviting it. Amen.

Choral Response “Jesus, Remember Me” 3x

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom

 


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.”


GATHERING AT OUR/HIS TABLE

Words of invitation

Like us, the disciples were ordinary people living in an extraordinary time. As they gathered in that Upper Room, they knew something was about to happen, sensed that their lives would were changing in ways they only guess at. Some were anxious, some were angry, some were at peace. And Jesus fed them all- the ones who would fall asleep, the ones who would run away, even the one who would betray him; because his love bridged every barrier. So it is for us; there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. And although we are not physically present with one another, it is as it has always been- we are united in this holy meal with all who have ever shared it in Christ’s name.


PRAYER OF BLESSING OVER BREAD AND CUP

Prayer of thanksgiving after breaking bread and Lord’s Prayer

We give You the thanks, Blessing God, for this holy meal. In the bread that has been broken, we have seen our oneness with each other and You. Through the cup that has been poured, we have tasted your goodness. With our hunger for You filled and our thirst for You eased, we take on your command to be bread and cup for the world.

We pray as you taught us:
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 the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

Choral Response “Jesus, Remember Me” 3x

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom


Benediction

Go in peace, into the darkness of the night to await the dawn. AMEN.

 

MAUNDY THURSDAY
APRIL 9, 2020

Introduction Rev. Deb
. . . . So I invite you to worship together and reflect upon the life of Christ, that we might remember what discipleship may cost, and what it may reap.
Call To Worship

L: This is a day to remember.
P: We remember the Passover Jesus shared with his disciples.
L: We remember his new covenant of broken bread and cup.
P: We remember his night alone in the garden in prayer.
L: We remember his arrest, his trial, his suffering, the denial of his friend.
P: We remember this day and thank God for Jesus’ presence with us then and now.


Choral Response “Jesus, Remember Me” 3x

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom
Gospel Lesson Luke 22:14-53 (CEB) (Six different volunteer readers)
The Passover meal

14 When the time came, Jesus took his place at the table, and the apostles joined him. 15 He said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 I tell you, I won’t eat it until it is fulfilled in God’s kingdom.” 17 After taking a cup and giving thanks, he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. 18 I tell you that from now on I won’t drink from the fruit of the vine until God’s kingdom has come.” 19 After taking the bread and giving thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 In the same way, he took the cup after the meal and said, “This cup is the new covenant by my blood, which is poured out for you.
21 “But look! My betrayer is with me; his hand is on this table. 22 The Human One goes just as it has been determined. But how terrible it is for that person who betrays him.” 23 They began to argue among themselves about which of them it could possibly be who would do this.
The disciples debate greatness

24 An argument broke out among the disciples over which one of them should be regarded as the greatest.
25 But Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles rule over their subjects, and those in authority over them are called ‘friends of the people.’ 26 But that’s not the way it will be with you. Instead, the greatest among you must become like a person of lower status and the leader like a servant. 27 So which one is greater, the one who is seated at the table or the one who serves at the table? Isn’t it the one who is seated at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.
28 “You are the ones who have continued with me in my trials. 29 And I confer royal power on you just as my Father granted royal power to me. 30 Thus you will eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and you will sit on thrones overseeing the twelve tribes of Israel.
Peter’s denial predicted

31 “Simon, Simon, look! Satan has asserted the right to sift you all like wheat. 32 However, I have prayed for you that your faith won’t fail. When you have returned, strengthen your brothers and sisters.”
33 Peter responded, “Lord, I’m ready to go with you, both to prison and to death!”
34 Jesus replied, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster won’t crow today before you have denied three times that you know me.”
Call for preparedness

35 Jesus said to them, “When I sent you out without a wallet, bag, or sandals, you didn’t lack anything, did you?”
They said, “Nothing.”
36 Then he said to them, “But now, whoever has a wallet must take it, and likewise a bag. And those who don’t own a sword must sell their clothes and buy one. 37 I tell you that this scripture must be fulfilled in relation to me: And he was counted among criminals. Indeed, what’s written about me is nearing completion.”
38 They said to him, “Lord, look, here are two swords.”
He replied, “Enough of that!”
Jesus in prayer

39 Jesus left and made his way to the Mount of Olives, as was his custom, and the disciples followed him. 40 When he arrived, he said to them, “Pray that you won’t give in to temptation.” 41 He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed. 42 He said, “Father, if it’s your will, take this cup of suffering away from me. However, not my will but your will must be done.” 43 Then a heavenly angel appeared to him and strengthened him. 44 He was in anguish and prayed even more earnestly. His sweat became like drops of blood falling on the ground. 45 When he got up from praying, he went to the disciples. He found them asleep, overcome by grief. 46 He said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray so that you won’t give in to temptation.”
Jesus’ arrest

47 While Jesus was still speaking, a crowd appeared, and the one called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him.
48 Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Human One with a kiss?”
49 When those around him recognized what was about to happen, they said, “Lord, should we fight with our swords?” 50 One of them struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear.
51 Jesus responded, “Stop! No more of this!” He touched the slave’s ear and healed him.
52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders who had come to get him, “Have you come with swords and clubs to arrest me, as though I were a thief? 53 Day after day I was with you in the temple, but you didn’t arrest me. But this is your time, when darkness rules.”
The Word of God for the people of God…thanks be to God


Choral Response “Jesus, Remember Me” 3x

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom


Call to Confession (Leader)
Let us confess before God our tendency, like the Jerusalem crowds, to profess our faith in moments of enthusiasm and deny our faith in moments of stress.
Prayer of Confession (All)

Just as the followers of Jesus met with him in that first upper room filled with perplexity and fear, so we confess our own uncertainty, our own timidity as disciples. We would prefer to leave this holy table clear in mind and resolute in spirit. But we know that we will leave with fear and betrayal in our hearts. Yet you are a forgiving and merciful God. You want us to be fed at this table, to be strengthened, to be ready for what may come as we seek to serve you. So forgive us and renew us, we pray, in the name and for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen.


Words of Assurance (Leader)

In our striving to follow Christ, God is a sure and constant presence, never coercing commitment but always inviting it. Amen.


Choral Response “Jesus, Remember Me” 3x

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom

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.”
GATHERING AT OUR/HIS TABLE

Words of invitation

Like us, the disciples were ordinary people living in an extraordinary time. As they gathered in that Upper Room, they knew something was about to happen, sensed that their lives would were changing in ways they only guess at. Some were anxious, some were angry, some were at peace. And Jesus fed them all- the ones who would fall asleep, the ones who would run away, even the one who would betray him; because his love bridged every barrier. So it is for us; there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. And although we are not physically present with one another, it is as it has always been- we are united in this holy meal with all who have ever shared it in Christ’s name.
PRAYER OF BLESSING OVER BREAD AND CUP

Prayer of thanksgiving after breaking bread and Lord’s Prayer
We give You the thanks, Blessing God, for this holy meal. In the bread that has been broken, we have seen our oneness with each other and You. Through the cup that has been poured, we have tasted your goodness. With our hunger for You filled and our thirst for You eased, we take on your command to be bread and cup for the world.
We pray as you taught us:
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 the glory, forever and ever. Amen.


Choral Response “Jesus, Remember Me” 3x

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom


Benediction
Go in peace, into the darkness of the night to await the dawn. AMEN.

 

 

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