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Worship Order – Maundy Thursday Eucharistic Worship ~ 12:00pm & 7:00pm
April 1, 2021
We Prepare Our Hearts
Prayer of the Day
O Lord God, you left to us a wonderful sacrament, a memorial of your passion. Grant, we beseech you, that we may so partake of this sacrament of your body and blood that the fruits of your redemption may continually be manifest in us; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
L: Let us pray…
C: Almighty and merciful God as we come together on this solemn day, we invite you into our hearts. As we gather, enable us to hear again the story of the Last Supper. Help us focus our attention, during this time of worship, on Jesus’ great act of love. Help our ears to hear, our minds to learn, our hands to receive, and our hearts to love the blessed gift Jesus gave to us in this sacrifice—his Body and Blood, given and shed for us. Grant us now to long for this sacred meal. Help us to draw closer to Christ until receiving Him bodily, we might be strengthened to go forth living, loving, and serving both you and one another. We humbly pray this in Jesus’ dear name. Amen.
God Speaks To Us
Mandatum: John 13:1-35
1Before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, 3Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 4rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 5Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” 7Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” 8Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” 9Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.” 11For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.” 12When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. 18I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But the Scripture will be fulfilled, ‘He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’ 19I am telling you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he. 20Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.” 21After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” 22The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he spoke. 23One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table at Jesus’ side, 24so Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. 25So that disciple, leaning back against Jesus, said to him, “Lord, who is it?” 26Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I will give this morsel of bread when I have dipped it.” So when he had dipped the morsel, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27Then after he had taken the morsel, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.” 28Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. 29Some thought that, because Judas had the moneybag, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor. 30So, after receiving the morsel of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night. 31When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. 32If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once. 33Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’ 34A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Hymn (7:00 pm) Love Consecrates the Humblest Act LBW 122
Lesson Exodus 24:3-11
3Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord and all the rules. And all the people answered with one voice and said, “All the words that the Lord has spoken we will do.” 4And Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord. He rose early in the morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel. 5And he sent young men of the people of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen to the Lord. 6And Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and half of the blood he threw against the altar. 7Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.” 8And Moses took the blood and threw it on the people and said, “Behold the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.” 9Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up, 10and they saw the God of Israel. There was under his feet as it were a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness. 11And he did not lay his hand on the chief men of the people of Israel; they beheld God, and ate and drank.
12I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people.
13Precious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of his servants.
14O Lord, I am your servant;
I am your servant and the child of your handmaid; you have freed me from my bonds.
15I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving
and call upon the name of the Lord.
16I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people,
17In the courts of the Lord’s house,
in the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Hallelujah!
18I will pay my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people,
19In the courts of the house of the Lord
in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord!
Hymn (7:00 pm) It Happened on That Fateful Night LBW 127
Lesson 1 Corinthians 10:16-17
16The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? 17Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.
The Holy Gospel Mark 14:12-26
12On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, “Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 13And he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him, 14and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 15And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us.” 16And the disciples set out and went to the city and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover. 17And when it was evening, he came with the twelve. 18And as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” 19They began to be sorrowful and to say to him one after another, “Is it I?” 20He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the dish with me. 21For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.” 22And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” 23And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. 24And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. 25Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” 26And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Hymn (7:00 pm) Jesus, Refuge of the Weary LBW 93
The Nicene Creed
We Offer Ourselves and Our Prayers
The Prayers of God’s People
The Great Thanksgiving p. 68
Words of Institution
The Lord’s Prayer
Distribution of Communion
Post Communion Prayer
We Prepare for Christ’s Sacrifice
The Stripping of the Altar (as Psalm 22 is chanted)
Silence for Meditation
The Congregation leaves in silence, following the Pastor.
On this day there is no Benediction or Postlude because it begins the traditional “service of three days” (Triduum) and is considered one long worship service. Through this observance, the Church walks with Jesus through His entire passion from the Last Supper through His resurrection victory.
It is appropriate to observe a time of silence and remembrance following the service.
Our commemoration of Christ’s suffering and death continues on Good Friday.
We do not reach the final culmination until Easter, the third day hence, when the
joyous proclamation of the Resurrection of Christ is first made.