Thursday, April 1, 2021 – Maundy Thursday
Welcome Slide Music: “Let There Be Peace on Earth” – Led by Judy Clemens
Prelude: “It Is Well” – Led by Steve Wysocki
Welcome No matter who you are or where you are on your journey, you are welcome here!
We are gathered and ready and aware of God’s presence
Gathering Song: “Softly and Tenderly” – led by Kathie Jones and Jeanette Boos
WE PROCLAIM GOD’S WORD
First Reading: Exodus 12:1-4 [5-10] 11-14 Enid Rank
Israel remembered its deliverance from slavery in Egypt by celebrating the festival of Passover. This festival featured the Passover lamb, whose blood was used as a sign to protect God’s people from the threat of death. The early church described the Lord’s supper using imagery from the Passover, especially in portraying Jesus as the lamb who delivers God’s people from sin and death.
1The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: 2This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. 3Tell 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. 4If 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. [5Your lamb shall be without blemish, a year-old male; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. 6You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month; then the whole assembled congregation of Israel shall slaughter it at twilight. 7They shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. 8They shall eat the lamb that same night; they shall eat it roasted over the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. 9Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted over the fire, with its head, legs, and inner organs. 10You shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. ] 11This is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it hurriedly. It is the passover of the Lord. 12For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals; on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord. 13The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live: when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.
14This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance.
“Thy Word” – led by Nora Feather
Gospel: John 13:1-17
The story of the last supper in John’s gospel recalls a remarkable event not mentioned elsewhere: Jesus performs the duty of a slave, washing the feet of his disciples and urging them to do the same for one another.
1Now 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. 2The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper 3Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, 4got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. 5Then 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. 6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” 7Jesus answered, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” 8Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I 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, “One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.” 11For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, “Not all of you are clean.”
12After 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? 13You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. 14So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. 16Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. 17If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.”
Help us God, as we seek to interpret what this means for our lives.
Message Song “Bind Us Together” – Led by Carolyn Raudenbush
Prayers Carolyn Raudenbush
United by the servant love of God in Christ, we pray this holy night for the needs of the world. We begin with our own silent personal prayers. A brief silence.
Christ knelt and washed his disciples’ feet. As we follow his example, grant us servant hearts, that we might love without counting the cost, and serve not thinking of our own status, but putting others before ourselves. May our church be a servant community and may we live and proclaim the grace of the gospel.
Christ broke bread, shared it among his disciples and said this is my body given for you.
May we who share in Christ’s generosity be generous to others. May we hunger and thirst for reconciliation, may we like him be peacemakers and may we give of ourselves, not counting the cost.
Christ took the cup, and said drink from it all of you. May we seek unity in the church, holding firm to the essentials, but treating all other matters with a gentleness of touch. We pray for those who feel alienated from the church, that they may know the unconditional welcome of Jesus.
Christ was betrayed by one of those closest to him. By the power of the Spirit, may we have courage to be faithful even to the end, and to bear witness to the crucified servant king. We pray for our nation, those in authority, and those who uphold our laws that they may pursue what is right and just.
Christ knelt in the garden and wept for the sins of the world. Break our hearts that may we weep for this world torn apart and broken by war, greed and exploitation, remind us of our responsibility for the hungry, the destitute and the lost. Grant us eyes to see beyond the cross to a new creation where peace rules and every tear is wiped away.
Hear these and all our prayers, O God, in the name of the one who loves us to the end, Jesus Christ, our servant king. Amen.
Communion Song: “Sanctuary” – Led by Judy and Greg Clemens
Words of Institution Mark 14:22-24 (NRSV)
While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.”
Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.
We gather at this table and remember how on the night when Jesus was handed over, he gathered with his disciples in the upper room and together they shared in an ordinary meal that had extraordinary implications.
For at this table,
Jesus broke bread and shared wine with one who betrayed him.
At this table,
Jesus broke bread and shared wine with one who denied him.
At this table,
Jesus broke bread and shared wine with those who fled from him in his time
At this table,
Jesus broke bread and shared wine with people from all walks of life.
And so whenever we gather at this table to share the bread and the cup in this community of faith, we proclaim Jesus’ life, which affirms there is a place at the table for all people, for the love of God transcends every power that tries to contain it.
The Awakening Church Service
The Lord’s Prayer Ann Borovies
The Body of Christ Given for you.
The Blood of Christ Shed for you.
With this piece of bread and sip of wine we remember Jesus
Post Communion Prayer
Gracious God, as we received this bread and wine, we receive the presence and life of Christ within us so that the spirit of Christ might work through us. Amen
Closing Hymn “Rock of Ages” – led by Carolyn Raudenbush
Dismissal: Go in peace. Serve the Lord. Thanks be to God.