~ SERVICE OF WORD & SACRAMENT ~

April 01, 2021

Maundy Thursday

This service includes the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

If you would like to partake, please take a moment prior to watching the service to prepare a small piece of bread or cracker as well as a cup of wine or juice. 

PRAYER IN PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

God of the covenant, as we celebrate this holy night, we come to the table of the Lord in whom we have salvation, life, and resurrection. Renew the power of this mystery in our service to one another and to you, so that with Christ we may pass from this life to the glory of your kingdom. Amen.

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PRELUDE MUSIC

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

GATHERING HYMN  

“Were You There?”

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

O sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

 

 

Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?

Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?

O sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.

Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?

 

WERE YOU THERE

African-American Spiritual / Arr. Joyce Finch Johnson, 1992

 

SOLEMN DECLARATION 

 

PILATE CONDEMNS JESUS TO DIE

Scripture Reading - Matthew 27: 11-14

Speaker

People: Jesus, I see in your silence the quiet strength that reveals a peace and a resolve. O Lord, help me deal with the unfairness of life without becoming critical of others. Help me to be sensitive to the pain and feelings of others. Give me the courage to do what is right without being swayed by the demands of others.

HYMN  

“Journey To Gethsemane”

Journey to Gethsemane, 

Go and feel the tempter’s power;

Your Redeemer’s conflict see, 

Watch the anguish of this hour;

Do not hide or turn away;

Learn from Jesus how to pray.

 

Follow then to Pilate’s hall, 

View the Lord of life arraigned;

Crowned with thorns and mocked by all,

Faithfully this pain sustained;

Greater still than shame or loss,

Jesus now must face the cross.

 

Calvary’s mournful mountain climb, 

See the Savior lifted high,

Mark the miracle of time, 

God’s own child is sacrificed;

“It is finished!” Jesus cries;

Learn from Jesus how to die.

 

REDHEAD NO. 76

James Montgomery, 1820 / Richard Redhead, 1853

 

JESUS ACCEPTS HIS CROSS

Scripture Reading - Matthew 27: 27-31, John 19: 17

Speaker

 

SIMON HELPS CARRY THE CROSS

Scripture Reading - Mark 15:21

Speaker

People: O Lord, forgive me for becoming so preoccupied with myself that I have become deaf and blind to the grief and suffering of those around me. Forgive me for my indifference. Constantly remind me that I cannot love you without loving others as well. Help me always remember that to be a follower of yours means that I share in the burdens of others. Lord, show me someone whose cross I may help carry.

~ THE ORDER FOR HOLY COMMUNION ~

 

COMMUNION PRAYER

Pastor:   The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Pastor:  Lift up your hearts.

People: We lift them up to the Lord.

Pastor:  Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People: It is right to give God thanks and praise.

 

WORDS OF INSTITUTION

Pastor:  Holy are you and blessed is your son, Jesus Christ.  When we had turned aside from your way, and abused your gifts, you gave us in him your crowning gift.  Emptying himself, that our joy might be full, he fed the hungry, healed the afflicted, ate with the scorned and forgotten, washed his disciple’s feet, and gave us a holy meal as the pledge of his abiding presence.

 

By the baptism of his suffering, death and resurrection you gave birth to your church, delivered us from slavery to sin and death, and made with us a new covenant by water and the Holy Spirit.

 

On the night in which he gave himself up for all of us he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body which is broken for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.”

 

When the supper was over, he took the cup, gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said:  “Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.  Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 

 

Therefore bless now, by Your Word and Spirit, both us and these gifts of bread and cup, that in receiving them at this table, and in offering here our faith and our praise, we may be united with Christ and with one another, and remain faithful to the tasks He sets before us.

 

LORD’S PRAYER

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. Amen. 

 

THE PRONOUNCEMENT

Through the broken bread, we participate in the body of Christ.

Through the cup of blessing, we participate in the new life Christ offers.

These are the gifts of God for the people of God.  All things are now ready.

 

RECEIVING THE SACRAMENT

Take and eat, this is the body of Christ broken for you.

(You may partake of the bread at this time and pause for a moment of prayer and reflection)

Take and drink, this is the blood of Christ shed for you.

(You may partake of the wine at this time and pause for a moment of prayer and reflection)

 

HYMN  

“Ah, Holy Jesus”

Ah, holy Jesus, how have you offended,

That mortal judgment has on you descended?

By foes derided, by your own rejected,

O most afflicted!

 

Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon you?

It is my treason, Jesus, that has slain you.

And I, dear Jesus, I it was denied you;

I crucified you.

 

For me, kind Jesus, was your incarnation,

Your mortal sorrow, and your life’s oblation, 

Your death of anguish and your bitter passion,

For my salvation.

 

Therefore, kind Jesus, since I cannot pay you,

I do adore you, and will ever pray you, 

Think on your pity and your love unswerving,

Not my deserving.

 

HERSLIEBSTER JESU

Johann Heerman, 1630/ Johann Crüger, 1640

 

 ~ THE STRIPPING OF THE ALTAR ~

 

JESUS IS STRIPPED OF HIS GARMENTS

Scripture Reading - John 19: 23-25a

Speaker

People: O Lord, forgive me for wanting to take the path of glory and reward. Forgive me for my selfishness that wants to serve you in easy ways and seeks the reward of others' praise. Lord, teach me the humility of spirit that replaces self-centeredness with a sacrificial spirit. Make me vulnerable so that I may follow your example. Help me see those around me who are in need. Give me the courage to lay aside the things that I use to hide from their need, and find ways to minister to others as you have shown us.

 

JESUS IS NAILED TO THE CROSS

Scripture Reading - Mark 15: 23-32

Speaker

People: O Lord, remind me of the deathly cost of sin. Forgive me for those things I have done that are displeasing to you. Forgive me for not allowing you to deal with the darkness that I harbor in the hidden recesses of my heart. Forgive me for fooling myself into believing that I am more righteous than I am, that I am better than others, and that I have no need to repent. Forgive me for those things I should have done, but found excuses not to do. O Lord, make me better than I am, transform me into what I can be by your grace. In your grace, have mercy on me.

 

JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS

Scripture Reading - Mark 15: 33-39

 

SPECIAL MUSIC  “Now All Is Still”

 

THE EXTINGUISHING OF THE CHRIST CANDLE

 

SPECIAL MUSIC  “Were You There?”

 

A MOMENT OF DARKNESS

 

DISMISSAL

Please leave the Sanctuary in silence when you are ready.

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  ~ UPCOMING SERVICES & MEETINGS ~

 

Good Friday, April 02

7:30PM – Service @ St. Mark’s UCC

In-person or Livestream

 

Easter Sunday, April 04

9:00AM – Worship Service & Holy Communion

In-person or Videocast

 

Sunday, April 11

9:00AM – Worship Service

 

Saturday, April 17

9:00-11:00AM – Spring/Summer Clothing Giveaway

~ ANNOUNCEMENTS ~

 

You are invited to worship with St. Mark's UCC on Good Friday, April 02. The in-person service will be held at 7:30PM and will be livestreamed for those who prefer to worship from home.

 

Anyone who would is participating in the "40 Days of Lent" food collection is reminded that all items should be brought to the church on Easter Sunday to be dedicated and sent to the Food Pantry.

Maundy Thursday is the day before Good Friday during Holy Week which commemorates the Last Supper and events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus. The word “Maundy” comes from the Latin word “mandatum” or commandment, reflecting Jesus’ words “I give you a new commandment: to love one another”.

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