Maundy Thursday Worship service - April 1 - 7pm

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Maundy Thursday Worship

John Knox Presbyterian Church

April 1, 2021 – 7:00pm

 

Prelude/Opening Music 

Welcome 

Call to Worship:

Leader:        This is a day of remembrance for us.

People:        We lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.

Leader:        Throughout the generations, we have received and handed on to others

                   what the Lord has given to us: water for washing; the towel of service;

People:        the bread of his body; the cup of the new covenant; proclaiming

                    the Lord’s death until he comes again. 

Music/Song:  Remember

This is the body that was torn for us
This is the blood that was spilt

Points to the pain You endured for us
Points to the shame, the blame, the guilt

 

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, come
Move our hearts to remember

 

This is the Lamb who was slain for us
So we the church may enter in
So bittersweet when we think of You
The One who bore our curse, our sin

 

Father Son and Holy Spirit come
Move our hearts to remember…

to remember

 

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, come
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, come
Move our hearts to remember

 

“Remember” words and music by Laura Story

© 2009 Laura Stories (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.)

New Spring (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.)

Used by permission CCLI License # 1504183

 

Prayer of Confession

Holy God, you have called us to serve others as Christ has served us.  We confess that we have not followed Christ’s example as fully or as often as we should.  We turn away from people in need.  True humility eludes us, and we hide our own vulnerability before others.  You have commanded us to love one another as you have loved us.  We confess that we do not love so generously.  Gathered on this Holy Thursday, we confess that we are capable of denying and betraying you and one another, no less than the first disciples.  Forgive us, merciful God, and cleanse us of all our sin; then guide our feet to walk with you always.  In Christ’s name we pray.  Amen. 

Assurance of Pardon

Leader:        Disciples of Christ, having loved his own who were in the world, Jesus loved them to the end.

People:        Jesus knows us fully and offers love and forgiveness

                    unconditionally.

Leader:        In gratitude for the grace given to us, and as a witness to our faith in Jesus

                   Christ, we will love one another.

People:       Thanks be to God for God’s grace and forgiveness in Jesus Christ

                   our Lord. 

Object: Oil 

Scripture: Numbers 4:16

Eleazar son of Aaron the priest shall have charge of the oil for the light, the fragrant incense, the regular grain-offering, and the anointing-oil, the oversight of all the tabernacle and all that is in it, in the sanctuary and in its utensils. 

Reflection: “Oil for Worship” 

Time of Silent Reflection 

Object: Bread 

Scripture: John 6: 35-40

Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.’ 

Reflection: “Bread of Life” 

Time of Silent Reflection 

Object: Towel 

Scripture: John 13: 1-15

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, 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, but is entirely clean. And you 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.’          

Reflection: “Towels Around Our Waists” 

Time of Silent Reflection 

Music/Song: Basin and Towel

In an upstairs room,

a parable is just about to come alive,

and while they bicker about who's best,

with a painful glance , He'll silently rise.

 

Their Savior servant must show them how,

by the will of the water

and the tenderness of the towel.

 

And the call is to community,

the impoverished power

 that sets the soul free.

 

In humility to take the vow,

that day after day we must

take up the basin and the towel.

 

In any ordinary place, on any ordinary day,

the parable can live again,

when one will kneel and one will yield.

 

Our Savior servant must show us how,

by the will of the water

 and the tenderness of the towel.

 

And the call is to community,

the impoverished power

that sets the soul free.

 

In humility to take the vow,

that day after day we must

take up the basin and the towel.

 

And the space between ourselves sometimes

is more than the distance between the stars.

By the fragile bridge of the servant's bow,

we take up the basin and the towel.

 

And the call is to community,

the impoverished power

that sets the soul free.

In humility to take the vow,

that day after day we must

take up the basin and the towel.

 

“Basin and Towel” words & Music Michael Card

© 1994 Birdwing Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

Used by permission CCLI License # 1504183

 

Celebration of Lord’s Supper

Invitation 

Prayer of Thanksgiving/Lord’s Prayer

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is truly right and our greatest joy to give you thanks and praise . . . 

Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty God, now and forever.  And now, with the confidence of the children of God, we pray the prayer our Savior 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.   Amen.

Words of Institution/Sharing of Bread and Cup 

Prayer after Communion 

Music/Song: Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound

that saved a wretch like me.

I once was lost, but now I’m found,

was blind, but now I see.

 

Twas grace that taught

my heart to fear

and grace my fears relieved.

How precious did that grace appear

the hour I first believed.

 

My chains are gone, I’ve been set free.

My God, my Savior has ransomed me.

And like a flood His mercy reigns.

Unending love, Amazing grace

 

The Lord has promised good to me.

His word my hope secures.

He will my shield and portion be

as long as life endures.

 

My chains are gone, I’ve been set free.

My God, my Savior has ransomed me.

And like a flood His mercy reigns.

Unending love, Amazing grace

 

My chains are gone, I’ve been set free.

My God, my Savior has ransomed me.

And like a flood His mercy reigns.

Unending love, Amazing grace

 

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,

the sun forbear to shine.

But God, Who called me here below

will be forever mine,

will be forever mine.

You are forever mine.

 

My chains are gone, I’ve been set free.

My God, my Savior has ransomed me.

And like a flood His mercy reigns.

Unending love, Amazing grace.

Unending love, Amazing Grace.

 

“Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)” Chris Tomlin | John Newton | Louie Giglio

C 2006 worshiptogether.com/sixsteps Music/Vamos Publishing

Used by permission CCLI#1504183

 

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