04-09-2020: Maundy Thursday

Welcome

Call to Worship (Responsively)

Pastor: We are gathered to recall the night when

Jesus was betrayed. Are you ready to come to the

feet of Christ, whose life was poured out for you?

            People: By the grace of God, we are.

            Pastor: Can you watch while Jesus prays in the garden?

            People: By the grace of God, we can.

            Pastor: Will you follow Jesus, even into the night of

betrayal?

            People: By the grace of God, we will.

            Pastor: Then let us praise God – even in the hours of

 darkness.       

            ALL:   God of all grace and steadfast love, greatly is your

name to be praised in all the earth! Amen. 

Prayer of Adoration

Confession and Assurance of Pardon

Old Testament Reading:  Exodus 12:1-14

The Gospel Reading:  John 13:1-17

Message: The Headwaiter Named Jesus

Affirmation of Faith – “The Apostle’s Creed”

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth: And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried: He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit; The holy catholic church; The Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the body, And the Life everlasting. Amen.

The Lord’s Supper:

    Invitation

    Great Thanksgiving

        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 thanks unto the Lord.”

            People: “It is right and good to give thanks and praise.”

    Prayer with Lord’s Prayer

    Words of Institution

    Serving

    Communion Prayer

Lord God, in a wonderful Sacrament you have left us a memorial of your suffering and death. May this Sacrament of your body and blood so work in us that the way we live will proclaim the redemption you have brought; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen

Hymn of Reflection: “Go to Dark Gethsemane”

Charge and Benediction

Holy Communion, or The Lord’s Supper, will be served during this evening’s worship service. I understand fully how awkward this is to do via this means and not be sitting with each other in fellowship; but a clergy colleague of our denomination told me that we are all joined in our faith and spirit. What is most important is where are hearts are when we hear the Words of Institution (Blessing of the Elements) and partake of the elements. We can do this and remain within the standards of love and peace, and within the presence of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit.                    – Pastor Buddy.

“Be Safe While You Keep the Faith!”

“The Night Jesus Served”

John 13:1-17

Summary: John 13:1-17 shows us what really happened on the night Jesus served and why it really matters.

I. Introduction.  

II. What Really Happened.

III. Why It Really Matters.

  1. An Awesome Truth.
  • An Amazing Claim.
  • A Deeper Need.

IV. In the Moment – They Just Didn’t Get It.

V. Conclusion

~ The Apostle’s Creed ~

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth: And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried: He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit; The holy catholic church; The Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the body, And the Life everlasting. Amen.

~ Communion Prayer ~

Lord God, in a wonderful Sacrament you have left us a memorial of your suffering and death. May this Sacrament of your body and blood so work in us that the way we live will proclaim the redemption you have brought; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

~ Hymn of Reflection ~

“Go to Dark Gethsemane”

Go to Dark Gethsemane, You who feel the tempter’s pow’r.

Your Redeemer’s conflict see; Watch with Him one bitter hour;

Turn not from His griefs away; Go to dark Gethsemane.