Welcome to our Maundy Thursday Service. Maundy Thursday commemorates our Lord’s institution of the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday are a part of one long service that commenced at the beginning of the season of Lent with our Wednesday service, and will end with Easter Sunday. During the Ash Wednesday service, we came to God with humble and contrite hearts and asked His forgiveness. Absolution was not pronounced during the Ash Wednesday service. Absolution is granted during this Maundy Thursday service and we receive Holy Communion. You are invited to receive the Lord’s Supper. We believe that Holy Communion is Jesus’ meal and He comes to us in the bread and wine. Jesus calls forward to His table all those who confess and repent of their sins, desire forgiveness, believe Jesus died for their sins and hunger & thirst for a new and transformed life. There is no Benediction at the end of the Maundy Thursday service, as it continues with Good Friday. At the end of this evening’s service, we will strip the altar area of all furnishings including flowers, books, candles, linens and banners, in preparation for Good Friday. The removal of the furnishings from the altar area reminds us that Jesus’ Roman and Jewish accusers humiliated him in the same way. We will read Psalm 22 together as the altar is stripped of furnishings. Following the stripping of the altar area we will leave the sanctuary in silence.
Gospel Message: Luke 22:7-20
Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.” “Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked. He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there.” They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover. When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.
Special Music - "One Bread, One Body" - Grace Lutheran Choir directed by Deni Skutshek, accompanied by Ellie Schindel
Please join us for our Good Friday Worship Service and Easter Sunday Worship Services at the following times:
March 25th at 10:30AM - Good Friday Worship Service At Grace Lutheran Church
March 27th at 8:00AM – Outdoor Easter Sonrise Service with Holy Communion, Gellatly Nut Farm - followed by an outdoor Easter breakfast, and egg hunt for the children.
March 27th at 10:30AM Easter Service with Holy Communion at Grace Lutheran Church