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.
Opening Hymn ~ The Old Rugged Cross #186 Red
Gospel Message: Matthew 26:17-30
On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover. When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.” They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?” Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.” Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?” Jesus answered, “You have said so.” While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Special Music ~ "Remember Me" by Grace Choir, directed by Deni Skutshek,
accompanied by Melodie Petersen
Special Music ~ "Via Dolorosa" by Deni Skutshek, accompanied by Melodie Petersen
~We leave the sanctuary in silence~
Please join us for our Good Friday Worship Service and Easter Sunday Worship Services at the following times:
Good Friday April 14th at 10:30AM at Grace Lutheran Church
Easter Sonrise Service April 16th at 8:00AM at Gellatly Nut Farm with Easter breakfast, and egg hunt for the children (at Grace in case of rain)
Easter Traditional Service April 16th at 10:30AM with Holy Communion at Grace Lutheran