Welcome to our Maundy Thursday Service.
Welcome and Introduction
Opening Hymn ~ The Old Rugged Cross #186 Red
Gospel Lesson – John 13:1-17, 34-35
It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!” Jesus answered, “A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not everyone was clean. When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
The Homily ~ by Pastor Ed Skutshek
Special Music ~ We Will Remember You by Grace Choir
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.
Please join us for our Good Friday Worship Service and Easter Sunday Worship Services at the following times:
Good Friday March 30th at 10:30AM at Grace
Easter Sonrise Service April 1st 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 1st at 10:30AM with Holy Communion at Grace Lutheran Church