Emmanuel United Methodist Church
Maundy Thursday April 9, 2020
Maundy Thursday Online Worship @ Home Order of Service
Welcome to Emmanuel United Methodist Church for this Maundy Thursday service of worship. This is such an unusual Holy Week for Christians everywhere, as many around the world are unable to gather due to COVID 19 pandemic. Even though we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ each and every Sunday, Easter Sunday for us is always is a special time of joy and celebration, yet this year we find ourselves in a time of great difficulty and worldwide sadness. But even in these difficult days, we believe that Christ is with always, and by His Spirit, draws us together as one before God. We believe that our God gives us strength in the midst distress and provides comfort in the face of all our sufferings.
In many Christian communities, the three Holy Week services, traditionally called the Triduum (or the Three days), from Maundy Thursday evening through Easter Sunday evening are often celebrated as one continuous event stretched over the three days. In our church family here at Emmanuel, we have observed these days differently year by year, and worshipped in various ways leading up to our Resurrection Celebration on Easter Sunday. This particular Holy Thursday service may be done on your own or with others in your family, but no matter how you wish to use the service, in order to fully participate, it will be helpful for you to prepare a small worship space in your home before you begin, including:
A small candle to light at the beginning of the service; a Bible; a cross or other Christian symbols that you may have in your home; a bowl with water and a clean towel for each person; a small glass of water for each person and a piece of bread or some crackers, enough for each person to have a small piece. If you are able to do so, it would be helpful for you to print out the order of worship in order to have the words for the hymns available to you.
(If worshipping with others, two voices may alternate the readings in a “Call to Worship” style.
This night is a night of remembrance, a time to recall God’s mighty acts of salvation.
As people in every generation, we come before the Lord to offer our sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving. We remember with generations past the wonderful deeds of our God.
On this night, Jesus shared his last meal with His friends. He told them to share the bread and cup, and to remember his broken body and shed blood, to know His presence with them always, no matter what may come.
On this night, Jesus washed the feet of his friends, inviting them and us to submit to Him as servant King. By the grace of Jesus our Lord, we seek to love and serve God by serving one another.
This night is also a night of fear and betrayal, as the final days of God’s redemption plan through Jesus Christ our Lord began to unfold. Our Lord prayed in the Garden that this bitter cup would pass from Him, yet He willingly went as a sheep before the slaughter for our sakes.
With Christ’s friends of the past, we are also invited to remember, celebrate and learn from the stories of Jesus, our blessed Savior, who gave Himself for us and for all the world.
LIGHT YOUR CANDLES AT HOME
People: Christ, the Light of the World, is here with us. Thanks be to God.
HYMN Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross #301
- Jesus, keep me near the Cross; There a precious fountain,
Free to all — a healing stream –Flows from Calvary’s mountain.
CHORUS: In the cross, in the cross, Be my glory ever,
Till my raptured soul shall find, Rest beyond the river.
- Near the cross, a trembling soul, Love and mercy found me;
There the bright and morning Star, Shed its beams around me. CHORUS
- Near the cross! O Lamb of God, Bring its scenes before me;
Help me walk from day to day, With its shadow o’er me. CHORUS
OPENING PRAYER Loving God, we come into your presence with gratitude and joy. We come this night to remember. We recall with thanksgiving the traditions of our faith, the ancient stories that bind us together, and the people of God who have served You and others through generations. Especially in these days of isolation and uncertainty, the foundations of our faith bring us strength and comfort. Inspire our hearts tonight as we gather in Spirit, though scattered, as we recall Jesus’ last hours on earth, and relive the days before His suffering and death on Calvary’s cross. Help us to know that by His stripes we are healed, forgiven and set free to live as your people, redeemed by the blood of your only Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. In whose holy name we pray. Amen
OLD TESTAMENT LESSON Exodus 12:1-14
12 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: 2 This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. 3 Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household. 4 If a household is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbor in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number of people who eat of it. 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a year-old male; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. 6 You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month; then the whole assembled congregation of Israel shall slaughter it at twilight. 7 They shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. 8 They shall eat the lamb that same night; they shall eat it roasted over the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. 9 Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted over the fire, with its head, legs, and inner organs. 10 You shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. 11 This is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it hurriedly. It is the Passover of the Lord. 12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals; on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord. 13 The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live: when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.
14 This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance.
HYMN OF RESPONSE I Love You Lord TFWS#2068
I love you Lord, and I lift my voice; to worship You, O my soul rejoice.
Take joy, my King, in what your hear; May it be a sweet, sweet sound in your ear. (Repeat)
THE EPISTLE LESSON I Corinthians 11:23-26
3 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
THE GOSPEL LESSON John 13:1-38
It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 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.
6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”
10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.
12 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. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
19 “I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am who I am. 20 Very truly I tell you, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.”
21 After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.”
22 His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. 23 One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. 24 Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one he means.”
25 Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?”
26 Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.
So Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.” 28 But no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. 29 Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the festival, or to give something to the poor. 30 As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.
31 When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him,[c] God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once.
33 “My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come.
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
36 Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?”
Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.”
37 Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.”
38 Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!
The Word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God!
SCRIPTURE REFLECTION Remember
Leader: As Jesus washed the feet of His disciples, so we wash our hands as a way of remembering the call of Christ to serve one another in love.
Wash your hands in the bowl of water and dry them on the towel.
REMEMBERING THE LORD’S SUPPER
Leader: Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35)
Take a piece of the bread in your hands.
Christ broke bread and fed the multitudes. Christ broke bread and formed a new covenant with his closest friends and with all who break bread in remembrance of him. Christ was made known to his disciples in the breaking of the bread. Bread reminds us that, just like individual grains of wheat are gathered together to make a single loaf, we who are scattered are one body in Christ.
Break and eat the piece of bread that you are holding. Remember the times you have received bread in the sacrament of Holy Communion. Remember those who gathered with you. Remember the presence of Christ in that moment. Be assured that Christ is with you in every moment of your life.
Sit silently for a moment and allow Christ’s love to surround you.
Leader: On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” (John 7:37-38)
Hold the glass of water in your hands.
Without water, there can be no life. In creation, the Spirit of God hovered over the water and brought forth light. God brought John to the Jordan River to call us to repentance. We were nourished in the water of the womb. We were baptized by water and the Spirit into God’s family. Water reminds us of the gifts of creation that God has so abundantly given us, and of the love and grace we have all received.
Drink the water slowly. Feel it quench your thirst. Know that God’s love is flowing into your body and soul right now, refreshing your parched spirit.
In the silence after every petition (marked by . . .), specific names or situations may be spoken
aloud from wherever you are, or held closely in your heart during the pause.
Lord Jesus Christ, light of the world, you speak to us words of life.
Call forth in us rivers of living water, and feed our deepest hunger.
In trying times like these, in times of loneliness or confusion, in times when we feel most alone, remind us that we are never alone, for you are with us always.
Hear us now, and pray for us in our weakness with sighs too deep for words,
We pray for….
Those whom we love – those present with us and those from whom we are
separated today. . . Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer.
The prisoners, and those held captive physically, mentally, or spiritually . . .
Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer.
Those who are sick, who have tested positive for the virus and are afraid, those around the world who are fighting for their lives right now and for their families…
Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer.
Those who care for the sick, both medical caregivers and families who wait and watch with them; for first responders who are serving our communities so valiantly in these days . . . Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer.
For leaders all around the world who are making critical decisions each and every day to serve the public good…. Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer.
Those who are serving the us and others by providing for our daily needs, those who work in grocery stores and pharmacies; those who work in restaurants and deliver food; those who drive trucks to take goods where they need to go, and many others who are risking their lives to provide essential services……Lord in your mercy. Hear our Prayer.
Those who mourn the loss of loved ones, the loss of freedom, the loss of security, the loss of a livelihood, or the loss of a sense of order and control . . .
Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer.
Those with more questions than answers, and all who long for your guiding light for their difficult path . . . Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer.
For the lonely, the isolated, the elderly and those who long for a loving touch . . .
Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer.
For those whose remaining days on this earth are few, and for those walking in the valley of the shadow of death with them. . Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer.
For those we tend to forget, and those whose needs are known only to you . . .
Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer.
Oh God of compassion, hear our prayers; fill us with your grace, and inspire us to be instruments of mercy and hope, for we pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior who taught us to pray saying
THE LORD’S PRAYER 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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
HYMN OF DISCIPLESHIP Let Us Be Bread TFWS #2260
Let us be bread, blessed by the Lord, broken and shared, life for the world.
Let us be wine, love freely poured. Let us be one in the Lord. (Repeat)
When we are living, it is in Christ Jesus, and when are dying we are in Christ Jesus.
Both in our living and in our dying, we belong to God.
In these days of anxiety and uncertainty, may we go forth in Christ’s name as a people of hope.
May God bless us and keep us.
May God’s face shine upon us and be gracious to us.
May God look upon us with kindness and give us peace.
In the name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. All God’s people said: Amen.
The Remembering the Lord’s Supper is adapted from Great Thanksgiving Four by Heather Murray Elkins in The Book of Offices and Services of The Order of Saint Luke, OSL Publications, 2012, pp. 22ff. Permission granted for reproduction in print or on the web by including this permission statement. ©2020 by The Order of Saint Luke
Prepared by Beth Fender, OSL; Elizabeth Moore, OSL; and Dwight Vogel, OSL