Maundy Thursday Worship 4/1/21

Maundy Thursday Worship, April 1, 2021


With nightfall our Lenten observance comes to an end, and we gather with Christians around the world to celebrate the Three Days of Jesus’ death and resurrection. At the heart of the Maundy Thursday liturgy (from the Latin word mandatum, which means command), is Jesus’ commandment to love one another. As Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, we are called to follow his example as we humbly serve and care for one another. At the Lord’s Table we remember Jesus’ sacrifice of his life, demonstrating his love for the world even unto death, for the forgiveness of sins. The service concludes with the dramatic and poignant stripping of the altar, signifying the removal of Christ’s presence in His earthly form, in His imminent death. Worshippers then depart in silence and sorrow, until the service continues the next evening, Good Friday.


Invocation and Prayer of the Day

 Leader:         In the name of the Father, and of the † Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

                        Let us pray…

People:         Amen.


Opening Song   “We Fall Down”         


We fall down

We lay our crowns

At the feet of Jesus

The greatness of mercy and love

At the feet of Jesus



And we cry holy, holy, holy

And we cry holy, holy, holy

And we cry holy, holy, holy, is the Lamb

 CCLI Song # 2437367, Chris Tomlin, ©1998 songs (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

For use solely with the SongSelect®. Terms of Use. All rights reserved.  CCLI License # 384330



Leader:         In this Lenten season we have heard our Lord’s call to struggle against sin, death, and the devil – all that keeps us from loving God and each other.  This is the struggle to which we were called at baptism. Within the community of the church, God never wearies of forgiving sin and giving the peace of reconciliation. On this night let us confess our sin against God and our neighbor.


(Silence for reflection and self-examination)


People:        Almighty God, merciful Father:

I, a troubled and penitent sinner, confess to you all my sins and iniquities with which I have offended you and for which I justly deserve your punishment. But I am sorry for them, and repent of them, and pray for your boundless mercy. For the sake of the suffering and death of your Son, Jesus Christ, be gracious and merciful to me, a poor sinful being; forgive my sins, give me your Holy Spirit for the amendment of my sinful life, and bring me to life everlasting. Amen.


Leader:         In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for you, and for his sake God forgives you all your sins. To those who believe in Jesus Christ he gives the power to become the children of God and bestows on them the Holy Spirit.

People:        Amen.


THE PEACE        We share a sign of God’s Peace with one another   


First Lesson:    Exodus 12:1–4, 11–14

AM:                The First Lesson is from the 12th chapter of Exodus.

1The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt 2This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you.  3Tell 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.  4If 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. 

11This 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.  12For 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.  13The 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. 14This 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.

AM:                Here ends the reading.


Second Lesson:            1 Corinthians 11:23–26

AM:                The Second Lesson is from the 11th chapter of 1 Corinthians.

23For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, 24and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”  25In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”  26For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

AM:                Here ends the reading.


Gospel:      John 13:1–17, 31b–35


Leader:         The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the thirteenth chapter.

People:        Glory to you, O Lord.


Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.  2The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper  3Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God,  4got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself.  5Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him.  6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”  7Jesus answered, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” 8Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.”  9Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!”  10Jesus said to him, “One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.”  11For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, “Not all of you are clean.”  12After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?  13You call me Teacher and Lord — and you are right, for that is what I am.  14So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  15For I have set you an example that you also should do as I have done to you.  16Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them.  17If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them. 

31b “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him.  32If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once.  33Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’  34I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.  35By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Leader:         The Gospel of the Lord.

People:        Praise to you, O Christ.


Message:                   Art Mory


Song of Reflection            “O Come to the Altar”

Verse 1

Are you hurting and broken within?

Overwhelmed by the weight of your sin?

Jesus is calling

Have you come to the end of yourself

Do you thirst for a drink from the well?

Jesus is calling



O come to the altar

The Father’s arms are open wide

Forgiveness was bought with

The precious blood of Jesus Christ


Verse 2

Leave behind your regrets and mistakes

Come today there’s no reason to wait

Jesus is calling

Bring your sorrows and trade them for joy

From the ashes a new life is born

Jesus is calling (Chorus)



Oh what a savior
Isn’t He wonderful?
Sing hallelujah, Christ is risen
Bow down before Him
For He is Lord of all
Sing Hallelujah, Christ is risen (Chorus)

CCLI Song # 7051511 – Chris Brown | Mack Brock | Steven Furtick | Wade Joye; © 2015 Music by Elevation Worship Publishing; For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. CCLI License # 384330


Prayers of Intercession

Christ knelt and washed his disciple’s feet. As we follow his example, grant us servant hearts, that we might love without counting the cost, and serve not thinking of our own status, but putting others before ourselves. May our church be a servant community and may we live and proclaim the grace of the gospel.

Lord in your Mercy,

People:        Hear our Prayer


Christ broke bread, shared it among his disciples and said this is my body given for you.  May we who share in Christ’s generosity be generous to others. May we hunger and thirst for reconciliation, may we like him be peacemakers. And may we give of ourselves, not counting the cost.

Lord in your Mercy,

People:        Hear our Prayer


Christ took the cup, and said drink from it all of you, May we seek unity in the church, holding firm to the essentials, but treating all other matters with a gentleness of touch. We pray for those who feel alienated from the church, that they may know the unconditional welcome of the Jesus, the friend of sinners.

Lord in your Mercy,

People:        Hear our Prayer


Christ was betrayed by one of those closest to him. By the power of the Spirit, may we have courage to be faithful even to the end, and to bear witness to the crucified king. We pray for our nation, and for those in authority so often ashamed to acknowledge Christian faith.  For those who uphold our laws that they may pursue what is right and just.

Lord in your Mercy,

People:        Hear our Prayer


Christ Knelt in the garden and wept for the sins of the world.  Break our hearts that may we weep for this world torn apart and broken by war, greed and exploitation, remind us of our responsibility for the hungry, the destitute and the lost.  And grant us eyes to see beyond the cross to a new creation where peace rules and every tear is wiped away.

Lord in your Mercy,

People:        Hear our Prayer



Leader:         The Lord be with you. 

People:        And also with you.


Leader:         Lift up your hearts.

Leader:         We lift them to the Lord.


Pastor:          Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

Leader:         It is right to give him thanks and praise.


Pastor:          It is indeed right and salutary…we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty
Who was and is and is to come
With all creation I sing praise to the King of kings
You are my ev’rything and I will adore You

Chorus from Revelation Song, CCLI Song # 4447960. Jennie Lee Riddle © 2004 Gateway Create Publishing (Admin. by Capitol CMG                         Publishing (IMI) for use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. CCLI License # 384330


Words of Institution


The Lord’s Prayer

People:        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 and ever. Amen.




 Communion Songs

Let Us Break Bread Together”

Verse 1

Let us break bread together on our knees

Let us break bread together on our knees



When I fall on my knees

With my face to the rising sun

O Lord have mercy on me


Verse 2

Let us drink wine together on our knees

Let us drink wine together on our knees (Chorus)


Verse 3

Let us bow round the altar on our knees

Let us bow round the altar on our knees (Chorus)


Verse 4

Let us praise God together on our knees

Let us praise God together on our knees (Chorus)

CCLI Song #3205952, William Farley Smith, © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.).  For use solely with the SongSelect®. Terms of Use.  All rights reserved. CCLI License #384330.




This is the Body.  This is the Blood.

Broken and poured out, for all of us.

And in this communion, we share in His love,

This is the Body, this is the Blood.



I will remember everything, Lord,

That You’ve done for me,

I won’t take for granted, the sacrifice that set me free.

I hunger and thirst for Your love, come fill me today (chorus)



We hunger and thirst for Your love, and Your righteousness

We long for Your presence here, Lord, be with us again.

CCLI Song # 4586072 – Mac Power / Third Day; © 2005 Consuming Fire Music.  For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved.; CCLI License # 384330                     


Post-Communion Blessing     

Leader:         The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.

People:        Amen.


Post-Communion Prayer

Leader:         Let us pray. Lord God 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.

People:        Amen.


The Stripping of the Altar/ Reading: Psalm 22:1-31

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