Maundy Thursday

PASTOR:  Rev. Harry  M. Krolus
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As Jesus celebrated the Passover with his disciples and gave us the gift of his Supper, he also gave us a new command - to love one another as he loves us.  This is where we get the word “maundy”.  Maundy is a Latin word that means new command.

OPENING HYMN:   621  “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”

P. We begin our worship in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C. Amen.

A RESPONSIVE PSALM:  Psalm 116: 10-17
P.    I believed; therefore I said, "I am greatly afflicted."

C. How can I repay the LORD for all his goodness to me?

P.  And in my dismay I said, "All men are liars."

C. How can I repay the LORD for all his goodness to me?

P.  I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD.

C. How can I repay the LORD for all his goodness to me?

P.  I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people.

C. How can I repay the LORD for all his goodness to me?

P.  Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

C. How can I repay the LORD for all his goodness to me?

P.  O LORD, truly I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of      your maidservant; you have freed me from my chains.

C. How can I repay the LORD for all his goodness to me?

P.  I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of     the LORD.

C. How can I repay the LORD for all his goodness to me?

P. We now bring our sins before your throne of grace heavenly Father.  In your steadfast love,

C.    Remember not the sins of my youth.

P.    In your steadfast love,

C.    Remember not the times I have trusted you too little.

P.    In your steadfast love,

C.    Remember not the times I have been absent from your house.

P.    In your steadfast love,

C.    Remember not the times I forgot to pray.

P.    In your steadfast love,

C.    Remember not the times I have failed in my relationships with other people.

P.    In your steadfast love,

C.    Remember not the times I failed to see my neighbor in need.

    P.  In your steadfast love,

C. Remember not the times I have spoken unkind words.

P.    In your steadfast love,

C.    Remember not the times I have had an unforgiving heart.

P.    In your steadfast love,

C.    Remember not the times I have failed to love your creation.

P. “I will remember my covenant, which is between you and every living creature....though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.... says the Lord. In his steadfast love he forgives all our iniquities, as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us....”

ALL:    Father, may we always receive your grace as we remember     your undeserved love in sending Jesus as our Savior.  Fill us with gratitude and love for you that overflows into service and love for others.  We ask this in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

THE FIRST LESSON:  Exodus 12:1-13
  The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt,  “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year.  Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household.  If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat.  The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats.  Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the people of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight.  Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs.  That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast.  Do not eat the meat raw or cooked in water, but roast it over the fire — head, legs and inner parts.  Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it.  This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the LORD’s Passover.
  “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn — both men and animals — and I will bring judg-ment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD.  The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.    

THE SECOND LESSON:  1 Corinthians 11:23-26
   For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread,  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.”  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.”  For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.     

HYMN:  427 “In The Cross Of Christ I Glory”

THE GOSPEL LESSON:  John 13:1-20
  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 every one 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.
  “I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill the scripture: ‘He who shares my bread has lifted up his heel against me.’
  “I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am He.  I tell you the truth, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.”    

HYMN:  611 “Chief Of Sinners Though I Be” (1,3,5)

THE HOMILY: “Details"


P. Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.

    Lord, you call us like John, to be your disciples and you offer us the opportunity to experience wondrous events every day. Help us to be faithful to you as your "beloved disciples" and open to your presence through the Holy Spirit in all of the events of our lives.

C.     Lord, you call people with diverse backgrounds, gifts and personalities to be your disciples and through your Spirit you do change lives. Accept us in all our weakness and mold us into the people you would have us to be.

P.    Lord, we all come to you for our own reasons, but we all have within us a deep hunger for a relationship with you. Increase our awareness of that hunger, help us to satisfy it with your Word and Sacrament, and make our hunger ever increase for you.

C.     Lord, we come to your altar sin-scarred and lacking any merit of our own. Through your body and blood you assure us of
    forgiveness, salvation and a stronger faith. Help us always appreciate this bread of life and gladly proclaim it to all.
P.    Lord, you are the Word of eternal life. It is by faith in your redeeming death and resurrection that we lay claim to your promises. Increase our faith that as we know your presence in life, we may be with you in eternity.

C.     Lord, your love is a mystery. We cannot understand with human reasoning a God who would give his life for people who so often reject him. Help us put aside human reasoning and simply rejoice in this gift of love.

P.  You sat down around that large, readied table.

C. You broke the bread and said, "Take, eat; this is my body."

P.  The disciples were dumbfounded, but you urgently pressed on.

C. You took the cup and said, "Drink of it, all of you; for this is
my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for
the forgiveness of sins."

P.  Then, to the bewilderment of all, you prophesied,

C. "I tell you, I will never again drink of this fruit of the vine
until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom."

 P.  "Bread of the world in mercy broken, wine of the soul in mercy   shed,

C. by whom the words of life were spoken, and in whose death
our sins are dead;
P.  look at the heart by sorrow broken, look at the tears by sinners shed,

C. and be thy feast to us the token that by thy grace our souls are fed."  Amen.

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.



P.  This is the  Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Happy are they who are called to his supper.

C. Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.


P. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.

C.  And his steadfast love lasts forever.

All:  My soul gives thanks to the Lord, all my being, bless his holy name.  My soul gives thanks to the Lord, and never forget all his blessings.  It is he who forgives all your guilt, who heals every one of your ills, who redeems your life from the grave, who crowns you with love and compassion, who fills your life with good things, renewing your youth like an eagle.  Give thanks to the Lord, all his works, in every place where he rules.  My soul gives thanks to the Lord!  Give praise to the Father Almighty, to his Son, Jesus Christ, the Lord, to the Spirit who dwells in our hearts, both now and forever.  Amen.   
P. May the blessings of our Lord’s sacrifice of his precious body and blood be yours now and always.

C. Amen.

CLOSING HYMN: 783 “Take My Life And Let It Be”