Welcome To Worship
East Brentwood Presbyterian Church
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Thursday, March 29, 2018
About Tonight’s Service
We call tonight “Maundy Thursday.” The word “Maundy” comes from the latin word “mandatum,” meaning mandate or command. As Jesus gathers with his friends around the table for his Last Supper, he instructs them how to live, giving them the New Commandment:
Love one another.
Just as I have loved you,
you also should love one another.
A Time of Silence, Prayer, & Meditation
Call to Worship
It was not long ago that we gathered, remembering a palm parade and a triumphant entry. It was then that we cried out,
“Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest heaven.”
Before long, we will gather to remember another sort of parade, this one tragic. We will be the ones to set it in motion when we cry out,
“Crucify him! Crucify him!”
But tonight, we gather remembering Jesus’ final evening with beloved friends. We remember bread broken, feet washed, and love poured out. We remember his last instruction to us:
“Love one another.”
“An Upper Room Did Our Lord Prepare” v. 1, 2, 3
An upper room did our Lord prepare
for those he loved until the end:
and his disciples still gather there
to celebrate their risen friend.
A lasting gift Jesus gave his own:
to share his bread, his loving cup.
Whatever burdens may bow us down,
he by his cross shall lift us up.
And after supper he washed their feet,
for service, too, is sacrament.
In Christ our joy shall be made complete:
sent out to serve, as he was sent.
A Responsive Reading of Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd.
I am the good shepherd.
I know my sheep
and my sheep know me.
I shall not want.
Do not worry about your life,
about what you will eat or what you will drink.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul.
Then he poured water into a basin
and began to wash the disciples’ feet.
He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.
I am the way,
and the truth,
and the life.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
And Pilate handed him over to be crucified.
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me.
Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
I abide in the Father, and the Father abides in me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
He took bread, and after giving thanks, he broke it.
In the same way, after supper, he took the cup.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
While he was at Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,
a woman came with a jar of oil,
and she broke open the jar and poured it on his head.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled,
and do not let them be afraid.
And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
I have come that you may have life, and have it abundantly.
“What Wondrous Love Is This” v. 1, 2, 4
What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul,
what wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
to bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
to bear the dreadful curse for my soul!
When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down,
when I was sinking down, sinking down,
when I was sinking down beneath God's righteous frown,
Christ laid aside his crown for my soul, for my soul,
Christ laid aside his crown for my soul!
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on;
and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on;
and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing and joyful be,
and through eternity, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on;
and through eternity I’ll sing on.
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
(The reading is found on the inside fold of the bulletin.)
Reflection “The Wilderness Series: John R. Hilley
Taking No Shortcuts”
Music “Kol Nidrei” Bruch
The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper
Invitation to the Table
Prayer of Thanksgiving
God be with you,
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts:
We lift them up to God.
Let us thank God:
It is good to thank God.
Words of Institution
Sharing of the Elements
Prayer after Communion
We thank you, God, for renewing us at your table by the presence of our Christ. Thank you for your eternal love, the Bread of Life that sustains all creation. May you continue to love us in our faithful acts and by that love discourage us from our unfaithful acts, that we might rejoice to be your servants in the world. Amen.
Holy Lord, forgive us.
We are like Peter, who didn’t always understand you, and we are like Judas, who betrayed you.
You offer us the bread of life and the cup of salvation.
You ask us to love like you love.
But we are not nearly enough like you.
Holy Lord, forgive us.
Far too often, we know not what we are doing.
Even still, you have stayed with us every step of our journey.
Give us strength, at least, to stay with you on yours.
The Stripping of the Sanctuary
Please join us for Easter Sunday 9:00 am Festivities, 10:00 am Worship
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. The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And it was during Supper…
the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way he took the cup also, also, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
Knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then 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. He came to Simon Peter, who said, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus answered, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
Peter said, “You will never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.”
As if you could stop this blessing from washing over you. As if you could turn it back from the bowl to the pitcher, from the pitcher to the hand that set this blessing on its way. As if you could change the course by which this blessing flows. As if you could control how it pours over you unbidden, unsought, unmasked, yet startling in the way it matches the need you did not know you had. As if you could become undrenched. As if you could resist gathering it up in your two hands and following the arc which this blessing makes.
Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!”
Jesus said, “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.” Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.
After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.” The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. One of the disciples—the one whom Jesus loved—was reclining next to him; Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?”
Christ’s dinner table seminar with wine and bread for their meals for a moment it strays from the Psalms they are studying together and it gets terribly personal. Ideas in the head are realized as facts in the heart. Teutonic questions percuss the drumhead table Is it I? Is it I? Is it I? Will I be among the lucky eleven? Or will I be the luckless one? Will doubt tonight mature into my denial? Will grief break out tonight and make its grab? Kyrie Eleison. Kyrie Eleison. Kyrie Eleison.
So while reclining next to Jesus, Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. After he received the piece of bread, Jesus said to him, “Do quickly what you are going to do.” Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. Some thought that, because Judas had the common purse, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the festival”; or, that he should give something to the poor. So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.
When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little 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.’ I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Unclench your fist. Hold out your hand. Take mine. Let us hold each other. This is God’s glory manifest.
(Adapted from a Maundy Thursday Service, Village Presbyterian Church.)