St. John's & Zion Lutheran Churches

Maundy Thursday Service

MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
April 1, 2015

Opening Hymn: “‘Twas On That Dark, That Doleful Night” (CW 136)

Sermon Text: Mark 14:22-25

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.”
Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it.
“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. “Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

Theme: I TELL YOU THE TRUTH – UNTIL I DRINK IT ANEW IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD
1. Cherish The Blessings Of The Past
2. Enjoy The Blessings Of The Present
3. Look Forward To The Blessings Of The Future

M: In this Lenten season, we have heard again how our Lord walked the path of suffering which led him to the cross for our salvation. We have also heard our Lord’s call to intensify our struggle against sin, death, and the devil – all which keeps us from loving God and each other. This is the struggle to which we were committed at Baptism; God’s forgiveness and the power of his Spirit to amend our lives continue with us because of his love for us in Jesus, our Savior.
With the family of the church, God never wearies of giving peace and new life. In the absolution we receive forgiveness as from God himself. This absolution we should not doubt, but firmly believe that thereby our sins are forgiven before God in heaven, for it comes to us in the name and by the command of our Lord.
We who receive God’s love in Jesus Christ are called to love one another, to be servants to each other, as Jesus became our servant.
In Holy Communion, the members of Christ’s body participate most intimately in his love. Remembering our Lord’s last supper with his disciples, we eat the bread and drink the cup of this meal. Together we receive the Lord’s gift of his body and blood for forgiveness and participate in that new covenant that makes us one with him and one another. The Lord’s Supper is the promise of the great banquet we will share with all the faithful when our Lord returns, the joyous culmination of our reconciliation with God and each other.

Confession and Absolution

P: Let us confess our sins to God and ask for his forgiveness.

C: Almighty God, merciful Father, I confess to you that I have not loved you with all my heart. In what I have done and left undone, I have pursued my ways instead of your ways. I have not loved my brothers and sisters as myself. For this I deserve your punishment both now and in eternity.
I am truly sorry for my sins.
I repent of them.
I beg for your mercy, O Lord.
Silence for meditation.

P: Forgive us for the sake of Jesus Christ, who suffered and died for us.

C: Cleanse me from my sins.
Release me from my guilt.
Grant me your Holy Spirit to amend my sinful life.

P: The almighty God has been merciful to us and has sent his Son to die for all. For his sake, God forgives our sins and calls us from darkness to his marvelous light. Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by his authority, I forgive you all of your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

P: Our Lord Jesus Christ has forgiven us and reconciled us to God and promised us the power to love and forgive each other. Relying on his promise, therefore, be reconciled with one another.

P and C: Brothers and sisters, may the peace of Christ rule in our hearts, in our words, and in our actions.

Prayer of the Day God of mercy and might, through the resurrection of your Son you have freed us from the anguish of guilt and the bonds of death. Be with us on our pilgrimage and help us glorify you in the presence of all your people; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

First Lesson: Exodus 12:1-14
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 members 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 boiled in water, but roast it over a fire — with the head, legs and internal organs. 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 of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment 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.
“This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD — a lasting ordinance.

Psalm 116 (Page 107)

Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 10:16,17
Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf.

Verse of the Day: Whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (1 Corinthians 11:26)

Choir: Ten Thousand Angels

Gospel Lesson: Mark 14:12-26
On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”
So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him. Say to the owner of the house he enters, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ He will show you a large upper room, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.”
The disciples left, went into the city and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.
When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve. While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me.”
They were saddened, and one by one they said to him, “Surely not I?”
“It is one of the Twelve,” he replied, “one who dips bread into the bowl with me. The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.”
Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, and they all drank from it.
“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. “I tell you the truth, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it anew in the kingdom of God.”
When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Hymn: “O Lord, We Praise You” (CW 317)

Offering

THE GREAT LITANY
Prayer of Approach to God
P: O God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth,
C: Have mercy on us.
P: O God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
C: Have mercy on us.
P: O God the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide,
C: Have mercy on us.
P: Holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, three persons in one God,
C: Have mercy on us.

Prayer for Deliverance
P: Remember not, Lord Christ, our offenses nor the offenses of our forebears. Spare us, good Lord; spare your people, whom you have redeemed with your precious blood.
C: Spare us, good Lord.
P: From all spiritual blindness; from pride, vainglory, and hypocrisy; from envy, hatred, and malice; and from all lack of charity,
C: Good Lord, deliver us.
P: From all deadly sin and from the deceits of the world, the flesh, and the devil,
C: Good Lord, deliver us.
P: From all false doctrine, heresy, and schism; from hardness of heart and contempt for your Word and your will,
C: Good Lord, deliver us.
P: From earthquake and tempest; from drought, fire, and flood; from civil strife and violence; from war and murder; and from dying suddenly and unprepared,
C: Good Lord, deliver us.

Prayer Recalling Christ’s Saving Work
P: By the mystery of your holy incarnation; by your baptism, fasting, and temptation; and by your proclamation of the kingdom,
C: Good Lord, deliver us.
P: By your bloody sweat and bitter grief, by your cross and suffering, and by your precious death and burial,
C: Good Lord, deliver us.
P: By your mighty resurrection, by your glorious ascension, and by the coming of the Holy Spirit,
C: Good Lord, deliver us.
P: In our times of trouble, in our times of prosperity, in the hour of death, and on the day of judgment,
C: Good Lord, deliver us.
P: Receive our prayers, O Lord our God.
C: Hear us, good Lord.

Prayer for the Church
P: Govern and direct your holy Church, fill it with love and truth, and grant it that unity which is according to your will.
C: Hear us, good Lord.
P: Enlighten all ministers with true knowledge and understanding of your Word, that by their preaching and living they may declare it clearly and show its truth.
C: Hear us, good Lord.
P: Encourage and prosper your servants who spread the gospel in all the world, and send out laborers into the harvest.
C: Hear us, good Lord.
P: Bless and keep your people, that all may find and follow their true vocation and ministry.
C: Hear us, good Lord.
P: Give us hearts to love and revere you, that we may diligently live according to your commandments.
C: Hear us, good Lord.
P: To all your people, give grace to hear and receive your Word and to bring forth the fruits of the Spirit.
C: Hear us, good Lord.
P: Strengthen those who stand firm in the faith, encourage the fainthearted, raise up those who fall, and finally give us the victory.
C: Hear us, good Lord.

Prayer for Our Country
P: Rule the hearts of your servants, the president of the United States, and all others in authority, that they may do justice, love mercy, and walk in the ways of truth.
C: Hear us, good Lord.
P: Bless and defend all who strive for our safety and protection, and shield them in all dangers and adversities.
C: Hear us, good Lord.
P: Grant wisdom and insight to those who govern us and to judges and magistrates the grace to execute justice with mercy.
C: Hear us, good Lord.

Prayer for All People
P: To all nations grant unity, peace, and concord, and to all people give clothing, food, and shelter.
C: Hear us, good Lord.
P: Grant us abundant harvests, strength and skill to conserve the resources of the earth, and wisdom to use them well.
C: Hear us, good Lord.
P: Enlighten with your Spirit all who teach and all who learn.
C: Hear us, good Lord.
P: Come to the help of all who are in danger, necessity, and trouble; protect all who travel by land, air, or water; and show your pity on all prisoners and captives.
C: Hear us, good Lord.
P: Strengthen and preserve all women who are in childbirth and all young children, and comfort the aged, the bereaved, and the lonely.
C: Hear us, good Lord.
P: Defend and provide for the widowed and the orphaned, the refugees and the homeless, the unemployed, and all who are desolate and oppressed.
C: Hear us, good Lord.
P: Heal those who are sick in body or mind, and give skill and compassion to all who care for them.
C: Hear us, good Lord.
P: Grant us true repentance, forgive our sins, and strengthen us by your Holy Spirit to amend our lives according to your Holy Word.
C: Hear us, good Lord.

Concluding Prayer
P: Son of God, we ask you to hear us.
C: Son of God, we ask you to hear us.
P: Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;
C: Have mercy on us.
P: Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;
C: Have mercy on us.
P: Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;
C: Grant us peace.
P: Lord, have mercy on us.
C: Christ, have mercy on us.
P: Lord, have mercy on us.

The Lord’s Prayer

The Words of Institution

Distribution Hymn: “The Death Of Jesus Christ, Our Lord” (CW 135)

Post Distribution Prayer
P: We give you thanks, almighty God, that you have refreshed us with this holy Supper. We pray that through it you will strengthen our faith in you and increase our love for one another. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C: Amen.

The Blessing
P: The Lord bless and keep you. The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.
C: Amen.

Closing Hymn: “O Jesus, Blessed Lord, To Thee” (CW 316)