Thursday, April 1, 2021

The Holy Communion on Holy (Maundy) Thursday - 7:30 p.m.

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The Paschal Triduum

(The Three Days)

Maundy Thursday

April 1, 2021

7:30 p.m.


I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.

Just as I have loved you, you ought to love one another.


John 13:34


 OPENING MUSIC                                                          Jesus, I Will Ponder Now

Wilbur Held


Please meditate on the text of the hymn as it is played:


1      Jesus, I will ponder now

        on your holy passion;

        let your Spirit now endow

        me for meditation.

        Grant that I in love and faith

        may the image cherish

        of your suff'ring, pain, and death,

        that I may not perish.


2      Make me see your great distress,

        anguish, and affliction,

        bonds and blows and wretchedness

        and your crucifixion;

        make me see how scourge and rod,

        spear and nails, did wound you,

        how you died for those, O God,

        who with thorns had crowned you.


3      Yet, O Lord, not thus alone

        make me see your passion,

        but its cause to me make known

        and its termination.

        For I also and my sin

        wrought your deep affliction;

        this the shameful cause has been

        of your crucifixion.


4     Let me view your pain and loss

        with repentant grieving,

        nor prepare again your cross

        by unholy living.

        May I give you love for love!

        Hear me, O my Savior,

        that I may in heav'n above

        sing your praise forever.


Text: Sigismund von Birken, 1626-1681; tr. August Crull, 1846-1923, alt.








Let us make confession before God.


Silence for reflection and self-examination.


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


Almighty God, in his mercy, has given his Son to die for us

and, for his sake, forgives us all our sins. Through his Holy Spirit he cleanses us and gives us power to proclaim the mighty deeds of God who called us out of darkness into the splendor of his light. As a called and ordained minister of the Church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit.



The people may come forward and kneel at the prayer desk. The minister addresses each person in turn:


In obedience to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ,

I forgive you all your sins.


When all who have desired it have received this sign of forgiveness, the congregation stands.



The peace of the Lord be with you always.

  And also with you.


The ministers and people may greet each other with a sign of peace.




The Lord be with you.

  And also with you.


Holy Lord, gracious Father:

in the fullness of time you revealed your love in Jesus Christ.

On the eve of his death, as a sign of your covenant,

he washed the feet of his disciples and gave them food and drink.

  Give us life at this sacred banquet and joy in humble service,

  that, bound to Christ in all things,

  we may pass over from this world to your kingdom,

where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.




FIRST READING:                                                               Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14

 The 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.


The Word of the Lord.  

  Thanks be to God.



PSALM 116:1, 10-17

The psalm is read responsively between the pastor and the people.


I will take the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.                                       

  I will take the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. 

(vs. 11)

1 I love the Lord, because he has heard the voice of my | supplication,*

                because he has inclined his ear to me

whenever I | called upon him.

10 How shall I re- | pay the Lord*

                for all the good things he has | done for me?

11 I will lift up the cup | of salvation*

                and call upon the name | of the Lord.

12 I will fulfill my vows | to the Lord*

                in the presence of | all his people.

13 Precious in the sight | of the Lord*

                is the death | of his servants.

14 O Lord, I | am your servant;*

                I am your servant and the child of your handmaid;

                you have freed me | from my bonds.

15 I will offer you the sacrifice | of thanksgiving*

                and call upon the name | of the Lord.

16 I will fulfill my vows | to the Lord*

                in the presence of | all his people,

17 in the courts of | the Lord's house,*

                in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.


  I will take the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.                            


SECOND READING:                                                   1 Corinthians 11:23-26


For 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.


The Word of the Lord.                                                     Thanks be to God.



VERSE                                                                         Setting by Donald Busarow

As often as we eat this bread and drink this cup,

   we proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.                      1 Corinthians 11:26



GOSPEL:                                                                            John 13:1-17, 31b-35


The Holy Gospel according to St. John.

  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."


The Gospel of the Lord.                                

  Praise to you, O Christ.



HYMN OF THE DAY      Green LBW #126     

Where Charity and Love Prevail

HYMN OF THE DAY                                          Where Charity and Love Prevail





1      Where charity and love prevail,

        there God is ever found;

        brought here together by Christ's love,

        by love we thus are bound.



2      With grateful joy and holy fear,

        God's charity we learn;

        let us with heart and mind and soul

        now love God in return.



3      Let us recall that in our midst

        dwells Christ, God's holy Son;

        as members of each body joined,

        in him we are made one.



4     Let strife among us be unknown;

        let all contentions cease.

        Be God's the glory that we seek;

        be his our only peace.



5     Let us forgive each other's faults

        as we our own confess,

        that we may love each other well

        in Christian gentleness.


Text: Latin hymn, 9th. cent.; tr. Omer Westendorf, 1916-1997, alt.

Text © 1960 World Library Publications. 3708 River Rd., Suite 400, Franklin Park, IL 60131. All rights reserved.



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


A brief silence is kept.


We pray for the Church.

As we pass from death to life,

let us leave behind all that held us in slavery.

  Lord, hear our prayer.


As we celebrate the Lord’s meal anew in his kingdom,

make us rejoice in his presence;

  Lord, hear our prayer.


As we receive the loving service of our Lord,

help us live serving each other and all.

  Lord, hear our prayer.


We pray for the world.

Bring those afflicted by war to know your peace.

  Lord, hear our prayer.


Call all in the darkness of shame, error, and sin

to the fountain of your light and love.

  Lord, hear our prayer.


Sustain the poor, the afflicted, the friendless, the sick,

and all for whom we pray with your healing and peace.

  Lord, hear our prayer.


We give thanks for the faith family gathered here,

and for all our brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the world

who celebrate this holy festival.

  Lord, hear our prayer.


We give thanks for the faith family in heaven,

and rejoice in the hope of the coming kingdom.  

  Lord, hear our prayer.


Into your hands, Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your steadfast love; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.




The Lord’s Table is prepared.



OFFERTORY Exodus 34:6-7                              Setting by Donald Busarow

The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin.



At this Eucharist we are with our crucified and risen Lord.

It was not only our ancestors, but we who were redeemed

and brought forth from bondage to freedom;

from mourning to feasting.

We know that, as he was with them in the Upper Room,

so our Lord is here with us now.

  Until the kingdom of God comes, let us celebrate this feast.


Blessed are you, O Lord, Creator of the universe;

you bring forth bread from the earth.

  Blessed be God forever.


Blessed are you, O Lord, Creator of the universe,

you bring forth fruit from the vine.

  Blessed be God forever.  




The Lord be with you.                                   

  And also with you.                     

Lift up your hearts.                                         

  We lift them to the Lord.                        

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.                                  

  It is right to give him thanks and praise.


  It is indeed right and salutary that we should at times and in all places offer thanks and praise to you, Holy Father, through Christ our Lord;    

  Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end; and on the night before he suffered, sitting at table with his disciples, he instituted these holy mysteries, that we, redeemed by his death and restored to life by his resurrection, might be partakers of his divine nature.

  And so with the Church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:


Holy, holy, holy LORD, God of power and might!

                Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

                Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!

                Hosanna in the highest!


We give you thanks, O Lord our God,

                for the wonders of your love and mercy.


We praise you for the goodness you showed to your people Israel,

                leading them, after your Passover,

                from their bondage in Egypt to the land of promise.


We praise you for your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,

                who gave us the New Passover in his holy Supper.

As he took his place at the table with his disciples

                we remember how, as he washed their feet,

                he gave them the new commandment

                to love one another.


Though betrayed and forsaken,

                he overcame hatred with his forgiving love,

                enduring the suffering and shame of the cross,

                reconciling us to you.


In the night in which He was betrayed

                our Lord Jesus took bread and gave thanks,

                broke it, and gave it to His disciples, saying:

                Take and eat; this is my Body, given for you.

Do this for the remembrance of me.


Again, after supper, He took the cup, gave thanks,

                and gave it for all to drink, saying:

                This cup is the new covenant in my Blood,

                shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

Do this for the remembrance of me.


For as often as we eat of this Bread and drink of this Cup,

  We proclaim our Lord’s death until he comes.


Loving Father, we celebrate this Eucharist,

                recalling our Lord’s agony in the garden,

                His holy Passion and His life-giving resurrection.


We await his coming as Lord of the new creation,

                when all people shall serve one another

                with love and rejoicing in His Kingdom.

  Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.


Send your Holy Spirit among us,

                and upon this Bread of Life and this Cup of Blessing,

                that through our Lord’s life-giving body and blood

                we may ever rejoice in the forgiveness of sins

                and be sanctified by the truth of His cross.

  Amen. Come, Holy Spirit.


Gather the Church from every time and every place

into the everlasting peace and freedom won by Christ,

as we acclaim:


Through him, with him, in him,

                in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

                all honor and glory is yours,

                almighty Father, now and forever. Amen


Christ our Passover; Christ our Peace;

Christ who prays with us, in us, and through us:


                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


AGNUS DEI (Lamb of God)           Sung by the cantor.


Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; grant us peace.




Admission to the Sacrament is by invitation of the Lord, presented through the Church to those who are baptized.


They may receive the Lord’s Body and Blood who are baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, who commune in their home churches, and who believe that Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, is truly present in, with, and under the forms of bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation.


The communicants will be invited forward one family unit at a time. Please do not come forward until the pastor directs you to come forward, do not approach all the way to the table until the pastor has retreated, and please do not remove your mask until you have reached the table with the elements on it.


 When the pastor says ‘The body of Christ, given for you,’ eat the bread. When the pastor says, ‘The blood of Christ, shed for you,’ drink the wine.  Please take the plate and the glass(es) and place them on the table that is indicated. Please put your mask on before returning to your seat.


Please meditate on the text of the hymn as it is played.


Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence


1              Let all mortal flesh keep silence,

                and with fear and trembling stand;

                ponder nothing earthly-minded,

                for with blessing in his hand

                Christ our God to earth descending

                comes our homage to demand.


2              King of kings, yet born of Mary,

                as of old on earth he stood,

                Lord of lords in human vesture,

                in the body and the blood,

                he will give to all the faithful

                his own self for heav’nly food.


3              Rank on rank the host of heaven

                spreads its vanguard on the way;

                as the Light of light, descending

                from the realms of endless day,

                comes, the pow’rs of hell to vanquish,

                as the darkness clears away.


4             At his feet the six-winged seraph,

                cherubim with sleepless eye,

                veil their faces to the presence,

                as with ceaseless voice they cry:

                “Alleluia! Alleluia!

                Alleluia, Lord Most High!”


Text: Liturgy of St. James; tr. Gerard Moultrie, 1829-1885, alt.


When all have received, the congregation stands at the direction of the pastor.


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




Lord Jesus, in a wonderful sacrament

you have left us a memorial of your suffering and death.

May this sacrament of your body and blood so work in us

that the fruits of your redemption

will show forth in the way we live,

for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever. 






As the candles are extinguished and the chancel is darkened, the people meditate upon the Passion of Christ.


                                                             Of the Glorious Body Telling



Please maintain silence in leaving the church.


The services of the Great Three Days continue tomorrow with Good Friday liturgies at 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and conclude with the Great Vigil of Easter on Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m.