April 1, 2021 - Holy Thursday Worship

This evening’s worship service will begin at 7:00 pm.  Log on early to socialize with the LUMC family.

 

Welcome & Announcements: Please enjoy this service at your own leisure on Holy Thursday or feel free to join us via ZOOM invite. Prepare a bowl of water and towel for handwashing.  Prepare for Holy Communion with a beverage and bread.

 

Zoom meeting for Holy Thursday Worship

Time: Apr 1, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Call to Worship

We join a solemn journey of three days that has changed the world and our own lives.
Followers of Jesus have been taking this journey since His first followers took it, long ago.

This is the night of love.

 

On the night Jesus took a towel and basin, and washed His disciples' feet.
On this night He told them to do the same for others to show their love for Him and for one another.

This is the night of love.

 

On this night, Jesus broke bread and shared wine with His followers for the last time,
and invited them to remember Him to encounter Him anew, whenever they did the same.

This is the night of love.

 

And so, on this night, we gather to hear and obey the commandment of our Master to serve and be served, to recall and remember,
that we may love one another as He has loved us.

Opening song: Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling  by Donna Farver & Linda Creasy

https://soundcloud.com/jennifer-parks-snyder/softly-and-tenderly-3-verses

1 Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling, calling for you and for me;
see, on the portals He's waiting and watching, watching for you and for me.

Refrain:
Come home, come home; you who are weary come home;
earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, calling, O sinner, come home!

2 Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading, pleading for you and for me?
Why should we linger and heed not His mercies, mercies for you and for me?
[Refrain]

4 O for the wonderful love He has promised, promised for you and for me!
Though we have sinned, He has mercy and pardon, pardon for you and for me.
[Refrain]

First Reading: Psalm 116:1-4, 16-19

Thanksgiving for Recovery from Illness

1 I love the Lord, because He has heard
my voice and my supplications.
2 Because He inclined His ear to me,
therefore I will call on Him as long as I live.

3 The snares of death encompassed me;
the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
I suffered distress and anguish.
4 Then I called on the name of the Lord:
‘O Lord, I pray, save my life!’

16 O Lord, I am your servant;
I am your servant, the child of your serving-maid.
You have loosed my bonds.
17 I will offer to You a thanksgiving sacrifice
and call on the name of the Lord.

18 I will pay my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all His people,
19 in the courts of the house of the Lord,
in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord!

Song of Preparation: Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus by Donna Farver & Linda Creasy

https://soundcloud.com/jennifer-parks-snyder/turn-your-eyes-1

Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace.

Gospel Reading: John 13:1-7, 12-16, 34-35

Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet

13Now 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.’

12 After 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. 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.’

Responding to the Spirit:

Washing Feet, Washing Hands

This is the night of love. Jesus washed His disciples' feet, reversing roles of master and student servant and host,
and told them to do the same to show the world God's love and theirs.

It was important that it was their feet as it was by their feet that the disciples went and ministered to others.

Today there is a movement to wash hands on this holy night.  For it is by our hands that we do more today.

We use our hands for our work, for our schooling, for our learning.

We use our hands for our communicating with others via computer, text, or calls.

We use our hands to reach out and offer love by making meals, carrying burdens, lifting others up.

We use our hands because it is better to serve than be served.

So tonight we wash hands.

The Washing Of Hands 

Friends in Christ, I invite you recall whose servants we are and remember His teaching, that what is done for us is also to be done for others. 

You are invited to wash your hands, receiving the words “It is better to serve than be served”. 

Hymn: Holy Water by LUMC Praise Band

https://soundcloud.com/jennifer-parks-snyder/holy-water

God, I'm on my knees again
God, I'm begging please again
I need you
Oh, I need you

Walking down these desert roads
Water for my thirsty soul
I need you
Oh, I need you

Your forgiveness
Is like sweet, sweet honey on my lips
Like the sound of a symphony to my ears
Like Holy water on my skin

Dead man walking, slave to sin
I wanna know about being born again
I need you
Oh, God, I need you

So, take me to the riverside
Take me under, baptize
I need you
Oh, God I need you

Your forgiveness
Is like sweet, sweet honey on my lips
Like the sound of a symphony to my ears
Like holy water on my skin
(On my skin)

I don't wanna abuse your grace
God, I need it every day
It's the only thing that ever really makes me wanna change

I don't wanna abuse your grace
God, I need it every day
It's the only thing that ever really makes me wanna change

I don't wanna abuse your grace
God, I need it every day
It's the only thing that ever really makes me wanna change

I don't wanna abuse your grace
God, I need it every day
It's the only thing that ever really makes me wanna change

Your forgiveness
Is like sweet, sweet honey on my lips (yes, it is)
Like the sound of a symphony to my ears
It's like holy water

Your forgiveness
Is like sweet, sweet honey on my lips
Like the sound of a symphony on my ears
It's like holy water on my skin
It's like holy water on my skin
It's like holy water

 

Epistle Reading: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

The Institution of the Lord’s Supper

23 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 Great Thanksgiving

Pastor: This is the night of love. And this is the table of love. At this table, Christ, who loves us, is with us.
He is with us, and we are His. We belong to God.

And so we pray:
We are Yours, all Yours, blessed Triune God,
all our lives, all our thanks, all our praise,
all our fears, all our grumbling, all our hesitations, all our loves, all our joys, all our passions, we give them all to You, with bodies, and minds and voices.

Yours the blessing, Yours the praise, from the unimaginable silence before the big bang,
beyond the farthest reaches of time and space we may ever find, from infinity to infinity, everlasting to everlasting, You are God, boundless in love and power.

What are we that You should notice us?
What are we that You should love us?
What are we that You should call us into covenant with You, a covenant we continually broke and You continuously sustained.

How can we but praise You, joining our voices with the song of angels and saints, strangers and family in every generation for Your mercy:

Jesus Christ who comes in our God's name, You are worthy. Lamb of God for all creation slain, You are worthy. Hosanna to our King!

You are holy, O God. You are worthy, O Christ. Worthy in Your birth. Worthy in Your living.
Worthy in Your loving. Worthy in Your serving.

You preached good news that God's kingdom has drawn near and gathered disciples, then and now, to learn and show the world what life in God's reign means:
healing for the sick, new life for the dead,
cleansing for the lepers, sight for the blind,
food for the hungry, freedom for the possessed,
love poured out for all.

Worthy the night You took a towel and basin, washed Your disciples' feet, and taught them to do likewise.

Worthy too, the same night we betrayed You, when You took the bread, blessed it and broke it,
and gave it to Your disciples.

Worthy when You told them, "This is My body broken for you. Remember Me."

We remember.

Worthy when You took the cup, praised God and shared it, and worthy when You said,
"This is My blood of the new covenant for you. Remember Me."

We remember.

We remember, and we praise You with our lives and these gifts of bread and cup,
proclaiming with one voice the mystery of faith:
Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Come upon us, Holy Spirit. Come upon these gifts.

Make them be for us Christ's body, Christ's blood.

Make us one body in Christ in love by His blood.

One in heart, one in mind, one in you, Holy Spirit, as you move us to pray for the church and the world:

That we may proclaim the gospel boldly:
Hear us, Lord.

That healing may come for people who are sick, and peoples who are torn and weary:
Hear us, Lord.

That many dead and left for dead may be raised, and death itself vanquished:
Hear us, Lord.

That all who are unclean may receive Your cleansing grace:
Hear us, Lord.

That all who are possessed, oppressed, distressed, depressed and downcast may be set free at last.
Hear us, Lord.

That we may love one another, and all Your creation, as You have loved us.
Hear us, Lord.

Even so, come and fill this feast, Holy Spirit,
on this night, and every night until we eat it new at the marriage supper of the Lamb!

All blessing, honor, glory and power be Yours, Holy Triune God, now and forever. Amen.

 

And now with the confidence of being the children of God, let us join in the prayer our Lord taught 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. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen. 

 

Reception of the Great Thanksgiving:

Please take the elements as directed.

Prayer after Communion:
Thank You, God, for uniting us with Jesus in this holy mystery. We are no longer our own, but Yours. So send us, and put us to leading and serving, loving as You have loved us, wherever we go. Amen.

Closing Hymn: The Blessing by LUMC Praise Band

https://soundcloud.com/jennifer-parks-snyder/the-blessing

The Lord bless you And keep you Make His face shine upon you And be gracious to you
The Lord turn His Face toward you And give you peace (Repeat)

Amen, amen, amen                 Amen, amen, amen

The Lord bless you And keep you Make His face shine upon you And be gracious to you
The Lord turn His face toward you And give you peace

Amen, amen, amen                 Amen, amen, amen
Amen, amen, amen                 Amen, amen, amen

May His favor be upon you And a thousand generations And your family and your children
And their children, and their children
May His favor be upon you And a thousand generations And your family and your children
And their children, and their children (repeat)

May His presence go before you And behind you, and beside you All around you, and within you
He is with you, He is with you

In the morning, in the evening In your coming, and your going In your weeping, and rejoicing
He is for you, He is for you
He is for you, He is for you
He is for you, He is for you
He is for you, He is for you

Amen, amen, amen                 Amen, amen, amen

(Amen, amen, amen) May His favor be upon you And a thousand generations And your family and your children.  And their children, and their children

(Amen, amen, amen) May His presence go before you And behind you, and beside you All around you, and within you.  He is with you, He is with you

(Amen, amen, amen) In the morning, in the evening In your coming, and your going In your weeping, and rejoicing.  He is for you, He is for you
(Amen, amen, amen) He is for you, He is for you, He is for you, He is for you, He is for you, He is for you

Amen, amen, amen                 Amen, amen, amen

Amen, amen, amen                 Amen, amen, amen

Benediction:  This is the night of love. Go forth washed and ready to serve, with the strength of this feast, and the love and blessing of our Triune God. Amen.

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