Maundy Thursday

March 24, 2016

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   Maundy Thursday  

Pondering the Meaning of Maundy Thursday
     The word Maundy is derived from the Latin word mandatum, meaning “commandment,” Maundy refers to the commands Jesus gave his disciples at the Last Supper: to love with humility by serving one another and to remember his sacrifice.

Prelude:   “Wondrous Love”   Paul Manz

Invitation to Worship

Christ Candle

A Word of Welcome and Introduction

Hymn:  VU382    “Breathe on Me Breath of God”

Pondering the Meaning of Maundy Thursday

Opening Prayer

Pondering continues

Reading: Luke 22: 14-20a

Hymn: VU459    “Here, O My Lord, I See You Face to Face” (verses 1, 2, and 3)

Communion Liturgy

God be with you. And also with you.  Lift up your hearts.  We lift them up to God. Let us give thanks to our gracious and amazing God.  It is right to give God our thanks and praise.

Communion Liturgy continues

Invitation to Share the Bread and Cup

Hymn: MV202   “Bread for the Journey”

Prayer after Communion: Gracious and loving God, we thank you for Jesus, who, on the night he was betrayed, gave himself to his friends in humble service, in bread and in wine.  May what we have shared and done here sustain us for the journey that we might be light for one another in the darkness of this night.  Amen.

Hymn:   VU459    “Here, O My Lord, I See You Face to Face”  (verse 4)

More Pondering

Luke 22: 39-46

VU948    “O God, Hear My Prayer

Final Pondering Thoughts

Luke 22: 47-48; 54

Hymn: VU950   “Stay With Me”    

Time of Silent Meditation

Departure

Copyright:  This evening’s service is adapted from a resource entitled REMEMBERING THE PASSOVER, A Maundy Thursday Service Modelled on the Seder Lent Easter Pentecost, 2007, p.55 composed by the Reverend Shannon Tennant, gathering, resources for worship planners, the United Church of Canada

The Communion Liturgy has been adapted from “All Things Are Ready Communion Prayers for the Church Year and Pastoral Occasions”, p. 35 by Peter Andrew Smith CSS Publishing Company Inc. Lima, Ohio

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