Before the Feast of the Passover, being with his disciples in the Upper Room, our Lord knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father. During supper, he laid aside his outer garments, took a towel and tied it around his waist, poured water into a basin, and washed the disciples’ feet. In this grand act of humility, he demonstrated the kind of servanthood that should characterize the relationships among his disciples in the church. He also gave a new commandment of love to his disciples: that we love one another, as he had loved us.
Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
O Holy and ever-blessed Lord, teach us, we beseech Thee to love one another, to exercise forbearance and forgiveness toward our enemies, to recompense no man evil for evil, but to be merciful even as Thou, our Father in heaven, art merciful; so that we may continually follow after Thee in all our doings, and be more and more conformed to Thine image and likeness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
~ New Church Book of Worship, A.D. 1876. (Fox, p. 105)
Call to Worship
Blessed are you, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And blessed is your Kingdom, both now and forever, amen.
Te Deum Laudamus
You are God: we praise you; you are the Lord; we acclaim you; you are the eternal Father: All creation worships you. To you all angels, all the powers of heaven, Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you. The noble fellowship of prophets praise you. The white-robed army of martyrs praise you. Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you; Father, of majesty unbounded, your true and only Son, worthy of all worship, and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.
You, Christ, are the king of glory, the eternal Son of the Father. When you became man to set us free you did not shun the Virgin’s womb. You overcame the sting of death and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. You are seated at God’s right hand in glory. We believe that you will come and be our judge. Come then, Lord, and help your people, bought with the price of your own blood, and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting.
Praise and Thanksgiving (songs and prayers)
Glory be to the Father,
And to the Son and to the Holy Spirit:
As it was in the beginning,
Is now, and ever shall be,
World without end. Amen, amen.
Chronological Reading for the Day
Thursday: 1 Chron. 26-28
Chronological Holy Week Readings
Maundy Thursday: Matt. 26.17-75; Mark 14.12-42; Luke 22.7-65; John 13.1-18.27
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Reflection: Silence and/or Journaling
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he arose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
*In the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds, the term catholic refers to the Church’s universality, through all ages and times, of all languages and peoples. It refers to no particular tradition or denominational expression (e.g., as in Roman Catholic).
Prayers of Confession
Let us now confess our sins to God and receive mercy and grace to help in our time of need.
Assurance of Pardon
Having faithfully confessed and renounced your sin, Christ also has been faithful to forgive your sins and to purify you from all unrighteousness. It is certain, that there is One who has spoken to the Father in your defense, Jesus Christ, the Righteous One who is the atoning sacrifice for our sins and for the sins of the whole world. His grace and peace are with you now. Amen.
Petitions and Supplications, Ending with The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
~ Matthew 6.9-13 (KJV)
Doxology (and/or closing song)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
O God, who hast given us the commandment that we love one another even as thou dost love us; we beseech thee for thy Church throughout the world. Look in mercy on the divisions among thy people, and in thy perfect wisdom teach us to heal them. Take away all blindness of heart, all foolish pride and vainglory, all prejudice, obduracy, and pettiness, and whatsoever else may hinder us from unity in work and prayer for the extension of thy kingdom on earth. Draw us nearer to thee, and firmly unite us in the bonds of a common faith and devotion; that we may all with one voice proclaim thy truth and thy salvation; and that thy Church, being one in thee, may speak a convincing word to a world divided and in awful peril, and so be for the healing of the nations; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
~ Ernest Fremont Tittle (Tittle, p. 80)
Pray without Ceasing – Flash Prayer for the Day
Teach me to love with the love of our Father on high.
Weekly Reflection on the Sovereign Love of God
As we make the yearly journey through Christ’s story, his life becomes the pattern of our shared life. The story of God in Christ gives structure to our ongoing discipleship. In broad strokes, we learn to hope in the Lord and we prepare ourselves for his arrival. We learn to praise him and to make room for him to dwell in our midst. We learn to have faith in Christ that he will destroy the works of the devil. We learn humility and we take up our cross to follow him. We see that the only path to new life is to die and be buried with him. We have confidence in the Lord who ascended to the right hand of the Father. We affirm the presence of the Holy Spirit and we keep in step with him. We rest in the certainty of the promise that Christ will return and reign forever.
~ Ryan Carter, Guard the Good Deposit.
Wichita: TUMI Press, 2019. Loc. 508, Kindle.
Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus
The One Pierced for Our Transgressions, Isaiah 52.13-53.12
Davis, Sacred Roots
Special Church Year Services
Maundy Thursday: Thursday, April 1, 2021
Good Friday: Friday, April 2, 2021
Holy Saturday: Saturday, April 3, 2021