April 9, 2020: Maundy Thursday

Ideally, we would gather together in worship, catching up on each other’s lives, being encouraged by each other’s smiles, weeping with each other in our tears, joining our voices in songs of faith and lament and hope and praise, lifting up our prayers to God, hearing God’s voice to us through Scripture and story and thoughtful reflection. However, since we cannot gather in person at this time, let us join together in spirit in this service of worship.

Preparing for Worship

We continue our Lenten journey with Jesus on this Maundy Thursday. The word “Maundy” comes for the Latin word for “commandment,” and it refers to Jesus’ words to his disciples at the Last Supper: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35).

As we are entering the night-time of Jesus’ sufferings, you may want to place an unlit candle in front of you to symbolize this. If you are participating in the shared communion in this service, you may want to start this service about 7:15 p.m. in order to be ready for the livestream communion starting at 7:30. You’ll want to have some bread of some kind and a drink of some kind to share among those participating with you.

As followers of Jesus—whether confident or nagged by doubt, whether frightened or filled with hopeful joy, young and old of all genders—let us join Jesus at his Last Supper.

Gathering Song

Sing along to STJ 3 “Jesus Calls Us Here to Meet Him” (by John L. Bell and Graham Maule), accompanied by Dianne H. and Michael P. You can follow in your song book, or see the lyrics below.

Jesus calls us here to meet him as,
through word and song and prayer,
we affirm God’s promised presence
where God’s people live and care.

Praise the God who keeps their promise;
praise the Son who calls us friends;

praise the Spirit who, among us,
to our hopes and fears attends.

Jesus calls us to confess him
Word of Life and Lord of all,

sharer of our flesh and frailness
saving all who fail or fall.

Tell his holy human story;
tell his tales that all may hear;

tell the world that Christ in glory
came to earth to meet us here.

Jesus calls us to each other:
vastly diff’rent though we are;

race and colour, class and gender
neither limit nor debar.

Join the hand of friend and stranger;
join the hands of age and youth;

join the faithful and the doubter
in their common search for truth.

Jesus calls us to his table
rooted firm in time and space,

where the church in earth and heaven
finds a common meeting place.

Share the bread and wine, his body;
share the love of which we sing;

share the feast for saints and sinners
hosted by our Lord and King.

Welcome & Scripture Reading

Listen as Michael P. reads the Last Supper story from the Gospel of Mark. You can read along here (Mark 14:12-26).

Song of Preparation

In preparation for communion, listen or sing along to HWB 453 “Let Us Break Bread Together,” as played by Joel & Erin K. You can follow in your song book, or see the lyrics below.

Let us break bread together on our knees.
Let us break bread together on our knees.
When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun,
O Lord have mercy on me.

“Discern the body of Christ”

Let us drink wine together on our knees.
Let us drink wine together on our knees.
When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun,
O Lord have mercy on me.

Let us praise God together on our knees.
Let us praise God together on our knees.
When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun,
O Lord have mercy on me.

Communion

Below is an edited version of the livestream communion with Pastor Michael from Maundy Thursday evening. If you still want to participate, you’ll want to have some bread of some kind and a drink of some kind to share among those with you at home.

Song of Benediction

Listen or sing along to STJ 77 “The Peace of the Earth Be with You,” as played by Joel & Erin K. You can follow in your song book, or see the lyrics below.

The peace of the earth be with you, the peace of the heavens too;
the peace of the rivers be with you, the peace of the oceans too.
Deep peace falling over you.
God’s peace growing in you.

Thank you for joining us in this communion service.
May you know the peace of Christ as you hold vigil
until we celebrate the resurrection of Christ together.

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1 Response to April 9, 2020: Maundy Thursday

  1. Gerhard & Kathy Friesen says:

    Thankyou for the provision of the Communion Service. It was meaningful and allowed all of us to expierence a bit of fellowship with our church.
    Thanks again

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