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Worship Service

Maundy Thursday (April 1, 2021)

Service for the Worship of God

To learn more about Maundy Thursday’s music, click here for notes from Musical Director and Organist Dr. Steven Seigart.

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Prelude

Meditation on “Let us break bread together”
Spiritual, arr. Steven Seigart (b. 1990)

Preparing to Hear God’s Word

Call to Worship
Dr. Robert R. Laha

Jesus said:
I give you a new commandment,
that you love one another.
Just as I have loved you,
you also should love one another.
On this day, Christ the Lamb of God,
gathered with his disciples in the upper room.
On this day, Christ gave us this holy feast,
that we who eat this bread and drink this cup
may here proclaim his holy sacrifice
and be partakers of his resurrection,
and at the last day may reign with him in heaven.

Prayer of the Day
Rev. Ann Herlin

O God, your love was embodied in Jesus Christ, who washed disciples’ feet on the night of his betrayal. Wash us from the stain of sin, so that, in hours of danger, we may not fail, but follow your Son through every trial, and praise him as Lord and Christ, now and forever.

Hymn 215
What Wondrous Love Is This
wondrous love

1. What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul,
what wondrous love is this, O my soul
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
to bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
to bear the dreadful curse for my soul!

2. When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down,
when I was sinking down, sinking down,
when I was sinking down beneath God’s righteous frown,
Christ laid aside his crown for my soul, for my soul,
Christ laid aside his crown for my soul!

3. To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing,
to God and to the Lamb, I will sing;
to God and to the Lamb who is the great I AM,
while millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing;
while millions join the theme, I will sing!

4. And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on;
and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on;
and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing and joyful be,
and through eternity, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on;
and through eternity I’ll sing on.

Prayer of Confession
Rev. Ann Herlin

Eternal God, who covenant with us is never broken, we confess that we fail to fulfill your will. Though you have bound yourself to us, we will not bind ourselves to you. In Jesus Christ you serve us freely, but we refuse your love and withhold ourselves from others. We do not love you fully or love one another as you command.

In your mercy, forgiven and cleanse us. Lead us once again to your table and unite us to Christ, who is the bread of life and the vine from which we grow in grace.

Assurance of Pardon

God’s Word to Us

Anthem

Tantum ergo (1865)
César Franck (1822–1890)
Translation: So great a sacrament this is, that therefore let us venerate with bowed heads:

And let the ancient law give way to new rites.
Let faith provide a supplement to the failing of our senses.
To the Begotter of the Begotten One be praise and jubilation;
Salvation, honor, power too and blessing be:
To the One who proceeds from both be equal praise. Amen.
—St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
Suzanne Karpov Seigart, soprano solo

Scripture Lesson
Dr. Robert R. Laha
Luke 22:14‒27

Reflection
Dr. Robert R. Laha
“Embodied Love”

Our Response to God

The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper
Dr. Robert R. Laha and Rev. Ann Herlin

Invitation to the Lord’s Table

Prayer of Great Thanksgiving

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 our thanks and praise.
It is truly right and our greatest joy …

The Lord’s Prayer

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 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, forever. Amen.

Words of Institution

Communion of the People

Prayer

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 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, forever. Amen.

Hymn 205
Live in Charity (Ubi caritas)
subi caritas (taizé)

Ubi caritas et amor,
ubi caritas Deus ibi est.

Benediction
Dr. Robert R. Laha

Postlude

Improvisation on wondrous love
—American Folk Hymn, arr. Steven Seigart