Maundy Thursday Worship – 2020

Welcome – Pastor Adam – “Remembory

A Call to Remember – Based in John 13:1-20
Come! Remember the temptations of world,
that would lead us, like Judas, into betraying a loving God.
We come to remember the trust God places
in our fragile human lives.

Come! Remember the humility of Jesus,
bowing down to serve his disciples;
We come to receive the challenge of the new commandment:
“Love one another.”

Come! Remember the love of Jesus,
gathered at table with his friends.
We come to remember the gift of the bread of life,
the cup of blessing!

Gathering Song – Let Us Break Bread Together
Performed by Keith Barnhart (Pastor Adam’s Brother)

Remembering the Betrayal – Confessional Prayer
Read Matthew 26:17-25
As Lutherans, we have a rich history of recognizing our need to confess our sins. When we take the energy to do so, we draw closer to God by lifting up those places where we betray God’s love for us, where we have our own ‘Judas’ moments. Take time this evening to enter into confessional prayer. Be intentional about pausing for a period of time and opening your heart to God.

Gracious God,
As those who strive to follow Jesus in our living
and to trust your power in our dying,
we gather to reflect upon the life that ended on a cross.
We recognize in ourselves the strengths and weaknesses of Jesus’ disciples:
although they loved him, they disappointed and failed him.

[Silence for Reflection]

Forgive us
When we disappoint and fail you,
and guide us back to a place of trust and faithful living.

[Silence for Reflection]

In spite of betrayal, Jesus gathered with his imperfect friends at this last meal.
He washed their feet in service, and, then, extended the bread and cup to each.
Jesus called them to love one another, and invited them to share in his very life
and in his acceptance of the road ahead.
We are humbled, honored and inspired
by the deep love Christ extended to the world,
and we take seriously the calling to be the body of Christ today.

[Silence for Reflection]

Grant us
The vision to see the world as you see it,
with love and compassion for each creature and all of your creation.

[Silence for Reflection]

We ask this in the name of Jesus, who taught us to pray to you. . .
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;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever.

Song – By Your Hand, You Feed Your People

Remembering Christ’s Love – The Washing of the Disciples’ Feet
Read John 13.1-17, 31b-35
There is something so vital to having a story told to you in a way that you can see and hear it. Since we are unable to gather this year and experience our church council’s telling of this story, there are two videos below to help you and your family have a similar experience. The first video is meant for the young-at-heart; the second for those who have more seasoned tastes.

Video for the Young-at-Heart

Video for Those with Seasoned Tastes

Remembering the Meal – Words of Affirmation
Read Matthew 26:26-29
During this time, you are invited to take a piece of bread that is available to you. Break the bread into pieces that everyone in your household can share. As you hold them in your hands, speak these words of affirmation together. Know that in the bread and in these words, we are united in our belief that we are one body, united in Christ.

We believe that bread comes from grain
that grows in the wind and the sun and the rain
with the farmers’ help.

We believe that bread comes from love
the love of God
the love of the farmer
the love of the baker’s hands
the love of those who bring it to us.

We believe that bread can be
and should be broken
and shared
and given to all persons
until all have enough.

We believe that Jesus loved bread
and took it
and broke it
and blessed it
and gave it to his disciples.
We believe enough in bread
to want to receive it from Jesus
to want it to nurture us.
We want to be bread for others.
We believe the Spirit will help us.

Bread may be eaten by everyone when the affirmation is concluded.

Closing Blessing – The Lord Bless You and Keep You – The Malone University Chorale

Call to Worship – Written by Reverend Kelly Burd – Edited by Pastor Adam Barnhart
Confession – Written by Reverend Kelly Burd – Edited by Pastor Adam Barnhart
Affirmation – Written by Frank Henderson