Here is a service you can use in your home for Maundy Thursday, the night we recall and remember the Last Supper Jesus shared with his disciples in the Upper Room. You can read the account of those events in Matthew 26.17-30 and also in John 13. Since we are unable to gather in the church for this service, you are welcome to gather your own elements to serve as the sacrament of the Lord’s body and blood and use this service, or follow along on Facebook Live at 7 pm with Pastor Mark and Becky in the sanctuary.

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Call to Worship

  • Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins
    • whose mercy endures forever.
  • The Lord be with you.
    • And also with you.
  • Give thanks to the Lord,
    • For his mercy endures forever.
  • Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
    • Christ has prepared a feast of love.

Opening Prayer

Holy and compassionate Heavenly Father, your one and only Son went not up to joy before he suffered pain, and did not enter glory before he was crucified. Grant us your grace that we, also walking the way of the cross, may find it the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son, our Savior. Amen.

Song: There Is a Redeemer

There is a redeemer – Jesus, God’s own Son

Precious Lamb of God, Messiah, Holy One

Thank you, O my Father, for giving us Your Son

And leaving Your Spirit till the work on earth is done.

Jesus my Redeemer, name above all names

Precious Lamb of God, Messiah, Hope for sinners slain

Thank you, O my Father, for giving us Your Son

And leaving Your Spirit till the work on earth is done.

When I stand in Glory, I will see His face

There I’ll serve my King forever in that holy place.

Thank you, O my Father, for giving us Your Son

And leaving Your Spirit till the work on earth is done.

Scripture Reading             Isaiah 53.1-11

The Great Thanksgiving

  • The Lord be with you.
    • And also with you.
  • Lift up your hearts. The pastor may lift hands and keep them raised.
    • We lift them up to the Lord.
  • Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
    • It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. You formed us in your image and breathed into us the breath of life. When we turned away, and our love failed, your love remained steadfast. You delivered us from captivity, made covenant to be our sovereign God, and spoke to us through the prophets.

And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ. Your Spirit anointed him to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, and to announce that the time had come when you would save your people.

He healed the sick, fed the hungry, and ate with sinners. By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection you gave birth to your Church, delivered us from slavery to sin and death, and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit. When the Lord Jesus ascended, he promised to be with us always, in the power of your Word and Holy Spirit.

On the night in which he gave himself up for us, he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said: “Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

When the supper was over, he took the cup, gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said: “Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and wine. Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood.

By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory and we feast at his heavenly banquet.

Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church, all honor and glory is yours, almighty Father, now and forever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Duet: How Beautiful

The Bread and Cup

Closing Song: Were You There

  1. Were you there when they crucified my Lord….

Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble

Were you there when they crucified my Lord

  1. Were you there when they nailed him to the tree…
  2. Were you there when they laid him in the tomb…