Lenten “Cross Words of Jesus” Series

April 14 (Holy/Maundy Thursday) “This Is My Body, This Is My Blood” On the last night of his life, Jesus celebrated a meal with his disciples in which he spoke of the sacrifice of his body and blood, using the elements of bread and wine. This sacrifice was for the forgiveness of sins and reconciled relationship with God. What he has done through this sacrifice is to be remembered and celebrated, and its meaning is to be lived out in our life, full of hope.

Contemporary Worship 9:00 a.m.

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The Prelude: Adagio in C Minor

The Greeting:

Today is Holy Thursday, or Maundy Thursday. The word Maundy, comes from the Latin, mandatum, (mandate), which means commandment. At the Last Supper, Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another.” Also, at the Last Supper, Jesus instituted the sacrament of “The Lord’s Supper,” (Communion), by saying, “Do this in remembrance of me.” Let us celebrate and remember in love and obedience to our Lord.

The Call to Worship

Leader: We cannot look at the Lord’s Table without looking at His cross.

People: We come to the Table, and remember the price our Savior paid on the cross to forgive us and redeem us from sin.

Leader: We celebrate our deliverance from sin and evil as we commune in memory of our Lord who died for us.

People: Christ cleanses us from sin. We celebrate with thanksgiving His cleansing love.

*The Opening Hymn 613 “O Thou Who this Mysterious Bread”

The Old Testament Lesson Exodus 12:21-28

The Invitation

The Prayer of Confession
Most merciful God, we your church confess that often our spirit has not been that of Christ. We confess that we have failed to love one another as He loves us, that at times we have pledged loyalty to Him with our lips and then betrayed, deserted, or denied Him. Forgive us, we pray, and by your Spirit make us faithful in each and every time and circumstance of our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Moments of Personal and Silent Prayer

The Words of Pardon

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 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. Amen.

The Solo “Were You There” Lindsey Pertuset, harp

The Epistle Lesson 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

The Gospel Lesson Matthew 26:26-30

The Hymn 614 “For the Bread Which You Have Broken”

The Gospel Lesson Luke 22:14-20

The Message “This Is My Body, This Is My Blood” Kirk Peterson

The Communion Hymn 618 “Let Us Break Bread Together” (verses 1-3)

The Communion Prayer
It is not our goodness but Yours, Lord, that brings us to this table. By ourselves we deserve crumbs, but You give us a banquet. Bring us such renewal in this Sacrament, that life may take new meaning, we may become more like Christ, and as we are embraced by His love, let that love shine through us. For we pray in His name. Amen.

The Celebration of Holy Communion

The Prayer after Receiving

The Hymn 289 “Ah, Holy Jesus”

The Foreshadowed Sounds of Sorrow & Sending Forth

The Postlude: They Crucified My Lord—Gospel Hymn