Watercolor painting by E. J. Kirsch

Maundy Thursday Service March 29, 2018

Mar 30, 2018

The Order for the Worship of God
Maundy Thursday
Faith Presbyterian Church               7:00 p.m., March 29, 2018
Let the first tone of the organ be a call to quiet meditation in which all
may become aware of God’s presence, and lift up a prayer for yourself
and for Faith Church.

Prelude     From Organ Music for Lent by Gerhard Krapf: Prelude and a piece inspired by St. Mark 14:1-16     


Hymn     # 379     What Wondrous Love
                                (Gray Psalter Hymnal)

Prayer of Confession – in Unison
Almighty and most merciful Father; We have erred and strayed from Thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against Thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. O Lord, have mercy upon us. Spare those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore those who are penitent; According to Thy promises declared unto us in Christ Jesus our Lord.  And grant, O most merciful  Father, for His sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life; To the glory of Thy holy name.  Amen.

Psalm 41     NRSV  (read responsively)     Nancy Dunn     
1Happy are those who consider the poor; the LORD delivers them in the day of trouble.
2The LORD protects them and keeps them alive; they are called happy in the land. You do not give them up to the will of their enemies.
3The LORD sustains them on their sickbed; in their illness you heal all their infirmities.
4As for me, I said, “O LORD, be gracious to me; heal me, for I have sinned against you.”
5My enemies wonder in malice when I will die, and my name perish.
6And when they come to see me, they utter empty words, while their hearts gather mischief; when they go out, they tell it abroad.
7All who hate me whisper together about me; they imagine the worst for me.
8They think that a deadly thing has fastened on me, that I will not rise again from where I lie.
9Even my bosom friend in whom I trusted, who ate of my bread, has lifted the heel against me.
10But you, O LORD, be gracious to me, and raise me up, that I may repay them.
11By this I know that you are pleased with me; because my enemy has not triumphed over me.
12But you have upheld me because of my integrity, and set me in your presence forever.
13Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.

Anthem     O Sacred, Wondrous Love

O sacred Head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded, with thorns Thine only crown.
How pale Thou art with anguish, with sore abuse and scorn!
How does that visage languish which once was bright as morn!

What Thou, my Lord, has suffered was all for sinners' gain.
Mine, mine was the transgression, but Thine the deadly pain,
Lo, here I fall, my Savior! ‘Tis I deserve Thy place.
Look on me with Thy favor. Vouchsafe to me Thy grace.

What language shall I borrow to thank Thee, dearest Friend,
For this, Thy dying sorrow, Thy pity without end?
O make me Thine forever; and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never outlive my love for Thee!

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul?
O sacred Head now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down.


Exodus 12:1-14     NRSV                Jerry Matthews            
The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: 2This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. 3Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household. 4If a household is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbor in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number of people who eat of it. 5Your lamb shall be without blemish, a year-old male; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. 6You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month; then the whole assembled congregation of Israel shall slaughter it at twilight.7They shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. 8They shall eat the lamb that same night; they shall eat it roasted over the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. 9Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted over the fire, with its head, legs, and inner organs. 10You shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. 11This is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it hurriedly. It is the passover of the Lord. 12For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals; on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord. 13The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live: when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. 14This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance. 

Hymn     # 386     Ah, Holy Jesus, How Have You Offended
                                                (Gray Psalter Hymnal)

John 13:1-20     NRSV            Dorothy Bethel         
Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2The devil had    already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper 3Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, 4got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. 5Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. 6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” 7Jesus answered, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” 8Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.” 9Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10Jesus said to him, “One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.” 11For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, “Not all of you are clean.” 12After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? 13You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. 14So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. 16Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. 17If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.
18I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But it is to fulfill the scripture, ‘The one who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’ 19I tell you this now, before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe that I am he. 20Very truly, I tell you, whoever   receives one whom I send receives me; and whoever receives me receives him who sent me.”

Anthem     How Deep the Father's Love for Us

How deep the Father's love for us, how vast beyond all measure
That he should give his only Son to make a wretch his treasure.
How great the pain of searing loss. The Father turns his face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One bring many sons to glory.

How high, how wide, how deep the Father's love for us.

Behold the man upon the cross, my sin upon his shoulders.
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice call out among the scoffers.
It was my sin that held him there until it was accomplished;
His dying breath has brought me life. I know it is finished.

How pure, how strong, how deep the Father's love for us.

I will not boast in anything: no gifts, no power, no wisdom.
But I will boast in Jesus Christ: his death and resurrection.
Why should I gain from his reward? I cannot give an answer.
But this I know with all my heart: his wounds have paid my ransom.

How high, how wide, how pure, how strong, how deep the Father's love for us!

Communion Meditation     “So What’s a Maundy?”   Pastor David Horner

Hymn     # 381     Go to Dark Gethsemane
                                  (Gray Psalter Hymnal)

The Sacrament of Holy Communion

Mark 14:22-26     NRSV              Ron Smith
22While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” 23Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. 24He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. 25Truly I tell you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

26When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.   

 Thanksgiving for the Bread and Wine
      Lord's Prayer

Partaking of the Bread and Wine
       Congregation come forward to the communion table,
Receive the bread then dip it into the cup (grape juice) and partake

While waiting to Commune and while others Commune we will sing

       Hymn     # 383     O Sacred Head, Now Wounded (Gray Hymnal) 
     Hymn     # 385     Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed (Gray Hymnal)

Prayer of Consecration  (In unison)
Almighty Lord: We are thankful for all the benefits given us in this bread and wine, this body and blood. As the grain was harvested and the grapes gathered for this food, so may your church in every place be gathered into your household. And as the grain was ground and the grapes crushed, so may our lives be spent in your service, until you return in triumph to gather to yourself the harvest and call us to the marriage feast of the Lamb.  Amen.


Postlude     Crucifixus, Siegfried Karg-Elert