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Worship Service

MAUNDY THURSDAY

April 9, 2020

 

AS WE GATHER

As the time draws nigh for our Lord to sacrifice Himself for the sins of the world, He does a remarkable thing. He offers His disciples a foretaste of the forgiveness He would soon offer the entire world. In, with, and under the bread and the wine is the true body and blood of Jesus, given and shed for the forgiveness of all of their sins—and ours. He offers that foretaste also to us today.

 

HYMN “Jesus, Still Lead On” LW 386

INVOCATION

Pastor:   In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People:  Amen.

CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION

Pastor: “Woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed!

People: It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.” Matthew 26:24

Pastor:   We, too, have betrayed the Son of Man. We act carelessly and selfishly in the presence of our Holy God. Therefore let us confess our sins to God,                 our Father.

(Silence for reflection and self-examination.)

Pastor: O God,

People: We confess to You that we have sinned. We have betrayed You in our thoughts, words, and actions. We have acted carelessly and selfishly in                    Your presence. Yet, we know that our Lord, Jesus Christ died to take our sins upon Himself, and through Him we have the assurance of                              forgiveness. For the sake of Your Son Jesus have mercy and forgive us.

Pastor:   Our merciful God has heard our plea for forgiveness and has offered His only Son to die for our forgiveness. Therefore in the stead and by the                       command of my Lord, Jesus Christ, I forgive you all of your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People:  Amen.

Pastor: Rejoice! Behold the gifts of God for the people of God.

People: Let us give thanks to God for this great gift!

 KYRIE

Pastor: In peace, let us pray to the Lord,

People: Lord, have mercy.

Pastor: For the peace that we receive through Jesus Christ’s body and blood, let us pray to the Lord,

People: Christ, have mercy.

Pastor: For peace in our church, neighborhood, and world, let us pray to the Lord,

People: Lord, have mercy.

Pastor: Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

People: Amen.

 SALUTATION

Pastor:  The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Pastor: Let us pray.

 PRAYER OF THE DAY

Pastor:   Lord, Jesus Christ, You dined with Your disciples one final time, giving them everlasting gifts in bread and wine. Give us, we pray, those same                      gifts; forgiveness, salvation, and communion with You as we feast upon Your very body and blood in this bread and wine. In Your holy, precious                     name we pray.

People:  Amen.

OLD TESTAMENT READING Exodus 12:1–14

1The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, 2“This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. 3Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household. 4If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat. 5The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats. 6Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the people of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. 7Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. 8That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast. 9Do not eat the meat raw or cooked in water, but roast it over the fire—head, legs and inner parts. 10Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it. 11This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the LORD'S Passover. 12On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn—both men and animals—and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD. 13The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt. 14This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD—a lasting ordinance.” 

Pastor: This is the Word of the Lord.

People:Thanks be to God.

 EPISTLE 1 Corinthians 11:23–32

23For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 27Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. 29For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 31But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment. 32When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world.

Pastor: This is the Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

VERSE John 13:1b

All:    Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.

HOLY GOSPEL Mark 14:12–26

12On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 13So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him. 14Say to the owner of the house he enters, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 15He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.” 16The disciples left, went into the city and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover. 17When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve. 18While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me.” 19They were saddened, and one by one they said to him, “Surely you don’t mean me?” 20“It is one of the Twelve,” he replied, “one who dips bread into the bowl with me. 21The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.” 22While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.” 23Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it. 24“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. 25“Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” 26When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

 Pastor: This is the Gospel of the Lord.

People: Praise to You, O Christ.

 HYMN OF THE DAY “O Lord, We Praise You” LW 238

 SERMON

 NICENE CREED (p. 166 in front of the hymnal)

 OFFERING

 PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

Pastor:   Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs. For peoples of every nation who do not know                 or confess Christ and are estranged from His Holy Communion, let us pray to the Lord.

People:  Lord, have mercy.

Pastor:   For the Church that she boldly proclaims the Good News of salvation, especially during this most holy time, let us pray to the Lord.

People:  Lord, have mercy.

Pastor:   For the nations, that a worldly peace may be accomplished and a heavenly peace may prevail, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Pastor:   For those who anguish this day in body or soul, let us pray to the Lord.

People:  Lord, have mercy.

Pastor:   Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

People:  Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER (Matthew 6:9–13)

 PREFACE

Pastor: The Lord be with you. 2 Timothy 4:22

People: And also with you.

Pastor: Lift up your hearts. [Colossians 3:1]

People: We lift them to the Lord.

Pastor:   Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. [Psalm 136] It is indeed good and right to give praise to You, Holy Lord, heavenly Father. You sent Your                       only Son, Jesus, to hang on a cross to give salvation to all mankind. Through Your Holy Supper, You offer to us life and salvation through Your                       Son’s very body and blood in, with, and under the bread and the wine. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven                  we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and singing:

SANCTUS “Holy, Holy, Holy” (from p. 170 in front of the hymnal)

All:    Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of pow’r and might: Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he               who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

 PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Pastor:   Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have had mercy on those whom You created and sent Your only-begotten Son into our flesh                     to bear our sin and be our Savior. With repentant joy we receive the salvation accomplished for us by the all-availing sacrifice of His body and                       His blood on the cross. Gathered in the name and the remembrance of Jesus, we beg You, O Lord, to forgive, renew, and strengthen us with Your                 Word and Spirit. Grant us faithfully to eat His body and drink His blood as He bids us do in His own testament. Gather us together, we pray, from                   the ends of the earth to celebrate with all the faithful the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end. Graciously receive our                     prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone, O Father, be all glory, honor, and worship, with the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and                           forever.

People:  Amen.

PROCLAMATION OF CHRIST

Pastor:   As often as we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. 1 Corinthians 11:26

People:  Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. Revelation 22:20

WORDS OF OUR LORD Matthew 26:26–28; Mark 14:22–24; Luke 22:19–20; 1 Corinthians 11:23–25

THE PEACE OF THE LORD

Pastor: The peace of the Lord be with you always.

People: Amen.

 AGNUS DEI “Lamb of God” (from p. 172 in front of the hymnal)

All:   Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us. Lamb of              God, you take away the sin of the world; grant us peace.

DISTRIBUTION HYMNS "O Living Bread from Heaven" LW 244; "Not All the Blood of Beasts” LW 99

 POST-COMMUNION THANKSGIVING

Pastor:   We give You heartfelt thanks for the holy gifts You have bestowed upon us in bread and wine. Guide and direct us continually in our journey to                       the cross that we may behold both Your anguish in crucifixion and Your joy in resurrection.

People:  Amen.

STRIPPING OF THE ALTAR

[At this time all of the Communion vessels are to be reverently removed, the altar is stripped, and the chancel is cleared in preparation for Good Friday according to the custom of the congregation. The stripping of the altar is done as Psalm 22 is spoken.]

 

 

 

PALM SUNDAY

April 5, 2020

 

AS WE GATHER

Palm Sunday begins with unbridled joy as we recall how Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey, while being acclaimed by the crowds with loud shouts of “Hosanna” and boisterous waving of palm branches. So today we begin with songs of praise and waving of palm branches as we hail Jesus as the One worthy of all glory, laud, and honor. But then the solemnness of Holy Week also begins. With a time of silence, the service shifts our focus to Jesus’ path to the cross. As foretold by prophets long ago, Jesus was stricken and afflicted, beaten and spit upon, crucified, and He died. He did this out of divine love for all of humanity, taking on Himself the sins of all people for our forgiveness. Today’s worship reflects the pattern of our lives. At times we experience unbridled joy and celebration. And then, sometimes in the next moment, we experience heartbreaking suffering. Jesus is there with us—in the joyful celebrations, in the heartbreak and suffering. He alone can transform it all into deeper love for God and neighbor. The hour of Jesus’ death on the cross is the hour of our life and salvation.

 

HYMN “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna” LW 106

GREETING

Pastor:            The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

People:           Amen.

Pastor:            Hosanna to the Son of David!

People:           Hosanna in the highest!

Pastor:            Blessed is He who comes,

People:           who comes in the name of the Lord.

Pastor:            Hosanna!

People:           Hosanna in the highest!

CONFESSION and FORGIVENESS

Pastor:   How many times have we betrayed our Lord through our words and actions, or lack thereof?  How many times have we betrayed Him in our                           thoughts?  When have we viewed something that God valued as something wasteful?  Let's confess our sins to God, our Father, imploring Him in                the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness. Lord Jesus,

All:         we have sinned against You in our thoughts and with our actions and words.  We have sinned against You by not speaking or taking action                        when we should. We confess to You that we are guilty of buying into the value system of our world and not seeing this world with Your eyes.                    Forgive us for the times we have sold out to the devil, the world, and our sinful nature.  Renew and strengthen us by Your Spirit, creating clean                  and courageous hearts designed to do Your will.

Pastor:   Despite our betrayals and sins, God loves us.  Through Jesus' life, death, and resurrection, the price for our sins has been paid.  At the command                 of Christ, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;

People: for His steadfast love endures forever!

SALUTATION

Pastor:   The Lord be with you.

People:  And also with you.

 PRAYER OF THE DAY

Pastor:   Let us pray. Your love, O Father God, is seen most clearly in the suffering, death, and resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ.

People: Transform us by Your self-giving love to follow the servant way of Jesus, until that day when He comes again in glory,

Pastor:   through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

People: Amen.

OLD TESTAMENT READING Isaiah 50:4–9a (Isaiah foretells One who would “give His back to those who strike” and His “cheeks to those who pull out the beard.” Yet Jesus sets His face like flint to secure our salvation.)

4The Sovereign LORD has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught. 5The Sovereign LORD has opened my ears, and I have not been rebellious; I have not drawn back. 6I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting. 7Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame. 8He who vindicates me is near. Who then will bring charges against me? Let us face each other! Who is my accuser? Let him confront me! 9It is the Sovereign LORD who helps me. Who is he that will condemn me? They will all wear out like a garment; the moths will eat them up.

Pastor:    This is the Word of the Lord.

People:   Thanks be to God.

 PSALM 67 (p. 331 in front of the hymnal)

EPISTLE Philippians 2:5–11 (Every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord.)

 5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! 9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 Pastor:   This is the Word of the Lord.

People:   Thanks be to God.

VERSES Hebrews 9:12a, c, 15a; Psalm 111:9a

Pastor:   Christ entered once for all into the holy places, by means of His own blood,

People:  thus securing an eternal redemption.

Pastor:   Therefore He is the mediator of a new covenant,

People: so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance.

Pastor:   He sent redemption to His people;

People:  He has commanded His covenant forever.

HOLY GOSPEL John 12:12–19 (Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem)

Pastor:   The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and                     went out to meet Him, crying out,

People:  Hosanna!  Save us, we pray, O Lord! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!

Pastor:   And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written, Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey's                     colt! His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been                          written about Him and had been done to Him. The crowd that had been with Him when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from                    the dead continued to bear witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet Him was that they heard He had done this sign. So the Pharisees                    said to one another,

People:  You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after Him.

Pastor:   This is the Gospel of the Lord.

People:  Praise to You, O Christ!

 HYMN “Jesus, I Will Ponder Now” LW 109

SERMON Philippians 2:5–11

___________ is on our side.

What is especially disturbing is people’s ________________ toward God.

More and more people are convinced that they don’t __________ God in their lives.

We’re seeing more people who just downright ___________ God.

So in terms of how the world relates to God, we see that the world is in a ________ state.

Our text for today _________________ us that no one is getting away with anything.

I would encourage us to ______________ our fear and love of God because it is every bit worthwhile.

The reason He hasn’t destroyed those who have no fear of Him is because He is giving them plenty of time to _______________ of their ways.

What we do need, however, is ___________ love and fear of God.

 On the Last Day, God will have the _____________ say.

 NICENE CREED (p. 166 in front of the hymnal)

 OFFERING

 PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

Pastor:   Having set out with Jesus, our Lord, on His journey to Jerusalem, let us bring our prayers to God in humility and love. For the renewal of the                          Church in the coming holy days; for those preparing for Baptism, that they come to the waters of Baptism with joy; for all missionaries of the                        Church; for pastors, teachers, and all the people, let us pray to the Lord,

People: Lord, have mercy.

Pastor:   For leaders throughout the world, that they seek the well-being of the poor, practice good stewardship of creation, and work for peace and                             freedom for all; for refugees and those who provide hospitality, safety, and sustenance to victims of wars; for those who serve in harm’s way, and                 for our enemies; let us pray to the Lord,

People:  Lord, have mercy.

Pastor:   For the sick, the suffering, and dying, that they find hope in their despair, patience in their suffering, and healing according to God’s will; for those                 who mourn, that they find comfort in the death and resurrection of Jesus, let us pray to the Lord,

People:  Lord, have mercy.

Pastor:   For newcomers to our congregation, that they find a warm welcome among God’s people; for the families of this congregation, that we care for                   one another with the mind of Christ; for the safety of all who travel, let us pray to the Lord,

People:  Lord, have mercy.

Pastor:   For this Christian assembly, that our eating and drinking in remembrance of Jesus fill us with faith, gratitude, and love for our brothers and                             sisters, let us pray to the Lord,

People:  Lord, have mercy.

Pastor:   For the faithful departed, we give thanks. For us who still walk by faith, that we remain faithful until that day when every knee shall bow and every                 tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, let us pray to the Lord,

People:  Lord, have mercy.

Pastor:   Hear our prayer, Lord God. Transform our hearts and minds during this Holy Week to be more like the heart and mind of Christ, in whose name                     we pray.

People:  Amen.

 LORD’S PRAYER Matthew 6:9–13

 HYMNS “Jesus, Refuge of the Weary” LW 90

PRAYER

Pastor:   Let us pray. Gracious Father, Your Son, our Lord Jesus, made Himself nothing, taking on the form of a servant, dying for us on the cross. We are                   filled with the forgiveness of sins flowing from His blood. Form us as servants of the One who came not to be served but to serve, and to give                       His life as a ransom for many; in the name of Jesus.

People:  Amen.  

BENEDICTION Hebrews 12:2

Pastor:   Let your eyes be fixed on Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the                  shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine on you and be                           gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace. Numbers 6:24–26

People:  Amen.

HYMN “Go to Dark Gethsemane” LW 110

Creative Worship for the Lutheran Parish, Series A, Quarter 2. Copyright © 2019 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved. Used by permission.