Maundy Thursday April 9, 2020

Pastor: David Range

Miramar United Methodist Church
Order of Worship
April 9, 2020    7:30 p.m. service
Maundy Thursday
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Call to worship 

* Hymn 301 Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross
1 Jesus, keep me near the cross,
There a precious fountain;
Free to all, a healing stream,
Flows from Calv'ry's mountain. 
Refrain:
In the cross, in the cross
Be my glory ever,
Till my ransomed soul shall find
Rest beyond the river.

2 Near the cross, a trembling soul,
Love and mercy found me;
There the Bright and Morning Star
Shed His beams around me. (Refrain)

3 Near the cross! O lamb of God,
Bring its scenes before me;
Help me walk from day to day
With its shadow o'er me. (Refrain)

4 Near the cross! I'll watch and wait,
Hoping, trusting ever;
Till I reach the golden strand,
Just beyond the river. (Refrain)
Author: Fanny Crosby (1869)
Tune: NEAR THE CROSS (Doane) ccli #242496


10 Commandments
God spoke from the mountain and said: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.”
Almighty God, write your laws upon our hearts.

“You shall not make for yourself an idol. You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God. Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.”
Almighty God, write your laws upon our hearts.

“Honor your father and your mother. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness. You shall not covet...anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
Almighty God, write your laws upon our hearts.

Prayer of Confession and Pardon
My sisters and brothers, Christ shows us his love by becoming a humble servant. Let us draw near to God and confess our sin in the truth of God’s Spirit.
A brief silence for individual confession.
Most merciful God, we your Church confess that often our spirit has not been that of Christ. Where we have failed to love one another as he loves us, where 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 every time of trial; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Who is in a position to condemn? Only Christ. But Christ suffered and died for us, was raised from the dead and ascended on high for us, and continues to intercede for us. Believe the Good News: in the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven! Glory to God. Amen

Responsive reading 785 (Psalm 51)
1 Have mercy on me, O God,
   according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
   blot out my transgressions. 

2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
   and cleanse me from my sin. 
3 For I know my transgressions,
   and my sin is ever before me. 

4 Against you, you only, have I sinned,
   and done that which is evil in your sight,
so that you are justified in your sentence
   and blameless in your judgement. 
5 Behold, I was born into iniquity, 
   And I have been sinful since my mother conceived me. 

6 Behold, you desire truth in the inward being;
   therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. 
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
   wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 

8 Make me hear joy and gladness;
   let the bones which you have broken rejoice. 
9 Hide your face from my sins,
   and blot out all my iniquities. 

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
   and put a new and right spirit within me. 
11 Cast me not away from your presence,
   and take not your holy spirit from me. 

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
   and sustain in me a willing spirit. 
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
   and sinners will return to you. 

14 Deliver me from death O God, God of my salvation,
   and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance. 
15 O Lord, open my lips,
   and my mouth shall show forth your praise. 

16 For you have no delight in sacrifice;
   were I to give a burnt-offering, you would not be pleased. 
17 The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit;
   a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning, is now, and for ever shall be,
World without end, Amen.

*Hymn 626 Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
1 Let all mortal flesh keep silence, 
and with fear and trembling stand; 
ponder nothing earthly-minded, 
for with blessing in his hand,
Christ our God to earth descendeth, 
our full homage to demand. 

2 King of kings, yet born of Mary, 
as of old on earth he stood, 
Lord of lords, in human vesture,
in the body and the blood, 
he will give to all the faithful 
his own self for heav'nly food.

3 Rank on rank the host of heaven 
spreads its vanguard on the way,
as the Light of light descendeth
from the realms of endless day, 
that the pow'rs of hell may vanish 
as the darkness clears away. 

4 At his feet the six-winged seraph, 
cherubim, with sleepless eye, 
veil their faces to the presence, 
as with ceaseless voice they cry: 
"Alleluia, alleluia, 
Alleluia, Lord Most High!" 
WORDS: Liturgy of St. James, 4th cent.; trans. By Gerard Moultrie, 1864
MUSIC: French carol melody; harm. From The English Hymnal, 1906 alt.ccli #242496

Welcome and reception of Tithes and Offerings  
Welcome to our online service. We will be sharing in a service of holy communion later in worship so please prepare at home some bread and wine or juice or water so that you may use these symbols of the Last Supper to partake with others scattered near and far.

Our services continue online for the Good Friday service tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. and Easter Sunday services at 8:30 or 11:00 a.m.

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Prayer for God to bless our gifts.

One minute musical interlude while worshipers prepare their offering.

Doxology
Praise God from whom all blessings flow, 
praise him all creatures here below, 
praise him above, ye heavenly hosts, 
praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen

Please stand for the gospel of John 13: 1-17, 31b-35

Sermon Why Not Wash One Another’s Feet?

PALM SUNDAY 2020 • Remembering the Acts of Communion Written by Hedy Collver and adapted for use on Maundy Thursday.

On that first Palm Sunday, as the crowds cheered him on, Jesus knew. 
He knew that the roar of “Hosanna! Save us!” would, just a few days later, turn to the roar of Crucify him!” 
He knew as he rode upon the donkey into the holy city of Jerusalem, that by Friday he would hang upon the cross. 
He knew that as he lifted up his eyes to the Temple on the hill above, that his body would soon be laid low on the floor of a borrowed tomb. 
Jesus knew.
But those following him, those walking alongside him, those who had heard him teach and had seen him heal and had experienced his power, they did not know. 
And so, on that night when they gathered in a room in Jerusalem to share the Passover meal, how strange it must have seemed to watch Jesus hold up bread and to hear Jesus say these words: “This is my body, broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 
“In remembrance?” they must have wondered. “Why do we need to ‘remember’ you, when you are right here with us?” 
Then, after the meal, he lifted up a cup of wine, and said something equally confusing: “This is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in remembrance of me.” 
They did not know why Jesus said these perplexing things. 
But Jesus knew. 
After Jesus was taken from them, after he endured a mockery of trial, after he was beaten, after he was crucified, after his body was laid in a tomb, the stone was rolled in front of the opening, closing his body in the dark. 
All this, Jesus knew was coming, as the crowds had proclaimed, “Hosanna! Save us!” Jesus knew. 
Jesus knew that the crowds did not understand what they were asking as they cried out to be saved.
He knew that the crowds did not know what it would mean, what he would have to do, have to endure, in order to save them. 
But Jesus knew.
And Jesus was willing. 

Because the crowd had cried out “Hosanna!” Because we cry out, “Save us!” 
Jesus took bread and wine, simple elements of a traditional meal, and transformed them into a means of grace and forgiveness and connection. 
Jesus took the cross, an implement of cruelty and destruction, and transformed it into an instrument of restoration and hope. 
Jesus took the tomb, a symbol of despair and finality, and transformed it into a new beginning. 
Jesus takes the ordinary moments of our lives and transforms them into something extraordinary. 
Jesus takes the challenging circumstances in which we find ourselves — the struggles, the pain, the uncertainty, the loneliness, the grief — and transforms them into something redemptive and healing. 
Jesus meets us here today, in our homes, scattered throughout the community, throughout the country, throughout the world. Jesus meets us wherever we find ourselves this day. We are not alone, because Jesus is with us. We are not alone, because Jesus has knit us into a family of faith. 
Although we cannot today physically share bread and juice, although we cannot see each other’s faces or hold each other’s hands, still we gather throughout this world, brothers and sisters in Christ, bound together in the love of Jesus, who gave so fully of himself, his body broken and his blood poured for us, so that we might be free. Free to care, free to heal, free to love and forgive and share. 
Because the body of Christ was given for you, whenever we lift our voices together, we remember. We know. 
Because the blood of Christ was given for you, whenever we lift our hearts in prayer, in lament, in praise, in supplication, in hope, we remember. We know. 
Because the crowd cried out “Hosanna!” Because we cry out, “Save us!”
Because Jesus knew.
Because Jesus was willing. 
Thanks be to God. Amen! 

Maundy Thursday Service of Holy Communion 

Jesus spent his life teaching us the meaning of love. Through word and deed Jesus showed us how to love God and to love one another. He fed the hungry.  He healed the sick. He invited the women and the children and the tax collectors and the sinners to come to his table. He broke bread with the least and the lost and shared the cup of redemption with them all. He crossed boundaries of race, nationality, ethnicity, gender, and class. He challenged religious authority, and he scoffed at pomposity and self-absorbed grandeur.  He called out the hypocrites. He admonished the scribes and the Pharisees for their hardened hearts. He brought a simple message: Love God, love yourself, and love one another.

All: We gather in the name of Jesus and remember the way that he showed us. We gather to remember not just his death, but his life.

UM Hymnal #174 – His Name is Wonderful
His name is wonderful, His name is wonderful, His name is wonderful
Jesus, my Lord.
He is the mighty King, Master of everything;
His name is wonderful, Jesus my Lord.

He’s the great Shepherd, the Rock of all ages, Almighty God is he;
Bow down before him, love and adore Him,
His name is wonderful, Jesus, my Lord.
WORDS: Audrey Meier, 1959. TUNE: Audrey Meier, 1959. ccli #242496

The way of Jesus goes through the cross, but we are not there yet. It is close.  We can see its shadow. We can feel the cold, dark, night. We know that the enemies of God are conspiring. They have had enough of him. He threatens their comfort. He threatens their way of life. He threatens their power. They will come for him. First though, we will gather. We gather with Jesus and his closest friends. We gather with those that called him teacher, Rabbi, friend.  We gather for the Passover meal, to remember that God saved the people from slavery. God saved once. God saves forevermore.

All: God saved the Israelites at Passover, and revealed that it is God who reigns, not the Pharaoh. Our God saved once. God saves forevermore.

UM Hymnal #448 – Go Down, Mosesverses 1, 4, 11
1 When Israel was in Egypt's land, 
Let my people go, 
oppressed so hard they could not stand, 
Let my people go. 

Refrain: 
Go down, Moses, way down in Egypt's land, 
tell old Pharaoh: Let my people go. 

4 When they had reached the other shore, 
Let my people go, 
they let the song of triumph soar, 
Let my people go. (Refrain)

11 O let us all  from bondage flee,
Let my people go,
And let us all in Christ be free 
Let my people go. (Refrain)
WORDS: Afro-America spiritual. TUNES: Afro-American spiritual; adat. & arr.by William Farley Smith, 1986. ccli #242496
  
Even as they were sharing this sacred meal together, the disciples were not of one heart. Jesus knew that he was asking much from these men, and he knew that they would fail him. Judas had already agreed to betray Jesus to the religious authorities. Was he angry at some slight? Was he disappointed that Jesus would not raise an army against the Romans? Was he upset with the value of the oil that the woman “wasted” when she anointed Jesus?  We will never know Judas’ heart, but Jesus knew that he would be betrayed. And what did Jesus do with the man that would betray him? He broke bread with him. All of the disciples were deeply saddened, and they asked:

All: I would never betray you, Lord. It’s not me, is it?

On the night in which Jesus was betrayed by his friend, he took the bread, gave thanks to God, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said: “This is my body, which is broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
When the supper was over he took the cup, gave thanks to God, gave it to his disciples and said, “Drink from this all of you, this is my blood of the new covenant which is poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink of 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.

All: 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 the cup. Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by Christ’s blood. By your Holy Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, as 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.

All are invited to take communion in silence.

When the holy meal had been shared, the disciples began to argue over which one would be the greatest. Even here, at the end of their time together, they did not seem to understand what Jesus had been teaching them all along. He reminded them that to be great in the Kingdom of God meant to serve.  After Jesus’ talk of betrayal, the disciples’ argument, and Jesus’ rebuke of them, the disciples seemed to be growing anxious. Peter proclaimed:

All: “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.”

And Jesus replied, “I tell you, Peter, the cock will not crow this day until you have denied three times that you know me.”

Hymn (The Faith We Sing) Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley 
1 Jesus walked this lonesome valley;
He had to walk it by himself.
Oh, nobody else could walk it for him;
He had to walk it by himself.

2 We must walk this lonesome valley;
We have to walk it by ourselves.
Oh, nobody else can walk it for us;
We have to walk it by ourselves.

3 You must go and stand your trial;
You have to stand it by yourself.
Oh, nobody else can stand it for you;
You have to stand it by yourself.
WORDS: American folk hymn. TUNES: American folk hymn. ccli #242496

Afterwards, Jesus led his disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane. He asked them to pray for him, for he wanted to be alone. There, Jesus prayed. He asked his friends to keep watch, but they kept falling asleep. He prayed for another way out. He prayed in anguish. He prayed as a man who could feel pain, who would be hurt by betrayal, who would be scarred by the scourge, and would bleed when nails were driven into his arms and legs. He prayed as a man who knew that if he followed God’s will, he would be charged, convicted, mocked, humiliated, abandoned, and nailed to a cross. Knowing all of this full well he prayed, “Not my will, but yours.” Then he stood up for all that he had lived for. When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not come to into the time of trial”

All:  Judas greeted Jesus with the exclamation, “Rabbi!” and kissed him. Then they came and grabbed Jesus and arrested him.

UM Hymnal #290 – Go to Dark Gethsemane verses 1-3 
1 Go to dark Gethsemane,
You who feel the tempter's pow'r;
Your Redeemer's conflict see;
Watch with Him one bitter hour;
Turn not from His griefs away;
Learn of Jesus Christ to pray.

2 Follow to the judgment hall;
View the Lord of life arraigned;
O the worm-wood and the gall!
O the pangs His soul sustained!
Shun not suff'ring, shame, or loss;
Learn of Him to bear the cross.

3 Calv'ry's mournful mountain climb
There' adoring at His feet,
Mark the miracle of time,
God's own sacrifice complete:
"It is finished!" Hear the cry;
Learn of Jesus Christ to die.
WORDS: James Montgomery, 1820, 1825, alt. MUSIC: Richard Redhead, 1853. ccli #242496

There was a brief skirmish at the arrest, but his disciples quickly scattered.  Peter, who had only hours before promised to go with Jesus to prison, even death, followed from a distance. During the trial, Peter remained hidden in the shadows. First a servant girl saw him and said, “This man was also with him.”

All:       “Woman, I do not know him.”

A little later someone else, on seeing him said, “You also are one of them.”

All:       “Man, I am not.”

Then about an hour later still another kept insisting, “Surely this man was with him; for he is a Galilean.”

All: “I do not know what you are talking about. I do not know Jesus.”

At that moment, while he was still speaking, the cock crowed. The Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said to him, and he wept bitterly.

UM Hymnal #288 – Were You There
1 Were you there when they crucified my Lord? 
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? 

2 Were you there when they nailed him to the tree? 
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree? 
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. 
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree? 

3 Were you there when they laid him in the tomb? 
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb? 
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. 
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb? 

4 Were you there when God raised him from the tomb? 
Were you there when God raised him from the tomb? 
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. 
Were you there when God raised him from the tomb? 
Words: African-American spiritual. TUNE: African-American spiritual  adapt. & arr. by William Farley Smith 1986. ccli #242496

Stripping of the table

Sending forth 

Please return online for the Good Friday service tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. and Easter Sunday services at 8:30 or 11:00 a.m
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