April 1, 2021 Maundy Thursday

Pastor: David Range

We join a solemn journey of three days that has changed the world and our own lives. Followers of Jesus have been taking this journey since his first followers took it, long ago.This is the night of love.

On this night Jesus took a towel and basin, and washed his disciples' feet. On this night he told them to do the same for others to show their love for him and for one another. We call this day Maundy Thursday in English in remembrance of this commandment. Maundy is from the Latin mandare, "to command." In every language this is the night of love.

On this night, Jesus broke bread and shared wine with his followers for the last time, and invited them to remember him to encounter him anew, whenever they did the same. This is the night of love.
On this night, followers of Jesus have welcomed those who have returned to the way of Jesus after a time of wandering and a journey of returning. This is the night of love.

And so, on this night, we welcome the penitent -- all tuning in have wandered- -and invite all preparing --all are still learning --to join us in hearing and obeying  the commandment of our Master and to feast at his table, that we may love one another as he has loved us.

Come, ye sinners. Come, ye thirsty. Come, ye weary. Come to the night of love.


Miramar United Methodist Church
Maundy Thursday Service
   1 April 2021                     7.30 pm
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GATHERING MUSIC

WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP

HYMN 168 “At the Name of Jesus”

1 At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow,
every tongue confess him King of glory now.
'Tis the Father's pleasure we should call him Lord,
who from the beginning was the mighty Word.

2 Humbled for a season, to receive a name
from the lips of sinners unto whom he came,
faithfully he bore it spotless to the last,
brought it back victorious, when from death he passed.

3 Bore it up triumphant with its human light,
Through all ranks of creatures to the central height,
To the throne of God-head, to the Father’s breast;
Filled it with the glory of that perfect rest.

4 In your hearts enthrone him; there let him subdue
all that is not holy, all that is not true.
Crown him as your Captain in temptation's hour:
let his will enfold you in its light and power.

WORDS: Caroline M. Noel, 1870 MUSIC: Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1925

THE TEN 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

On this night, our Lord Jesus Christ said: ‘A new commandment I give to you, that you love each other, as I have loved you.’  Let us confess our sins to God and ask him to cleanse us.
Silent confession

We pray together:
Father eternal, giver of light and grace, we have sinned against you, against our neighbor, and against each other, in thought, word and deed, in the evil we have done and in the good we have not done, through ignorance, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault. We have wounded your love and marred your image within us. We are sorry and ashamed and repent of all our sins. For the sake of  your Son Jesus Christ, who died for us, forgive us all that is past and lead us out of darkness to walk as children of light. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all.  If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
This is Christ’s gracious word: ‘Your sins are forgiven.’
Amen. Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL LESSON: John 13.1-5, 12-17, 34-35

WITNESS TO THE WORD: “Meekness and Majesty”

HYMN 432 “Jesu, Jesu”

Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love,
show us how to serve the neighbors
we have from you.

1 Kneels at the feet of his friends,
silently washes their feet,
Master who acts as a slave to them.

Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love,
show us how to serve the neighbors
we have from you.

2 Neighbors are rich and poor,
neighbors are black and white,
neighbors are near and far away.

Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love,
show us how to serve the neighbors
we have from you.

3 These are the ones we should serve,
these are the ones we should love;
all these are neighbors to us and you.

Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love,
show us how to serve the neighbors
we have from you.

4 Loving puts us on our knees,
serving as though we are slaves,
this is the way we should live with you.

Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love,
show us how to serve the neighbors
we have from you.

5 Kneel at the feet of our friends, 
silently washing their feet,
this is the way we should live with you.

Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love,
show us how to serve the neighbors
we have from you.

WORDS: Tom Colvin, 1969 MUSIC: Ghana folk song; adapt. by Tom Colvin, 1969; harm. By Charles H. Webb, 1988

PRAYER OF INTERCESSION & THE LORD’S PRAYER

One in heart, one in mind, one in you, Holy Spirit,
as you move us to pray for the church and the world:
That we may proclaim the gospel boldly:
Hear us, Lord.

That healing may come for people who are sick, and peoples who are torn and weary:
Hear us, Lord.

That many dead and left for dead may be raised, and death itself vanquished:
Hear us, Lord.

That all who are unclean may receive your cleansing grace:
Hear us, Lord.

That all who are possessed, oppressed, distressed, depressed and downcast may be set free at last.
Hear us, Lord.

That we may love one another, and all your creation, as you have loved us.
Hear us, Lord.

Even so, come and fill this feast, Holy Spirit, on this night, and every night until we eat it new at the marriage supper of the Lamb! All blessing, honor, glory and power be yours, Holy Triune God, now and forever as we pray with Jesus:
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.

HYMN 452 “My Faith Looks Up to Thee”

1 My faith looks up to thee,
thou Lamb of Calvary,
Savior divine!
Now hear me while I pray,
take all my guilt away,
O let me from this day
be wholly thine!

2 May thy rich grace impart
strength to my fainting heart,
my zeal inspire!
As thou hast died for me,
O may my love to thee
pure, warm, and changeless be,
a living fire!

3 While life's dark maze I tread,
and griefs around me spread,
be thou my guide;
bid darkness turn to day,
wipe sorrow's tears away,
nor let me ever stray
from thee aside.

4 When ends life's transient dream,
when death's cold, sullen stream
shall o'er me roll;
blest Savior, then, in love,
fear and distrust remove;
O bear me safe above,
a ransomed soul!

WORDS: Ray Palmer, 1875 MUSIC: Lowell Mason, 1831

THANKSGIVING AND COMMUNION

This is the night of love. And this is the table of love.
At this table, Christ, who loves us, is with us. He is with us, and we are his. We belong to God. And so we pray:
We are yours, all yours, blessed Triune God, all our lives, all our thanks, all our praise, all our fears, all our grumbling, all our hesitations, all our loves, all our joys, all our passions, we give them all to you, with bodies, and minds and voices.

Yours, all yours! Yours the blessing, yours the prais,
from the unimaginable silence before the big bang,
beyond the farthest reaches of time and space we may ever find, from infinity to infinity, everlasting to everlasting, you are God, boundless in love and power.
What are we that you should notice us? What are we that you should love us? What are we what you should call us into covenant with you, a covenant we continually broke and you continuously sustained. 
Mercy! How full of mercy!
How can we but praise you, joining our voices with the song of angels and saints, seraphim and martyrs, strangers and family in every generation:
Jesus Christ who comes in our God's name, you are worthy, worthy! Lamb of God for all creation slain, you are worthy, worthy! Hosanna to our King! Hosanna to our King! You are holy, O God!

You are worthy, O Christ Worthy in your birth! Worthy in your living! Worthy in your loving! Worthy in your serving!You preached good news that God's kingdom has drawn near and gathered disciples, then and now, to learn and show the world what life in God's reign means:
healing for the sick.
new life for the dead,
cleansing for the lepers,
sight for the blinded,
food for the hungry,
freedom for the possessed,
love poured out for all.
Worthy the night you took a towel and basin, washed your disciples’ feet, 
and taught them to do likewise.
Worthy too, the same night we betrayed you, when you took the bread, blessed it and broke it, and gave it to your disciples. Worthy when you told them, "This is my body broken for you. Remember me."
Worthy when you took the cup, praised God and shared it,
and worthy when you said, "This is my blood of the new covenant for you. 
Remember me."
We remember. We remember, and we praise you with our lives and these gifts of bread and wine,
proclaiming with one voice the mystery of faith:
Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Come upon us, Holy Spirit. Come upon these gifts.
Make them be for us Christ's body, Christ's blood.
Make us one body in Christ enlivened in love by his blood.

SHARING THE BREAD AND CUP

HYMN OF SENDING FORTH 290 “Go to Dark Gethsemane”

1 Go to dark Gethsemane,
Ye that feel the tempter's power;
Your Redeemer's conflict see;
Watch with Him one bitter hour;
Turn not from His griefs away;
Learn of Jesus Christ to pray.

2 See him at the judgment hall;
Beaten, bound, reviled, arraigned;
O the worm-wood and the gall!
O the pangs His soul sustained!
Shun not suffering, shame, or loss;
Learn of Christ to bear the cross.

3 Calvary's mournful mountain climb;
There, adoring at His feet,
Mark that miracle of time,
God's own sacrifice complete.
"It is finished!" Hear him cry;
Learn of Jesus Christ to die.

4 Early hasten to the tomb
Where they laid his breathless clay;
All is solitude and gloom.
Who hath taken Him away?
Christ is risen! He meets our eyes:
Savior, teach us so to rise.

WORDS: James Montgomery, 1820, 1825 alt. MUSIC: Richard Redhead, 1853    

BENEDICTION
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We meet again tomorrow night at 7.30 p.m. for the Good Friday Tenebrae Service of Darkness.

On Sunday we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus at 8.30 & 11:00 a.m. Holy Communion will be celebrated so please prepare the elements (bread/cracker and water/juice/wine) to have on hand during the service.

 
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