Maundy Thursday Virtual Communion Service

April 9, 2020 at 6:00 pm

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:34-35 (KJV)

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Online meeting opens at 5:45 pm
so we can greet each other as we gather.

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Participants may provide their own grape juice and bread, or what they feel is an acceptable substitution, maintaining integrity with the elements according to their personal circumstances. See “Guidance on Virtual Communion” by Bishop William T. McAlilly.

CALL TO WORSHIP AND INVOCATION

THE TORAH READING: Exodus 12:1-14 (KJV)

1And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying,

This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.

Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:

And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.

Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:

And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.

And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.

And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.

Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.

10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.

11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the Lord‘s passover.

12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord.

13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.

HYMN
Let Us Break Bread Together
Spiritual, Public Domain
The United Methodist Hymnal, No. 641

1 Let us break bread together on our knees;
let us break bread together on our knees.

Let us break bread together on our knees;
let us break bread together on our knees.

When I fall on my knees
with my face to the rising sun,
O Lord, have mercy on me.

2 Let us drink wine together on our knees;
let us drink wine together on our knees.

Let us drink wine together on our knees;
let us drink wine together on our knees.

When I fall on my knees
with my face to the rising sun,
O Lord, have mercy on me.

3 Let us praise God together on our knees;
let us praise God together on our knees.

Let us praise God together on our knees;
let us praise God together on our knees.

When I fall on my knees
with my face to the rising sun,
O Lord, have mercy on me.

RESPONSIVE READING
1 Corinthians 11:23-26

23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you,

that the Lord Jesus
the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:

24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said,

Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you:
this do in remembrance of me.

25 After the same manner also he took the cup,
when he had supped, saying,

this cup is the new testament in my blood:
this  do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

26For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup,
ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.

OFFERINGS OF OIL, BREAD, AND WINE

O God, the giver of health and salvation,
we give thanks
to you for the gift of oil.
As your holy apostles anointed
many
who were sick and healed them,
so pour out your
Holy Spirit
on us and on this gift,
that those who in faith
and repentance
receive this anointing
throughout the year
may be made
whole;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

EXAMINATION OF THE CONSCIENCE,
CONFESSION, AND WORDS OF ASSURANCE

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.

THE GOSPEL READING: John 13:31-35 (KJV)

31 Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.

32 If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him.

33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.

34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

We offer to the Lord our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness, together with the elements each brings to their table for consecration to be for each of us the body and blood of Christ.

All present are encouraged to participate fully regardless of age, religious affiliation, or any other circumstances.  “Whosoever will may come.”

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING
FOR HOLY THURSDAY EVENING
The United Methodist Book of Worship, Page  65

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing,
always and everywhere
to give thanks to you,
Almighty God,
creator of heaven and earth.
From the earth you bring forth bread
and create the fruit of the vine.
You formed us in your image,
delivered us from captivity,
and made covenant
to be our sovereign God.
You fed us manna in the wilderness,
and gave grapes
as evidence of the promised land.
And so, with your people on earth
and all the company of heaven
we praise your name
and join their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he
who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

Holy are you,
and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ.
When we had turned aside from your way
and abused your gifts,
you gave us in him your crowning gift.
Emptying himself,
that our joy might be full,
he fed the hungry, healed the sick,
ate with the scorned and forgotten,
washed his disciples’ feet,
and gave a holy meal
as a pledge of his abiding presence.
By the baptism
of his suffering, death, and resurrection
you gave birth to your Church,
delivered us from slavery to sin and death,
and made with us a new covenant
by water and the Spirit.

On the night in which
he gave himself up for us,
he took bread, gave thanks to you,
broke the bread,
gave it to his disciples, and said:0
“Take, eat;
this is my body which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”

When the supper was over he took the cup,
gave thanks to you,
gave it to his disciples, and said:
“Drink from this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
poured out for you and for many
for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink 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.

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 wine.
Make them be for us
the body and blood of Christ,
that we may be for the world
the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood.

By your Spirit make us one with Christ,
one with each other,
and one in ministry to all the world,
until Christ comes in final victory,
and 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 for ever.
Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

BREAKING THE BREAD

AGNUS DEI
“Behold, the Lamb of God,
who takes away the sins of the world.” (John 1:2)

Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.

Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.

Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world,
grant us peace.

SHARING THE BREAD AND CUP

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
A Eucharistic Prayer for the Global Pandemic

by Rev. Lane Cotton Winn and Rev. Juan Huertas
Louisiana Conference
of The United Methodist Church

Day after day after day
you give yourself to us:
in two or three gathered in your name,
in connection across the miles,
and in bread and wine.
As we go from this gathering
around your table,
may we feel restored to your body,
companioned by your people,
and sustained
by the power of your Spirit

as we witness to your healing
and reconciling work.
Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

HYMN
Fill My Cup, Lord
by Richard Blanchard
The United Methodist Hymnal, No. 641

Fill my cup, Lord;
I lift it up Lord;
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul.
Bread of Heaven,
feed me till I want no more.
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole.

BENEDICTION
A Service of Worship for Holy Thursday Evening
by Don Saliers, © 1992 UMPH

Go in peace.
May Jesus Christ,
who for our sake
became obedient unto death,
even death on a cross,
keep you and strengthen you
this night and for ever. Amen.

 



AFTER-THE-SERVICE REFLECTION

O the Depth of Love Divine
by Charles Wesley, 1745 (John 6:35-58)
The United Methodist Hymnal, No. 627

O the depth of love divine,
the unfathomable grace!
Who shall say how bread and wine
God into us conveys!
How the bread His flesh imparts,
How the wine transmits His blood,
Fills His faithful people’s hearts
with all the life of God!

Let the wisest mortals show
how we the grace receive;
Feeble elements bestow
a power not theirs to give.
Who explains the wondrous way,
How through these the virtue came?
These the virtue did convey,
yet still remain the same.

How can spirits heavenward rise,
by earthly matter fed,
Drink herewith divine supplies
and eat immortal bread?
Ask the Father’s wisdom how: Christ
Who did the means ordain;
Angels round our altars bow
to search it out, in vain.

Sure and real is the grace,
the manner be unknown;
Only meet us in thy ways
and perfect us in one.
Let us taste the heavenly powers,
Lord, we ask for nothing more.
Thine to bless, ’tis only ours
to wonder and adore.