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HOLY (MAUNDY) THURSDAY
April 18, 2019
WELCOME AND GREETING
HYMN "Word of God, Come Down on Earth" [LSB 545]
INVOCATION Luke 22:19–20; Hebrews 10:17–18, 22; Psalm 25:6–7
P In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.
P Lest we forget, Jesus commanded,
C “Do this in remembrance of Me.”
P For, he explained,
C “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.”
P The new covenant is the fulfillment of the promise made centuries earlier through Jeremiah –
C “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more. Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.”
P Therefore, the writer exhorts us,
C “let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith.”
P Let us now draw near to our gracious God to confess our sins, assured that forgiveness is freely available on account of Jesus’ sacrificial death,.
Silence for reflection on the Word of God and our sinful condition.
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION
P Gracious heavenly Father,
C we have forgotten how much you love us and at times have doubted the goodness of your plans for us. We have forgotten to love our neighbors as ourselves. Instead, we have put our own interests first in our thoughts, words, and deeds. We have forgotten that we are sinful from birth and bound to sin, unable to change ourselves on our own. In Your mercy for Jesus’ sake, and as You have promised, forgive our iniquity, and remember our sin no more. Rescue us from the power of sin and transform us by your Holy Spirit.
P All of our sins are forgiven in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
HYMN “Christ Entered Once into the Holy Place”
Christ entered once into the holy place,
That by His blood He would our sins erase.
Complete salvation He thereby secured;
Redemption now and always is assured.
Of the new cov’nant mediator He,
By promised grace inheritors are we.
He bought us back; and now we are His own.
Grace comes to us from His eternal throne.
Text: James Pierce. Copyright © 2018 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved. Used by permission
NEW TESTAMENT Bible p. 1784
1 Corinthians 11:23-32 (We proclaim the Lord’s death)
HOLY GOSPEL Bible p. 1637
Luke 22:7–23 (The Lord’s Supper is established.)
HYMN “Remember Me”
“Remember Me,” this day our Savior said,
“Remember Me, in breaking of the bread.
My death proclaim and faithful ever be.
Till I return, each day, remember Me.”
“Remember Me; for you My blood was shed,
My body given; there may you be fed.
When troubles mount, when sin is all you see,
Then from the depths, My child, remember Me.”
Remember me, my Savior and my Lord.
Remember all Thou promised in Thy Word.
My sins, O Lord, I lift them up to Thee;
Forgive them all, I pray. Remember me.
Remember not a sinful word or deed.
Remember only what from Thee I need:
’Tis Thy great grace which in the cross I see.
Through life and death, O Lord, remember Me.
Text: James Pierce. Copyright © 2018 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
SERMON “Remembrance of Me” 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
LORD'S PRAYER Matthew 6:9-13
Pastor: Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:
People: 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 and ever. Amen.
WORDS OF CHRIST AS HE INSTITUTED HIS HOLY MEAL
Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-25
Pastor: Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: "Take, eat; this is My + body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me."
In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: "Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My + blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."
THE LORD’S SUPPER
We welcome you to the Lord’s Supper. In order to receive the blessing of this Sacrament (1 Corinthians 11:28-29), ask yourself the following questions:
- Am I sorry for my sins?
- Do I believe that Jesus is my Savior and that he forgives my sins?
- Do I plan, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to change my sinful life?
HYMNS DURING THE LORD’S SUPPER
“I Come, O Savior, To Thy Table” (LSB 618)
“Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness” (LSB 563)
“In the Shattered Bliss of Eden” [LSB 572] ALTERNATE TUNE: 531
Pastor: Lord Jesus Christ, we give You thanks for having fed us Your body and blood and for covering all our sins with Your forgiveness. As we prepare to approach again the remembrance of Your suffering and death upon the cross, renew our strength and make us strong in Your grace, so that we may serve You with all our heart, mind, body, and soul; whom with the Father and the Holy Spirit, You are one God, now and forever.
+ STRIPPING OF THE ALTAR +
STRIPPING OF THE ALTAR
This is the night in which our Lord was betrayed. After he had instituted the meal we call the Lord’s Supper, he and the eleven disciples went out to the Garden of Gethsemane, where he knew Judas would come to set in motion the events leading to his crucifixion. All the appointments in the chancel are symbols related to our Lord, the light of the world, the Word of God in the flesh, the covering for our sins, and so on. This evening they are stripped from the altar—which represents Jesus himself—just as he was struck, humiliated, tortured, and taken to the cross. The stripping of the altar refers to the removing all ornaments, linens, and paraments. It is an ancient custom of the Church done on Maundy Thursday. It points to the humiliation of Jesus at the hands of the soldiers.
After the Last Supper, events in our Lord’s life moved rapidly:
prayer in Gethsemane
betrayal by Judas
arrest, mock trial, painful beating,
the trudge to Golgotha and execution.
As his life was stripped from him, so we strip our altar of the signs of life to point to His purposeful, redemptive suffering and death for us.
Flowers are new life springing forth. In the passion and suffering of Christ, human life ebbs from Him. In recognition of this we remove these flowers from our altar.
[Flowers are removed]
Jesus said, "I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will have the light of life and will never walk in darkness." The events of Golgotha snuffed out the human life of Jesus, the Light of the world. As even creation was dark when He suffered, so we extinguish our candles and remove them.
[Candles extinguished and removed]
Our offerings represent one way of serving God and others. They reflect God's greatest offering to the world and to us in sending His Son, Jesus, in human form. As the offered body of Jesus was removed from sight in burial, so we remove our offerings.
[Offerings are removed]
The missal stand holds our worship books that guide our worship life together as we sing praises to God. As Jesus suffers, joyous songs are not heard. As these sounds of joy are removed from our lips, we remove the missal stand.
[Missal stand and service books are removed]
Jesus' offered Body and His shed Blood have been given to us in, with, and under the form of bread and wine in this Holy Mystery. As He was removed from us in the grave, so we remove the elements and vessels of this Sacrament.
[Communion vessels are removed]
Our altar is in the form of a table. It is here where our Lord Jesus serves us as both host and meal at his banquet feast. The coverings and paraments are made of fine linen; materials appropriate for feasting with our King. As our King's body was stripped in crucifixion, so our altar is stripped of its coverings.
[Altar cloths and paraments are removed]
(After the stripping of the altar has been completed, all are asked to pause for a moment of silent and prayerful reflection before leaving as usual.)
Holy Week services continue tomorrow on Good Friday:
- Frankfort Community Crosswalk (ending at Good Shepherd) – 12:30-2:00PM
- Evening worship at 6:15PM