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Maundy Thursday, April 9
(If interested in the "Love Feast," please gather bread/wafer and drink prior to starting the service.)
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(The service has been pre-recorded.)
Holy Week is a time to mourn when love is crucified on the cross of fear and hate. We bring the story of Jesus into reflection with the story of our world in which this continues. And yet, that is not the end of the story. Our Lenten journey heightens and culminates in a journey to the waters of baptismal renewal in the dark of night. The earliest Christian communities saw this time of the year as the ultimate time for baptisms because this was when Christ died and was raised–just as we die to the old and rise again to new life through our baptisms. Drawing on the ancient Vigil ritual that incorporates Light, Water, Word and Table, we will go on a pilgrimage as traveling companions through the church, offering us a deeply moving experience of our faith story then and now.
Order of Worship
Thursday, April 9, 2020
Maundy Thursday
in the Manner of Taizé
           
Gathering as the Body of Christ (Pastor Seok-Hwan Hong)

Lighting of Christ Candle

HYMN "O Lord, Hear My Prayer" TFWS #2200 [5 times]
O Lord, hear my prayer/ O Lord, hear my prayer/ When I call, answer me
O Lord, hear my prayer/ O Lord, hear my prayer/ Come and listen to me

Song from Taizé, music: Jacques Berthier (1923-1994), copyright © Ateliers et Presses de Taizé, 71250 Taizé, France

 
HYMN "Holy Spirit, Come to Us" TFWS # 2118 [5 times]
(Veni Sancte Spiritus) 
Holy Spirit, come to us.

Song from Taizé, music: Jacques Berthier (1923-1994), copyright © Ateliers et Presses de Taizé, 71250 Taizé, France
  
 
Gospel Reading - Luke 22:14-23 (Bev Welsh)
14-16 When it was time, he sat down, all the apostles with him, and said, “You’ve no idea how much I have looked forward to eating this Passover meal with you before I enter my time of suffering. It’s the last one I’ll eat until we all eat it together in the kingdom of God.” 17-18 Taking the cup, he blessed it, then said, “Take this and pass it among you. As for me, I’ll not drink wine again until the kingdom of God arrives.” 19 Taking bread, he blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, given for you. Eat it in my memory.” 20 He did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant written in my blood, blood poured out for you. 21-22 “Do you realize that the hand of the one who is betraying me is at this moment on this table? It’s true that the Son of Man is going down a path already marked out—no surprises there. But for the one who turns him in, turns traitor to the Son of Man, this is doomsday.” 23 They immediately became suspicious of each other and began quizzing one another, wondering who might be about to do this.
 
Meditation - (Pastor Seok-Hwan)

HYMN "Come and Fill Our Hearts"   TFWS #2157 [5 times] (" Confitemini Domino")
Come and fill our hearts with your peace.
You alone, O Lord, are holy.
Come and fill our hearts with your peace.
Alleluia!
  
Song from Taizé, music: Jacques Berthier (1923-1994), copyright © Ateliers et Presses de Taizé, 71250 Taizé, France

RITUAL OF HANDWASHING and A LOVE FEAST  

So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example that you also should do as I have done for you. (John 13:13-14) As Jesus prayed to his Father in the shadows of the Garden of Gethsemane, let us pray together now in the shadow of his love. For the leaders of the world, that they may put aside their differences and seek the peace of Christ, we pray,
Lord, hear our prayer.

For the Church, that she may become a servant offering hope, life, and compassion to all who seek God’s love, we pray.
Lord, hear our prayer.

For all who receive daily bread in welfare lines, food banks, and at this table, that they may forgive our daily trespasses, we pray,
Lord, hear our prayer.

Lord, gather your people around your table, that we who celebrate this sacrament may understand what Christ does for us and follow in his way, we pray,
Lord, hear our prayer.

That we may long for the day when all may feast at the table of our Lord, no one will be an outsider, and all will be loved, we pray,
Lord, hear our prayer.

As our Lord continues to make intercession for us, let us unite in this prayer, remembering those who asked us to pray and those who need our prayers.

[Silent prayer]
Gracious God, as we eat and drink the sacrament of the body and blood of your Son, given for us on the cross, help us in turn to give ourselves to you by giving ourselves to others. We pray through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

When the time arrived for Jesus to be lifted up; When all had been prepared, and He shared His last meal with His friends, The Lord, took the loaf, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to the disciples. When you eat the bread, remember Me.

When the meal was finished, The Lord took the cup, blessed it, and gave it to the disciples. When you drink the water, remember Me.
 
Now, as we gather at this table, we eat bread; we drink water; and we remember the One Who died to bring us life. Amen.
(The feast meal is shared.)

Thanksgiving
We thank You, Lord for giving us this meal, for giving us Your Presence and Your life, And for reminding us of Your everlasting grace, which will be celebrated for all eternity. Amen.
 
Hymn "Nothing Can Trouble" TFWS #2054 [5 times]
("Nada Te Turbe")
Nothing can trouble, nothing can frighten.
Those who seek God shall never go wanting.
Nothing can trouble, nothing can frighten.
God alone fills us.

Song from Taizé, music: Jacques Berthier (1923-1994), copyright © Ateliers et Presses de Taizé, 71250 Taizé, France

Hymn "Bless the Lord" TFWS #2013 [5 times]
Bless the Lord, my soul, and bless God’s holy name. Bless the Lord, my soul, who leads me into life.

Song from Taizé, music: Jacques Berthier (1923-1994), copyright © Ateliers et Presses de Taizé, 71250 Taizé, France

Benediction

Blessing those who are praying during the Easter Vigil
(from Maundy Thursday April 9, 8:30 PM
until Good Friday April 10, 7:30 PM)
( Each family set up the table with various candles with the sacred such as cross, bible or hymn book and bread, cracker, water or juice )

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