Pre-Recorded Worship Service
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Taizé Maundy Thursday
April 1, 2021
Order of Worship
Prior to the service if you'd like, please light a few candles and prepare bread/crackers for communion. Repeat the following prayer:

Prayer of Preparation
“I have calmed and quieted my soul . . .
Hope in the Lord from this time and forever.” 

Psalm 131
Nancy Burns
My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have calmed and quietened myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content. Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and for evermore.
 
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.
 
Psalm 116: 12-19
Doug Keele
What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants. Truly I am your servant, Lord; I serve you just as my mother did; you have freed me from my chains. I will sacrifice a thank-offering to you and call on the name of the Lord. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people, in the courts of the house of the Lord – in your midst, Jerusalem.

Hymn
"O Lord Hear My Prayer"
FWS # 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.
 
Meeting Christ in Silence
(with the sound of the gong for 1 minute)
 
We Remember
A Grain of Wheat Must Die
John 12: 23-26
Jill Lohmeier
Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be
glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.

Jesus Speaks About His Death
John 12: 27-36
Nancy Burns
“Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say — ‘Father, save me from this hour?' No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all People to myself.” He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die. The crowd answered him, “We have heard from the law that the Messiah remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” Jesus said to them, “The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.” After Jesus had said this, he departed and hid from them.

Hymn
"Come and Fill Our Hearts"
TFWS # 2157 (5 times)
Come and fill our hearts with your peace. You alone, O Lord, are holy.
Come and fill our hearts with your peace, alleluia!
 
Meeting Christ in Silence
(with the sound of the gong for 1 minute)
 
Communion

Communion Anthem
“Bread of Heaven”
arr. Faye López
Adult Choir (singing from our homes)*

The Institution of the Lord’s Supper
Luke 22:14-23
Pastor Hong
When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. But see, the one who betrays me is with me, and his hand is on the table. For the Son of Man is going as it has been determined, but woe to that one by whom he is betrayed!” Then they began to ask one another which one of them it could be who would do this.

Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet
John 13: 2–17
Doug Keele
The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus answered, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.” For he
knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, “Not all of you are clean.” After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord — and you are right, for that is what I am. 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 to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.
 
Hymn
"Jesus Remember Me"
UMH #488 (5 times)
Jesus remember me when you come into your Kingdom.
Jesus remember me when you come into your Kingdom.
 
Meeting Christ in Silence
(with the sound of the gong for 1 minute)
 
Promise of the Holy Spirit
John 14: 27-28
Jill Lohmeier
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I.
 
Hymn
"Stay with Me"
TFWS #2198 (6 times)
Stay with me. Remain here with me. 
Watch and pray. Watch and Pray. 
 
Blessing 
May Christ who bore our sins upon the cross set us free to serve him with joy. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all, now and forever more. Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
 

Adult Choir Singers:
Marge Barnett
Jane Beatty
Mark Beatty
Morgan Bott
Beth Fowler
Bella Guilmartin
Larry Guilmartin
Claire Hall
Scott Hall
Mark Johnson
Ken Muzykewicz
Louise Provan
Marilyn Seymour

Organist: Matt Cron

Video: Spencer Murata

(This service material comes from First Presbyterian Church of Farmington, Farmington Hills, MI 48334)
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