First Congregational Church, UCC
Wolfeboro, NH
April 9, 2020
Maundy Thursday
Today's service is called "Poured Out" and it was adapted by Pastor Gina from © Dr. Marcia McFee, “The Worship Design Studio with Dr. Marcia McFee" 
**For today :

You will (again) need some bread, a cup of juice or wine. It need not matter what kind or fashion, for communion was, at first, a ritual made from leftovers.**

You will also want a bowl with water in it, for ritual hand-washing, and a towel.

You may wish to watch this as sun is setting, and it is beginning to get dark. I encourage you to light a candle, or several.

The narrator will lead you through the rituals.
The NH Conference of the UCC is hosting a series of theological roundtables around the themes and conversations of Holy Week. Panelists (including Pastor Gina and the Rev. Dr. Beth Nordbeck) are UCC pastors from all over New Hampshire.

These will begin on Palm Sunday.
You can find them on the Conference's Facebook page.

If "study" is your way to move through Holy Week, be sure to tune-in.
John 12:1-11
Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany,
the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. Judas objected: Why was the money not used to feed the poor? Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial.” 

John 13:3-8;12-16
When they finished supper, Jesus 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 a towel. He came to Simon Peter,
who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
After he had washed their feet and returned to the table,
he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?
Learn from me. You call me teacher, Lord.
If I have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” 

John 13:21-30
Jesus was troubled in spirit that night, and he said,
“I’m telling you: one of you is going to betray me.”
The disciples looked at each other,
not sure who or what he was talking about.
Peter leaned over to Jesus and said, “Lord, who is it?”
Jesus turned to Judas, and gave him his own piece of bread.
“Go quickly,” Jesus said to him. “Do what you are going to do.” 

A paraphrase of scriptures

After dinner, they went to the Garden of Gethsemane and Jesus prayed. And then the soldiers came, and they arrested Jesus. They took him to the Council, and to the Governor’s palace, where they tried to make it look like a trial--but it wasn’t.
And then finally, they led him away, to the place where criminals were hung, always, on crosses. So that they would die—slowly, painfully. Jesus was hung between two other crosses, bandits on each side of him. And the sign over Jesus’ cross said, “This was the King of the Jews.” 

Standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother and some other women he had known well. When he saw his mother, and the disciple John there in front of him, Jesus said, “Take this son in my place...Take good care of my mother.” 

Mark’s gospel mentions our last character at the scene of the cross, “Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome.” Salome later accompanies the women to the tomb. 

It took a village to get this service put together-- truly. Thank you! For last minute bravery with technology, readings and good humor. We are in this together!

Special thanks to Bob Levin, Andy Campbell, Elizabeth England, Dave Holden, Mike Turner, Mike Hewitt, Laura Cooper, Susan Crimp-Marcett, David Lehmann, Virginia Hudson, and Amie Edmunds!

I encourage you to make good practice of them in times that work for you. You will need a wreath with four candles in it, and one in the center (the Paschal light). If you do not have an advent wreath for candles, simply use four candles circling one in the center.

Please remember to send in your offering, as you are able.
We are still checking mail at the post office, and our counters are still making deposits. Many of our expenses continue.