Maundy Thursday Bulletin

Maundy Thursday Devotional Service

April 9, 2020 at 7pm

Bulletin for Print (PDF)

The people’s responses are in bold.

PRELUDE

“Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks”
Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks,
so longeth my soul after thee, O God.
My soul is athirst for God,
yea, even for the living God.
When shall I come to appear before the presence of God?

My tears have been my meat day and night,
while they daily say unto me,
“Where is now thy God?”

Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks,
so longeth my soul after thee, O God.
My soul is athirst for God,
yea, even for the living God.
When shall I come to appear before the presence of God?
(Psalm 42:1–3)

Westminster Choir
Recorded Live on September 22, 2019 at Westminster Presbyterian Church

WELCOME

PRAYER OF THE DAY

CONFESSION

Merciful God,
We confess that we have not lived up to our call to faithfulness and discipleship.
When we have failed to serve as Jesus served;
Forgive us, O Lord.
Please pray silently.

When we have failed to love one another as Jesus loves us;
Forgive us, O Lord.
Please pray silently.

When we have been happy to proclaim our devotion to Jesus with our lips and then denied him by our actions;
Forgive us, O Lord.
Please pray silently.

Merciful God,
Empower us by your Spirit to be steady and true to you in every time of trial; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

HYMN

O for a Closer Walk with God
Text: William Cowper (1731-1800)
Tune: CAITHNESS, Scottish Psalter (1635)
Hymn PDF

1 O for a closer walk with God,
a calm and heavenly frame,
a light to shine upon the road
that leads me to the Lamb!

2 Return, O holy Dove, return,
sweet messenger of rest!
I hate the sins that made thee mourn
and drove thee from my breast.

3 The dearest idol I have known,
whate’er that idol be,
help me to tear it from thy throne,
and worship only thee.

4 So shall my walk be close with God,
calm and serene my frame;
so purer light shall mark the road
that leads me to the Lamb.

SCRIPTURE

John 13:1-17, 31b-35

Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 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.

When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

MEDITATION

THE LORD’S SUPPER

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

SANCTUS

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…We proclaim the great mystery of faith:

Christ has died.
Christ has risen.
Christ will come again.

Gracious God, pour out your holy spirit upon us and upon this bread and wine that the bread we break and the cup we bless may be for us the communion of the body and blood of Christ. For we need that communion tonight from Wuhan, China to the Vatican, to NYC to northern virginia, throughout the world we long to be united. We are united in Christ’s suffering and we will be united in his glory. Strengthen us to reveal your justice, until all are made whole again in your kingdom without end.

Amen.

COMMUNION MUSIC

Ubi Caritas
Plainsong

Where true charity is dwelling, God is present there.
By the love of Christ we have been brought together:
let us find in him our gladness and our pleasure;
may we love him and revere him, God the living,
and in love respect each other with sincere hearts.
So when we as one are gathered all together,
let us strive to keep our minds free of division;
may there be an end to malice, strife and quarrels,
and let Christ our God be dwelling here among us.
May your face thus be our vision, bright in glory,
Christ our God, with all the blessed Saints in heaven:
such delight is pure and faultless, joy unbounded,
which endures through countless ages world without end.
Where true charity is dwelling, God is present there. Amen.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

O Lord our God, we rise from this table knowing a love beyond our deserving.
Thank you for giving us a place at your table;
for serving us the bread of life;
for offering to us, even to us, the cup of salvation.
In humility and hope, we go now from this night to your promised day.
In Christ we pray.
Amen.

Peace is my last gift to you,
my own peace I now leave with you;
peace which the world cannot give, I give to you.
I give you a new commandment:
Love one another as I have loved you.

Peace is my last gift to you,
my own peace I now leave with you;
peace which the world cannot give, I give to you.
By this shall the world know that you are my disciples:
That you have love for one another.


Participating in tonight’s service are Rev. Whitney Fauntleroy, Associate Pastor; Dr. Ben Hutchens, Director of Music Ministries.

Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-724912.