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MAUNDY THURSDAY (April 9, 2020)

Opening Hymn “I Come O Savior to your Table” – LSB #618
Invocation / Instruction for the End of Lent
P: In this Lenten season, we have heard our Lord’s call to intensify our struggle against sin,
death, and the devil. All this keeps us from loving God and one another. This is the struggle began
at our baptism. God continues to forgive us and give us the power of His Spirit to amend our lives
because of His love for us in Jesus our Savior. Within the family of the church, God never wearies
of giving peace and new life. In the words of forgiveness that we receive it is forgiveness as from
God Himself. This absolution we should not doubt, but firmly believe that thereby our sins are
forgiven before God in heaven, for it comes to us in the name and by the command of our Lord. We
who receive God’s love in Jesus Christ are called to love one another, to be servants to one another
as Jesus became our Servant. It is, however, in Holy Communion that the members of Christ’s body
participate most intimately in His love. Remembering our Lord’s Last Supper with His disciples, we
eat the bread and drink the cup of this meal. Together we receive the Lord’s gift of His body and
blood and participate in that new covenant that makes us one in Him. The Lord’s Supper is the
promise of the great banquet we will share with all the faithful when our Lord returns, the finale of
our reconciliation with God and one another.
Confession of Sins
P: We confess our sins to God and ask for His forgiveness.
C: Almighty God, merciful Father, I confess to you that I have not loved you with
all my heart. I have pursued my ways instead of your ways. In what I have done and
left undone, I have not loved my brothers and sisters as myself. For this I deserve
your punishment both now and in eternity. I am truly sorry for my sins.... I repent of
them... I beg for your mercy... Forgive me Oh, Lord... Silence for meditation...
P: Forgive us for the sake of Jesus, who suffered & died for us.
C: Cleanse me from my sins. Release me from my guilt.
Grant Your Holy Spirit to amend my sinful life... (a moment of silence)
P: Almighty God has been merciful to us and has sent his Son to die for all. For Jesus’ sake God
forgives us our sins and calls us from darkness to His marvelous light. Therefore, as a called servant
of Christ and by His authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father & of the Son X
and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen

Psalm of Response: Psalm 116

What shall I offer to the Lord... For all his benefits to me?
I will lift the cup of salvation... I will call on the name of the Lord.
I call on the name of the Lord... O Lord, deliver my soul!"
I will offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving... And call on Your name.
I will pay my vows to the Lord... In the presence of all His

people.

Praises are in the house of the Lord... In the midst of Your

people.

Praise the Lord, O my soul... Praise the Lord!!

Prayer of the Day — O Lord Jesus, since you have told us to remember Your passion thru this
wonderful sacrament, continually help us to use this sacrament of Your body & blood. That the
fruits of your redeeming work may be evident in us and in our lives; for you live and reign with
the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now & forever. AMEN

First Reading / Hymn LSB #631 / Gospel Reading

Hymn of the Day: (Tune LSB #508)

Lord Je-sus Christ, you have pre-pared This feast for my sal-va-tion,
Your ve-ry bod-y and your blood; Thus, at your in-vi-ta-tion,
With weary heart, by sin oppressed, I come to You you for needed rest;

I need your peace, your pardon.

Though in-to heav-en you have gone, As-cend-ing far a-bove me,
Yet here in earth-ly food I see How much in-deed you love me.
You are not bound to any place; No contrite heart escapes your grace;

Your love unsought surrounds me.

I eat this bread, I drink this cup, Your prom-ise firm be-liev-ing;
In truth your bod-y and your blood My lips are here re-ceiv-ing.
Your word re-mains for-ev-er true; All things are pos-si-ble for you;

Your search-ing love has found me.

Un-aid-ed rea-son can-not see What ea-ger faith em-brac-es,
But this con-sol-ing sup-per, Lord, Each rest-less doubt dis-plac-es.
Your won-drous ways are not con-fined With-in the lim-its of my mind;

Your prom-ise whol-ly tri-umphs.

I should have died eternally, But here, repentant kneeling,
Newborn I rise to live the love Found in your strength, your healing.
Lord, in this sacrament impart Your joy and courage to my heart;

Dead yet alive I praise you!

Sermon
Nicene Creed:

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and

of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of his
Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God,
begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things
were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and
was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man; and was
crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried. And the
third day he rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven and
sits at the right hand of the Father. And he will come again with glory to judge both
the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from
the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped
and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in one holy Christian and
apostolic Church, I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look
for the resurrection of the dead & the life of the world to come. Amen

OFFERING

Prayers of the Church -- THE GREAT LITANY

Prayers to Approach God
P: O God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth,
C: Have mercy on us.
P: O God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
C: Have mercy on us.
P: O God the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide,
C: Have mercy on us.
P: Holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, three persons in one God,
C: Have mercy on us.

Prayers for Deliverance

P: Remember not, Lord Christ, our offenses nor the offenses of our fathers. Spare us,
good Lord; spare your people whom you have redeemed with your precious blood.
C: Spare us, good Lord.
P: From all spiritual blindness; from pride, vanity, and hypocrisy; from envy, hatred, and
malice; and from all lack of charity:
C: Good Lord, deliver us.
P: From all deadly sin; and from the deceits of the world, the flesh, and the devil:
C: Good Lord, deliver us.
P: From all false doctrine, heresy, and divisions; from hardness of heart and contempt for
your Word and your will:
C: Good Lord, deliver us.
P: From tornado and storm; from drought, fire, and flood; from civil strife and violence;
from war and murder; and from dying suddenly and unprepared:
C: Good Lord, deliver us.

Recalling Christ’s Saving Work

P: By the mystery of your holy incarnation; by your baptism, fasting, and temptation; and
by your proclamation of the kingdom:
C: Good Lord, deliver us.
P: By your bloody sweat & bitter grief; by your cross & suffering; and by your costly
death & burial:
C: Good Lord, deliver us.
P: By your mighty resurrection; by your glorious ascension; and by the coming of the
Holy Spirit:
C: Good Lord, deliver us.
P: In times of trouble; in times of prosperity; in the hour of death; and on the day of
judgment:
C: Good Lord, deliver us.
P: Receive our prayers, O Lord our God.
C: Hear us, good Lord.

Prayers for the Church

P: Govern and direct your holy Church, fill it with love and truth, and grant it that unity

which is according to your will.
C: Hear us, good Lord.
P: Enlighten all ministers with true knowledge and understanding of your Word, that by
their preaching and living they may declare it clearly and show its truth.
C: Hear us, good Lord.
P: Encourage and prosper your servants who spread the gospel in all the world, and send
out laborers into the harvest.
C: Hear us, good Lord.
P: Bless and keep your people, that all may find and follow their true vocation and
ministry.
C: Hear us, good Lord.
P: Give us a heart to love & reverence you that we may diligently live according to your
will.
C: Hear us, good Lord.
P: To all your people, give grace to hear & receive your Word & to bring forth the fruit
of the Spirit.
C: Hear us, good Lord.
P: Strengthen those who stand firm in the faith, encourage the fainthearted, raise up those
who fall, finally give us the victory in Christ.
C: Hear us, good Lord.
P: Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
C: Have mercy on us.
P: Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
C: Have mercy on us.
P: Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
C: Grant us peace.
P: Lord, have mercy on us.
C: Christ, have mercy on us.

Service of the Sacrament: LSB pg.160
Distribution Hymns: LSB #623 / #624 / #636 / #537
The altar is stripped in preparation for Good Friday as the Choir chants Psalm 22.

Psalm 22:1–31 (sung by choir)

1My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me,
from the words of my groaning?
2O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest.
3Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.
4
In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them.
5To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
6But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by the people.
7All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;
8“He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”

9Yet you are he who took me from the womb; you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts.
10On you was I cast from my birth, and from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
11Be not far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help.
12Many bulls encompass me; strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
13
they open wide their mouths at me, like a ravening and roaring lion.
14
I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax;
it is melted within my breast;
15my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
you lay me in the dust of death.
16For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me;
they have pierced my hands and feet—
17
I can count all my bones—they stare and gloat over me;
18
they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.
19But you, O Lord, do not be far off! O you my help, come quickly to my aid!
20Deliver my soul from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dog!
21Save me from the mouth of the lion! You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!
22
I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
23You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him,
and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
24For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, and he has not hidden his face from
him, but has heard, when he cried to him.
25From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
my vows I will perform before those who fear him.
26The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord!
May your hearts live forever!
27All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations
shall worship before you.
28For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.
29All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
even the one who could not keep himself alive.
30Posterity shall serve him; it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;
31
they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn, that he has done it.
CONGREGATION LEAVES QUIETLY INTO THE NIGHT.

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