Bulletin for Maundy Thursday Service

WELCOME TO
ST. JOHN’S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
223 West College Avenue, Bluffton, OH 45817
April 1, 2021
Maundy Thursday
Rev. Katherine Beckett (567-226-1009) Church (419-358-5641)
E-mail: stjohnucc@embarqmail.com
Website: http://www.blufftonstjohns.com


No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!


Prelude “Christ, Let Us Come With You” P. 276


Threshold*


Gather*
People gathered around Jesus as his reputation became known from town to town. As we gather virtually, we too are yearning for presence, for peace, for help.

First Reading Commission Matthew 10:1-8


Reflection


Second Reading The First Commandment Matthew 22:34


Third Reading The Plot to Kill Jesus Matthew 26:1-5


Approach*
People opened their lives to Jesus. We are drawn to the
Healer – opening our hearts with honesty and finding assurance that offers peace.

Prayer of Confession*
God of Suffering, You take no delight in the destruction of your creation, your people. Our own broken edges, sharp and raw, contribute to the pain sometimes. Especially during prolonged difficulty, we find ourselves struggling. We cannot manage it on our own, yet we try, forgetting to turn to you, forgetting to turn to each other, forgetting the power you offer, the commission you give, to turn our tears to balm, to use our broken edges to cleave new realities of justice and hope. It all feels overwhelming and so we look away.
Help us, Healer, show us our connection to your healing power. Forgive our disbelief. Move us to move one step at a time toward greater care for one another. In this silence, we sense and acknowledge our yearning for wholeness.


Silence

Amen.

Fourth Reading Jesus is Anointed Mathew 26:6-13

The First Anointing: Extravagant Love

Music “What Wondrous Love Is This” P. 257

Fifth Reading Preparation for the Feast Matthew 26:14-19

Believe*
People were fortified by Jesus’ words and deeds that revealed
care for all especially those marginalized. We strengthen our belief in the possibility of renewed health and vigor for all.

The Second Anointing: Called to Serve

Music “With the Body That Was Broken” P. 691

Sixth Reading: The Supper Matthew 26:20-29

Holy Communion

One: Our God is with you!
Many: And also with you!
One: Lift up your hearts
Many: We lift them up to our God.
One: Let us give thanks to our Sovereign God
Many: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
One: It is right, and a good and joyful thing,
always and everywhere to give thanks to you.

In the beginning you breathed life into raw materials,
creating and animating containers of beauty and goodness.
We, your Holy Vessels, were fired in the kiln of love
until we shined with your light.

Susceptible to shattering, we find ourselves broken,
unable at times to remember your promise of repair.
You remind us time and again that, though broken,
we are held in your presence
and made whole by your grace.

And so,
with your people on earth
and all the company of heaven
we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Many: Holy , holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest!

Hymn “Let Us Break Bread Together” P. 699

Seventh Reading Predictions Matthew 26:30-35

Litany
One: Disciples, I invite you to repeat after me:
I will never desert you
Many: I will never desert you
One: I will never deny you
Many: I will never deny you
One: I will never desert you
Many: I will never desert you
One: I will never deny you
Many: I will never deny you
One: I will never desert you
Many: I will never desert you
One: I will never deny you
Many: I will never deny you
Vessels, holy and whole. Broken, needing the One. Open body and soul. Healer come.

Ask*
People who were healed by Jesus were not afraid to ask. And so,
we come before the Holy One, making our petitions and our
desires known, trusting the work of the Spirit.

Eighth Reading Jesus Prays in Gethsemane Matthew 26:36-41

Prayers in the Night

Music “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” P. 261

Ninth Reading Jesus Prays in Gethsemane Matthew 26:42-56

Tenth Reading Jesus before the High Priest Matthew 26:57-68

Eleventh Reading Peter’s Denial of Jesus

Congregational Response

Vessels, holy and whole. Broken, needing the One.
Open body and soul. Healer come.

Closing Hymn “Go to Dark Gethsemane” P. 272

*adapted from Worship Design Studio. Used with permission.

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