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Maundy Thursday Service
April 9, 2020

Maundy Thursday Service

Maundy Thursday
Fellowship of the Upper Room

Welcome And Opening   “I send you greetings from a distance this Maundy Thursday evening.  It is hard not to be together in person and to remember that very sacred night when Jesus gathered with his closest friends for the Passover meal.  At that meal, they broke bread and shared the cup; in John, we hear that Jesus showed them what it means to be a servant as he washed their feet, and then he went to the garden to pray with some of his followers and where he was later arrested.  It is impossible to feel the joy of Easter without remembering the painful story of the Lord’s Passion, of his arrest and crucifixion.  What follows is the Service of Tenebrae that we had planned to share had we met in person.  You might light some candles and extinguish them as you read the passages from Scripture.  May you feel the presence of God as you share these prayers and readings.” —Rev. Paula Norbert


The Israelites cried out to God in their oppression.
Their voices still echo around the globe

God hears the cries of the suffering,
and delivers those who wait on God.

All who suffer, who die, who are alienated, are precious to
God; let us love the Lord who restores liberty
and gives us hope for peace.

Today we remember the One who gave himself for us,
Jesus the Christ.  Let us worship God!

HYMN  I Am the Bread of Life:  https://youtu.be/V6tGh1zCUOM


 Music: Make Me A Servant:   https://youtu.be/HnJEGnE9kcM



Almighty God, we thank you for your mighty acts of deliverance when you enable us to cross over from despair to hope, from brokenness to wholeness, from death to life.

We thank you for the deep love of Jesus, which moved him to risk himself for the liberation of all, and for the grace we experience in receiving these symbols of the life he gave. In his name we pray. Amen.



The Extinguishing Of Lights

The room will be dimly lighted throughout the Service of Tenebrae, ending in darkness. The gradual extinguishing of the lights is symbolic of the flight of the disciples and the passion of our Lord.


1st Reading      Matthew 26:20-25                                                         

20 When it was evening, he took his place with the twelve;  and while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.” 22 And they became greatly distressed and began to say to him one after another, “Surely not I, Lord?” 23 He answered, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. 24 The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born.” 25 Judas, who betrayed him, said, “Surely not I, Rabbi?” He replied, “You have said so.”


2nd Reading      Matthew 26:31, 33-35                      

31 Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me33 Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.”

34 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”

35 But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same.


HYMN: The Servant Song (Stanza 1 & 2)  https://youtu.be/k-Pk2NHKg_o

  1. Will you let me be our servant, let me be as Christ to you? Pray that I may have the grace to let you be my servant too.
  2. We are pilgrims on a journey; we’re together on the road. We are here to help each other walk the mile and bear the load.


3rd Reading        Mark 14:32-41                          

32 They went to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be distressed and agitated. 34 And he said to them, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and keep awake.” 35 And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36 He said, “Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.” 37 He came and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep awake one hour? 38 Keep awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 39 And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. 40 And once more he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they did not know what to say to him. 41 He came a third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Enough! The hour has come; the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.


4th Reading     Matthew 26:47-52           

 47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; with him was a large crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him.” 49 At once he came up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him. 50 Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you are here to do.” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and arrested him. 51 Suddenly, one of those with Jesus put his hand on his sword, drew it, and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear. 52 Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.


5th Reading      Luke 22:54-62                                   

54 Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house. But Peter was following at a distance. 55 When they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them. 56 Then a servant-girl, seeing him in the firelight, stared at him and said, “This man also was with him.” 57 But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” 58 A little later someone else, on seeing him, said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not!” 59 Then about an hour later still another kept insisting, “Surely this man also was with him; for he is a Galilean.” 60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about!” At that moment, while he was still speaking, the cock crowed. 61 The Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times.” 62 And he went out and wept bitterly.



        Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

        Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

        Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.

        Were you there when they crucified my Lord?


6th Reading    Matthew 27:20-26                       

Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus killed. 21 The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” 22 Pilate said to them, “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?”[a] All of them said, “Let him be crucified!” 23 Then he asked, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!”

24 So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood;[b] see to it yourselves.  So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified


7th Reading           Mark 15:16-20                   

Then the soldiers led him into the courtyard of the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters[a]); and they called together the whole cohort. 17 And they clothed him in a purple cloak; and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on him. 18 And they began saluting him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 19 They struck his head with a reed, spat upon him, and knelt down in homage to him. 20 After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.


HYMN   MAKE ME A SERVANT: https://youtu.be/HnJEGnE9kcM



(In the tradition of our church you are invited to depart in silence once the lights come up.)



The name “Maundy Thursday” comes from the Latin word “mandatum,” which means “commandment,” as Jesus gave us all a new commandment on that night —that people should love one another even as Christ loves them (John 13:34-35). That spirit led the ruling monarch in Great Britain to give alms to poor people on the Thursday before Easter. These gifts were called “royal Maundy,” hence the name, Maundy Thursday.