Maundy Thursday Worship
“Lift Up Your Heads, O Mighty Gates” (based on Psalm 24:7, tune: Truro)
Lift up your heads, O mighty gates. Behold, the King of glory waits!
The King of Kings is drawing near.The Savior of the world is here.
Fling wide the portals of your heart. Make it a Temple, set apart
from earthly use for heaven’s employ, adorned with prayer and love & joy.
So come, my Sovereign, enter in! Let new and nobler life begin.
Thy Holy Spirit guide us on, until the glorious crown be won.
“The King of Glory” (a traditional Israeli folk song) © 1967, W.F. Jabusch
(used with permission, CCLI# 1117-0235, First Congregational UCC, Alpena, Michigan)
The Refrain: The King of Glory comes, the nation rejoices.
Open the gates before Him, lift up your voices.
Who is the King of Glory? How shall we call him?
He is “Emmanuel”, the promise of ages.
In all of Galilee, in city or village,
He goes among His people curing their illness. (sing the refrain)
Sing then of David’s son, our Savior and brother.
In all of Galilee was never another
“Maundy Thursday” worship – April 9 – “The Lord’s Last Supper”
Opening Hymn # 193 “In the Cross of Christ I Glory” Kat Tomaszewski, Organist
(1) In the cross of Christ I glory, towering o’er the wrecks of time.
All the light of sacred story gathers ’round its head sublime.
(2) When the woes of life o’ertake me, hope deceive, and fears annoy,
Never shall the cross forsake me: Lo! It glows with peace and joy.
Opening Prayer Lynn Borke, Lay Reader
One: Each of us in our own home, through the medium of the internet, remember Maundy Thursday, the night of our Lord’s Last Supper. We do so in order to worship God in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
All: This is the hour for remembering both the communion meal and the conflict, both the courage and the suffering that Jesus endured on the night before He went to the Cross.
One: It is a time for each of us to face our own thoughtless betrayals, our sleepy inattention, and the brokenness of our own lives and the brokenness of our world in its fear of disease & recession.
All: We come together to turn that thoughtlessness and brokenness over to Christ, so that
we can be restored by Him, who knew no sin, and yet who carried the burden of us all.
The Gloria Patri (sung)
“Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen, Amen.”
First Scripture: Mark 14:12-16 Rev. Paul Lance, Minister
Hymn # 207 “Just as I Am”
(1) Just as I am, without a plea but that Thy blood was shed for me,
and that you called inviting me, O Lamb of God, I come. I come. (2) Just as I am, though tossed about with many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without, O Lamb of God, I come. I come.
Second Scripture: Mark 14:17-25
One: On the night that Jesus was betrayed, God’s heart broke -- but through that sacrifice, we who follow Jesus’ Way have learned to love one another. Our hope and our reconciliation are found in the gift of grace at work among us by the power of the Holy Spirit, in Jesus’ name.
All: Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ, One with the Holy Spirit: All glory is yours everywhere, now and forever.
hymn “Walls Mark Our Bound’ries” (verse 1)
Walls mark our bound’ries and keep us apart. Walls keep the world from our eyes & our heart.
Tables are round, making room for one more, welcoming friends we had not known before.
So build us a table and tear down the wall! Christ is our host. There is room for us all.
Walls make us sure who in in and who’s out. Walls keep us safe from all questions and doubt,
But at a table in open exchange new ties are formed as our lives