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April 9, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Maundy Thursday

God calls us:

Good evening and welcome to worship.

Jesus said: ‘A new commandment I give to you: 
Love one another, as I have loved you.’ 
(John 13:34)
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

We confess our sin and God forgives us:

Let us confess our sins to God our Father, and ask him to forgive us through Jesus Christ our Lord.
(Silence for self examination) 

Be merciful to me, O God, because of your constant love.
Because of your great mercy wipe away my sins!
Wash away all my evil and make me clean from my sin!
I recognise my faults; I am always conscious of my sins.

I have sinned against you – only against you and done what you consider evil.
So you are right in judging me; you are justified in condemning me.
I have been evil from the day I was born; from the time I was conceived, I have been sinful.
Sincerity and truth are what you require; fill my mind with your wisdom. Remove my sin, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear the sounds of joy and gladness;
and though you have crushed me and broken me, I will be happy once again.
Close your eyes to my sins
and wipe out all my evil.

Let us pray.
We confess to you, almighty God, before the whole company of heaven, and to each other, that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, by our own fault, our own most grievous fault. Have mercy on us, for Jesus’ sake, forgive us all our sins, and bring us to eternal life. Amen.

The almighty and merciful Lord grant you pardon, forgiveness, and forgiveness of all your sins.
Restore us again, O God our Saviour.
Do not be angry with us any longer. 

Song: A suggestion to sing or read – When you woke that Thursday morning (445LSB)

1. When you woke that Thursday morning,
Saviour, teacher, faithful friend,
thoughts of self and safety scorning,
knowing how the day would end;
Lamb of God, foretold for ages,
now at last the hour had come
when but One could pay sin’s wages:
you assumed their dreadful sum.      

2. Never so alone and lonely, 
longing with tormented heart
to be with your dear ones only
for a quiet hour apart:
Sinless Lamb and fallen creature,
one last paschal meal to eat,
one last lesson as their teacher,
washing your disciples’ feet.

3. What was there that you could give them
that would never be outspent,
what great gift that would outlive them,
what last will and testament?
“Show me and the world you love me,
know me as the Lamb of God:
do this in remembrance of me,
eat this body, drink this blood.”      

4. One in faith, in love united,
all one body, you the head,
when we meet, by you invited,
You are with us, as you said.
One with you and one another
in a unity sublime,
see in us your sister, brother,
one in ev’ry place and time.

5. One day all the Church will capture
that bright vision glorious,
and your saints will know the rapture
that your heart desired for us,
when the longed – for peace and union
of the greatest and the least
meet in joyous, blest communion,
in your never ending feast.

Words: Jaroslav J Vajda (1919 – 2008) © Concordia Publishing House Tune: Marty Haugen (1950 –      ) © GIA Publications, Inc Reprinted under ONE LICENSE 622279-A

We pray:

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Let us pray … (for the time we can return together to the Lord’s Supper) … (silence) Jesus Christ our Saviour, thank you for giving your followers your holy supper to commemorate your suffering and death. Through your body and blood, revive our faith in you and increase our love to others. For you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

God speaks:

First Reading – Exodus 12:1-14
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Psalm – Psalm 116:1,2,12-15,17-19
I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my supplications. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.
What shall I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord;
I will pray my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful ones.
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.
I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice and call on the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people, in the courts of the house of the Lord, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord!
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.
 Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Second Reading – 1 Corinthians 11:23-32
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Third Reading – John 13:1-17,31b-35
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Lord Jesus, thank you for loving us and giving your life in service for us.  Help us to love and serve one another.


We respond to God:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty, from thence he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

We reflect on Jesus’ foot washing:

A suggestion to sing or read – The Servant Song (191ATA)

1. Brother, let me be your 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 are travellers on the road,
we are here to help each other
walk the mile and bear the load. 

3. I will hold the Christ-light for you
in the night time of your fear.
I will hold my hand out to you,
speak the peace you long to hear.

4. I will weep when you are weeping,
when you laugh I’ll laugh with you.
I will share your joy and sorrow
till we’ve seen this journey through.

5. When we sing to God in heaven,
we shall find such harmony
born of all we’ve known together
of Christ’s love and agony.

6. Brother, sister, let me serve you,
let me be as Christ to you.
Pray that I might have the grace to
let you be my servant, too. 

Richard Gillard © Scripture in Song. CCLE Licence N°697199  MRL Licence N°697209

We offer ourselves to him who has given himself for us:
We can pause and thank God for all his gifts to us and then offer ourselves and what we have to him. (Silence)
Gracious Father, we offer with joy and thanks what you have first given us –  ourselves, our time and our possessions –  as signs of your goodness and symbols of our love.  Accept them for the sake of Jesus Christ,  who offered himself for us. Amen.

God listens to our prayers and acts:
Let us pray:

Almighty God, Heavenly Father, through your Son’s life and death for us, through his body and blood given to us, we do not fear the death that lurks for us all. We long for the day of communion and fellowship with you and each other as partake of your antidote against death and medicine of immortality instituted this night. As Jesus with water and towel served his disciples and in bread and wine gives himself to us, so may we follow him and always serves others.

Protect all who serve others in this time of COVID-19 and restore people, families, countries, and this planet to health and especially to the knowledge that you do not abandon your people or your creation. Hear us as we cry for help for those we know and for ourselves _______


Lord, in your mercy.
Hear our prayer.

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Lord our God, send down your rich blessing on us as we remember the suffering and death of your Son. Grant us pardon and comfort, so that we may be assured of our eternal salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Blessing:
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all.

Stripping of the altar:
We hear Psalm 22:18 and Psalm 88 and Psalm 22:18.

The Maundy Thursday Service of the Word draws on material from the Lutheran Church of Australia’s Worship Resources Project.