Maundy Thursday Service


‘Life of Christ’ Maundy Thursday Service

St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor

April 13, 2017


  PRELUDE  Mrs. Sally Sigman, Organist

  CALL TO WORSHIP  Reverend Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas


*OPENING HYMN NO. 4  Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!” (Verses 1-3)


    O God, we gather on this somber night to honor those final hours that Jesus spent with   

    his apostles before facing arrest and the cross.  But we also remember his entire life and

    all that he taught and proclaimed.  Help us in this hour of worship to be fortified in spirit

    by the example of Jesus’ life and the loving truth that he shared.  Open our hearts and

    minds that we might draw closer to you and to him.  




*HYMN No. 602  “O Master Let Me Walk With Thee”

  HOMILY “The Life of Christ,” Pastor Drutchas




     Pastor: Holy are you, O God, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ!

     Congregation: When we had turned aside from your way and abused your gifts, you    

     sent Jesus, your crowning gift, into our midst.  Emptying himself, he fed the hungry,

     healed the afflicted, and ate with the scorned and forgotten.  Through his life-sacrificing,

     life-giving ministry Jesus delivered us all from slavery to sin and death.

     Pastor:  And, as we recall tonight, before he departed from us unto you, he gave us a holy

     meal as the pledge of his abiding presence until he should return to us in power and glory.

     Congregation: As we partake of the same holy meal in worshiping you and your son,

     forgive us our sins and give us a pure heart that we might be more loving and faithful

     disciples of Jesus Christ.  Bless and consecrate the bread and cup shared that they    

     might be fitting symbols of the body of Jesus Christ broken for us and his blood shed

     for us.


*congregation standing



       Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

       praise him all creatures here below.

       Praise him above ye heavenly host;

       praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen.


 At the bidding of the ushers, as our congregation continues to sing its hymn, you are invited to arise from your pews and begin a “faith walk” among the eight prayer stations dispersed throughout our sanctuary recalling the life of Christ, leading to his crucifixion at Calvary.  You are encouraged to begin your walk either by proceeding to the west side aisle of  our sanctuary or taking the opposite path, which begins at the communion table and rewinds Jesus’ life back to his Bethlehem birth.  At each prayer station, light a candle (if available), read the meditation (which can be found in your order of service but is also displayed at the prayer station), recite the offered prayer (either silently or aloud), and engage in the suggested meditational activity before departing to the next station. 

During your faith walk, lectors will be reading scripture describing important moments in Jesus’ life and ministry.  Be quiet and attentive as you move from station to station: let God’s word penetrate you.  At all times conduct yourself in a spirit of true reverence, honoring Jesus who sacrificed his life for us. 

At the communion table (the eighth station), please take a seat (except in the Judas chair). Once everyone is seated, recite the prayer that appears in your order of service and that is also displayed on the communion table.  You may then pass the elements—first the bread (break off a piece); then the chalice (dip or tincture your bread in the chalice).  You may immediately consume your dipped and tinctured bread.

Those not yet confirmed in faith (children and youth) may be seated at the communion table, partaking of the bread.  But in lieu of dipping their bread in the chalice, grapes are provided on the table for them.  After the communion elements have been shared, everyone is asked to recite the Lord’s Prayer together before rising and continuing to other prayer stations or returning to your pew for silent prayer until the service ends.

Our “Faith Walk” liturgy begins and ends with congregational hymn-singing.  These hymns are included in your order of service.





Opening Hymn: “Go Tell It On the Mountain!”  No. 167

The Birth of Jesus: Luke 2:1-7, Matthew 2:1-2, 9b-11 – Josh Miller

The Boyhood of Jesus: Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23; Luke 2:41-52 – Jane Dykowski

Anthem: “Mary Did You Know?”  Mark Ennis, Soloist

His Ministry of Proclamation Begins: Luke 3:21-23; 4:14-15; Matthew 9:35-38

 -- Barbara Schultz

Jesus Heals: John 9:1-7; Matthew 15:21-28 – Dawn Vacheresse

Anthem: “Go to Dark Gethsemane,” Chancel Choir

Jesus’ Last Night: Matthew 26:1-5, 14-30 – Aaron Johnson

The Way to Golgotha: Matthew 27:1-2, 27-31, 33-40 -- Rebecca Markey

Anthem: “Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley” No. 211

Christ Gave His Life for Us: Luke 23:39-43; Matthew 27:45-54 – Eileen Vernor Drutchas

Anthem: “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?”

Jesus Entombed: Matthew 27:55-60 – Ethan Drutchas

Closing Hymn: “Because He Lives!” No. 562







HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE RESTROOM AND CHANGING ROOM SPACE can be reached through the side door at the east rear of the sanctuary just before the entrance to our Family Room. Please alert the ushers if you need additional assistance. 

ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES AND LARGE PRINT Hymnals and orders of service are available.  Tune listening devices to channel 105.5 FM.

CELL PHONES AND PAGERS should be turned off or set to vibrate.